The non-science of Fringe: Midnight

Fringe: Season 1: Episode 18: “Midnight”

Olivia on another laboratory raid.

Olivia on another laboratory raid.

Another week, another serial killer with a need for body parts – this time with retractable teeth! The usual impossibilities aside, this episode was refreshingly easy to watch.

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

When Walter is examining the cervical vertebrae, he’s clearly saying “vertebrae” when referring to a single vertebra. Tsk.

Our vampire seems to kill one person a day in order to survive, and a person contains around 150 ml of cerebrospinal fluid. However, humans produce around 500 ml of cerebrospinal fluid per day, which makes Nicholas’s claim that he couldn’t provide enough for his wife unlikely.

Nicholas requests a spectroscope, which is a fairly archaic term for a general class of analytical instruments known as spectrometers.

Nicholas claimed that he studied at King’s College, Aberdeen. Unfortunately, this building contains the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy. Perhaps he felt that it would be a good foundation course for playing God.

“We are about to inject the infected rat with an antidote. Should it prove effective, it will no doubt work on humans as well.” Really? The vast archives of drugs which don’t make it to market say otherwise (something like 90 % of all new drugs will fail at the animal testing stage).


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