The non-science of Fringe: A Short Story About Love

Fringe | Season 4 | Episode 15 | “A Short Story About Love”

Peter geeks out over Observer-gear before continuing his treasure hunt.

Peter geeks out over Observer-gear before continuing his treasure hunt.

Peter treks off to track down a cryptic message from September, while the rest of the team deal with yet another serial killer (this time one who only targets the male parters in blissful couples). It’s OK though, he’s doing it for love!

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

We’ve seen misinformation about slowing down video footage in Fringe before (season two, episode eight). This episode is no exception – there’s no way that a normal camera would be able to record frames fast enough to capture something that people couldn’t see.

Anson’s dehydration apparatus is quite similar to alkaline hydrolysis equipment. Why wasn’t the Fringe team called in after the first murder, though? Do women get killed after their husbands show up mysteriously dessicated on a regular basis?

The Chemistry of Human Scent is not a real book. The pheromone story makes quite good science fiction, though – but surely there must have been an easier way for Anson to recreate those feelings of love or get those pheromones? Anyone skilled enough to extract and purify them from an entire human should be able to multiply up a small sample or synthesise replacements.


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