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Fringe Observiews 4.06 And Those We've Left Behind

      Email Post       11/16/2011 02:59:00 PM      

Welcome to the Observiews for Season 4 of Fringe. I call them Observiews because they are more visual observations than deep thinking reviews.

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…

2.17 White Tulip
PECK: “You and I both know there are certain things we take for granted -- the laws of nature for example -- that are not necessarily binding. There are places on this Earth where two plus two most definitely does not equal four.”

... like it being 2007 inside the Greens’ house and 2011 outside.

Glyphs spelled LIVING
As in – Kate: ”This isn't living, Raymond. Living is what's beyond this room, beyond this house, out there in the world where you're supposed to be.”                                                                                                                                          

Observer can be seen here.

OLIVIA: “I thought I’d gotten rid of you.”
PETER: “I don’t think so. Took me three years to finally get you. You’re not gonna get rid of me that easy.”
OLIVIA: “Where did you disappear to?”
PETER: “I was checking up on Walter. He found the swing set. You know who he feels about Newtonian mechanics.
OLIVIA: “You know what this is?”
PETER: “The perfect day.”
OLIVIA: “Yes, the perfect day. Too bad it has to end.”
PETER: “And why would it have to end?”
OLIVIA: “We can’t ignore the problem, Peter. Ignoring it won’t make it go away.”
PETER: “I don’t understand. What’s the problem? What’s wrong Olivia?”
OLIVIA: “You, Peter. You’re the problem.”

As a P/O shipper I loved this moment. Too bad it was a nightmare for Peter.

Peter’s state here
reminds me of 2.20 Northwest Passage.

We sort of have seen this before as well.
Olivia in the cell, shortly before Broyles pays her a visit in 3.08 Entrada.

Samantha’s house is mostly green.
It is also the last name of Raymond and Kate. As soon as her mom is done with dishes, they’re going to read her favorite book: Burlap Bear. Olivia read that book to Ella in 1.16 Unleashed.
We also found it in 3.07 The Abducted. It was on Max’s book case.

As the time slip happens Samantha is a baby again. There are butterflies on the walls and the coats hang in rainbow colors.

On the road for the first time Peter came back he looks around and says that’s how he remembers it.
It reminded me of when he was in the helicopter flying over NYC in the other universe in 2.22 Over There Part 2.

Maybe I’m taking the color thing too serious but humor me, will you? Just something I noticed.

So Astrid gets to play with tech from the other universe.
Lincoln used it in 2.22 Over There Part 2.
Although it seems not to be working even though Walter is reading the instructions.
I loved John Noble’s expressions in this episode. He is such a great actor.

Peter, himself a Fringe case right now, was supposed to go to MD but had to go with them on a case.
But what is Olivia thinking? Maybe not so bad having him around after all? He is getting to you again, isn't he?

Blues and reds in this area and then it changes depending on the area you’re in.

Walter reluctantly examines Peter
although he was quite eager in 4.05 Novation to do so, uh, before he found out that Peter is claiming to be his son.

So then we have another time slip where a train appears out of nowhere.
This episode reminded me a lot of 2.17 White Tulip so I thought I should add the train from there here.
That’s where we meet Alistair Peck for the first time as he jumps back into the train.

Since Walter won’t help, Peter decides to start working on the case. This is one of my favorite P/O moments. I love how Olivia is just flustered.
It sort of reminded me of 1.01 The Pilot where Peter tells her she should try reading books.
What can I say I’m a hopeless P/O shipper, sigh!

Olivia is telling Peter about the visions Walter has had and that he also showed up in Olivia’s dreams. Peter had no idea about that.

Lincoln informs them about the train appearing and Peter decides to go with them. One moment he’s in the lab...
the other... they’re at the scene.
And it happens again.
Olivia is questioning the kid and he says the train just appeared like through a window.
That reminded me of David Robert Jones opening a window to the other side in
1.20 There Is More Than One Of Everything.

Peter is checking the radiation level on the car
just like Bellivia did in 3.17 Stowaway.

Raymond is trying to get his wife to finish the equation to keep the time bubble open indefinitely.
It reminded me of 1.08 The Equation
where Mitchell Loeb needed the equation to be completed so he could weaken the structures of solid matter to walk through walls to steal Walter’s safety deposit boxes. I’ll get back to those later.

