The non-science of Fringe: Night of Desirable Objects

Fringe: Season 2: Episode 2: “Night of Desirable Objects”

Charlie begins his last mission.

Charlie begins his last mission.

A spate of disappearances prompts Fringe Division to track down a subterranean creature, mutated by the One Ring yet another rogue scientist. 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

Walter has acquired a state-of-the-art laboratory with virtually unlimited resources, and yet has to use sequenced instant cameras to record an accident reconstruction? Surely a high-speed digital video camera would have been more appropriate.

Walter’s offhand remark, “we’re all mutants,” is quite interesting – he’s referring to the natural, random mutations that change DNA sequences and occur in all lifeforms. Random mutation is one of the principles of evolution by natural selection, but in this episode, like before, the creature in question has been deliberately created.

It’s a good job that Andre’s wife wasn’t diagnosed by House, because it’s never lupus.

When Olivia and Peter drove up to Andre’s house, they failed to notice the big hole in the ground near the empty police car – they might increase their efficiency if they worked more closely with local law enforcement.

“You’ve come a long way, Charlie Francis.” Nice to have to occasional literary references.


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