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Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 4 Season 1, The Arrival

Posted by Karl Withakay on June 30, 2011

They were all Blue Episodes back then.

As always, an episode synopsis will be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent

Not Exactly Formulaic

Technically, what Walter was reciting in bed was the recipe for root beer and not the formula.  A chemical or molecular formula is a way of expressing information about the atoms that constitute a particular chemical compound.  A recipe is a set of instructions that describe the process to make or prepare something.

You are My Density

If that probe really was made of Iridium, it would have been VERY heavy.  Probably too heavy for the flimsy stand used in the lab, and far too heavy for one or two men to move without assistance.  Iridium is the second densest element known, and barely less dense then the densest, Osmium.

Trust Us, It Happened Off Screen Many Times

Olivia about Walter wanting Peter to stay so badly that he’d rather go back to the asylum than loose Peter:

“He would rather go back to St. Claire’s than work here without you.  He’s said that more than once.”

Really?   I don’t recall him saying that on screen.  I could be forgetting it, but I do recall him many times talking about how miserable it was there; I never got the impression he would willingly go back under any circumstances.  It seems more like a contrived plot point by the writers to explain why Peter doesn’t leave.

Ghost Call Log?

If I were in Olivia’s position, and I got a call from what sounded like my dead partner & lover, I’d probably check the call log on my cell phone before bothering to get a trace run.  If the incoming caller ID number showed up, I wouldn’t bother with a  trace; I’d call that number back.  If the call didn’t show up in the call history, then I might get the trace to confirm whether or not a call actually came in.

Also, as a nitpick, Olivia says “I need a call traced from my cell.”  What she needed was a call to her cell traced.

Well, That’s One Thing You Could Call It….

Peter speaking about the probe:

“I sure hope that a gigantic metallic suppository is not the pinnacle of human achievement.”

Well, given the shape and the fact that it vibrates, I can think of something else you might call it….

We’ll Just Pretend it Never Happened/ I Can’t Even Get Out of a Speeding Ticket

I can only wish to ever be so vital or important that people are willing to ignore a crime committed by me as serious as assaulting a federal officer, even if it was against a Junior Agent.

Tough Call

I’m not sure which was worse, the mind reading through nose ports or learning via osmosis.  Neither is worthy of any serious deconstruction.

Digging to China (or Auttrailia)

If the probe burrowed through the Earth and reached the mantle, wouldn’t that create a volcano, or would the magma cool and plug the hole before it reached the surface?

Unanswered Question

Will we find out in season 4 what the heck the probe was, who was after it and why, and why it was important to the Observer?


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