Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
Actually, that seems like a pretty good conversation starter to me…
In fact, a nicer follow than just smiling enigmatically when she notices she can’t hear you. Still say he is or works for the Nine.
Who are the Nine?
The Nine Unknown. Talbot Mundy used them as a super secret society in his Jim Grim series.
Are you referring to the Legion of Nothing?
Because if so that is a cool cross reference even if I don’t agree with it.
So if I follow this correctly:
1. Agnes has been broadcasting her thoughts the entire time.
2. Mark’s ability to “hear” her thoughts is a learned ability, not a scientifically created superpower. Sort of like the difference of listening to Brahms playing Brahms vs. Commander Data playing Brahms. Are there any differences in how they hear/broadcast thought due to this difference?
3. Hee, hee, hee. Man, her feelings really have her twisted in knots. Her anguish concerning the burdens placed on her due to her powers is NOW mixed with an apparent attraction to Mark. This is further complicated by the fact that he’s KNOWN about the hidden aspects of her powers for a while and she’s been ordered by the scientists who gave her these abilities(themselves kind of making it up as they go along) to hide this aspect of her powers. Her “How dare you?” reaction shows just how afraid she’s been that someone would figure it out. Man, these people really need to invent Oprah.
4. Mark has just indicated to her that he’s the first person to have an advantage over her for quite some time. Her ability gave her a bit of a position of advantage over most people, but also showed her the rather depressing side of them so I guess that worked out equally. That plus the inherent chauvanism of this time period(“This is a man’s world. Girls shouldn’t worry their pretty little heads about man stuff like war.”) would probably make her a tad cynical concerning human nature. Growing up in a time period where’s she’s ALREADY got a point against her for being a woman, she’s probably very defensive about her gender and abilities(just like Kate, although UNLIKE Kate Agnes has followed a more traditional path for a woman before her alteration by Project Athena).
5. Man, I STILL don’t know if I trust Mark or not. I’m leaning towards “yes” but his dealing with the Geist-possessed Jansen has me conflicted(To be fair, maybe that’s all he could broker at the time, I don’t know). He SOUNDS sincere, but he can fake it. He probably IS sincere, because I have trouble imagining him mentioning his own abilities to anyone else. I suspect that Mark feels lonely, and not just because he’s a spy. His own abilities have alienated him in a way similar to what’s happened to her except he’s in a better position to deal with it than she is, due to the fact that he’s a man in a man’s world(see point 3). That said, I’m sure he STILL feels the need to have kinship with SOMEBODY and the Specialists are the closest thing he has to contemporaries now. Ugh, this started going off in such a saccharine direction, that I must defuse the schmaltz with the following Red Dwarf clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhdnPt1Ln4U
Damn, Agnes makes a smokin’ hot housewife despite those atrocious shoes. 😉
You’re basically right about Mark’s ability to hear Agnes’ thoughts being a learned ability, rather than an actual superpower, but it’s more like an unexpected side-benefit of his meditation-conditioned mind. It’s simply that his mind isn’t constantly filled with the random surface thoughts that prevent others from hearing Agnes’ thought transmissions.
“No brain farts HERE, sir!”
Oh… I had this really goo- half backed theory of him being omniscient or something.
He’s not obnoxiously smug enough to be Q.
It does make some sense. If she can receive telepathic impressions, she should also be able to transmit them. Much like a radio, but she’s (and Mark) are the only ones tuned to the right frequency…. or even know there is a frequency to tune into!
“How DARE you use logic and common sense when I’m about to pass out from a panic attack–have you no heart?”
“Well, yes, but remember that I can control it.”
Damn, learning abruptly that you’ve been transmitting your thoughts to everyone around you the whole time and didn’t realise it… nightmares are made of that kind of thing. Even if no one hears them over the white noise in their own heads, I have to wonder if hearing her thoughts can influence them subliminally. Hmm. That might actually be useful if developed. But more worryingly, Mark isn’t exactly the only person in the world who knows meditation. Good thing it’s kind of a rare skill-set in 1940s Europe, but still…
Interesting. Is this the first time we see Mark shaken out of his cool?
Well, there have been a couple other moments when Mark has been reminded that a sarcastic smirk and mysterious glibness don’t work for every social interaction, but this is probably the most extreme example we’ve seen so far.
That confrontation with Hightower after his arranged “attack” on the president was one. (“No Chesny Allen” indeed!)
Be interesting if the both of them got to interrogate someone and just started the dialogue with every word alternated between them.
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