Originally Posted by cmontyburns
They had Olivia locate and spy on one of Jones's minions from another universe via a telepathic connection to that person's twin in her own universe, and this
is the part you are objecting to on logical grounds?
No. I object to the idea Walter had, how he presented it and how the rest of the people in the room reacted to it.
First: There is no actual evidence, even circumstantial, that DR Jones wanted to do anything more that create a wasteland on the surface of the Earth.
Second: Walter shows the red and blue Earths collapsing to make a black hole. It takes a star massing about 9 times the size of the sun to create a black hole. And the Earth is about one millionth the mass of the sun. That would mean it would take about 9 million Earths to create a black hole. Walter only showed two.
He could have mentioned that the process would be accelerated by the Amphilicite Jones has, but doesn't. And if it involved the entireties of both universes collapsing, he might want to mention it would take billions of years for the matter to come together.
Third: Walter then has the black hole rebounding into a big bang. He really needs some smoke and mirrors, gobbledygook pseudo scientific explanation to support this, because on the face of it, it is nonsense. Also, again it would take billions of years for Earth or an Earth-like planet to reform after a big bang. DR Jones just doesn't strike me as having that amount of patience, much less that kind of life-span.
Fourth: No one in the room brings up any of these logical inconsistencies. Peter and Walternate have the background to question this nonsense but do not. Olivia/Fauxlivia probably do as well.
Telepathy is not something I object to. It is a virtual certainty that it does not exist in real life. But, fictionally speaking, the writers can lay down some rules on how it works within the context of the story and follow those rules. If they do that, I am perfectly happy.
What gets me is when the writers are not logically consistent with the rules they have laid down for the story and end up breaking them or ignoring them altogether. That knocks me out of the story and breaks my suspension of disbelief. when they bring in real science, they need to either follow real science or make it clear what they have changed about it.