The non-science of Fringe: The Bishop Revival

February 7, 2010

Fringe: Season 2: Episode 14: “The Bishop Revival”

Also, they have the Ark of the Covenant.

Also, they have the Ark of the Covenant.

From a highly contagious and indiscriminate infection last week to a minutely targeted biochemical weapon this, the Fringe team are completely on the back foot when it comes to actually preventing mass killings. Oh, and Earth-2 move over – the Nazis are back! Actually, they never went away (maybe they were hiding in the hollow earth?). In this post, I’ll be making the usual comments about how much suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy the show.

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

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The science of Breaking Bad: Down

August 26, 2009

Breaking Bad : Season 2 : Episode 4: “Down”

Jesse reaches the end of his tether.

Jesse reaches the end of his tether.

As Walt’s attempts to regain his family fail to cut the mustard, Jesse loses all and ends up blue. In this post, I’ll be talking about chemical toilets.

You can read more about this episode at AMC, IMDb and the A.V. Club.

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The science of Breaking Bad: Pilot

June 15, 2009

Breaking Bad : Season 1 : Episode 1 : “Pilot”

Walt performs the coloured flame experiment.

Walt performs the coloured flame experiment.

The first episode of Breaking Bad kicks things off in a promising way for scientist viewers, with references scattered liberally throughout. In this post, I’ll be talking about Walt’s contribution to the Nobel Prize, electrons and light, the coloured flame experiment, glassware and the manufacture of crystal meth.

You can read more about this episode at AMC, IMDb and the A.V. Club.

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