The non-science of Fringe: Marionette

Fringe : Season 3 : Episode 9 : “Marionette”

The Fringe team searches for clues.

The Fringe team searches for clues.

With the next installment due sometime in January, Fringe gives us a gripping episode to see out 2010. Overtones of Kenneth Branagh’s Frankenstein and Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands abound as the team tracks an organ-stealing reanimator and deals with the stresses of Olivia’s return from Earth-2.

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

Random thoughts

As other posters have pointed out, the use of an umbrella as a delivery system is a reference to the murder of Georgi Markov by Bulgarian and Russian agents in 1978. Barrett did a good job estimating exactly how much drug would be required to knock his victim out just after he entered his house and not before.

Once Barrett had removed his victim’s heart, how did he expect the injection of preservation serum (for want of a better term) to work? Even if he had tied off the arteries leading to and from the heart, surely the serum would have just setteld near the injection site.

Walter’s idea is typical of him (he’s tried to alter Jean’s milk before), but I think that milk spoils through bacterial growth rather than “cell decay”.

One piece of equipment we see Barrett using is a rotary peristaltic pump, commonly used in the laboratory to deliver fluids at a controlled rate.


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