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 DVD. 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…
PETER: “Thankfully, I don't believe in fate. Whatever Walternate's plans are for me, I promise you, I'm not getting in that machine.”
BELL: “Son, it is not always that simple. I've lived a long time, Peter. So believe me when I tell you that sometimes when one walks away from his fate, it leads one directly to fate's doorstep.”
... if Peter changed his mind after he realized the only choice was to enter machine. And what implications will fate have on Olivia? I’ll get back to fate later.
Glyphs spelled: MARCH
-as in marching orders
-as in there is an Observer called March
-as in something is going to happen in March
The Observer is waiting outside Olivia's apartment and is I’m sure up to no good.
Olivia is looking at a wall full of “Observer files”
So now we know the blood sample was the Observer’s and it had antibodies of the Spanish Flu which the last know epidemic was 1919. So that makes September a minimum of 91 years old. We know that the Observers have been sighted back to 1770 according to Brandon (2.08 August).
So Olivia shares with Broyles what September told her. Current episode is on the top 2.04 Momentum Deferred is on the bottom.
BROYLES: “I'm going to assign you a security detail.”
OLIVIA: “I don't think that that's necessary.”
BROYLES: “He threatened you.”
OLIVIA: “I'm not sure that's what he was doing. I -- I think that he was trying to warn me.”
So then we see Emily draw/color in this beautiful flower stand/store and I thought oh cool 3.03 The Plateau.
She suddenly hears a hum and turns the page to draw something new.
This guy is looking at the drawing of him getting hurt as he’s walking towards the construction site.
So back at the lab, a familiar sight: The Bishop boys working together.
PETER: "You've done it before, Walter. You can do it again."
Yeah and it should look something like this. Peter activated the interface in 2.22 Over There Part 2.
The color scheme of this episode was lots of blue and yellow.
Of course Olivia is hoping that as Lincoln explains what happened, it would be the Observer but… no such luck.
Meanwhile back at Emily’s house she’s asking a question. EMILY: “Why did God make me like this?”
At the office Olivia is looking at the drawing. She’s so distracted
And she asks: “Do you believe in fate, sir?
OLIVIA: “Neither did I, but this drawing...
And sure enough, time for more pills. I love how they let us see the characters “through the looking glass”
So Emily is riding the bus.
Back at Emily’s house mom is trying to explain math.
For some reason, this popped into my head.
Olivia and Lincoln ask in the neighborhood and ultimately knock on her door, showing the printout from the surveillance camera although the rest of the family denies that they know her.
Upon leaving …
AGENT LEE: “No, why?”
OLIVIA: “Red backpack, same one she's wearing in the picture. So why did he lie to us?”
That reminded me of 1.03 The Ghost Network
I bring this up because I think her attention for detail is coming back. Back in 4.01 Neither Here Nor There it was Lincoln who paid more attention to detail than Olivia.
As they are leaving Emily walks up the street.
OLIVIA: “How were you able to draw this before the accident?”
So then of course dad shows up and the conversation is pretty much over. But, and I’m not really surprised, he brings up Massive Dynamic.
So Olivia pays a visit to Nina.
There is the close up of Olivia with her riding ribbon and Nina.
Sorry, back to the story.
OLIVIA: “Well, I thought you said that you were done using children as test subjects.”
OLIVIA: “I don't know how you could've raised me for so many years, and seen all the damage that was done to me, and pretend that there's nothing wrong with what you just said.”
So as always, everyone ends up in the lab. And Walter examines Emily.
Hm, is that what’s happening with Peter, since he wouldn’t be consciously aware of it?
EMILY: “That's not how it works. These images I see... they're like dreams. At first they're vivid, but then they fade. That's why I draw them. But it wouldn't matter anyway. Whatever I see... somehow it always happens. I know all these people are gonna die, but there's nothing I can do to stop it.”
EMILY: “I don't know. I guess if people knew, maybe they could say "I love you" to someone. Or just do one good thing.”
I wonder if that’s where Olivia got the idea to say that to Nina. Because right now, she really doesn’t have anyone else she could say it to.
As they were about to leave Peter suggest to hypnotize her to get her back to the bus to find out where Albert Duncan is going.
In 1.17 Bad Dreams, Walter hypnotized Olivia to find Nick Lane.
So they are able to guide her and she ends up in a building with lots of dead people which she had seen earlier in one of her drawings.
