Ok… Right. This again.
A little backstory: in February, it was announced that CBS had purchased the rights to make a pilot based on an unpublished young adult novel by new(ish) author John Dixon. This pilot was loosely adapted from the novel, and featured a government agent who had been part of a top-secret program. Based on the very sparse information in the press releases, the plot centered on an agent with a chip implanted in his brain which allowed him to access the entire EM spectrum.
I spoke with my lawyer, who advised three things: (1) Get the news of this series out to the readership, so we did not appear ignorant or blindsided if/when the pilot hit; (2) Document everything, and I mean everything; and (3) Speed up publication of Digital Divide. I did all of this. I even had a brief but pleasant discussion with John Dixon on his blog, so he was aware that there were some concerns of trope crossover (I cannot find these posts to link to them at this time. They were attached to this article, but the follow-up comments forming a nice conversation between Dixon, AGAHF reader Alexander H., and myself are no longer there.).
With that said, CBS has just released the trailer to Intelligence, and now we have a little more information about the chip-in-head-meets-Secret–Government-Agency tropes in play.
I can overlook the tough-as-nails dusky blond hunk and the sassy brunette “minder” whose job it is to protect him. Attitude + sexy = win. I can ignore the whole “we gave a human the kind of power that was previously only seen in a machine” theme. Been done before. The shift from accessing the EM spectrum to controlling the EM spectrum (two very different things) is understandable as it makes for better action, and one can lead directly to another. I can even overlook that they are portraying the agent and what he represents as “this generation’s Manhattan Project,” which is a major theme throughout the seven-plus years of the comic and Digital Divide, even though that trope is less well-established in the general sci-fi & government conspiracy theory literature.
But…. Guys, the uber-elite Secret Agent with the chip in his head makes constructs. He says that an “unexpected” side effect of the implant is that he can project what he sees. “The intel I have access to… I can see it. It’s like a virtual evidence wall.” This is very unique and differs from other projection-type tropes, such as Gary’s in Alphas, where he translated what he perceived into images that only he could see. The Secret Agent in Intelligence can also perceive snipers from a distance, which is straight-up Rachel. The more information that we get about these projects, the harder it is for me to separate the ideas in them as being unique from my own.
I am trying very hard not to cry right now.
More data is needed, but I have renewed conversations with my lawyer.