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…
1.01 The Pilot
…!Hm, who could that be?
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Wouldn't you know?
Glyphs spelled: POWERS
I really hope it’s more of Olivia’s powers because that was cool.
Let’s get some coffee, shall we? The Barista knows what the guy wants. Nice.
To me this is a scary thought. Everything is done from your mobile device.
Unfortunately Neil doesn’t have time to enjoy his coffee.
Finally! My P/O shipper’s heart jumped to the moon.
Last time someone else was reading the paper. You know I had to bring it up, lol.
Ever since then I was waiting for something similar.
We did get a bit in 3.20 6:02 AM EST but that wasn’t enough for me.
OLIVIA: “Uh, only if I am being punished.”
PETER: “Wayburn?” (that seems to be a road reference only)
OLIVIA: “Only if I'm dead.”
I wish I knew why Olivia’s associates those two places with being punished and dead. And I thought too, as she said that: “don’t say that, argh”.
Lexington? Three beds, central heat and air, dog run. Did you know that I had a Lab when I was growing up?”
1.02 The Ghost Network.
I wonder if he was a Lab. Apparently Peter also loved a cocker-spaniel named Yatsko (3.09 Marionette)
OLIVIA: “No, I thought you were allergic.”
PETER: “I was, but Walter made him non-allergenic. (leave it to Walter and his passion for experiments, lol) It's got a working fireplace in the bedroom.”
OLIVIA: “Nursery?” (SHE SAID FIRST)
Does Olivia already know she’s pregnant or is it a guess because later she’s got a glass of wine on the table although it looks like she hadn’t touch it compared to Peter’s glass, or is it wishful thinking for the future?
But of course in typical Fringe manner – the phones are ringing and bliss is over for a bit.
I was reminded back again to 3.20 6:02 AM EST where the moment of bliss was also interrupted.
The phone call is about the case and Walter and Astrid are already at the crime scene.
WALTER: “Why must you always mother hen me? I'm quite capable of looking after myself.”
ASTRID: “I know, but just humor me. Maybe I like doing it.”
I just had to put this in here.
Walter thinks that the deaths are associated with this mobile transaction. But Astrid assures him that this is just how people pay for things now.
WALTER: “Huh. What will they think of next?”
That is a good question.
BROYLES: “All we know so far, at 3:23pm more than two dozen people experienced some kind of spontaneous human combustion.” There is that 23 again.
1.19 The Road Not Taken came to mind again.
PETER: “Thought that was just a myth.”
WALTER: “Oh, myth is just an unverified fact.”
Walter is inspecting one of the victims.
WALTER: “Okay, my friend. Let's see what secrets you hold.”
WALTER: “Hmm. I -- I had a watch similar to this once. My uncle gave it to me. Uncle Heinrich.”
WALTER: “The same principle applied to proximity fuses and World War Two aerial bombs, in fact, my Uncle Henry was killed by one in the 'Battle of Guadalcanal'.”
WALTER: “He loved rhubarb.”
JESSICA HOLT: “...am i gonna die?”
WALTER: “I -- I can't answer that. Not yet.”
JESSICA HOLT: “What are you?”
Walter, have you been watching too much Star Trek?
Anyway, Jessica is one of the victims but she is still alive and allows Walter to test her blood. Astrid analyzes her blood and they find an abnormally.
2.12 What Lies Below popped into my head when I saw this scene.
Anyway, they discover that it’s not a virus at all but Nanites. Someone planted that device there and people’s movements activate them.
Jessica agrees to be experimented on and they get her safely to the lab. Walter is working on an antidote to destroy the Nanites.
Olivia tries to make it as comfortable as possible for her. Jessica asks for her phone and calls her ex to pick up her daughter.
Anyway, after the phone call Jessica’s temperature begins to rise and Walter might not be ready in time with the antidote. Jessica needs to stay calm.
OLIVIA: “Jessica? Jessica, I just want you to focus on me, okay? ... Focus on your breathing.”
It’s not working. Jessica’s temperature keeps rising.
OLIVIA: “Walter, do you have any idea what just happened to me?”
OLIVIA: “But how did I do it?”
WALTER: “I'm afraid I have no idea.”
Olivia escorts Jessica to the car.
pax” but it’s also referred to as “chi rho”.
It also says: Light of the world” which in Christianity is Jesus. He is the savior.
So what does this mean (or does it mean anything at all) for the Fringe world. Is Olivia going to save the world? Jesus sacrificed himself so that we (I) could live. Will Olivia face the same fate?
Olivia gives Jessica her card in case she has other symptoms. Again, Olivia be careful, I smell a rat.
Anyway, Olivia gets called to the office. They found out who is behind the incident.
Back at the lab, Walter does his own investigation. The Nanites have the signature of the designer on them.
