I do like Agents of SHIELD (fuck those periods). I really do. And I'm going to keep watching it. But you know what? You're making it hard for me, show. You're making it really friggin' hard for me to take a Disney-run television show about superheroes seriously when I see shit like this.
In episode 5, a Super Hacker Guy is fleeing from SHIELD agents. In order to get away, he has to do what every hacker since Cereal Killer could do: completely fuck up traffic at the push of a button. Which is honestly not all that hard for me to accept in a show. It's a cool idea and even if it's totally implausible, what tech nerd doesn't want to have that power?
Except the screenshot below shows how he does this: by tapping on something called "Gridlock.mp4" in a video player app.
..................Oh, for fuck's sake.
For starters, this "hacker" is using an app called Act 1 Video Player(1). The screenshot of this app on the Play Store shows a fucking Froyo device. Not even Gingerbread. Mercifully, the version in the show at least shows the very recently-added Action Bar as well as what must at least be a Gingerbread status bar (though it's more likely just a GS4 since Samsung still uses green icons).
But I could deal with that, you know? I could totally believe that some hacker is using an ugly, piece of crap app that no one with a modicum of design sense (except strict adherence to certain Holo rules like the Action Bar) would install to accomplish some specific task. But, MP4? This just screams "Look, we need to put something on a phone display and I don't really care what it is. Just make sure it looks 'techy'."
I have a certain set of standards for realism in my television shows that feature made-up gravity-altering elements, people who can create fire from nothing, damaged airplanes that can be repaired with a ripped life raft, and dudes who come back from the dead with minor inflammation of the vague mystery. Those standards at least involve showing a hacker run a command by doing something other than play a video.
Also, a note to the guy who had to put this shot together: you could've accomplished the exact same thing by creating a file called "gridlock.apk" and opening it in a fucking download/file manager app. It still would've been silly, since running an APK only installs an app, it doesn't actually do things immediately, but at least it would've just been an oversimplification instead of just outright absurdity. Plus, it would look exactly the fucking same.
....There. I said it. I feel better.