Fringe : Season 3 : Episode 12 : “Concentrate and Ask 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.
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.