Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 1, Season 3, Olivia
Posted by Karl Withakay on September 23, 2010
(A Red Episode)
As usual, an episode synopsis can be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent.
It seemed to me there was less to Deconstruct in this episode as it didn’t involve a Fringe incident and dealt mostly with the drama of Olivia in the alternate universe, but after finishing this post, maybe I was mistaken.
Ultra Low Security Establishment
OK, first they escort a potentially dangerous, combat trained prisoner using only one guard and no restraints. Then they have no guard(s) posted outside the room during the treatment, and the guards on patrol in the hallways are best suited to be a mall cops rather than guards at a secure government installation. (No offense intended to mall cops.) Next they release her from her restraints when she starts having breathing problems so they can sit her up rather than say, bag her while she is still restrained. (They’re conducting medical experiments on her, they have to have the equipment and trained personnel to deal with medical emergencies, right?) Finally the doors are locked only with a key code and no swipe card, they allow the prisoner to observe the code being entered, and all the doors internal and external have the same code. If I ever get locked up in a super secret, government facility, this is the one I want to be locked up in.
Magic “Memory” White Blood Cells
I think the writers are confused about what is meant by the term “memory B Cells” and “memory T cells” in regards to B cell lymphocytes and T Cell lymphocytes (types of white blood cells) in the immune system. The term does not refer to memory in regards to the ability to consciously recollect things; it is an anthropomorphic characterization of the T & B Cell’s ability to chemically “recognize” antigens from pathogens the immune system has “seen” before. In no way do these cells have anything to do with memories stored in the brain.
Alternate Universe Presidential Trivia
In case you couldn’t make out what was being said on the radio:
In the alternate universe, not only is former president Kennedy still alive, but he is still actively involved in government service. He is currently stepping down from his role as UN ambassador to head the agency in charge of slowing down ecological breakdown.
Cab Driver AND Women’s Clothes Buyer
How did the cab driver know what size clothes to buy Olivia? She didn’t tell him her size. Was she about the same size as his wife, or does he have a lot of experience in buying clothes for women of different sizes?
Alternate Universe Advertising Trivia
GlatterFlug (German for “smooth flight”) offers daily flights to the moon. “Don’t give her diamonds, give her the moon.”
Magic High Explosive Incendiary 5.7X28mm Ammo, Standard Issue
One shot from Olivia’s gun and the propane tanks explodes in a massive fireball. It looks good on TV, but the Mythbusters can tell you it doesn’t happen like that.
Olivia was using a FN Five Seven pistol that could have been using SS190 copper jacketed rounds that do contain a steel penetrator, so a spark is not completely out of the question, but I’m still comfortable saying the explosion wouldn’t happen.
Adrenaline Carries Blood Cells Across the Blood Brain Barrier?
Scott will probably have more to say on this, but that’s the kind of thing the blood brain barrier prevents. It’s generally not a good thing when things that normally don’t cross the BBB manage to do so.
Question To Be Answered:
Will we see the cabbie again?
Is Olivia truly converted into Bolivia II, or is she faking?
Identity Assumption Plausibility Problem
How can Bolivia I effectively pass herself off as Olivia in our universe without any of Olivia’s memories? I would think her complete lack of knowledge of Olivia’s past has to catch up with her pretty soon. “Geez Olivia, don’t you remember anything from before you returned from the alternate universe? Wait a minute…travel between universes must give long haired, female FIB agents amnesia. Yeah, that’s the ticket!”
UPDATE: From My Notes
I had a couple of things in my notes, but forgot to mention them in my post.
Apparently in the alternate universe Manhattan is spelled with one t, and there is a vaccination for typhus, neither of which is true in this universe. :)