Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 15 Season 4, A Short Story About Love
Posted by Karl Withakay on March 23, 2012
A Gold/Yellow Episode
As always, an episode synopsis will be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent
Down the Rabbit Hole or Not?
Someone Read an News Article They Didn’t Really Understand
While researchers at MIT have been able to create a one trillion frame per second video that allows them to capture the motion of a light pulse, it is not a device that can be used to slow down existing video from other sources, nor can it see individual light particles as Walter described. Half of slow motion video is playing back the video at a slower frame rate than it was recorded at, but the other half is that the slow motion/ high speed video is recorded at a much higher frame rate than normal video, in order to capture motion that would not be recordable at the regular frame rate. It’s not at all difficult to play back video as slowly as you want; the problem is recording the video fast enough in the first place.
Look at it this way, the video from that nanny-cam bear would have been recorded at a standard frame rate, likely no more than 60 frames per second, and so a frame of video would be captured every 1/60th of a second. If an observer moved rapidly across the picture in less than 1/60th of a second, he either wouldn’t even be in the picture, or would just be a blur across the frame, no matter how slowly you played the video back.
Also, even if Walter had a one trillion frame per second video recording from the bear, if he slowed it down to play back at 60 frames per second, it would take 528 years for Walter to watch just one second of video, and he would need a the same amount of memory in the bear as would be required to store 528 years of video recorded at regular speed. The video of the light pulse recorded by the MIT researchers represents just a miniscule fraction of a second of real time action.
After Walter removes the message lens (for lack of a better description) form Peter’s eye and analyzing it, the following conversation takes place:
“I suspect that this message, if left alone to run its course, would have fully dissolved, taking its place firmly in your mind’s eye.”
“You think this would have etched itself into my brain?”
“Organic ocular suggestion. You wouldn’t be aware, but you be irritably compelled to visit.”
On one hand, it seems like the idea behind the message lens was that being overlaid over his eye, it would present the address as a subliminal message. His conscious mind would not notice the address, but his subconscious mind would see it. This idea is fairly implausible as the address would be way too close to his eye to be in resolvable focus, but this is science fiction after all, and though it’s pretty outlandish, it’s not that bad of a science fiction element. But from what Walter says, it sounds like he is saying that the process of the message lens dissolving is what would cause it to be absorbed into Peter’s “mind’s eye”, which might be worse than the time Walter captured the last image seen by a murder victim.
Pull My Finger
I’ll just quote Wikipedia here, “…no pheromonal substance has ever been demonstrated to directly influence human behavior in a peer reviewed study.” There is as yet, no conclusive support for the existence of human pheromones.
Extra, Extra, Read All About it!
Some of the headlines on the newspapers on the wall in September’s apartment were:
MEN WALK ON MOON
LAST U.S. MARINE AIRLIFTED FORM EMBASSY IN VIETNAM
PRESIDENT KENNEDY KILLED
Home Sweet Home
As many of us have suspected, this is indeed Peter’s world, and this is his Olivia. It remains to be seen how or if it will all be reconciled. Will Walter forever be without the last four years he and Peter shared together? Will Olivia loose her memories of her relationship with Nina? How will the Alterverse come into play for all this? Will there be a season five?
Not E’l Nina
Blair Brown herself has dubbed the evil Nina “Meana”, so when she appears in future episodes, I will use that moniker to refer to her.