Advertisements I've seen this idea in a lot of stories -- the show even mentioned Jules Verne's version which might be the first. But in some genres, I can really embrace the wholly unrealistic science. I love Eureka, for one thing, and the scientific groaners in that are awful. And I love me some Victorian-era romantic fantasy with airships flying to Mars. But somehow, in Fringe it bugs me. Maybe it's that they want to have their cake and eat it too -- take ideas so ridiculous they only suit parodying science, and still call it fringe "real" science. Maybe it's because they have set themselves up so the storyline is just create problem, invent ridiculous faux-science solution, rinse and repeat. I'm not sure really. But I'm clearly not the only one.