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. 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…
“Maybe it's free will. I don't buy that we're all just defined by our circumstances. Maybe I just made a choice to become the man I wanted to be.”
Glyphs spelled: DREAM
Who’s? Or what dream?
Observer can be seen here
I’m so happy to see Gene that I had to put at least two shots of her in here.
Olivia found something in her apartment that belonged to Lincoln, or so she thought.
This came to mind from 1.17 Bad Dreams
AGENT LEE: “It's Native American." (for some reason the Native American display from 3.21 The Lat Sam Weiss came to mind where the key to the box was hidden)
OLIVIA: “What's in the center?”
AGENT LEE: “Home. A place to belong. Danzig knew I was never much for putting down roots. I never really stayed in the same place too long.”
That sounds so much like Peter’s story. Here are a few examples
OLIVIA: “His name is Peter Bishop. He's a high-school drop-out, IQ at 190, just 50 points north of genius. Misfit, nomad. Hasn't kept a job longer than two months.”
1.04 The Arrival
PETER: “That's not the only thing. I don't do well staying in one place. You know that. This isn't the job for me.”
PETER: “No, you were implying that I haven't stayed still much in the last 15 years. You were implying, and you've been implying with increasing frequency, that you don't approve of my admittedly nomadic existence. In short, Walter, you're saying that you're disappointed I haven't made more out of my life. That's what you're implying.”
2.16 Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver
PETER: “Right. You know, this past year, this is the longest I've ever stayed in one place. So this thing that we have, you, me, Walter, this... this... uh, little family unit that we've got going... I don't want to do anything to jeopardize that.”
AGENT LEE: “He used to joke that if I kept living like that, that one day I would just float off into space. So he gave me this as a reminder that I always had a home. With him, with his family. This, he said, was my tether.”
4.01 Neither Here Nor There
OLIVIA: “Well, that depends on your definition of "alright". He's functional. Except when he's not. But he is often quite brilliant. He just never had anything to tether him to the world.”
Astrid was tasked to go to the other side to share all the information they have on David Robert Jones but she had promised her dad to take him to Castle Island.
Meanwhile on the other side.
The flyer on the light pole says USSR. I guess it still exists over there.
A woman gets attacked but her attacker gets killed by one of these.
After convincing Broyles Lincoln goes to the bridge-room and crosses over.
Lincoln thought he was briefing the other side in the bridge-room but the plans have changed. Fauxlivia wanted a “café latte” instead of paperwork.
In 3.06 6955kHz Peter went back to get a different coffee because he forgot the milk.
Which is funny because in 3.08 Entrada she drinks it black and no sugar.
FAUXLIVIA: “Okay, so, Jones is responsible for dosing Agent Dunham with Cortexiphan. For what purpose?”
AGENT LEE: “Peter Bishop believes he was trying to activate some kind of latent ability.”
FAUXLIVIA: “What, are we talking heat vision, or communicating with fish?”
FAUXLIVIA: “Well, did it work?”
AGENT LEE: “Yes. And no. There were some unforeseen side effects. Long story.”
Or as Lincoln says: “Your guess is as good as mine”.
On the way they pass an “Ambered Zone” that is reopening.
Apparently the bridge is stabilizing the spatial rifts. Fauxlivia doesn’t care how it works. She’s just happy that it does.
3.20 6:02 AM EST
BRANDON FAYETTE: “Environmental degradation levels haven't changed since the device was activated.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “Reversing this many years of damage will take longer than a few hours.”
I always wondered if this conversation was just fake and for those who were listening in. I still think that Walternate’s main goal in that timeline really was to destroy the other side. And as Peter said in 3.22 The Day We Died: “Our two worlds are inextricable. If one side dies, we all die.”
And would something have changed the other side if Peter wouldn’t have created the bridge.
Fauxlivia asks Lincoln for his middle name.
Alt-Lincoln and she have been partners for six years but she never knew that. Alt-Lincoln isn’t too happy about it and Lincoln thinks Tyrone is a strong name.