Walter’s method of refusing to help is listening to music.
The song is called: I've got too much time on my hands

So they discovered two points.
Lincoln comes up with the other two.
The 3rd point is Chestnut Hill and the 4th a golf course which wasn’t there 4 years ago.

So then Walter decides to offer a theory. The four points form the Fibonacci golden spiral
We’ve had the Fibonacci sequence in Fringe before.
In 1.10 Safe Walter hit the “dis-ray” device in safe deposit boxes with numbers that were part of the sequence – 233, 377, 610, and 987.  Walter uses snails, nautilus shells and rams horns as examples.
This is an unused glyph of a horn
And this of course is one of the glyphs during the commercials which symbolizes the letter “N”. The tail forms the spiral as well.

They discover the center of events in Brookline. We’ve been in Brookline before as well. In 1.18 Midnight, Olivia thought Mako stole the car from the home in Brookline. The wedding took place in Brookline from 2.13 The Bishop Revival and Senator Van Horn lived there in 3.04 Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep.

So here are Kate and Raymond before he turns the device back on. There is a painting of a horse hanging on the wall.
Last week there were two drawings hanging in the former home of Truss.

More red and blue;
And there’s a bell hanging on the cabinet.
We also have oranges on the counter, grapefruit on the wall and …
The other thing I noticed is the clock. In the first time loop the clock says 12:12
and in the other it says 1:45.
I guess he really isn't going back to the same moment because his wife has continued to work on the equation and has made progress, or is it because he is able to keep the loop open for longer?

Here are the green and red reflections again.

OLIVIA: “Is something on your mind?” PETER: “Yeah. Yeah. Those dreams that you were having... the ones that I'm in...” OLIVIA: “Mm-hmm.” PETER: “Were we in a park? Walter on a swing set?”
OLIVIA: “What?” PETER: “In the dreams, did you feel like you knew me? Did you feel anything?” OLIVIA: “You're a stranger, so... what would I feel?
Ouch, that got to have hurt. Peter had finally come close to Olivia, only to have her taken away, then hooking up with another Olivia, to having found his Olivia again. And now he is standing in front of yet another Olivia. The guy just can’t win.

So then one of the agents finds the right house and without knowing it walks through the barrier. One moment he was there and then he just evaporated.
We've seen this before as well.
On the bridge in 2.18 The Man From The Other Side. Just before Walternate crossed over here, the agent was evaporated.

So with help of fingerprint spray they discover that the barrier is huge.
It’s displayed in rainbow colors. Earlier I said that the coats in Samantha’s room were hanging in rainbow colors as well.
Peter suggests that they need a movable faraday cage. Walter heard it and he’s got quite an expression on his face.
He is also eating Red Vines again.

Here we’ve got Olivia’s number again.
If you add them up and divide them by 2, you get 8.

This was one of my favorite parts when both of them asked how to put the harness on.
Olivia was like what we’re used to, willing to risk her life to save others. I guess she was stumped when Broyles gave Peter the okay to be the one this time.
They also discover the next possible target, a tunnel that wasn't there 4 years ago in Somerville. I think that’s where Astrid said her apartment was in 2.03 Fracture and Somerville was affected by the lightning storms in 3.21 The Last Sam Weiss.

Recognize Broyles’s license plate?
2.18 The Man From The Other Side

ASTRID: “This goes in your neck.” PETER: “Of course it does.”
Olivia’s been there too.
Although I have to say Walter was a lot gentler attaching it to Olivia as Astrid was with Peter.

Looks like Olivia is upset.
And what about Walter, when he said: “He’s very smart.” Was there a flicker of pride and a grin?  - Walter, he’s getting to you too, isn’t he?
So here is the portable faraday cage.
Peter looks much more pleasant than Alistair Peck in 2.17 White Tulip.

So Peter makes it inside. Now we're concerned, right?

Snicker, snicker.
Too bad the WS in 2011 took 7 games. And to boot, later Peter gets hit on the head with a baseball bat.
As Peter makes his way downstairs, there was heavy clock chime music. I thought it very intriguing.
Last time Peter went down the basement
he, along with Walter and Broyles, found a dead girl. (3.09 Marionette)

Silly questions:
 is this the same cop?

So as Lincoln is in the tunnel, he flashes his fancy phone. Sprint is back!
The other thing that struck me was the yellow line.

PEOPLE! RUN! Why does everyone just stand there? Get the hell out of there.

