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Fox Fringe: Walter's Lab Notes #2

      Email Post       9/17/2008 04:20:00 AM      

In this weeks Walter's Lab Notes, Dr. Bishop mentions celermitosis (i.e. fast mitosis), Nixon, epigenetic inheritance, methylation, the Hellenic Sphinx, grilled cheese sandwiches, his Vista Cruiser, and Tiresias.

The riddle he mentions is called The Riddle of the Sphinx, which comes from Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus: "Which creature in the morning goes on four feet, at noon on two, and in the evening upon three?" The answer is "Man - who crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and walks with a cane in old age".


David Wu said...

My new theory:

Based on Walter's lab notes here:

He says: "The suspect's chronological and biological ages would sharply diverge. He might have passed only 12 years since his birth, yet appear in his thirties or even older. His own parents - supposing he has them - must have lamented the abrupt passage of childhood."

Walter continues: "Just as I have."

And now the kicker: "The better part of TWO DECADES, gone in the blink of an eye, and all at once the sullen chubby child [meaning Peter, who was larger until the year before his senior year] is a sullen grown man."

the better part of 2 decades = less than 20 years...

And with Peter being around 30 years old...

Capcom said...

Yes, very interesting, and good thoughts about it. It seems that's what they were alluding to in the final scene there too. Wow. The plot thickens. :-D

Anonymous said...

Interesting thoughts. I've written up a science review of the second episode:
Fringe: The Same Old Story

David Wu said...

Also consider:

If Peter is 30 or so (which is Joshua Jackson's actual age) - and note that we haven't been given Peter's age or DOB yet - that means that Walter was institutionalized when Peter was around 13... but age 13 isn't "a year before senior year," and remember: in the Pilot, Peter was marveling at how Walter couldn't remember that period of his life.

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