Okay, so on to the case.
ALT-LINCOLN: “Local police received a dozen similar reports in the last few months. Criminals going missing, junkies mysteriously vanishing, victims calling in, claiming that their assailants were attacked mid-crime.”
FAUXLIVIA: “What's a Batman?”
I thought of the comic books that were hanging up in the safe house for Peter in 2.21 Over There Part 2.
“The Death of Superman”.
AGENT LEE: “The Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight. Billionaire playboy puts on a cape to clean up the streets of Gotham.”
ALT-LINCOLN: “Oh, you mean Mantis.”
Well which one is it? This one? Or this one?
AGENT LEE: “Seriously? Your superhero is an insect?”
FAUXLIVIA: “Oh, what, 'cause nothing says badass like a flying rat?”
Anyway, this time they actually have a body.
I know Lincoln was thinking it might be a shapeshifter.
Then we have two agents walking through a former ambered zone that has been reopened.
When I saw the newspaper stand I thought of 1.14 Ability.
Walter was giving Olivia instructions for the cure.
The technicians find something else. “Tissue organics detected”.
Because of this case the David Robert Jones Briefing has to wait. Lincoln offers to help.
One of the agents thanks our Lincoln.
I mean, your team may toil away in secret over there, but over here, you're heroes.”
AGENT LEE: “Hmm.”
AGENT LEE: “I count eighteen bodies and nineteen heads. A few months ago, I'd have a much harder time stomaching something like this.”
Lincoln finds something inside the mouth of one of the bodies, 3 prongs.
PETER: “There are three markings. Indents like stab wounds. What are they?”
Lincoln needs to proof for his theory. So he asks Alt-Astrid for a favor.
AGENT FARNSWORTH: “I'm confused. Why are we doing this, exactly? The likelihood of finding surveillance of the victim after she disappeared has a probability rate of, at best, one in eighty-six point seven thousand.”
AGENT LEE: “Humor me. So to speak.”
So then the two Lincolns’ are having a conversation.
ALT-LINCOLN: “Maybe you'll also tell me why it is you don't want to go back home.”
AGENT LEE: “What're you talking about?”
ALT-LINCOLN: “Back at the church, Olivia tried to arrange for your return trip to the other side, but you weren't having any. There a problem?”
ALT-LINCOLN: “Well, that's the difference between us. My world wouldn't survive without me.”
Hm. That sentence should have made me wonder why he said that, along with his statement that Fauxlivia never sheds a tear. Something’s going to happen, isn’t it?
AGENT LEE: “Yeah. I noticed that about you. Your unwavering confidence.”
AGENT LEE: “Bordering on self-aggrandizing narcissism. Don't get me wrong, I could use some of that myself. We're not much alike, you and me.”
Then they go through their life and find that it was very much alike except somewhere they must have veered off. Because our Lincoln thinks he is not like Alt-Lincoln. Is he?
So Lincoln wants to present his theory to Broyles.
COLONEL BROYLES: “Well, I've read these files too, Agent Lee. And the unique state in which we found those bodies in the church bears no resemblance to corpses left by the earlier shapeshifter prototypes. Now, how do you explain that?”
COLONEL BROYLES: “And further, how would you reconcile this version's M.O. with David Robert Jones' agenda? Why would Jones be targeting criminals? I'm sorry, but I suspect in your desire to avenge your partner, you may be unconsciously perverting the evidence to fit the profile of a shapeshifter.”
Ding, ding, ding!
Red Flags all over now.
And maybe it’s just me or because we know he is a mole. And maybe it’s not so much what he said but how it said it.
So then “Canaan” needs a new body. He finds some junkies.
Again the note from 4.16 Nothing As It Seems says it’s exciting and appealing.
As the team goes on the stake out/raid both Lincolns’ continue talking about their lives.
And as I said in the beginning Alt-Lincoln’s line stood out to me.
If I may disagree with Alt-Lincoln. I think some of our circumstances do define who we are. But then it’s our choice to deal with it or not. And the choices we make will have an effect on our lives and those around us.
