Eating spaghetti while watching Bones was a mistake, but it paled in comparison to the grave error I made in watching Fringe while eating chick pea soup which, apparently, strongly resembled the brains melting out of an unfortunate man’s orifices. I learned the hard way to never watch the show at dinnertime; the science fiction masterpiece contained some of the most disgusting sights many of us will ever have the misfortune of beholding. Here, for your enjoyment, are the slimiest, stickiest, squishiest, and squirmiest moments from the simultaneously gross and oddly beautiful Fringe.
1×01 Flesh melting contagion
Fringe started with one of its most disgusting moments in the entire series run. After watching the flesh melt and slide off people’s bodies, I stopped watching and didn’t start again for two years. Eventually I learned to embrace the horrifying aspects of the show, realizing they were part of it’s really, really weird charm. I’m just glad that the toxin that causes people’s skin to fall off doesn’t actually exist.
I just jinxed myself, didn’t I?
1×12 Brains melting out noses
It really does look like chick pea soup. I was never aware that liquefied brains are a sickly greenish-yellow color, and I’m not particularly glad to know it now. On the bright side, I will never ever open any mysterious link that pops on my computer screen.
1×18 Woman drinking spinal fluid
2×01 Shape shifters bashing in their own faces
Seeing the monsters smash their own faces into an unrecognizable mass of skins and bone shards always made my own face hurt. It was nearly enough to make me feel sorry for the unfortunate cyborgs. Nearly.
2×09 Giant worms
Like most people, I have a phobia of giant screeching worm/squid thingies. They’re just not the cuddliest creatures I know of. Maybe it’s the screeching. Or the lashing tentacles. Or the way they burst out of people’s throats and stomachs. It’s probably a combination.
2×10 Exposed brains
2×17 Self-mutilating time traveler
2×18 The shapeshifter fetus
3×09 Alive after heart extraction
5×05 Peter sticking observer tech into his own brain
This wouldn’t have qualified on grossness alone if it were any person other than Peter shoving foreign tech into his head, but there’s something particularly horrifying about a character I know and love cutting open the back of his neck and allowing a scary metal bug to burrow into his brain.