The non-science of Fringe: Enemy Of My Enemy

Fringe | Season 4 | Episode 9 | “Enemy Of My Enemy”

The Fringe-4 team (plus Peter) make plans.

Earths 3 and 4 form a shaky alliance around the new threat of Mr. Jones and his new-and-improved shapeshifters, with some help from Earth-1 and 2’s Peter. Last time, Mr. Jones was motivated by his hatred of William Bell; it remains to be seen exactly what he wants this time.

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

DNA grafts, molecular disintegration etc. are probably forms of applied phlebotinum. Peter might at least have gone with gene therapy, which has good scientific footing.

Are push-swing hospital doors gas-tight? I wouldn’t bet my life on it if I’d just activated a cannister.

Amphilicite (amphilocite?) is not a real mineral. Astrid mentions that it’s usually found beneath large limestone deposits, which means that it was on or near the bottom of a shallow sea at some point. I’m not sure how it could end up under limestone and not, say, another sedimentary rock, so am going to assume that it’s the fossilised power sources for the First Peoples’ immense tropical aquaria.

Mohonk is a real place, around the Catskill Mountains in eastern New York state. Limestone deposits are present in the western regions, so Mr. Jones is at least digging in the right place.


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