Fringe: Season 1: Episode 13: “The Transformation”
Ah, another way to weaponise people. The usual conservation-of-mass problems aside, this episode was refreshingly easy to watch.
It’s a shame that this flight didn’t have the (actually non-existent) auto-landing feature, as then we would have been able to see the Incredible Porcupine go on the rampage in an airport. Just like in Same Old Story, there is a large increase in body mass without any apparent energy intake (unless our passenger had really taken advantage of the in-flight snacks).
I’m not an expert on marsupials, but I think that possums normally have thirteen nipples, not fifteen.
Fringe makes one of its larger slip-ups in laboratory science just as Olivia calls Peter from Massive Dynamic. We can see him filling up a vessel with some unidentified blue-green liquid, but he’s doing it all wrong (though it is nice to see him wearing safety glasses). The machine he’s operating is a rotary evaporator, which is designed to quickly remove excess solvent from a solution under reduced pressure (which lowers the boiling point). We can see that there’s a cloudy green solution in the flask in the water bath (which is having the solvent removed from it), and a clear blue solution in the receiving flask (which should be collecting fairly clean solvent). However, Peter is filling up the condensation cold finger, which should contain a coolant (usually water or ice). It’s possible that they’re using some kind of blue-green coolant, but I doubt it.
I’m glad to see the back of the sensory deprivation tank – it was starting to take on a rather lazy deus ex machina aspect, providing the vital clues when all other avenues had been exhausted.
“Hmm, you know what? These flasks of incredibly-dangerous chemical weapons just don’t look dangerous enough.”
“You’re right. Better make them glow.”