Welcome to the Observiews for Season 4 of Fringe. I call them Observiews because they are more visual observations than deep thinking reviews.
Screen caps are taken from fringefiles.com
All observations are mine and therefore could be totally off the wall and/or wrong. I have not read or looked at any recaps or reviews. I could also have missed a few things, oh well…
OLIVIA: “I don’t really know what to say.”
…except that it was another excellent episode. I'm still glued to the screen even after multiple watches.
Glyphs spelled: STILL
As in time is standing still, as in it’s still that timeline, as in Peter having to be still, to wait for them to remember, as in … what do you think?
English is not my first language so the word “Novation” was not in my vocabulary. I looked it up and my reductive explanation is: a transfer of responsibility. I’m not sure still on what it means in context with the episode. What do you think?
Observer can be seen here.
So let’s dive in.
Broyles is wearing a red tie as they walk down the corridor on blue flooring.
As Olivia enters the lab there is the Violet Sedan Chair poster on the wall again
The color scheme in the lab seems to be changing back to more green and red versus the amber.
WALTER: “Well, what choice do I have? Ah, I've been haunted for weeks with visions of a strange man. And now the stranger is here in the flesh, in our midst, and no one will let me examine him or even see him. I'm kept in the dark, knowing nothing. How's a man supposed to get some rest with all these uncertainties?”
The color palette of this episode was all over the place. Karen’s house had a lot of yellow.
Here the shapeshifter had already killed Karen so in a sense there are two occupying the same.
Back at the FBI Broyles is now wearing a blue tie.
Peter!!! And it appears that he will only speak to Walter.
- We know from 2.21 Over There Part 1 that the machine was William Bell’s technology but Nina (or Massive Dynamic, or over here) didn’t built it.
- We know that Walternate was also building this machine.
- We also know that Walter had send the pieces back through time in 3.21 The Day We Died.
So who built it over here? And if it wasn’t Walter in this timeline, then who did.
PETER: “Do you have a son, Walter? You and Elizabeth -- did you have a son?” WALTER: “Yes. He died... a long time ago, when he was just a boy.” PETER: “And then you found another version of him in the other universe. And he was dying, too. So you crossed over to save him.” WALTER: “Yes. But I couldn't.” PETER: “What do you mean you couldn't?” WALTER: “That lake where we crossed over was frozen. The ice broke. We fell through. I tried to hold on to him... but he drowned.”
ASTRID: “What's an Observer?”
PETER: “It all makes sense now. That has to be what happened. I was supposed to die that night in both universes, but when I didn't, I became a paradox, and now, for the two worlds to heal, I had to be deleted. But if I'm already dead in both universes, then why am I here? How am I back? Something's gone wrong, Walter. Something's happened.”
I’m sure this is not the reaction Peter expected.
Meanwhile Olivia gets called to a case. Finally the green and red reflections are back.
Malcolm Truss is tending his garden. He worked for Massive Dynamic so I’m wondering what he is feeding his flowers.
At Massive Dynamic Olivia looks at the machine. What is she thinking?
In Nina’s office are a few pictures. One shows her with Clinton, yes? The other ones I can’t make out even from a different angle. Lincoln points to a picture and says:
Ok, maybe it’s just me but I don’t believe that story. Even in the old time line Nina seemed to have more knowledge of Olivia than she let on. In 1.01 The Pilot when Olivia meets Nina for the first time, Nina says:
"Be careful and good luck."
And I’ve said this before too but I think Rachel is not Olivia’s biological sister. In 2.14 Brown Betty, she was just an actress whose name wasn’t even Rachel.
The other thing that came to mind is that it was Peter who Nina spend time with at the stables. 1.06 The Cure:
So Nina meets Lincoln and welcomes him to the team.
This was fun and so Peter. Back at the FBI he is rewiring the intercom so he can listen to what they’re saying and respond.
More colors: red, green and blue at the office.
Olivia looks quite concerned at the tampered intercom.
Meanwhile back at the lab, Walter found a box with memories. Not sure if the reels have anything to do with it but one of them is green.
So Truss agrees to go with the shapeshifter. They need gas.
So here we have Peter dissecting the memory new discs.
So I was reading Alice in Wonderland for a different reference in Fringe and I came across this in the first paragraph: So she [Alice] was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly…
Ok, sorry, now I’m the one going down rabbit holes. Back to the story.
So while Peter does that, Lincoln and Olivia are having a conversation.
- Because my dear, you belong with him! Yes I’m a P/O shipper and will remain confident that he wins her back. And thank you Lincoln for noticing it too.
So the shapeshifter takes Truss to a lab which was build to his specifications.
He takes a sample of her tissue.
The Pilot. Walter took a tissue sample from John Scott.
We’ve heard this phrase before but not from William Bell.
Also Truss said that Bell is dead, how did he die?
So Walter is in the lab when he gets a visitor.
-how did she know that? Was the relationship between her and Walter like in the old time line before he crossed over?
WALTER: “I find that baking custard calms me.”
2.01 A New Day In The Old Town.
Back to the conversation with Nina.
Ok, a few things here: If Nina still tried to stop Walter from crossing, did her arm still get caught and does she have the robotic arm even in this timeline?
Walter had crossed the line; Carla Warren said to Walter in 2.15 Peter: “There has to be a line we can’t cross.” She also told him: “For the sake of one life, you will destroy the world.”
And in William’s note to Walter in 3.02 The Box it said: “Don’t be afraid to cross the line.”
So then Peter informs Broyles of his findings.
Does this not smell like someone from the team is going to be replaced? JMO
Plus there is lots of blue and the green screen.
Shapeshifter Nadine: “I'm offering you something precious... an opportunity to take back what William Bell took from you... your legacy.”
And here we have another bridge.
So then we see Olivia receiving files.
Yep. This Peter got to you, didn't he? OLIVIA: “Just a little tired, I think.”
And it’s not often that we see Olivia in the office without her jacket. Two occasions that come to mind are 1.20 There Is More Than One Of Everything and 2.12 What Lies Below.
A few weeks ago I mentioned the best last 5 minutes of Fringe and this might be just the saddest last minutes of Fringe in an episode.
That reminded me of when Walter saw Peter for the first time again in St. Claire’s:” I thought you’d be fatter.” (1.01 The Pilot) Plus Walter is still holding his hand.
No one remembers Peter. Olivia looks at him like he is a stranger, like she is afraid of him.
Walter touches Peter’s face. Peter lets him.
-Walter! Wait! Remember the white tulip!
So Nadine the shapeshifter goes to the train station which is full of greens and blues, to get something from a locker.
She pulls out a PQET!
That looks an awful lot like the old shapeshifters on this side communicating with the other side.
So many questions!
Wow! I’m loving season 4 so far. Can’t wait till next week to find out how this all plays out.
Keep watching live, if you can.