The non-science of Fringe: The Man from the Other Side

Fringe : Season 2 : Episode 19 : “The Man from the Other Side”

Walter is escorted out of the danger zone.

Walter is escorted out of the danger zone.

The conflict between the two Universes ramps up, with a non-Agent crossing over amid strained relationships between Walter and Peter. How will this affect the coming collision? And why does everybody have metronomes or tuning forks around?

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

Random thoughts

Nobody has enlightened us on Other Side operating protocols yet, but it seems odd that the two Agents would leave the third one to be found by the FBI when they could have destroyed it or taken it with them.

The Argus A2B is a real camera, but Agent/James betrays his lack of knowledge when he says, “35 mm” – the Argus A series cameras were not built to take any other film size.

Trigonometric equations are used to describe properties of triangles, which don’t really have anything to to with solar flares. However, they are used in astronomy to calculate stellar parallax and so could conceivably be some way of measuring the distances between Earth-1, Earth-2, Sun-1 and Sun-2.

Why Walter would need “Car Battery” brand car batteries as well as mains power is not clear, but it was not very smart of him to touch the Agent while it was still hooked up to all the zapping equipment (blown fuse or no blown fuse). Note that in Walter’s lab, the lights seem to be on the same circuit as everything else.

Newton had to fake his death to get into the morgue – presumably it would have been too much trouble just to clone someone else’s access card.


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