Like seriously, didn’t you watch Lord of the Rings at all? Didn’t you see what happened to Saruman or even Pippin because they touched the Palantir. This is exactly how Sauron takes over. Exactly.
But seriously, if this scene were in a movie, these guys would totally be the campy b-list arch villains of a Naked Gun movie. Who thought the optics on this were a good idea?