Nina and Olivia’s relationship made for the best part of this episode. Seeing them giggle like young girls in the hallway of Massive Dynamic was a small, mind-blowing moment that took quite some brain computing power. Not only was the giggling interesting, but the intimate nature of the conversation, reflected in the body language of the two women (leaning towards each other with their shoulders hunched towards one another) took me by surprise. The way Nina likened Olivia’s current fear to that she witnessed when asked to the prom was akin to a mother’s knowledge of her offspring.
The story of Mark Little could have been very interesting, but I felt its delivery a little forced. Despite that, it remained interesting enough and did bring to light the very interesting fact that Olivia ran away from the trials in Jacksonville, yet another difference between this timeline and the previous one. It also, of course, brought Peter back to us and with him, an abundance of new questions. One of the main questions I have, is how?
Now that Peter is back, it seems inevitable that the differences between this timeline and the previous one are going to seem even sharper than they have been in the previous episodes. Maybe this will what Peter needs to realize that, although he has felt out of place his entire life, he did make the lives of many people a whole lot better.
Massive Dynamic finally made an appearance in this timeline, and with quite a bang! The question of the private sector in technological development was brought forth with a nerve rattling intensity. I found by far the following statement of Nina one of the most disturbing thing that has happened on the show in awhile: “Because of the far ranging claims that have been made about potential applications of nanotechnology, a number of serious concerns have been raised, about how this will affect our society if realized and what actions, if any, are deemed appropriate. Might we need to mitigate these risks?
This is not Massive Dynamic’s concern. We create technology. How is it used is not our concern. We just own the patents.” The distance between the company and the technology it creates is not acceptable in my opinion. While any technology can be used for either good or bad, and, consequently, no corporation can possibly be held responsible for the use of their products or creations, we all have a moral responsibility to create an environment in which technology is used positively more than negatively. While we cannot hope to control every single individual, we can promote a lifestyle that encourages moral empowerment, and with it, responsible use for, well, just about anything.