The non-science of Fringe: Concentrate and Ask Again

Fringe : Season 3 : Episode 12 : “Concentrate and Ask Again”

Olivia saves the day again.

Olivia saves the day again.

The overarching story pauses for breath this week with a slightly formulaic track-down-the-terrorists-before-they-kill-again plot. It’s quite science-light, as has been the norm lately, but watchable.

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

Random thoughts

Items spotted in William Bell’s private sanctuary: the skull of a sabre-toothed cat, an ancient Greek hoplite helmet, ancient Greek pottery, university degree certificates, copies of Carlos Castañeda‘s A Separate Reality and The Second Ring of Power, what looks to be Stephen Kellert’s In the Wake of Chaos, Douglas R. Hofstadter‘s Gödel, Escher, Bach, a textbook entitled Cell and Molecular Biology, and of course Dr. Spock‘s Baby and Child Care.

Walter seems to think that the powder weapon bonds to the calcium in the victim’s bones, dissolving them. This would suggest that the active ingredient is some kind of calcium-specific chelating agent, though a real one could never be so fast-acting. The molecule shown on Walter’s screen looks like a small organic molecule (which would probably not chelate to calcium all that well) encased in a carbon mesh similar to a fullerene.

On a note completely unrelated to science, am I the only blogger who prefers Olivia to Fauxlivia? The hair and the attitude don’t do it for me at all.


3 Responses to The non-science of Fringe: Concentrate and Ask Again

  1. Karl Withakay says:

    “The hair and the attitude don’t do it for me at all. ”

    I can understand if Faulivia’s personality isn’t you cup of tee, and hair is purely a matter of preference, but do you actually prefer Olivia’s weak, insecure, non-confident personality?

    • John says:

      For me, those weaknesses add some depth and relatability (if that is a word) to Olivia’s character. I found Fauxlivia to be a little two-dimensional, though admittedly she doesn’t get very much screen time.

      • OH says:

        I prefer the strong Indomitable Olivia as she was before she came back. I think something changed in Olivia (for the worst in my opinion) and she is no longer the famfatal she used to be.

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