More 4’s.
I guess I’ll put here. This episode had a lot of references with the number 4 in it: the fire happened 4 years ago, flashback to 4 years ago, the last train on the track was 4 years ago, tunnel didn't exist 4 years ago, 40 mile radius down town Boston, house number 5425, the time on the timers, 4 points on the map, just to name a few. So I went back to see what else I could find:
1.01 The Pilot – Level 4 HAZMAT suits were required to enter the plane
1.02 The Same Old Story – the team was called to the hospital at 4 in the morning
1.04 The Arrival – beacon vibrated at 4 MHz
1.05 Power Hungry – Bethany is on the phone, checking the time of the meeting which is tomorrow at 4.
1.15 Inner Child – the guys who blow up the building are checking zone 4 which is clear
1.14 Ability – 4 block radius is not enough around the building with the “light bomb”
1.18 Midnight – Bob Dunn drives an Audi A4
2.17 White Tulip – there are places where 2+2 does not equal 4
3.03 The Plateau – When Milo finished his thoughts the clock showed 4
3.05 Amber 31422 – Matthew Rose returned alive after being trapped in Amber for 4 years
3.08 Entrada – Fauxlivia is being extracted at 4
3.18 Bloodline – Henry’s taxi was waiting for him a B-4
3.20 6:02 AM EST – Fauxlivia dragged Lincoln’s ass out of a class 4 vortex
There is more. You can look for yourself

I guess I’ll throw the other theme in here as well. The word “time” was said 32 times. I counted as I watched one time.

And then she too was here one moment and gone the next.
Just like Peck in 2.17 White Tulip

Olivia and Peter look on as Raymond cares for his wife.
This reminded me of Peter and Olivia in 3.10 The Firefly looking at the couple at the nursing home.

PETER: “I know, I know. Stay here.”
For some reason I thought back to 1.04 The Arrival, where he just waltzed in causing quite a stir.

OLIVIA: “...If you get hungry you can get a snack from the kitchen, which is just there.”
This came to mind. 1.08 The Equation, Olivia offering Ben a roll of quarters for the snack machine.

BROYLES: “Good work today. Turns out it wasn't you causing these events after all.” PETER: “Actually, I think it was. I think the only reason Kate's theory worked is because of my presence here.” BROYLES: “Why do you think that?” PETER: “Because I overheard Raymond telling Kate that he only started getting results three days ago. I arrived three days ago. Initially I thought it was the timeline that had to be reset,
but... now I'm thinking that it's me. Clearly, I'm in the wrong place. And all the people that I know and love are somewhere else. Now I just gotta figure out how to get home.”

Broyles finds out that Walter owned a house. Yay, it’s back.
PETER: “It's déjà vu.” OLIVIA: “Just so you know, there'll be an FBI agent stationed out the front door.” PETER: “Where would I run to? So hey, do I get an allowance?” OLIVIA: “I'll see what I can do.”
How about his credentials back. (1.04 The Arrival)

PETER: “Okay. Thanks for the lift.” OLIVIA: “I'm gonna talk to Walter again and see if I can convince him to help you.” PETER: “Best of luck with that.”
OLIVIA: “I was important to you, wasn't I? I mean the other version of me... 'cause I see the way you look at me when you think that I'm not aware.”

2.22 Over There part 2
FAUXLIVIA: “What's she like?” PETER: “Who?” FAUXLIVIA: “Me.” PETER: “She's a lot like you. Darker in the eyes, maybe. She's always trying to make up for something. Right some imaginary wrong. Haunted, I guess. Maybe she's nothing like you at all. Thanks for the ride.”

PETER: “Yeah. Yeah, she was. She is.”
OLIVIA: “Well, I hope that you get back to her.” PETER: “Thank you. Me too.”
Then Peter picks up an airplane.
Look familiar? 3.15 Subject 13

So Peter, where is here? Is this a third universe you’re in? Will you find your way home?
So many questions to which we hopefully get some answers.

Other observations

2.02 Night Of Desirable Objects
OLIVIA: “How the hell did this happen? Why wasn’t anyone watching…?
…this fantastic episode.
This was going to be my opener. I was so disappointed and upset when I saw the ratings that I just wanted to scream. I have recovered but I wanted to add that in here.

Walter is still walking in patterns through the lab.

Peter refers to Ground hog day.

Raymond – this is the 3rd time I remember this name being used. 2.02 Night Of Desirable Objects, one of the victim’s names was Raymond; 2.03 Fracture, Raymond Gordon was the Colonel who was involved with Project Tin Man.

