This is just a total misunderstanding and/or refusal to engage with the criticism of calling something a Manic Pixie Dream Girl – the "dream" quality of this trope has very little to do with how pretty or even unrealistic the girl is. It's about how the storyteller uses the female love interest (often the second lead in the film) exclusively as a device to develop/mature a fundamentally boring boy character, who's a surrogate for the writer – instead of giving us a 3 dimensional, original character. It's just such a waste of storytelling real-estate.
Two of your three photos here, including the only one showing the ballast/battery-adaptor, are of the old (prototype) design, before the redesign that they were showing off today. Since your article is in response to the new announcement, this is peculiar.
Lindelof has a talent for set-up and interesting elements, but he seriously falters when it comes to actual story. On every one of his projects I've seen, the characters gradually reveal themselves to be clever assortments of traits and cliches instead of 3 dimensional people – just cogs in an aimless plot-machine.
Looks like sensor dust, actually. Not that that's good, but at least they cleaned their lens.
Just splurged on the Pro Bundle, as the Era-D is really the most insane product in there – you get similar noise reduction as other good noise suppressors, but WITHOUT ANY artifacts (some tinny-ness sure, but no digital warble). Granted, only been using it for 2 days on maybe 3-4 different clips, but so far, so so good.
More, I'd assume. Especially when you factor in all the modifiers.