The non-science of Fringe: Dream Logic

Fringe: Season 2: Episode 5: “Dream Logic”

Olivia in search of business cards.

Olivia in search of business cards.

Just when we finally meet a suspect who cooperates fully, he turns out to have an evil alter ego who’s been mainlining dreams. 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

Our opening victim may have been a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as his “demons” looked like they’d been lifted straight from Sunnydale.

I thought that Walter, in his relatively advanced age, shouldn’t have been stuck carrying all the equipment – Peter or Olivia should at least have offered to take some of the bags.

I’m not sure what was in the vial that Walter tricked Kashner into smelling, but for it to knock him out so quickly it would have been so strong as to cause permanent damage.

I’m fairly sure that it would have been more efficient to unplug something or yank the swimming cap off Nayak’s head than to shoot the server rack at random.

Olivia’s anagram – OAUGENYIRENBEFO – can, according to The Internet, be arranged into around 66,667 phrases of varying complexity and sneaky 1- and 2-letter word content. I think my favourite is nu age bee of irony.

The poster in Peter’s room reads, “Challenger Mission 11 June 28 1984” – in our universe, the space shuttle Challenger was lost during mission 10 in 1986.


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