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 are taken from fringefiles.com. 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…
1.17 Bad Dreams
RACHEL: “Gruesome? That's a good word.”
… to describe this episode because it was gruesomely awesome.
Glyphs spelled: OLIVE
And I think we’ll find out next week what it pertains to.
There is something interesting about the glyphs. In previous seasons they mostly pertained to the current episode. This season I believe they go more with the next episode. The glyphs for 4.10 Forced Perspective spelled MARCH which was the Observer in 4.11 Making Angels. The glyphs for 4.11 Making Angels spelled EMPATH which I’m assuming pertains to this:
The Observer can be seen here and I admit I needed help to find him.
Shall we just savor the next moment!
PETER: “I do.”
OLIVIA: “Then tell me. I want to hear you say it.”
PETER: “I love you.”
The color of this dream is blue, like in our universe.
And finally, not only did Olivia say that she loved Peter, he said it back in the same instance. All the other times those words were spoken it wasn’t reciprocated in the same instance. John Scott in 1.01 The Pilot said it but Olivia didn’t say it back right away. She said the words to John a few days later but he didn’t say it back. Olivia said “I love you” to Peter in 3.21 The Last Sam Weiss but Peter didn’t say it back. And even when Olivia said it at the end of 4.10 Forced Perspective, Nina didn’t respond back. And actually I’m glad about that one.
Back to the story. Walter and Peter are in the lab experimenting.
PETER: “Walter is creating a new breakfast cocktail -- hot cinnamon roll.”
Here is the recipe if you want it.
This scene reminded me of 2.16 Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver. Walter was baking human skin.
His cocktail is mostly cinnamon schnapps and butter and Walter proclaims: “It needs more butter.”
Peter asks if Olivia was okay. Her answer: “I’m just a little bit tired, that’s all.”
1.05 Power Hungry: “I’m a little tired, that’s all.”
4.01 Neither Here Nor There
LINCOLN LEE: “Is that relevant?”
WALTER: “To this case? Not at all.”
Anyway, Walter had built the interface which looks more like a torture device
1.20 There Is More Than One Of Everything - as Charlie tries to understand the alternate universe: “Like Dorothy going to Oz.”
2.02 Night Of Desirable Objects - scarecrows watching over the field.
2.03 Fracture - Project Tin Man.
2.11 Johari Window - Walter doesn’t want to get out of the car and refers to himself as the cowardly lion and later talks about flying monkeys and talking lions.
3.09 Marionette - referring to the heartless man as tin man.
3.10 The Firefly - at the end a record is playing with the song: “If I only had a brain”.
And even the Violet Sedan Chair cover shows a yellow brick road.
So on to the case. A trucker is stuck on the road in a line of cars which just stopped working.
The gauges are all going crazy. (red and green buttons and hands)
Then we have 1.13 The Transformation where Marshall Bowman turned into a beast. And of course the plane crashed.
Of course this plane crashes too. And the red breaks up the blue.
Enter the Fringe team! First three numbers on the license plate: 431. Add them up you get 8.
Well, I’ll get back to that at the end.
Astrid is trying to get Walter online but he’s not responding. He is actually right behind them. He wanted to leave the lab and Peter had nothing to do with that.
OLIVIA: “Yeah, it's not just that. I mean, he's been much more open lately, somehow.”
Maybe that’s because this is our Walter.
Broyles and Astrid are off doing something and Walter thinks about food.
They drive in to Westfield for rhubarb pie.
Well in the old timeline Walter did get his license back, driving very badly as he and Peter are called to a case in 2.13 The Bishop Revival
He grabs the big knife.
Cliff tells them that they can’t leave and that they are trapped.
Back in town they go to the sheriff’s office.
OLIVIA: “Okay, the phones are out here too. Walter, why can't we leave? Do you think it's got something to do with what happened on the highway?” WALTER: “I'm not sure. I've seen this once before.”
I actually have Brigadoon on DVD and love it. Here is a trailer for it.
Cliff starts to explain what happened, that the whole town has gone crazy. And he’s glad the FBI is here: “A few of us who are immune are holed-up at the High School. Including my wife and daughter. That's why I went to the diner, to get them food. They need supplies. But what they need most of all is hope.”