She also sees Albert Duncan there.
It reminded me of the people trapped in Amber from 1.03 The Ghost Network.
As the team heads to the Allston Courthouse Emily and her dad arrive at home, to find a black van parked outside their apartment and so the moving begins again. As Emily packs she hears the hum again and continues to draw on an already started drawing. As we find out at the end this is a special drawing.
The team discovers that Albert Duncan is the perp, trying to blow up the court house because he lost his kids in a custody battle. From Emily they know the bomb is most likely in the parking garage.
Blue of course represents our universe. And does P2b mean something, like Peter to be …? I know doesn’t make much sense but that’s what popped in to my head.
As they find the bomb Olivia is talking with one of the agents. And behind her is a yellow car.
So now it’s time to move.
Last week I asked if September’s revelation will affect her decisions and choices. Well here is your answer.
BROYLES: “This thing goes off, we're gonna need to clear a 200-meter blast radius. Maybe you should help the police set up a perimeter.”
OLIVIA: “I know what you're doing, and I'm not going anywhere.”
OLIVIA: “I can't live my life like that. Or do my job.”
So Peter is wondering if it’s possible to figure out the frequency Duncan is using to set the bomb off.
As they come upon Duncan they discover he has a backup plan, a second bomb strapped to himself.
OLIVIA: “No, you're wrong. Nothing has to happen. Nothing is written in stone. You and I -- we don't have to die here today. Now, whatever happens next is up to you. You are in control. I'm not ready to die today. I don't think that you are either.”
Anyway, Duncan gave up and Olivia was quite relieved calling Emily to let her know that those people she saw didn’t die. Emily’s dad went to tell her but found Emily gone.
Olivia had an idea where she went.
What Emily had drawn from the beginning was her own death.
EMILY: “I think you were right. Everyone has a purpose. They saved those people today. Maybe that was mine.”
Back at the lab with lots of blue.
OLIVIA: “Walter said that even if we'd known, we couldn't have done anything to prevent it. He says, "a candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long."”
PETER: “Yeah, why? What do you call 'em?”
OLIVIA: “Well, up until now we haven't called them anything.”
PETER: “Things really are different here.”
OLIVIA: "What do you know?"
PETER: “Well, they show up at significant events all through history.”
OLIVIA: “Well, how do they do that? Like some kind of time travel?”
PETER: “No, it's not really time travel, per se. Uh, it's more like they exist in all times simultaneously. They don't experience time the same way that you and I do.”
That made me think of 2.08 August
OLIVIA: “So they're traveling through time.”
BRANDON: “No. It's more like they're observing time. I think these guys show up at important moments. Um, historical, technological, scientific. But it's rare. Maybe two dozen different definite occurrences in the past five thousand years of human history.”
OLIVIA: "So they know what's going to happen."
PETER: “Well, no, I don't really see how they could. They don't predict the future, Olivia. They've already experienced it. Did one of them make contact with you? Have they reached out?”
Olivia just got home as someone knocks on her door. She seems reluctant to wanting to open the door. Of course we know it is Nina.
OLIVIA: “I'm sorry; I should not have accused you.”
NINA: “Please, I - I'm the one that needs to apologize. What happened to you as a child was unconscionable. You've come so far, I just forget sometimes how much you've been expected to forgive.”
Olivia is having another migraine attack and Nina is offering to make soup ‘cause we know Olivia doesn’t really eat, lol.
I thought back to 3.10 The Firefly where Walter was fixing soup for Peter after getting banged up by September and drinking the milk.
“Fate is a tricky thing.” (Nick Lane, 2.21 Over There Part 1)
As I said in the beginning Peter doesn’t believe in it or at least didn’t. Broyles doesn’t either. Olivia now does. Is Olivia destined to die? Can it be prevented? Will someone else have to die instead?
BIG SHOUT OUT to all the guest stars on this show and not just for this episode. They are amazing.
Another BIG SHOUT OUT, which I forgot to do last week, goes to Chris Tilton and Michael Giacchino. The music on Fringe completes the package of a well rounded show. If you have not listened to the soundtracks you should.
The Mallum Insurance sign on the building in last week’s episode was the clue for this one.
The next episode is called “Making Angels” and I wonder if this is the clue.
Hang on to your seats! And don't forget to WATCH LIVE if you can.
"In the end I have to believe in HOPE"