The Need To Be Seen
“The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.”
Timing is so important. One can take all the proper steps for THE big date; be dressed to the nines, bring a big bouquet of roses, and a box of chocolates but if you show up at the wrong time all your preparatory work can go for naught.
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Such is the fate of, ‘Wallflower.’ It came on the heels of the previous fantastic installment, ‘And Those We’ve Left Behind.’ Tough enough. But then to become the unintentional Fall Finale, due to the pushing out of the airing schedule by one week because of baseball’s World Series, is truly a cruel twist of fate.
‘Wallflower,’ also came at a time when expectations were that major traction in the Peter story arc were about to commence. Instead in this installment Peter was relegated to the sidelines to pin up drawings, provide courting help to Lincoln by giving him glasses fashion advice, and go on a shopping trip to get various sundry items including underwear. Not exactly the material of big things hoped for in the Peter story arc.
Though I did love and laugh out loud at the Peter/Olivia - “Hey/Hey” - moment.
Further to the seeming paralysis in the Peter story pace; the Observers have been lost since the start of the season. What is going on with September? What ramnifications of his decision to not eradicate Peter had with the other Observers? Is September on the road to becoming another August? And where is the expansion of the Observer mythos promised by the showrunners before the start of the current season?
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- Olivia suffering migraines has a prescription. How long has this been going on?
- Lee & Olivia in the diner. Lee freaking out about Fringe events. Olivia phlegmatic.
- man attacked and de-pigmentized by Invisible Man - ended up looking like Brent Spiner
- Peter gets to go on chaperoned shopping trips & gets an allowance
- Walter munching on beer battered Onion Rings
- Astrid talks to a shrink everyday about her job. Olivia’s self worry increases.
- Eugene in elevator listening to his ‘girlfriend’ most apropos small talking about fall and the changing colors
- Pigment = Death = Eugene’s desire to be seen = Suicide
- Walter with the mice - John & Invisible Yoko - made visible with UV Light
- Facepalm moment - Olivia searches for Eugene alone
- Eugene’s monologue to Olivia about being seen, being recognized, and connecting emotionally with someone encapsulates Olivia’s issues
- Eugene makes that connection with Julie in the elevator and then dies
- Olivia confesses to Nina her doubts and whether her exposure to Cortexiphan has stunted her emotionally
- Olivia feels she should know her place in life by now, Nina tells her that is not necessarily so
- Peter gives Lincoln styling glasses. ‘Trust me.’
- ‘Hey!’ ‘Hey!’
- another awkward Olivia/Lincoln moment as they stumble to make a date
- spurious observation: for her ‘date’ with Lincoln - Olivia decides to keep her hair in a ponytail. For her ‘date’ with Peter in Season Two’s, ‘Jacksonville,’ Olivia decided to keep her hair down. Significant? Or not?
- Nina ruins the ‘date.’ Olivia is gassed and given cortexiphan.
- Is Nina evil or taking desparate measures, a la Walter, to protect Olivia?
All of the above factored into my initial viewing of the episode. My expectations were so preset that my initial viewing of ‘Wallflower,’ left a bad taste. And the preview for the real Fall Finale episode did not help. Fortunately after a couple of days had passed, I was able to regroup, rewatch the episode, and judge it on its own merits.
And found ‘Wallflower,’ a solid episode. Much of the mystery surrounding the cold Olivia of this timeline is explained. My criticism of what Peter was given to do still stands.
The character/case of the week Eugene is borne with a mutation not just on the physical level but on an emotional one too. She has no connections emotionally and even worse, is rarely affected by the Fringe events she is consistently exposed to. Something that Olivia of this timeline has begun to really wrestle with. Even more so oddly, or perhaps not oddly at all, since the injection of Peter into the Season 4 timeline.
The reveal that Nina has continued the cortexiphan injections on Olivia explains much. It also, in typical Fringe fashion, raises new questions. For those that have harbored a long standing distrust of Nina were given vindication. Nina is evil!
Or is she?
Unquestionably Nina’s methods are reprehensible. But will we find out that her actions are not nefarious in goal but rather driven by her belief that this is the only way to protect Olivia? The answer is unclear and certainly there has been enough evidence to paint Nina in a bad light this season. On the other hand is this another scenario, much like Walter’s crossing over to the other universe to save the other Peter? Time will tell.
The most impressive accomplishment for me in this episode is that I am now truly emotionally engaged in what happens to this Olivia and Walter in this timeline. This has been a big point of contention for those that believe these characters are superfluous because they will be wiped away when things are set back to their proper places. After the direction that has been laid out in these seven episodes it is clear something more amibitious is definitely in play.
Eugene’s final scene in the elevator with Julie was beautifully done. His joy at achieving recognition, even at the price of death, was truly touching. As Eugene slid to floor, Fringe music composer Chris Tilton, skillfully composed the emotional underpinnings and poignancy of those final seconds.
In his last moments who was Eugene meant to parallel then?
Maybe both. Or maybe that moment was his.