Welcome to the Observiews for Season 4 of Fringe. I call them Observiews because they are more visual observations than deep thinking reviews, if that makes sense.
Screen caps from this episode are taken from fringefiles.com, and my pictures. Dialog is from fringepedia.net/transcripts.
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…
4.08 Back To Where You’ve Never Been
You can say that again!
I’ll tell you. One awesome episode just happened. Fringe is back, baby!
This was an excellent episode. I sat there the whole time, not moving because I didn’t want to miss a beat. It is also a very deep episode, so I will do my best to bring you the visuals.
Glyphs spelled: JONES
As in – do I really need to explain?
The Observer can be seen at the end talking with Olivia. I’ll get back to that.
Let’s start in typical Fringe manner: Walter half naked.
Aww, this was so cool. The three of them being back together, having breakfast.
I wonder if that triggered something in Peter’s mind because…
There is only one way to get Walter to help:
I guess he can still be bought.
In 3.05 6955 kHz, Fauxlivia brought him Malassadas which he realized…
And as he was re-telling the story to Lincoln in 4.02 One Night In October.
But it wasn’t Astrid who brought the pastries.
Walter broke my heart as he explained how Elizabeth died.
In 3.15 Subject 13 we saw Elizabeth crumbling under the pressure of lying to Peter about where he’s from.
And Walter talked about Elizabeth in 4.04 Subject 9:
I loved this scene.
So Peter goes and visits Olivia – at home?
Olivia is taking a day off? That’s unheard of. Even in the hardest times she kept working or went back to work right away. Or at least our Olivia did.
Behind Peter is a bust of a white horse (or a bishop – chess).
And this is the horse I have on my “Fringe case”.
Peter asks Olivia to help him cross over since he can’t use the bridge-room.
OLIVIA: “When I can what?”
I think this is the first time where I’m not sure I like this Olivia, having ulterior motives and using Peter to serve her purpose.
So then we have a double decker car again.
Inside the station is a tea vending machine. Looks like in this timeline, coffee is still not available over there.
So then they go to the opera house to set up the device for Peter and Lincoln to cross.
In 2.21 Over There Part1 the cortexi-kids used it to cross over to get Peter.
LINCOLN: “Just out of curiosity, um... if this thing closes while I’m still crossing through, what happens?”
PETER: “It'll cut you in half. I killed a guy like that once. Don't worry. He was a bad guy.”
But since Peter never existed, can we assume that he did cross, that he did kill Bell? In 4.05 Novation Truss says he wished Bell was still alive. It will be interesting to find out how Jones’s story is changed in this timeline.
So they step through the device
I guess the “grrr Lincoln moments” that I have shouldn’t bother me that much because this is not our Olivia.
LINCOLN: “This place isn't all that different from our—“
PETER: “Hey Scarecrow, come on. The flying monkeys are coming.”
Another reference to Wizard of Oz.
So Lincoln and Peter finagle their way into the secure dock area to go to Liberty Island.
I’ll get back to that.
Meanwhile. This was the other weird color scheme, I guess. There’s red, green and purple.
It reminded me of this from 4.01 Neither Here NorThere.
It also reminded me of this from 3.14 6B
So back to the pier. Lincoln explains his plan to Peter about getting to Walternate’s secure room.
But of course before they get anywhere, they get caught and then finally the two Lincolns’ meet.
This is probably my favorite line of the whole episode. FAUXLIVIA: “Who the hell are you?”
So Peter and Lincoln get transported to Fringe HQ I assume, Peter quite upset that he was “betrayed” by Olivia and Lincoln. Agent Murphy gets a call with orders.
Peter gets away and Lincoln gets caught again by Fauxlivia and Alt-Lincoln.
Grrr, Peter, why did you tell him that.
This Tarrytown’s resident is Elizabeth.
Peter seeks help from Elizabeth who hasn’t aged a day compared to this (2.21 Over There Part 1).
3.15 Subject 13
SECRETARY BISHOP: “So you have come all this way to bring me to justice.”
That reminded me of 2.22 Over There Part 2, the conversation he had with Olivia.
Okay, back to Secretary Bishop. I have to say when I saw him holding that device I was a bit scared for Peter. But then I’m glad it was Brandonate who got zapped.
Yep, our world has been there too. 3.04 Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep?
SECRETARY BISHOP: “I spent weeks convincing myself that Doctor Fayette had been replaced. If I had been wrong, this tech would've killed a human being.”
I’m still not sure if I trust this Secretary Bishop but these scenes were awesome.
This whole conversation reminded me of the very beginning of Fringe. 1.01 The Pilot
Meanwhile Fauxlivia and Lincoln traced the call back to the Flatiron district. They go and ask Broyles for some leeway on this. Oh boy, are they going to be in for a surprise. So Broyles makes a call,
Okay, so what just happened? Is Broyles a mole too? And is he a shapeshifter too?
And David Robert Jones!
And what is the purpose of the shapeshifters?
So where was that list of the best 5 last minutes of Fringe?
They got to stop doing this, or someone will have a heart attack.
Olivia is day dreaming at the opera house, waiting for Peter and Lincoln to return.
SEPTEMBER: “I have come to tell you something... Olivia.”
OLIVIA: “How did you know my name? How do you know my -- you've been shot.”
WOW, what do you do with news like that?
Who shot September?
Was it Donald (2.08 August) who also killed August or another assassin? Who gave the order? And why? And is he still alive?
Last time an observer got shot was in 2.08 August.
I know Olivia has been observed from the beginning. This is the Season 1 DVD booklet.
(Not in any particular order)
Loved Walter’s bear claw slippers.
Peter in the back of the police car. He’s been there before in 2.20 Northwest Passage
A Winter’s tale – the train picture reminded me of mechanics and machines. Peter Lake was a machinist who could bring back to live machines that the other mechanics couldn’t, just like our Peter (1.02 The Same Old Story): “You may be able to reanimate dead guinea pigs or... whatever, but I can bring anything mechanical back from the dead.”
Pancakes – are made quite often
1.02 The Ghost Network, Walter decided on blue berry pancakes
1.15 Inner Child – Olivia made pancakes for Ella after she was woken up at 6:17am
1.20 There Is More Than One Of Everything – When Peter was little, Walter would make pancakes in the shape of whales
2.08 August – Because Olivia had to give Ella a rain check on going to the park, she made her pancakes
3.14 6B – Walter was fixing breakfast for Olivia and Peter and made blue berry pancakes.
There is a children’s book series called “Olivia”. And in “Olivia plans a Tea Party”, her favorite day is “pancake day”. There is also another one called “Olivia meets Olivia”.
Elizabeth looking into his eyes and recognizing Peter, reminded me of 3.09 Marionette where Olivia explains to Peter…
Secretary Bishop said “Not everything is as it seems.” This episode was sort of about deceptions, I guess.
-Olivia and Lincoln wanted to use Peter to get an idea of what Secretary Bishop’s plans were with the shapeshifters, the two of them not knowing though that he has nothing to do with them.
-Secretary Bishop using Peter to go back to the other side to inform them that he’s not responsible.
-Brandonate being a shapeshifter.
-Broyles being a mole and possible shapeshifter.
The other theme I detected was “trust”
-Olivia’s trust issues in general as Fauxlivia stated.
-Peter thinking he could trust Olivia and Lincoln
-Peter telling Lincoln to trust Fauxlivia
-Peter being the only one the Secretary can trust
And honestly I don’t trust any of this.
What a ride.
Just keep watching live!
“In the end I have to believe in HOPE”