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Minor Comments on Fringe Episode 5, Season 2: Dream Logic

Posted by Karl Withakay on October 16, 2009

As always, a synopsis can be found over at Polite Dissent.

“Shock Induced Achromotricia”

Shock can not change hair color.  In fact, short of a color job, nothing changes the color of EXISTING hair.  Hair is not alive, and does not change color. (I suppose it could fade from exposure to strong sunlight.)  When you “go gray”, new hair growth is gray, not existing hair.  Once hair is produced, that part stays the same.

Massive Dynamic

Not a comment about this episode in particular, but this company’s name seems more appropriate for a company in a comic book rather than a prime time drama.

Remote Backup

The doctor told Olivia, “The patients’ files are backed up on a remote server; I’ll give you the password.”  Gee, how about the username and maybe even the address of the site or remote server to log into?  Those might be useful too.

MK Ultra

I’m not too surprised Walter was involved in MK Ultra.  Apparently Walter had no ethics whatsoever; the Canadian experiments were especially reprehensible.

Felony Assault

Drugging a person against their will constitutes felony assault, and assaulting a federal agent is a very serious federal crime, and this is not even considering the civil liability he faces should the agent decide to sue.

Low Quality Dream Sniffer

All the network sniffing tools I’ve ever used work in passive mode, such that they can eavesdrop on data traffic without anyone noticing rather than intercepting and redirecting the traffic away from the intended destination.  You’d think that would be the better way to design a dream sniffer as well.

Addiction does not lead to Dissociative Identity Disorder

Olivia seems to be confusing manic mood swings with DID, which is commonly referred to as multiple personality disorder.

Olivia Dunham: Handwriting Expert?

I’ll grant you that the g’s were very similar and fairly unique, but the F’s were about as generic looking as you can make an F.  I’d tell Olivia to stick to what she’s good at, but we haven’t figured out what that is yet because it isn’t being an FBI investigator.

Prop Convenience Theater

Other than our benefit so we know whose brain he is jacking into, is there any good reason why the doctor’s computer displays a full screen image of his victim?

Full Service Airways

That was an awfully small sea plane to need two pilots AND a stewardess.

Parallel Universe Hint and Space Trivia

The poster on the wall in Peter’s dream features an image of the Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-099) in space with the words, “Challenger Mission 11″ and “June 28, 1984″ on it.  There was no mission 11 for Challenger; it was destroyed 73 seconds after liftoff during mission 10, STS-51-L on January 28, 1986.  This is further evidence that this Peter Bishop is originally from the parallel universe and was kidnapped and brought to our universe by our Walter bishop after the death of his son in this universe.  It is also interesting to note the difference in the time lines between the two universes.  By my estimate, our  Challenger’s 11th mission should have been around mid 1986, about two years after the parallel universe’s Challenger mission 11.

TRIVIA: According to Wikipedia, Challenger’s next mission, mission 11, would have been the deployment of the Ulysses probe with the Centaur to study the polar regions of the Sun.  Ulysses is only one of 8 man made objects to travel as far as Jupiter or beyond.  The others are Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Voyagers 1 & 2, Galileo, Cassini-Huygens, and New Horizons.

Missed Deconstruction

I forgot to comment that the lack of DDOS attacks does not support the idea that the computer was not hacked, but Scott took care of that on his post.

About This Post:

You’ll have to forgive me if this post is not properly proof-read.  Somehow my WordPress session timed out while I was composing this, and I lost half my post when I clinked the publish button.  Only what was auto-saved as a draft before the session timed out survived.  I had to type a good portion over again, and I don’t feel like doing a quality proof read before going to bed for the night.  I still haven’t watched The Office, 30 Rock, or The Mentalist; one or more will have to probably have to wait since it’s 11:20PM now.  There’s too many shows on Thursday this season.  :(

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4 Responses to “Minor Comments on Fringe Episode 5, Season 2: Dream Logic”

  1. Alexis said

    Nice site!
    A bit bitter than polite dissent, but cool enough!!

    see you in next chapter!

  2. […] covered this before, but despite Walter’s credulity on the subject, fright can not turn hair white.  Hair is not […]

  3. Jason Lee said

    you should stop fact checking tv shows and direct your attentions to thngs that actually matter, like fact checking politicians and high profile doctors, scientists and CEO’s who lie to the people for personal gain on a daily basis. the fact that TV writers glaze over facts, and don’t present everything in its most logical form isnt exciting and scandalous, its practically in the job description

  4. […] and I’ve dealt with this before, more than once or twice, existing hair does not turn white from age, fright, stress, etc.  Dig up a corpse that’s been […]

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