Fringe season 3, episode 19. Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. The consciousness of William Bell still inhabits the body of agent Olivia Dunham. Despite Bell’s assurances that Olivia’s mind could safely contain both his being and Olivia’s own consciousness, It appears that Olivia is slipping away. Bell reports that in his research with rats, the host consciousness was eventually lost when the mind was occupied by a guest consciousness. Guest appearance by Leonard Nimoy as William Bell.
Walter and Bess search for a way to bring Olivia back but realize there is very little time. The only option is to go into Olivia’s mind. Because all human brains emit electrical energy, its a “simple” matter of tuning their own minds to Olivia’s frequency. Peter stumbles across the The obvious method for achieving the shared dream state: LSD.
Apparently, the “compounds” used in the movie Inception must by very similar to Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) because from this point on, Fringe becomes Inception, right down to the projections of Olivia’s subconscious eventually attacking the foreign presence in her mind. This experience was so similar to inception that I fully expected some mention of Mr. Cobb. Fringe did stumble across one rather obvious concept that wasn’t really relevant to the Plot of “Inception”. In you own dreams, your subconscious often turns on you. Haven’t you ever had a bad dream? Special note, it appears that Olivia’s subconscious has been militarized to some degree.
The only portion of this LSD inspired dream invasion I didn’t really care for was the fact that everybody eventually became a cartoon. I wouldn’t have minded that so much except the animated version of Olivia looked horrible. Seriously … I draw better than that.
We’re getting very close to the end of the season. I’m very pleased that Fringe was picked up for a full fourth season.