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.
1.17 Bad Dreams
NICK LANE: “Olive... you'll wish you had... you'll wish you'd kill me.”
2.22 Over There Part 2
SECRETARY BISHOP: “I told you there would be invaders coming over from the other side, but I didn't tell you they would be us… They're our doubles, alternate version of ourselves, but don't be deceived, Olivia. They're monsters in our skin. They'll do anything, say anything to gain our trust, but they can't be trusted.”
Glyphs spelled ALIVE
The Observer is taking a stroll in Sydney, Australia.
Blue and amber in the bridge-room.
Walter believes Jones is trying to collapse both universes to create a new one where the laws of physics and nature are designed and controlled by him.
Broyles asks Walter how he came to this conclusion. Walter says he had a dream.
FAUXLIVIA: “Walter... with all respect, maybe it was just a dream.”
Meanwhile around the world people get in position to cause earthquakes.
The other two must be cortexi-kids too, which ones? 2.16 Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver.
FAUXLIVIA: “You lost me, Walter. How could someone destroy two universes and survive to see it?”
PETER: “Westfield. Jones used the amphilicite to destroy the town of Westfield in our universe and in yours. But when he was finished, there was one area is still standing.”
WALTER: “Meaning perhaps it was a test. A way to ensure his survival.”
Welcome to Westfield I said that this might be a test or experiment; although my theory had more to do with Olivia’s memories but it was a test nonetheless.
LINCOLN: “So Jones is planning on what? Riding out the apocalypse?”
BROYLES: “Like Noah's ark? Is that what you say?”
WALTER: “Something like that, yes.”
I mentioned Noah's ark as well at the end of 4.16 Nothing As It Seems.
And besides killing Jones, nothing can stop him right now.
Loved it when they got the phone calls.
Secretary Bishop gets called out.
PETER: “You did great, Walter.”
WALTER: “He can't even stay in the same room as me.”
PETER: “No. He listens to you. They all did.”
Earthquakes are happening in both worlds in the same locations.
Numbers are important. 23 has recurred many times.
1.06 The Cure – Intrepus’s shares fell $23 in the stock market after he was arrested.
1.10 Safe – 23 years ago Walter hid equipment in safety deposit boxes.
1.14 Ability – The bomb was at 923 Church Street.
2.02 Night Of Desirable Objects – Walter got in contact with the paralytic substance and informed Peter he had to urinate in 23 minutes.
2.06 Earthling – The security tech informs Olivia (watching the tape) that this was 23 seconds before the victim was discovered.
3.04 Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep – The lab was on the 23rd floor at MD.
3.08 Bloodline – The bone expander was calibrated to 23 degrees. Ouch
3.20 6:02 AM EST – Brandonate told Walternate that baby Henry inherited 23 chromosomes from Fauxlivia.
4.02 One Night In October – There were 23 murders.
4.11 Making Angels – As Peter and Olivia rush to the airport to arrest Neil, the announcement says Flight 62 to Chicago O’Hare at Gate 23-A
I was trying to think if the other numbers mention by Alt-Astrid have meaning but I couldn’t think of anything.
FAUXLIVIA: “Nepal. Buenos Aires. Beijing. The synchronized earthquakes are all over the world, it must have a trigger. Presumably Amphilicite.”
Well, I don't know how you say it but this is what it looks like, sort of. I couldn't find Mandarin so I chose Chinese simple.
Here is a familiar shot.
Now back to our lab.
Walter has the items from the Manhattan earthquake. He is measuring the frequency.
Walter discovered that Jones is tuning the universes to a new frequency and that is what is causing the earthquakes. To demonstrate Walter is using a children’s game.
Back over there, Lincoln has a visitor.
In Over There Part 1 Alt-Lincoln recognized Nick but we didn't know why. This might be the reason.
Back on our side the team is looking at footage from Australia while Walter is enjoying a strawberry milkshake.
Lincoln informs Olivia that he had spoken to someone who saw the earthquake that happened on our side from over there. The Twin Towers were not there. Lincoln said his name was Nick Lane.
PETER: “Nick Lane? What’s he got to do with it?”
And I can’t read Walter expression at all. Does he remember Nick?
