Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 2 Season 4, One Night in October
Posted by Karl Withakay on September 30, 2011
A Gold/Yellow Episode
As always, an episode synopsis will be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent
Retcon Changes/ Other Universe Details
The other universe’s Broyles (O’Broyles) is now alive, thanks to the Retcon.
Fauxlivia is still with Frank
Lincoln Lee still has the hots for Fauxlivia.
Charlie has hooked up with the hot bug lady.
Fauxlivia presumably has no child that she is aware of. (I wonder if they’ll address her de-existed child at some point.)
How Do You Define “Mild”?
I don’t consider any sedative that renders you deeply enough unconscious to be transported to another location without waking to be “mild”.
I love the obvious homage to the classic ‘80s Maxell Commercial with Walter in the chair behind the speakers listening to loud music.
Wouldn’t It Make a Bit More Sense…
Rather than require Fauxlivia to wear a blond wig for an extended period of time, why not let her come over to our universe to escort Professor McClennan over to the other universe, have Olivia wear a red wig for a shorter period of time, or have a different agent escort him over?
Maybe it’s always been this way, or maybe it’s because of the Retcon, but where we have previously seen canned steak that is kept refrigerated in the alternaverse, now we have Steak dinner frozen meals in cardboard boxes similar to frozen meals here.
A Holmesian Leap of Logic or a House Moment?
OK, from the fact that the guy has 6 frozen steak dinners in his freezer and no food in the fridge, the professor determines that “Dinner is important to him.”, and “He hunts by day.”. Is he aware that just because the box has the word “dinner” on it, it doesn’t mean you can’t eat it for lunch? A lot of single guys’ fridges and freezers look a lot like his did; it doesn’t mean that dinner is especially important to them.
Did the Retcon Dumbify the Other Fringe Team?
How did it not occur to anyone that the professor might see something familiar to his life in the killer’s house? He is after all, sort of the same person.
The Gig is Up
After the professor discovers the truth about the dual universes and Olivias, why does Fauxlivia bother to continue to wear the wig until returning to HQ?
I Know Him Like I Know Myself
Shouldn’t the professor have known what the killer’s reaction was going to be when he confronted him? Maybe the prof was selfless and did know and hoped it would help the killer be a better person. Maybe the professor tapped into his darker side and even knew the killer would commit suicide as a result linking with the professor’s mind.
Memories as Vitalistic Essence?
With a computer, when you move a file, you don’t really move the file. You make a copy in a different location and delete the original file. Memories are really just data stored in the brain. Either the process of transferring the memory destroys the original memory as a side effect, or the memories have some sort of vitalist essence such that they can be transferred like you move a physical object rather than the way you transfer data.
Obvious Peter Reference
Broyles responding to Olivia in regards to the professor retaining what he learned from Marjorie despite not remembering her,
“At the risk of sounding sentimental, I’ve always thought there were people who leave an indelible mark on your soul, an imprint that can never be erased.”