When Fox’s sci-fi drama heads to commercial break, a spooky blue symbol–which include an apple, a waft of smoke, a human hand–sits on screen for a few seconds. We’ve always known that they’re supposed to mean something, but we may have been looking too hard.
It turns out the solution is simpler than we thought. Tech Web site Ars Technica editor Julian Sanchez took a stab at the puzzle (which was being worked on by friends) and discovered that each symbol corresponds to a single letter of the alphabet–like a Sunday newspaper cryptogram. When the symbols shown during each episode are put together, they spell out a word that corresponds to the episode’s theme.
The solutions for the episodes to date are:
3: AEGER [? -- AETHER would make more sense for the episode]
5: SURGG [should be SURGE?]
Dennis at FringeTelevision has gone ahead and gotten his Photoshop on, producing a lovely, suitable-for-framing key to the glyph cipher.