Also, she is absolutely f***ing useless!
That's not fair. In Season 1, she was essentially Walter's babysitter, but she did translate the Latin in "The Ghost Network" and decode the encrypted "ZFT" message in the parasite seen in "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones". Here's hoping to see more Astrid (and maybe Alt-strid!) in Season 2.
As Olivia and now Peter become incresingly exotic figures, she is the normal human anchor for us in that strange world of Walter's lab. She helps humanize the place, and I think there are hints that she will be increasingly necessary--look how they depend upon her.She seems like a really warm, genuine person, that shines through into the character of Astrid too.
TV Guide uses tweeners to write their op-eds. What are the 5 things WE (fans) like about Astrid? or whatever Walter is calling her this week. 1) She asks the WTF questions that we are all thinking.2) She's street. Okay, well... not street - she's campus. She knows where to score all of the monster cereal, and other tasty treats in the student quad, to keep Doctor B. on-mission, and focused.3) She's being groomed. Think of all the trials and tribulations getting Olivia and the Bishops on-board. You don't think that Broyles simply tossed ol' Farnsy into the fight without having a masterplan in-place for her. (Jessup too). Astrid may have been part of the previous (disbanded) science team.4) She spans the gap. Walter missed out on almost two decades of simple advancement. No need for old time techno when Astrid can say "well why don't you just use this?" 5) Errand runner, bovine groomer, pigeon wrangler, linguistition --- all on a $68,000 a year, GS-12, federal law enforcement salary... your tax dollars at work. Go Astrid.
She really is rather a normal center to the show. More than anyone else anyway.
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