|The destruction had begun...|
Until I watched the episode again, I would not have notice the parallel scenes for the two Walter Bishops. One is sacrificing his son to save his dying world. So was the other one. The only difference is the Walter we are more familiar with rather not. Ironically, both men in their darkest moments seek God's forgiveness.
Over there, we see the Secretary contemplate the consequences of activating the machine.
Oppenheimer saved us too. But at what cost? He couldn't bear the nightmares... the screams of all the innocents he had killed. "Now, I am become death, the Destroyer of Worlds." Only in our case, that really is true. We destroyed their world to save ours. May God have mercy on us.
Over here, Walter prays for a miracle.
I asked you for a sign, and you sent it to me. A white tulip. And I was so grateful. Since then, in moments of deep despair, I have found solace in believing that you had forgiven me. I was willing to let him go. I was willing to let Peter die. I've changed. That should matter. God, I know my crimes are unforgivable. So punish me. Do what you want to me. But I beg you, spare our world.There was no turning back when the machine was turned on. Little did the Secretary know that he had set in motion a course of events that would ultimately cause the destruction of his own world in one possible future.
Since the activation of the device, there were no measurable improvements in the environmental degradation over there. At the same time, called in to investigate a class ten Fringe Event emanating from Liberty Island, Olivia chastises the Secretary for activating the weapon. This should not come as such a surprise to anyone. She had been examining her outlook about the innocent lives on the other side ever since "6955 kHz", even before Peter's idealism rubbed off on her. She may not be the hero in your eyes, but it would be a mistake to discount her experiences in the other universe. This is the parallel destiny I have come to expect since the beginning of season 3.
Olivia: What's going to happen to the people over there?
Secretary: My concern is for the people of our world.His reason is flawed. If the two worlds are tied so inexplicably, how could removing one world from the equation restore balance? What happened to nature only recognizes balance and imbalance? He has obviously forgotten when you send something over, you get something of equal mass back.
The electrostatic discharges back on the other side caused the other machine to come on all its own. After the first vortex was detected, more and more of these events occur at an increasing rate. There was no way to stop the machine or safeguard lives from the escalating destruction.
Peter is left out of commission having been repulsed by the machine, one Olivia is off with Sam to find a way to stop it, the other Olivia is locked away for treason. I had hoped that she would have at least made it to the other side. The whole point was to see everyone work together. So I am OK with it now that I know what's to come.
- Walter cooking naked on Tuesdays. Waking up in bed together. I will leave that commentary in better hands. It is just getting a mention here, because isn't it obvious I am a sucker for unrequited love.
- What Nina said was interesting. "...it wasn't supposed to be this way." Makes one wonder if the events at the end of the season go as foreseen by the Observers?
- "They call it the blight." It's what Newton who told Walter in "Grey Matter". I would have expected Walter to recognize the blight before Olivia did. I guess since Olivia was over there, it was the logical choice.
- Sunrise. Who can take a sunrise? Sprinkle it with dew? Cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two? The Candy Man... - Ah yes. One more connection to "Brown Betty". The references are endless.
- I always thought the baby's genes couldn't possibly be used to activate the machine. If that was all it took, why did the Secretary not take Peter's blood when he was over there in the first place? This part never made sense to me.
- Brandon utters the same warning about their technology breaking down the molecular cohesion of a person crossing over. So there really is no safe way for just anyone to cross universes. What happened to those unfortunate test subjects? Do they all poof out of existence?
- Sam asked Olivia to trust him.
- This photo of Peter Bishop circa '84 - '85, before he was ill, before the abduction. It was first seen in "Reciprocity". Walter looked at it then. And Olivia glanced at it when she got up. Is it supposed to be the other Peter?
If Peter Bishop Never Existed...
- The outcome remains unavoidable. The world still start to decay. Agent Dunham may not take up the position to champion for the people in the other universe.
- "What you have tried to do you've done on purpose." We may assume the Secretary caused it somehow. But there had better be an interesting explanation for how the universe was breaking now.