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We've got an Object of Power loose in there, it's wrecking the place. The Benicoff TV. It's a, uh, it's a real doozy.

Frederick Langston during My Brother's Keeper

The Benicoff TV is an Object of Power contained by the Federal Bureau of Control in the Oldest House. It is the source of the Levitate ability, one of the core abilities Jesse gets in Control.

Description

Overview

The Benicoff TV is a small cathode-ray tube television produced by Benicoff and Sons Electrics. The TV's screen still functions and usually only displays static. A label reading "радуга" (the Russian word for "rainbow") can be seen on the upper-right corner of the TV's face. When bound to a parautilitarian, the Benicoff TV gives the parautilitarian the power to levitate in midair to varying heights depending on their aptitude.[1]

Panopticon Supervisor Frederick Langston refers to the Benicoff TV as a category five OoP, noting that it is capable of causing great damage and even destroying the Panopticon if not securely contained.[2] The Benicoff TV possesses an innate ability to induce shifts in the environment of the Oldest House around it, like some other Objects of Power. The TV's screen occasionally changes to spiraling images resembling the shifts it induces.

Containment Procedure

According to its documentation, no unique procedures are required for the Benicoff TV while it is bound to a parautilitarian.

History

Discovery

The Benicoff TV was acquired by the FBC after intercepting local news stories about a figure seen levitating over buildings in Kansas. Bureau agents dispatched to investigate found the TV in the possession of a parautilitarian who had bound it to himself; they detained the man and retrieved the Object for study in the Oldest House, where it would ultimately be contained in Fortified Unit 716 of the Panopticon.[1]

Events of Control

During the Hiss invasion, the TV was corrupted by the Hiss and broke free from its containment unit, putting the entire Panopticon at risk. This prompted Head of Security Lin Salvador to enter the Panopticon with a security team to respond and recontain the breached Object of Power. However, Salvador and his team were corrupted and killed by the Hiss in the Panopticon and were unable to finish their task.[3][4]

When confronted by Jesse Faden, the TV immediately reacts by dramatically warping its containment unit and several adjacent offices into a twisted corridor of shifting architecture. After dealing with the Hiss-corrupted Salvador and his team, Jesse is able to cleanse and bind the Benicoff TV to herself, returning it to containment and granting her the Levitate ability.[5]

Trivia

  • The Benicoff TV was the first Object of Power revealed for Control (excluding the Service Weapon), first appearing in the game's announcement trailer in June 2018 and being featured in various early gameplay demos. In the demo, the TV was contained in Unit 715, rather than 716.

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Case Files: Benicoff TV
  2. Frederick Langston: "This is a category five OoP we're talking about and if we don't contain it soon, it will tear the Panopticon apart."
  3. Frederick Langston: "Salvador took a team in to handle it, but no one's heard from them for hours."
  4. Jesse Faden aftering defeating Salvador: "That... thing was Salvador, the Head of Security. His team didn't stand a chance against the Hiss. No one here does."
  5. Events of My Brother's Keeper
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