WALTER: “It's horrible and deranged, but you have to agree, it's really quite ingenious. Doctor Jones is using Nick Lane and the other Cortexiphan subjects' abilities to psychically link with versions of themselves in the alternate universe. Meaning Nick Lane and the others are drawing on their alternate's frequency to change the vibratory nature of the area that they're standing in, effectively, merging the two universes together… And the eventual collapse of our world. This man... I'm afraid I underestimated him. Jones must have a remarkable mind to have devised a plan like this.”
Peter suggests closing the bridge, shut down the machine to sever the connection between the two universes in order to cut the link between the Cortexiphan kids over here and their Doppelgangers over there.
WALTER: “But if we were able to shut down the machine, we may never be able to start it again. Our two sides would be separated forever.”
OLIVIA: “The Bridge being opened is what's enabled the other universe to heal. So what would happen if we closed it?”
WALTER: “Most likely, the healing would stop. Their world wouldn't get any worse, but it wouldn't get any better either.”
And as most times the Dunhamnator comes up with an alternative.
PETER: “But how?”
OLIVIA: “I think I have an idea.”
Fauxlivia is bringing Alt-Nick to Walter’s lab. He gets fitted with the neuro-stimulator which…
WALTER: “Oh, this brings back some memories.”
PETER: Of what?
OLIVIA: “I knew Nick when we were kids. We shared an emotional bond. And I'm hoping that through you, we may be able to reconnect and find him.”
3.15 Subject 13
One of my favorite lines in this episode.
LINCOLN: “I find it's best if you just go with it.”
PETER: “Think of it this way. If it works out, you're the hero that saved two universes.”
Fauxlivia and Olivia share a moment.
There is also an “8” ball on the table.
FAUXLIVIA: “Look, I appreciate what you guys have been doing to prevent closing the bridge, even if it's a long shot. The truth is I like coming over here. Especially after it rains. When my world started to break down, the conditions in the atmosphere changed. And the light doesn't reflect through moisture the way it used to. We haven't seen a rainbow in over twenty years.”
I was going to put this at the end but it fits here also.
Noah’s ark was mentioned earlier. And when Fauxlivia talked about rainbows I thought about Noah and the flood in the book of Genesis. God was angry with men so he caused a flood that covered the entire earth. Except God found favor with Noah and his family and asked him to build the ark and take with him two of each animal to repopulate the earth after the flood. As a sign that God would never send a flood like this one he set a rainbow in the clouds.
Genesis 9:13-15 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
Sorry, back to the story.
This was my favorite funny moment. Nick getting the LSD.
And the mental quantum entanglement session with Olivia can begin.
BROYLES: “I've been called to Washington. They want to discuss shutting off The Machine. I've been inclined to argue that we still have better options, but suddenly I'm not so sure.”
OLIVIA: “Well, I should be the one to interrogate Nick Lane. Maybe I can get him to tell us where David Robert Jones is.”
BROYLES: “What makes you think he'll do that?
OLIVIA: We knew each other. As children.”
Apparently 1.17 Bad Dreams didn’t happen in this time line because Broyles looked as if he didn’t recognize that name.
So on to the interrogation.
OLIVIA: “Hello, Nick. Uh, I'm Olivia Dunham. And we actually knew each other a long time ago.”
NICK LANE: “Olive. I remember you. You're FBI. Of course you are.”
NICK LANE: “… we're on the same side… You and me. Remember back when we were kids? What they prepared us for? It's happening.”
OLIVIA: “What is happening, Nick?”
NICK LANE: “What they warned us about. The War. And Jones is on our side. That's why you don't have to worry about him. He's protecting us.”
2.04 Momentum Deferred
1.19 The Road Not Taken
OLIVIA: “So you're -- you're defending our world, you and the others.”
NICK LANE: “I don't have any contact with the others. We each only speak with Jones. It's funny. I'd thought of you. Think I assumed you were working with us. I guess you have been, in a way.”
What does Nick mean by that?
Peter is inspecting Nick’s timer.
PETER: “What's their take on it? Closing the Bridge.”
LINCOLN: “They want to survive. The recovery process will stop. What can they do?”
PETER: “It's weird to think of never seeing them again. Knowing that they're right there, so close. It's not the kind of thing you forget. If the Bridge does have to be closed, at least everything goes back to the way it's supposed to be. Well, almost everything.”
