Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 6 Season 4, All Those We’ve Left Behind
Posted by Karl Withakay on November 11, 2011
A Gold/Yellow Episode
As always, an episode synopsis will be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent
What’s Old is New Again, Again/ A Self Referential Plot Point
I really liked the plot to this episode the first time I saw it, when it was the Window Of Opportunity episode of Stargate SG1. Sure you can say that story’s plot was derived from and inspired by the movie Groundhog Day, but this episode’s plot was a virtual copy of the plot of Window of Opportunity. An elite, secret government team comes across a series of time loops/ bubbles that are eventually determined to be caused by a scientist/engineer seeking to reunite himself with his wife who has been lost to him through illness.
But Does it Go to Eleven?
I guess in the new timeline, perhaps Drexler MCD21 Handheld Molecular Cohesion Detectors are widely available. Even if it isn’t well written, it’s nice that it comes with a real, substantial manual rather than a CD-ROM or just a hyperlink to the website for instructions.
Alpha Radiation 101
“If I’m the causing some sort of cosmic disruption, then there’s going to be heightened levels of alpha radiation, but I’m going to need the full spectrum of EM waves, not just the…”
First of all, Alpha radiation is particle radiation (specifically Helium-4 nuclei emitted from atomic nuclei via alpha decay), not electromagnetic radiation or EM waves. Second of all, based on what science is Peter so sure that his “cosmic disruption” would be causing alpha radiation rather than any other form of radiation, particle or EM?
Peter Bishop Came Unstuck in Time
Peter has a few Billy Pilgrim moments in this episode.
Neutron Radiation 101
Neutron radiation is very penetrating and very hazardous. It is considered to be the most hazardous form of radiation. If there was strong enough neutron radiation to cause embrittlement of the metal bumper, it would have been strong enough to kill the passengers and also induce radioactivity in the exposed materials. Also, Peter is wrong that neutron radiation has to be produced by “human technology”.
-Neutrons are produced from cosmic radiation interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere.
-Neutrons are produced when low Z materials like Beryllium are exposed to alpha particle sources like Radium through α,n nuclear reactions.
-Neutrons can also be produced if a gamma ray photon has an energy exceeding the binding energy of an atomic nucleus and strikes it.
-Neutrons are produced through natural fission. Sustained natural fission occurred about 1.7 billion years ago in the Oklo natural reactor.
-Very high neutron fluxes are produced in supernova explosions.
Honestly, I didn’t Know this Until I Looked it Up, but…
Quote of the Show
“You can’t just walk from the present into the past, shattering the laws of physics.”
No, of course not.. I mean, it’s perfectly reasonable that you can create a time bubble, shattering the laws of physics, but walk through the time bubble, no that would be laughably ridiculous.
That was not anything remotely approaching a Faraday cage. Peter would have to have been nearly fully enclosed in a metal mesh, shell, or foil wrap. That harness seemed more like some soft of counter field generator rather than a Faraday cage. Faraday cages protect against electric fields and certain wavelengths of electromagnetic fields. Are the time bubbles created by EM fields?
How Important is that Right Hand, Peter? (It’s like a Whole ‘Nother Person)
I might have tested my “Faraday Harness” with something other than my right hand. Maybe my left hand, my left foot, or perhaps a small stick would have been my choice.
Did Walter Invent the Flat Panel TV in 1991?
Why was there a flat panel TV in a house that supposedly hadn’t been occupied for 20 years?