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mtyoung

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Blackagar Boltagon

Subj: Re: I didnt undrstnd some of the "Agent Brand" sgmnt in SI:WDYT. Anyone can explain?
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 09:15:54 pm EDT
Reply Subj: I didnt undrstnd some of the "Agent Brand" sgmnt in SI:WDYT. Anyone can explain?
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 08:25:18 pm EDT

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> > I don't understand. What is she an agent of? Actually, I didn't understand any of that segment. The dialogue was so boring I couldnt focus on it. Can anyone explain this segment to me?
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> Agent Brand is a character introduced in Whedon's Astonishing X-Men run. She is the head of the agency called Sentient World Observation and Response Department aka SWORD. She is basically Nick Fury, but in space. And SWORD is basically SHIELD, but in space.
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> Agent Brand and SWORD were attacked in the first issue of Secret Invasion by the skrulls. This story is about Brand recalling her past interactions with the skrulls and their way of thinking. At the end of the story, she releases that the skrulls are acting in a way similar to the Trojan Horse attack in the Illiad, by making and indirect attack.

I got that she had an epiphany. I just didn't get how the finger tapping was important. The insurance metaphor was so ham handed the person next to me got it from just me reading it. Care to explain the taps?

Oh, and for some reason her thinking of what her fatehr said reminded me of that Iron Lung song by Weird Al.

> I got that she had an epiphany. I just didn't get how the finger tapping was important. The insurance metaphor was so ham handed the person next to me got it from just me reading it. Care to explain the taps?

Please remember that I may not know the correct answer, just giving how I saw it.

The skrull was tapping the book the Illiad, which tells us about the Trojan horse story and the sneak attack. The whole theme of the invasion was that as a skrull said on the same page that "My war against you did not begin when it was declared" and that "you cannot be insured against a disease you already contacted".

So while SWORD was analyzing the tapping to discover a pattern or hidden meaning, they missed the most important hint, what he was tapping. Or to put in another way, SWORD was over-analyzing the situation by looking for hidden meanings in the tapping, instead of looking for the obvious ones.

The three books on the table that the Skrull taps are the Illiad, Hamlet, and Bhagavad Gita. All three are about using deception in order to attack your enemies. No idea about the last book, but I think it does reading a synopsis of it.


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