LINCOLN: “You mean you. Because you're from the other universe, but you're gonna stay here.”
PETER: “I've come to the opinion that home is where the heart is.”
And as they finish their conversation, the timer starts counting again. Olivia continues to try to convince Nick to help.
OLIVIA: “In less than six hours, everything you know, and everyone you may love will cease to exist. Right now, you're the only one that can stop that from happening.”
1.17 Bad Dreams
NICK LANE: “Me... I wasn't ever strong.
1.17 Bad Dreams
NICK LANE: “That is what Walter Bishop and William Bell did to me.”
NICK LANE: “A couple years ago, Jones found me. He knew all the old words. He said the truce was broken, that the other side was coming over now, that he needed warriors. He taught me how to control my feelings so I wouldn't hurt any more people.”
1.17 Bad Dreams
The man who spoke all the old words (in the old timeline) was Isaac Winters who had also kidnapped Nancy Lewis in 1.19 The Road Not Taken. Olivia killed him.
OLIVIA: “Nick, you don't have to do this.”
NICK LANE: “I want to stop hurting people! (Removes automatic pistol from pocket and offers it to Olivia.) Take it. Take it. Shoot me. Please Olive? I can't fight this much longer.”
And as I said in the beginning, would it really have mattered if Olivia had shot him?
OLIVIA: “I know that what Jones told you helped you to make sense of your life, and of what you've gone through, what we have gone through... but, Nick, what he told you was a lie. I've been over there, I've worked with the other side, and they are not our enemy. Nick. Even if you don't help us - we still have a way to stop Jones? But that would mean we would have to sever ties with the other side. We would stop healing their world. Now think of the fate of all those people. All those innocent people. You're the only person that can help them.”
Olivia can convince Nick to help. He leads them to a warehouse. This banner stuck out to me.
Unfortunately Nick’s help was fake and he even infected Tim with his emotions to the point where Tim felt sad and just wanted to end his life.
That means, back to square 1, or in this case the inevitable.
Broyles is back from Washington. They will support anything decided by the two world teams in the meeting room.
SECRETARY BISHOP: “Okay. In that case... unless someone can think of an alternative, something we haven't considered yet...”
With the help of the biomechanical interface tuned to Peter they initiate system overload. Secretary Bishop seems impressed with it.
SECRETARY BISHOP: “He's really quite a remarkable boy, Peter. Man, actually.”
WALTER: “Yes, he is.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “Smart... Noble... Kind... all the things I would've wished for him.”
This is my favorite scene ever, I think.
SECRETARY BISHOP: “I know what you're afraid of. It occurs to me, so I'm sure it occurs to you too, that if The Machine stops working, Peter may disappear.”
WALTER: “I believe it may have brought him here. There's no reason it can't take him away.”
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it."”
WALTER: “Marcus Aurelius.”
SECRETARY BISHOP: “Philosopher King who survived a war, and spent the rest of his life working for the betterment of his people. Perhaps we will too.”
Anyway, it’s time to say good-bye.
The list of the best last 5 minutes of an episode comes back to mind.
The last 5 minutes of this episode I think are one of the saddest ones so far.
I think I’ll make it short and painless. *if I don’t write it it’s not happening*
PETER: “Strange days, huh?”
AGENT LEE: “Remember how you said, "Home is where the heart is"? This might be crazy, but...”
PETER: “It's been a pleasure working with you, Lincoln. And getting to be your friend.”
FAUXLIVIA: “You know, there's a lot of things about you that I wish I had. There's a lot of things about you that I admire.”
FAUXLIVIA: “Yeah. Keep telling yourself that.”
OLIVIA: “Happy reading. I'm sure you'll find a lot of the cases familiar since you and your people were responsible.”
OLIVIA: “Keep looking up. After it rains. Keep looking up.”
FAUXLIVIA: “I will.”
Alt-Astrid needs to make that coffee that Astrid brought her last a long while, I guess.
WALTER: “I think I shall miss them... more than I imagined.”
I’ve seen this episode at least 5 times and I still cry at the end. And I’m afraid for Friday’s episode as well. Hang on to your seats. The ride is going to get wild. And we get Season 5 for a proper ending!
In the end I believed in hope!