IGN‘s Ramsey Isler has written a nice article on Fringe’s “Mad Scientist”, Walter Bishop, with particular focus on his episodic ‘Lab Notes’ which serve as an extension of the show itself. Here’s an excerpt:
is often lauded as the second coming of , and its addicting, mystery-filled story is considered to be on par with shows like . There are plenty of plot threads surrounding the extraordinary string of strange events called “the Pattern”. But whichever way you look, it always comes back to Fringe‘s modern day version of Dr. Frankenstein: . He’s the center of a number of technologies and plot lines in the story, and he’s also the source of many of the show’s most perplexing mysteries.
Luckily, the show producers have given us some useful detective tools outside of the show itself. Walter’s Lab Notes, released on FOX.com with each episode, are key to understanding some events that weren’t quite explained in the show, and they provide a fascinating view into the mind of our favorite madman. We’ve compiled a list of things that appear to be hinted at in the notes, but as with all things Fringe, the jury’s still out on whether any of this is anywhere close to what’s really going on.
Voices in His Head: The “Second” Walter
Although there isn’t much evidence of it in the show itself, a couple of Walter’s lab notes imply a disturbing, but not surprising, possibility: Walter seems to suffer from multiple personality disorder.
Symptoms of this disorder (also called dissociative identity disorder) include:
- distortion or loss of subjective time
- depersonalization (i.e. a completely different identity/personality detached from their normal selves)
Walter certainly suffers from the first two symptoms, but what about that last one? Well, some information from the show and the lab notes imply he suffers from depersonalization as well.