The non-science of Fringe: Bound

Fringe: Season 1: Episode 11: “Bound”

Olivia at the mercy of her captors.

Olivia at the mercy of her captors.

Olivia is briefly captured, and has a case of epidemic slugs on her hands as soon as she gets loose. In this post, I’ll be making the usual comments about how much suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy the show.

This episode is debunked at Popular Mechanics and Polite Dissent, and you can read more about it at Fox, IMDb and the A.V. Club.

Random thoughts

What is it about science fiction and screaming women? I agree that most people would freak out a little at seeing some of the oddities that make up a Pattern event, but most of the women on the show have been consummate professionals (I’m particularly thinking of the nurse in The Dreamscape) and wouldn’t just shut down in hysterics.

This episode’s stumbling block was a gigantic, seemingly semi-intelligent, murderous virus/cell (yes, these are markedly different). The absurdity of such a thing has been dealt with elsewhere, but it’s also worth noting that the virus/cell increased in size from grain-of-rice to loaf-of-bread in a matter of seconds. This, as we have seen before, does not happen.


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