The non-science of Fringe: Wallflower

Fringe | Season 4 | Episode 7 | “Wallflower”

Peter with schematics of The Machine.

Peter with schematics of The Machine.

A fairly procedural episode this week, with our team chasing down an invisible killer who just wants to be seen. Personally, I would have welcomed a little more backstory here – such as how Eugene broke out of his military lab and what his connection to Massive Dynamic was.

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

This week’s bioscience was just a little too convoluted to be pass the suspension-of-disbelief test. In the sci-fi universe, I could happily accept that Eugene has some kind of rare genetic abnormality that would kill him, and that a military experiment implanted chromatophores into him so that he might both live and be a super-spy. However, given that chromatophores contain pigment, I’m not quite clear on why Eugene absorbing more pigment would somehow reverse the benefits of the procedure.

Walter has managed to breed a mouse with the same genetic disorder as Eugene, in less than a day.

How exactly did Eugene keep people out of his sub-basement lair? Presumably the maintenance staff would have had access to it, and someone would have wandered down there eventually.


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