The non-science of Fringe: The Consultant

Fringe | Season 4 | Episode 18 | “The Consultant”

Olivia and Lincoln - partners again?

Olivia and Lincoln – partners again?

When “accidents” in one Universe cause the same people in both Universes to die, it’s time for the Fringe teams to spring into action and figure out what’s going on. Turns out it’s Jones again, but he’s going to have to manage without some of his high-level collaborators next 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

Walter’s comments on the Universes vibrating at either a C or a G was oversimplistic – if we assume that the Universes do have some kind of fundamental frequency (and similar things have appeared in sci-fi before) then he could have talked about waves and constructive/destructive interference causing the Fringe events and allowing crossovers. Instead, we got tuning forks.

Here’s what must have been going through Peter’s head when he found the suitcase in the taxi: “OK, so David Robert Jones has managed to link the two Universes somehow. He has achieved this using some kind of device, which is probably in this suitcase. He’s fairly clever, so he must have planned for the possibility that one of the devices would be recovered. Could he have booby-trapped it? No, it’s probably fine.”

Whatever the difference between the Universes, minimalist Swedish design is still tasteful. I believe that Olivia’s kitchen is ÄDEL by IKEA, in brown.

Literary references abound this week, with Walter mentioning “the dog that did not bark” from the Sherlock Holmes short story Silver Blaze and Olivia using a Banquo’s ghost-esque trick to force Nina to reveal her hand.

Are there no telephones on the Bridge or Liberty Island? Rather than rush down there in person to stop Broyles, a call would perhaps have been faster.

Given Broyles’s knowledge of the Walters, surely he would have approached them first to seek a cure for his son? Jones may be a top-notch scientist, but his price is pretty high when there are clear alternatives to exhaust first.

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