Could not be better! The entire episode was one glowing recommendation for bitcoin. It made bitcoin sexy, cool and mysterious. They even explained how it works.
They devote a good half a minute showing a remade version of justmoon’s WeUseCoins video explaning bitcoin. The teenagers are enthusiastic about the currency and explain to their mother about how it works. The video covers the same points as the WeUseCoins video, only with different graphics and a different voiceover.
During the court cases, we see explanations of how one person paid for his hotel, food and a ‘special’ movie using bitcoins on a holiday trip. The episode goes to great lengths to show bitcoin’s legitimate utility in online commerce.
Particularly is the anti-authority message. And this is where the episode really shines. It paints the treasury official as a bitter and petty robot that cannot stand being challenged. He turns the case into personal feud against the show’s main character based on a past case he lost against her. The judge even remarks in the beginning with a snide remark against an old treasury ruling on silver. Then questions his manhood.
The federal agents that do the treasurers bidding are shown up twice by the main female characters in a demasculising manner. Whereas the antagonistic treasurer is a grumpy petty man, the episode is on bitcoin’s side. All the trendy hipsters on the internet are using it. Bitcoin is cool and fashionable.
The main character is amicable and likable. He is shown as being an honorable person, donating his time as a lawyer to defend Occupy Wallstreet protesters. The show aludes a few times to Occupy Wallstreet, echoing a fraction of how bitcoin is part of a larger social revolution. It hints several times at bitcoin’s idealistic origins.
In a possible tip of the hat to Max Keiser, they show a crazy finance TV personality in the court room whom the judge remarks that he loves his show. This being after the treasurer tried to discredit the personality. Unlike Max, he testifies that bitcoin is not real money. [It's Jim Cramer playing Jim Cramer. We know what he thinks of bitcoin now.]
The show’s presenting of technology is entirely comical as usual, but I will let them pass here since they did an entirely great job on the rest. Bitcoin blocks manage to act as a plot device with nonsense about ghosting and hacking.
Not in my wildest dreams could I have expected a better episode. The good guys emerge on top as winners in the end, the good guys being bitcoin and justice. Entertaining and educational- a volatile mix!
Check the latest addition to the blockchain:
(WKwQv0/////Stack is innocent/////KaZMl82
Alluding to the string put into a block by Mr. Bitcoin in the show. Unlike the real bitcoin, only the creator is able to embed messages in the blockchain in the show. Nobody controls the real bitcoin network, and anyone can place messages there. This is a nice joke by a miner.
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