According to William Bell it could be someone from Olivia’s past. But she didn’t recognize him.
WALTER: “A hundred different ways to design a Nanite, and he chose this. It's inconceivable. Not by chance. Jones isn't smart enough, not by himself.”
last week: “Maybe he is just the one carrying out the plan, devised by someone else”.
ASTRID: “Wait, what are you saying?”
WALTER: “Jones didn't create these Nanites. They're not his design! There's only one person who would construct this particular pattern.”
Patience, we shall find out soon!
What the heck? Where did he come from? I knew Bell couldn’t be trusted way from the beginning.
And I hate to break it to you, Mr. Bell. I think you are underestimating Olivia, just like everyone else, you’ll see!
Then we have a chess board again.
WILLIAM BELL: “Don't confuse a winning move with a winning game.”
DAVID JONES: “This board never changes. How long do you take between moves?”
WILLIAM BELL: “Since the last move... about 20 years. In this game, the skill one must have above all else is patience. The board changes, but very slowly. The art of chess -- the art -- is knowing when a piece is most valuable, and then, in that very moment, being willing to sacrifice it. For in the vacuum created by the loss of what is most precious, opportunity abounds, influence is maximized, and desire becomes destiny. For example, on this board, the most valuable piece is the Bishop, Therefore, for the game to be won...”
DAVID JONES: “The Bishop must be sacrificed. I'll attend to it.”
WILLIAM BELL: “Promptly.”
So Walter and Olivia go and see Nina.
WALTER: “He's alive. I'm telling you, he's alive I knew that Jones's plan was too ingenious, too remarkable, that it had to have come from Belly. He's alive, Nina. The 'nanotech' that Jones used on the escalator, I've examined them. They were built by Belly. I -- I'd recognize his work anywhere. His methodology was all ov... Nina! It was the work of a master, not an imposter! I know the difference.”
Bell apparently died in a car accident on New Year’s Day seven years ago, but not according to Nina. It was Christmas.
WALTER: “I -- I always thought that he died on New Year, because he came to visit me the night before to say goodbye.”
OLIVIA: “Walter, what are you talking about?”
I thought of 3.19 LSD
ASTRID: “But he suggested the computer. It was his idea.”
WALTER: “Exactly. He knew he wasn't coming out. And he hates good-byes.”
WALTER: “It's still possible”
NINA: “Oh, Walter, anything is possible, but the man I knew wouldn't try to destroy a universe. That doesn't sound like William.”
This was said in this timeline. Is this not correct anymore? Or is this Bell from the alternate universe who in the old timeline died young in a car accident (2.22 Over There Part 2, Bell explaining to Walter) but in this timeline just faked his death.
Walter wants to prove that he was right about which day Bell came to visit him in St. Claire’s so that where Walter is heading. He stops in his old cell.
Who wrote this formula on the table and what is it for?
And I’m sure you all knew that this is actually John Noble’s daughter, Samantha who portrayed Dr. Benlo, the new administrator at St. Claire’s.
OLIVIA: “Walter, you said you had been having a lot of shock therapy. Do you think perhaps he could have been a hallucination?”
WALTER: “No. No. My hallucinations were rarely biped and never men.”
Walter is sniffing and licking the pages of the visitor’s log from 2005.
On the way out.
WALTER: “I must say, you're much prettier than your predecessor.”
Peter and Olivia are cooking and she’s mincing garlic I think. Too bad they never got to eat. She cuts herself in the finger
OLIVIA: “I was thinking about that girl, Jessica. Oh, one encounter with us and her child almost becomes an orphan. And we deal with this every day. We're playing the odds, Peter. I mean, what do you really think our chances are of having a normal life?”
PETER: “Honey, people still have families. Look at Amanda. She was born into this world, and she's still happy. And the world could get better. So I still think we're gonna have a kid.”
PETER: “Olivia, I know you're scared about what happened in the lab yesterday.”
Boy, Olivia seems quite agitated about this.
The last time she wanted something out of her was John Scott’s memories in 1.09 The Dreamscape.
PETER: “Okay. So we'll figure it out. Together.”
OLIVIA: “Is that a personal guarantee?”
PETER: “After all we've been through, I will not lose you again, Olivia.”
PETER: “I'm starving. What's a guy got to do to get a good home-cooked meal around here?”
This scene too was medicine for my P/O shipper’s heart.
I was also thinking back to 3.03 The Plateau when Frank was cooking for (our) Olivia.
And yet again, bliss gets interrupted.
A beam is coming from the sky going right through a building.
WALTER: “Jones must be reflecting the light off of something, like one of those disco balls, and then focusing it, like we do with a magnifying glass.”
OLIVIA: “And why is he doing it? Seems like he's trying to burn a hole to China.”
WALTER: “It's a myth. Technically, it would be India, but I doubt it.”
