Series Fringe Discussion

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02:35:08 AM Jul 23rd 2013
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I removed the second part with two bullets (Natter, Thread Mode, violated Clear, Concise, Witty.

  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Walter specializes in neurology, genetic manipulation, amateur surgery, and basement time/space machines. And pharmacology : Let's make some LSD!
    • In reality more than a few fringe scientists do cross-train to that extent. At least one of the cold fusion groups has a medical doctor as a consultant. This is because in reality "fringe" science is stuff considered so laughable that almost nobody studies it(you can pick up everything currently known about, say, Phrenology from one thick book) so there's very little to actually learn, almost none of which is actually useful. It's not hard to be a fringe science Renaissance Man - what's hard is being a practical fringe scientist. This makes some promising research projects(such as cold fusion) almost impossible to staff because the nutcase-to-Worm Guy ratio is just absurd - few mainstream scientists realize what they're looking at if anomalous data appears, and most nutcases think they've cured cancer if they drop bleach on the petri dish. Case in point, radioastronomers spent decades enhancing and tweaking their instruments trying to eliminate what they thought was earth-based "noise" before they realized they had discovered cosmic microwave background radiation.
11:36:35 PM Jan 14th 2013
edited by pliff
Why do we a need a separate page for Donald then September? He is the same person just a bit more....humany.
12:15:04 AM May 3rd 2012
Why is there a Nightmare Fuel as well as a High Octane Nightmare Fuel page? I'm fairly certain everything in this show is intentionally trying to scare the crap out of you.
12:28:17 AM May 3rd 2012
All HONF pages are being shifted to NF; see this thread for more info or to help with the cleanup.
04:43:03 AM May 3rd 2012
Huh... right.
01:59:30 AM May 10th 2011
I just read the trope description for All Germans are Nazi's and as far as I know the example on this page isn't good enough: The German in the Bishop's Revival was an actual Nazi who somehow managed to survive 50 years, there have been other, good German such as the prison warden and guards and Walter's father was a Nazi too but actually a spy for the Allies so I'd guess it doesn't count.
11:32:16 AM May 6th 2011
I don't know if there's really a trope that fixes this, but the switch to cell shading in a recent episode was very likely due to the fact that Leonard Nemoy didn't want to or wasn't able to come back and film a new episode. The cell shading started the moment they first saw him and only subsided when Peter and Olivia where in a scene alone together and Bell was outside.