OLIVIA: “If you don’t trust me then there is no hope.”
ALT-BROYLES: “In the end I have to believe in hope.”
So they have a plan and a few things are needed when Olivia mentions a military base not too far away.
PETER: “You think the Army's involved in this?”
OLIVIA: “Uh, Upstate New York. Remember, the whole town's population was disfigured from the military experiment?” (2.11 Johari Window)
PETER: “I investigated a case in Edina with my Walter, and my Olivia.”
As they raid the gun racks Walter wants a weapon too. In 3.08 Entrada he didn’t want one.
The car is not working so they have to walk to the school.
CLIFF: “Agent Dunham said his name is Bishop, like yours. He's your son, isn't he?”
WALTER: “In a fashion, yes, you could say that.”
Olivia is feeling weird.
PETER: “Whoa, whoa. What's the matter?”
OLIVIA: “No, I'm okay. It's just -- I'm just a little bit dizzy.”
PETER: “You need some water?”
OLIVIA: No becau...(slurred) Oh, Peter, I don't know how to explain it, but that feels like there was somebody else in my, uh -- in my head. Here... take this. I – I - I'm scared that -- that what's happening to the other people in this town is happening to me.”
And William Bell also occupied Olivia for a while in 3.16 Os; 3.17 Stowaway and 3.19 LSD.
1.17 Bad Dreams
Out of precaution she gives Peter her gun.
They make it to the high school. The Killer Bee emblem behind the tree
Inside, the team discovers that one more person has gone crazy. Walter examines her.
He is also taking a blood sample and Peter was able to convince Olivia to have her blood tested too.
OLIVIA: “Well, I'm glad you're here -- not just for me but for him. I've seen the way he's been with you lately. Before you got here, he was kind of shut-down and isolated.”
PETER: “He's a lot like my Walter, this one.”
OLIVIA: “What's she like?”
PETER: “Pardon me?”
OLIVIA: “The other Olivia. I'm just curious.”
That reminded me of 2.22 Over There Part 2 when Fauxlivia asked him that question.
PETER: “I don't know, she's, uh -- she's driven. She's very, very stubborn. She doesn't like to lose. But she sees the best in people, even when they don't see it themselves. When she first found me, I was in Baghdad trying to run a scam on these two Iranian businessmen.”
PETER: “She gave me something that I hadn't had since -- really since my mom died. She gave me... a place to call home... a place I'd want to call home. Eventually, we even had our own thing.”
OLIVIA: “A thing?”
PETER: “Yeah, a thing. A routine, you know? On Friday nights, we'd get together. We'd watch cheesy horror films and order in from Damiano's.”
No, you’re supposed to watch Fringe Friday nights, remember? No wonder the ratings are low, lol.
Meanwhile, the person who had just gone crazy killed herself. Olivia still not knowing what’s going on tries to stay encouraged.
As Peter would say in 2.12 What Lies Below: “That’s just like you.”
And speaking of that episode,
The funniest moment in this episode for me was when Walter used the intercom to summon Peter and Olivia to the bio lab. He’s figured out what’s happening here.
PETER: “Walter, what you're saying is the two universes merged together somehow?”
WALTER: “Yeah, I'm afraid I am. These two circles... represent the respective universes. And this overlap is the town. Now, for reasons that I am yet to deduce, our Westfield has merged with the Westfield from the alternate universe, trapping the three of us in the overlap.”
OLIVIA: “Okay, well, how can two universes merging drive an entire town insane?”
PETER: “Maybe the same thing that's happening to the town is happening to the townspeople. They're merging with their doppelgangers.”
WALTER: “Which would explain why Teresa, uh, thought her husband was alive and dead at the same time. I mean, can you imagine being flooded with years of experiences and memories that were not your own? The mind -- unable to distinguish between what's real and what is not.”
Poor Olivia, still not knowing if her blood was okay.
OLIVIA: “Okay, well, can it be reversed?”
Walter, enough with the suspense already, just tell her/us!
PETER: “So what are you saying, Walter, that Olivia's –“
WALTER: “What? No, Olivia's blood was fine. Did I fail to mention that?”
