The non-science of Fringe: Subject 13

Fringe : Season 3 : Episode 15 : “Subject 13”

Walter asks Olivia about her home life.

Walter asks Olivia about her home life.

Back to 1985! This week features exposition-a-palooza, with the backstory for how Earth-2 started on the path to wreaking revenge on Earth-1. The episode was enjoyable, but understandably science-light.

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

Random thoughts

Looks like my theory about Walter’s lab assistant dying in the fire that Oliva started was completely wrong. How did that kid escape unburned when the rest of the room was so badly scorched?

The periodic table in Walter’s office looks a little “full” for 1985 – elements 110 and higher had not been discovered yet. It is conceivable that his table has placeholder entries for elements yet to be discovered (much like Mendeleev himself did for germanium, gallium and scandium), but I can’t read them (oh, for HD).

Citric acid.

Citric acid.

The molecule on the classroom blackboard (when Walter is in the meditation circle with the children) is an abbreviated displayed formula for citric acid. It’s hard to tell what the ball-and-stick drawing on the backboard in the office is, as there are no atomic labels.

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3 Responses to The non-science of Fringe: Subject 13

  1. Karl Withakay says:

    Thanks to a 60″ HDTV, I can tell you the periodic tables (regular and circular)were totally anachronistic. I cover them in depth in the Deconstruction for this episode on my blog.

    • John says:

      Good catch there! You’d think that the writers could have easily gotten hold of a 1986 periodic table in any high school. ;)

  2. Karl Withakay says:

    (That’s at Cordial Deconstruction mentioned at the beginning of this post)

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