One of my favorite lines.
ALT-LINCOLN: “Sorry, Mother.”
I had to think of 3.05 Amber 31422 where Alt-Lincoln was concerned whether Faxulivia (actually our Olivia thinking she is Fauxlivia) was ready for the tests Walternate had designed to find out how our Olivia could cross universes safely. Liv’s answer was: “Yeah. I can handle it. But thank you... Mom.”
The team is able to take Antonio Dawes into custody.
Here is another red flag, at least to me it sounded odd, since he is standing right there, that he wouldn’t do it himself. But as we find out he had more important things to do.
COLONEL BROYLES: “We have him in custody. 148th Street warehouse, just west of Amsterdam. They'll be moving him at the rear.”
NINA SHARP (let’s call her “Meana”): “Thank you, Colonel. We'll take it from here.”
The sharp shooter goes up a “spiral” staircase, one of recurring images in Fringe.
Lincoln talks with Canaan. He had a picture of a boy who was his girlfriend’s I assume.
Two things came to mind during this.
4.02 One Night In October.
Canaan also thought he would be the first of a new breed of human beings but he was a disappointment.
As they bring him out the sharp shooter aims for his target and pulls the trigger.
ALT-LINCOLN: “Who knew?”
AGENT LEE: “What?”
ALT-LINCOLN: “Who else knew we were transporting him? We gotta find out.’
You are asking all the right questions. Will our Lincoln and Fauxlivia follow up on that? Only a few episodes left to find out.
Our Lincoln is furious.
CANAAN: “But he has to. I don't know what to do.”
AGENT LEE: “Yes, you do. You can keep waiting for somebody else to define you, to give you your place in the world, or you can decide that you're not just somebody's broken puppet anymore. Choose!”
2.19 Brown Betty
Peter to Olivia: “Must be nice to know who you are, to know your place in the world.”
Nina to Olivia: “Oh, Olive, you can't let what happened to you as a child, define you… Life is an experiment. You have to find out where you belong, find your own place in this world.”
Here we’ve got some nice green and red action going. It’s garnered with just a streak of yellow.
“Meana” and the tanks.
CANAAN: “It's done. We've tied up our loose end.”
NINA SHARP: “Nice job. Was there any resistance?”
CANAAN: “The Redhead almost took my head off with a nearly impossible shot.”
NINA SHARP: “That girl always amazes me. She and the one from the other side.”
Rule No. 2: No matter what version!
I have to say. This version of Canaan had me fooled. I totally believed that Fauxlivia missed her shot (although I saw her hit the target) and that he just came back to report to Meana.
But after watching it again I realized that he was tricking Meana. Phew!
And I’m glad Meana got caught.
Back at Fringe HQ
Alt-Astrid has news for Alt-Broyles.
And the play with her hand.
The news is not good.
Lincoln and Fauxlivia found a map of every shapeshifter. Each point represents one.
But I guess before they can investigate more Fauxlivia is being pulled aside.
Alt-Lincoln didn’t make it.
Lincoln brings Canaan over to our side.
I’m not sure if it means anything but Lincoln’s locker combination is 3570.
3.20 6:02 AM EST
FAUXLIVIA: “Yeah. That was my first commendation.”
ALT-LINCOLN: “Yeah, for dragging my ass out of a Class Four vortex.”
Now she has another thing in common with Olivia who has lost a partner as well (John Scott) and in the old timeline actually two partners, John Scott and Charlie Francis.
As she is looking at these, Lincoln walks in. I mean our Lincoln.
That must be so weird. And he offers to stay and help.
This was another excellent episode.
I really thought that whenever Alt-Lincoln was going to die, it would be in Fauxlivia's arms. Hm.
I’m gonna throw a theory out that is probably wrong, but that’s ok.
What if Alt-Lincoln isn’t really dead? He knows there is a mole. If everyone believes he’s dead maybe he will be able to catch whoever the mole is.
Just a thought.
I guess we will find out soon.
I’m so excited for Friday I want it now.
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