PETER: “Yes, you left that part out.”
Don’t know who looked more relieved, Peter
But something is still happening with Olivia, and yes, I will have to get back to that later as well.
So Peter thinks it could be Amphilicite because it does have the power to blow a hole in the universe as he says in 4.09 Enemy Of My Enemy.
WALTER: “Yes, that would do it.”
OLIVIA: “You think that David Robert Jones is involved?” PETER: “I don't know, but maybe that's why he was at the quarry. Mining Amphilicite, to do this.” OLIVIA: “But why? I mean, to what end?”
WALTER: “Of course, if my theory is correct, it presents a more pressing problem. The effects I have just described -- t – they are just Phase One.”
OLIVIA: “What's Phase Two?”
So they have to figure out where to go. Walter is out of ideas.
OLIVIA: “M - maybe you should go and talk to him.”
OLIVIA: “Well, I've seen how you two are together, and he seems to respond to you.”
Just like 1.16 Unleashed
PETER: “Focusing Walter is even at the best of times just a matter of degrees. Okay, fine.”
OLIVIA: “Thank you.”
So they figured out that the safest place is in the eye of the storm. Walter and Peter do the math.
But apparently not everyone on the bus is going to be making it until the end.
The duality again reminded me of 2.14 Jacksonville where Mr. Pratchet from over here melted together with the Mr. Pratchet from over there.
The safe place was on the corner of Cypress and Quimby.
As the “storm” blows over there are some interesting exchanges between Olivia
BROYLES: “During the search, we found several unusual devices. We're not sure how the technology works, but they were placed around the perimeter of the town.”
BROYLES: “HazMat detected trace amounts of amphilicite.”
OLIVIA: “What would David Robert Jones have to gain by destroying a town that people didn't even know was here to begin with?”
He wanted you to be there, Olivia. I’ll get to it soon, I promise. I’m almost done.
CLIFF: “Well, we have each other. No matter what happens, we'll face it together.’
Walter is back in the lab making crepes.
When Walter says good night he had that questioning look on his face,
OLIVIA: “Hey, come in.”
OLIVIA: “No, why would I? I'm gonna pour you a drink.”
PETER: “What is that that smells so fantastic?”
OLIVIA: “What do you mean? It's Friday. I ordered Damiano's.”
And again I’m not sure who looked more shocked. Olivia
I was so excited I literally screamed YES!!!!
But then I saw the preview for next week and my dreams were shattered, or were they? Is this our Olivia or not? See for yourself.
Okay, so now to all those “I’ll get back on that” places. I’ll list them again:
-Olivia asks what brings them to Vermont
-Walter’s obsession with food is going to get them into trouble
-Something is happening with Olivia, recalling Edina, the tremors and dizzy spells
-several unusual devices
This came to mind from 1.14 Ability
JONES: “I'm trying to get you to pass Test Number One.”
We know that Jones and Nina want something from Olivia, right?
After multiple re-watches I noticed something. In the frame is a dot, a light that came on as Olivia drove past the city limits of Westfield. A light like something was activated. It was there for just a second.
Walter thinking about food was one of the reasons driving into Westfield, they also might have had to question people there. So they follow his desires and by driving through the invisible barrier, triggered “phase two” (remember the message from Nina to Jones) which started destroying everything but also activated something in Olivia, like her memory. Jones is smart and he has Nina to help him. I’m sure there was a way for him to synchronize the device with Olivia’s DNA or a tracker maybe.
Now I just need to figure out what exactly they want from her, hm.
I have one more theory which I’m sure I will get scrutinized for.
Projection Peter in 3.03 The Plateau
“Real is just a matter of perception.”
I also know that all theories have holes. That’s why they are just theories.
As I said the glyphs spelled OLIVE
That’s a nickname for Olivia and Fauxlivia for that matter. All the other cortexi-kids have called Olivia that. Walter and Bell called her that. Nina (grrr) calls her that too.
This wasn’t my observation. Someone pointed it out and I thought I’ll just put it at the end. The flag on the wall has only 48 stars.
“In the end I have to believe in HOPE”