The non-science of Fringe: The Firefly

Fringe : Season 3 : Episode 10 : “The Firefly”

Walter and the Observer.

Walter and the Observer.

Fringe restarts strong after a long break, with Walter and the Observers taking centre stage in a slowly-unravelling story featuring the butterfly effect. Also: time travel, Christopher Lloyd and lots of foreshadowing.

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

Random thoughts

In the opening scene, Walter appears to be listening to a copy of Mahna Mahna and using Vee Gee glassware. As usual, the scientific equipment is set up in a hugely complex fashion with no regard for open flames or fume cupboards.

In lab chemistry, anhydrous magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) is typically used as a dessicant to remove water from a solution before filtration.

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