Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 19 Season 4 Letters of Transit
Posted by Karl Withakay on April 20, 2012
A Dreary Blue Episode
As always, an episode synopsis will be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent
Opening Theme Fringe Terms
Presumably in the Observer Controlled Future (OCF) of 2036 , all these concepts are mostly unachievable fringe notions.
You Look Like You Could Use a Few Pieces of Joe
In the OCF of 2036, liquid coffee hasn’t existed as a drinkable beverage for a long time. Now coffee is consumed as “Coffee Chews” which are chocolate covered coffee beans.
From the packaging:
Serving Size: 1pkg (50g)
Calories 480 Cal
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 2g 0%
Saturated Fat 1g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 105mg 10%
Carbohydrate 45g 15%
Fiber 0g 0%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Ingredients: Coffee Beans, sugar, brown sugar, glucose, modified corn [starch], wheat flour, water, treacle[…] palm oil, artificial flavor, […]artificial color (FD&C B[…] monoglyceride.
I’m not sure where all those Calories come from. Carbohydrates (sugar is a type of carbohydrate) have 4 calories (kcal) per gram. Doing the math results in 180 calories in one 50 gram serving. Somewhere an extra 300 calories have been added that is not accounted for in the rest of the nutritional information.
Also, there don’t seem to be any chocolate in chocolate covered coffee beans according to the ingredients list.
Nutritional information is still based on a 2000 calorie diet in the OCF.
Cardboard packaging is still used for candy treats like chocolate covered coffee beans.
More OCF of 2036 Notes
The Brooklyn Bridge road deck is destroyed, but the towers still stand.
Central Park has been razed and paved over.
Some Loyalist forces carry FN P-90 personal defense weapons, originally designed in 1990. (This is not necessarily surprising. In 2012, the US military still uses the M-16 rifle, which was originally designed in 1957.)
Closed captioning refers to an unnamed Observer in the OCF of 2036 as a Neo Observer. I assume that means they are new Observers rather than Observers who watch the central character of The Matrix trilogy.
Quotes of the Show
Shortly after being called Prisoner by a Loyalist trooper, Walter says,
“I am not a number. I am a free man!”
While bluffing their way past the same trooper, Walter also says,
“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”
And after succeeding at tricking the trooper into letting them pass, Walter says.
For the Search Engines