1.04 The Arrival
PETER: “I know for a fact that that is ridiculous.”
Walter wants geological data from Beacon Hill. He remembered reading about an oil find in that area and asks Peter and Olivia to basically evacuate all of Boston because the beam could set Boston on fire from below.
1.15 Inner Child – the meat packing plant was in Beacon Hill
2.09 Snakehead – Matt and his mom lived in Beacon Hill
2.18 The Man From The Other Side – Mr. Verona lived in Beacon Hill
4.07 Wallflower – Jack the first victim, lived in Beacon Hill
4.16 Nothing As It Seems – the LPD Institute was in Beacon Hill
The other thing that came to mind when Walter was talking about Boston being on fire was 1.19 The Road Not Taken again, one of Olivia’s visions.
Astrid discovers two radio frequencies and Walter does some math. He then sends Peter and Olivia to the edge of Chinatown were the signal is being sent from.
Walter is also cooking up something.
WALTER: “This is not about food, Athos, this is about Bell. Where's the knife? Please, quickly?”
Meanwhile Peter and Olivia arrive where the antennas are but in order to shut them off they have to split up.
Back in the lab, Walter is taking the lemon cake apart.
ASTRID: “Oh, my God, that smells terrible. What is it?”
WALTER: “Lemon cake, laced with pig brain.”
WALTER: “Hmm? Lemon cake is the perfect incubator. And I thought it was easier to get pig brain on short notice than a human specimen.’
I was thinking back to 1.15 Unleashed where Peter almost ate an omelet with an ear growing in it.
After some more sniffing and licking Walter finds Almond Oil which Bell was obsessed about.
As Astrid looks on, the lemon cake is regeneration itself because of the Cortexiphan that was added.
I was thinking back to 2.01 A New Day In The Old Town.
So now that Walter knows for sure Belly came to visit him in St. Claire’s he going off to find him.
ASTRID: “...drive. Alex?”
WALTER: “I was on a roll.”
“a fool’s errand, and I’m a fool” – these are some reference I found:
A book called “A fool’s errand, by one of the fools”. If you take a "look inside" and scroll down a bit it talks about Noah being one of the earliest of the fools but was vindicated. I thought it interesting since references to Noah’s ark have been made.
Another reference is this: A snipe hunt, a form of wild-goose chase that is also known as a fool's errand.
Walter starts off with “a wild goose chase”.
And then there is this: a 1987 computer game
The first chapter is titled “The Sun”
There was talk earlier about the sun.
OLIVIA: “We're just passing Kenmore Square. Now, what do you mean, it's the Sun?”
WALTER: “Well, even though we can't see it, it's still there in the sky. Jones must be reflecting the light off of something, like one of those disco balls, and then focusing it, like we do with a magnifying glass.”
Why Walter called Astrid “Alex” and what he meant by “peace out”, that went over my head and I have no idea what he is referring to. Any ideas?
Anyway, as Walter and Astrid take off, Peter and Olivia are on the roofs and need to disable the signal.
PETER: “Now find the dial... marked 'transmission amplitude'. That's the one that needs to be tuned all the way down.”
OLIVIA: “Okay, got it.”
OLIVIA: “You know I have no idea what you're talking about.”
PETER: “Yes, I know.”
That’s ok, Olivia. It took me a while too to figure out what Peter was talking about. “Don’t cross the streams” is from Ghostbusters.
It’s cool because in 1.19 The Road Not Taken a reference to the movie was made as well.
WALTER: “...who you gotta call?”
Anyway, Olivia and Peter disable the signal.
But Peter has company. And it’s not the friendly kind.
As Peter fights with Jones, Olivia takes control over Peter and fights for him, in a sense.
I hate to tell you Jones, but you have no chance against a Bishop and a Dunham.
And so Jones meets his demise… again.
The way he died reminded me of 1.20 There Is More Than One Of Everything.
Astrid thinks they can’t get in but the door to the company building is unlocked.
WALTER: “Ye of little faith.”
WALTER: “Faith. Never a bad thing to have.”
As Walter and Astrid enter the building they come across this gentleman.
But of course where there is one bad guy there are usually more.
She grabs Walter and they chase through the containers. She even has a gun!
I don’t know what to say. Is she going to be ok?
Last time was in 2.09 Snakehead as she was followed back to the lab and she got beaten up.
I know this case didn’t happen either but that’s what I thought off.
Then Bell shows up and says to Walter: “Hello old friend.”
Wow, that was an amazing episode with so many turns and twists. And this was only part one.
What will we find out in the finale? What are Bell’s plans? What about Astrid? What about Olivia’s powers? Will the world still collapse?
And I guess the big question at least for me: What will the cliffhanger be?
And I’m so glad this will only be the season end.
Fringe Rocks! Keep watching!