I talked before about the way this show manages to take something that seems completely ridiculous and turn it into something that seems completely possible. In fact, this crafty ability is what makes Fringe rock. Take this week's episode about a creature created in a lab from the pieces of other creatures. Basically, scientists were able to successfully create a new species by using the DNA of several existing species. Sounds crazy, right? I totally thought so until Walter presented his research, addressed all of the difficulties that one would have to overcome in order to accomplish such a feat, and then pointed out that if the scientist built on his research from 20 years ago, he/she would be able to create a hybrid creature (in theory anyway). And then toward the end, we learned that the "monster" contained bat DNA, and suddenly, the whole thing was made even more credible. Apparently, bats have an unique immune system that would allow them to fight off the effects of different DNA coming together (much like the way the body will reject an organ transplant unless the recipient takes specific drugs to stop the process). Now, I have no doubt that the show (like any show) takes a lot of creative license in order to craft its stories, but I have to give them mad props for taking the impossible, making it possible, and then giving good enough explanations to the audience to make it all plausible. Bravo, Fringe.
I didn't think that they would kill off Charlie (and I knew this wasn't the end of the road for Walter), but there were a few times when I wasn't sure how they were going to save the FBI agent. When the poison seemed to do more bad than good, I wondered what Walter and co. were going to do next. And then he came up with the risky blood remedy, which ultimately, saved Charlie's life while ending the life of the creature, I held my breath. I guess you could say it was a "win-win" for the Fringe crew. BTW, loved the Big Bird joke at the beginning. Classic Walter!
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