The non-science of Fringe: Olivia

Fringe : Season 3 : Episode 1 : “Olivia”

Olivia and Henry in Earth-2.

Olivia and Henry in Earth-2.

Season three of Fringe begins strongly, with a Terminator 2-esque opening and Olivia on the run from the Earth-2 authorities. We get to see a few more differences and similarities between the two universes, which have been spotted and remarked upon elsewhere.

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

Random thoughts

If Olivia is valuable to Earth-2’s Department of Defense, they might want to do a better job of infection control – aside from resting uncapped needles on a (possibly dirty) tray, they didn’t bother to swab Olivia’s arm before injecting her.

And given that it’s the Department of Defense, they might also want to reconsider their security procedures given that a single, unarmed person was able to break out. Only one guard was sent to fetch Olivia, there were no restraints, there were no security cameras, the prisoner was allowed to see the elevator keycode, the way out was presumably labelled on the elevator, the outer doors weren’t locked or guarded and there was no fence.

I’m no marksman, but I would assume that marksmanship would be more about hand-eye coordination and muscle conditioning than remembering how to shoot.


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