Raymond was able to keep the time loop open for 47 minutes.

Walter said: “You can't just walk from the present into the past. You're shattering the laws of physics.”
It sort of reminded me of this from 2.22 Over There Part 2 - SECRETARY BISHOP: “It's true, I'm afraid. When our two universes first interacted, it caused soft spots on the other side. But it was much worse here. The laws of physics were turned into mere suggestions. But I'm hoping you can change all that.” PETER:”I don't know what you heard about me, but... changing the laws of physics might be slightly above my abilities.”

Here are slightly different lyrics to the song Walter was listening to.

KATE: "Some things are supposed to remain theories. It wasn't meant to be built."

All I know is that I’m totally stoked for next week. This was by far the best episode of S4 so far.

Keep watching. Fringe Rocks!

“In the end I have to believe in Hope”


Elizabeth said...

Another brilliant job! I look forward to reading your pieces every week! Thanks!

LC_07 said...

Really enjoyed these observiews.

But one thing that might have gotten passed by you is the LCD huge TV in the living room at the Bishop's house. If Walter hasn't lived there since before St. Claire's, how come there's a TV like that?

Anonymous said...

4 for the 4 universes that exist?
If this is really the third universe then a fourth must exist because of the bridge that was created.

milostanfield said...

I don't think Peter is in a 3rd universe. I think he is in the same "blue" universe as before, but it, and the people in it, are different because of the timeline rewrite by the Observers (what incredible power over people and reality they have!).

Apparently timelines trump or contain universes. When the timeline was rewritten both universes were affected and changed together. In set theory the timeline would be a superset containing both universes. For me this fits with what we are seeing.

The big difference is that there are 2 distinct PHYSICAL versions of each of us in the two universes. But what Peter is now experiencing is a result of changing the personal experiences of the physically SAME people and universe that he knew from his own UNCHANGED personal experience. So Peter was removed but NOT rewritten like everyone else was. In Season 3 the question of identity was explored with the physical switch of two Olivias. This time it is being explored with the physically same people.

So tragically, Peter is both right and wrong. He IS "home" where the actual PHYSICAL people he knows and loves are right in front of him. But he is not "home" at the same time because they were rewritten but he was not.

Where does Peter go from here? The airplane scene the end is very apt. In "Subject 13" Peter, as a child, was in the same situation: stuck in a world he knew was wrong. His solution then was to live the lie that the adults were forcing on him and thus he became the "blue" universe version of Peter. Could he do the same thing now? He is an adult now and everyone knows the truth, so his situation is different.

So if this timeline/universe take is correct, Peter's dilemma can only be solved by rewriting the timeline, not finding the right universe. Two logical possibilities: rewrite the timeline to fit Peter, or rewrite Peter to fit the timeline.

LC_07 said...

milostanfield, very interesting perspective.

FringeFan said...

Wow, you really put in a lot of TIME for these observiews.... good job! :)

@milostanfield Interesting theory. Timeline convergence does seem to explain it, and your take on Peter's current situation - "home but not home" - was good. I prefer rewriting of the timeline to fit Peter. That would be more.... Fringe-y. The other choice is probably the most expected/suspected/predicted to happen. And we know how many times that was proved right.

milostanfield said...

And echo the shoutout to Cortexifans' Observiews. Their style is unique in that it just throws a lot of stuff up and lets us take something and run wherever with it. They are especially good at making connects with previous eps. If you are a new fan going through the previous season's eps, dig back into the archives on this site for "Summer Rewatch" articles and comments. A great resource. Happy Fringe-day!

milostanfield said...

@LC_07 - The LCD TV (a popular topic)

Even the mighty Cortexifan will miss one or two. There's so much!

So, to paraphrase Alternate Charlie holding up the pen in "The Plateau": "LCD TV: Fringe event or not?"

Haven't got a clue. Maybe we'll find out when Peter turns it on! It could mean something or it could mean a prop guy was smoking something. Doubt the latter. This production crew is top notch. So it had to be intentional even if just to tease us.

cortexifan said...

@ milostanfied, thanks much appreciated
@LC-07 yep I do miss stuff and that's okay,

regarding the flat screen tv - I saw it but didn't think anything of it. What if the university rented the place out while Walter was gone. I do remember that it was furnished housing, so maybe the university added the tv.

Actually, what came to mind this morning was Brown Betty, where Peter just used the house, although no one lived there.
Anyway, ready for tonight!

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