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.
2.19 Brown Betty
ELLA: “So Peter took his special heart, and with all his might, he split it in two. And the heart was so magical that it still worked. And together, they made goodness, and lived happily ever after. The End.”
That’s what I was thinking as I watched it again. 2.19 Brown Betty is full of Easter Eggs. So let’s see if my deciphering makes sense. Walter and Peter represent the two universes, Peter being from the other one, Walter from ours. Olivia is the power source. She was the only one who could collapse the two universes but she’s also the one who could save the two universes alongside Peter. I’ve always said that Peter and Olivia have a special connection and that they have to work together to accomplish “their mission”. And in a sense we got our happy ending too.
Oops, I’m getting ahead of myself. And I will get back to 2.19 Brown Betty later again which is one of my favorite episodes.
Glyphs spelled: PURGE
I wonder if this is where we start S5 off. From where we ended until 2015 when the Purge happened.
4.19 Letter of Transit
ETTA: “That was 2015. The Purge.”
This time I didn’t have any problems finding the Observer. September was throughout the episode.
Okay, so let’s dive in.
I guess I’ll say it right at the beginning. This was by far one of the best episodes and by far the best season finale. Fringe is an exceptional gem and it will be hard to top or to even come close to, in my opinion. I’m so glad it’s coming back.
WILLIAM BELL: “The Bible tells us God created his universe in seven days. It's taken me considerably longer.”
4.13 A Better Human Being
I think that line will always be stuck with me now. As I said before, most of the time, if someone is trying to improve upon God, the outcome is less than desirable.
Thankfully (I guess) Bell isn’t done with his creation and it’s just a hologram.
Holodeck from Star Trek.
I’m assuming that’s the device that shows the hologram.
Walter encourages Bell to stop.
WILLIAM BELL: “It's done, Walter. The final piece has been set into motion. I couldn't stop it now if I wanted to. And I don't.”
I thought of 1.17 Bad Dreams
Back at the lab, Olivia and Peter are looking for Astrid and Walter.
And there is the “hair-chair” from 4.13 A Better Human Being.
Unfortunately Astrid and Walter aren’t there and Olivia only reaches Astrid’s voice mail.
Peter thinks they might have gone for breakfast. And speaking of it Peter says: “I put on a pot of coffee. You want a cup?”
When did you put that pot of coffee on, Peter? Lol
Olivia realizes that Peter needs help.
OLIVIA: “Talk about what?”
PETER: “The Jedi Mind Trick you pulled on me back on the roof.”
I was thinking back to 3.01 Olivia
HENRY HIGGINS: “Yeah, I know. I know. You got my number. Jedi mind trick.”
OLIVIA: “I can only attribute it to Cortexiphan.”
OLIVIA: “Look, I don't know how I did it. I just did.”
PETER: “Liv, when Walter gets back, I'd like you to let him run some more tests.”
OLIVIA: “You got it.”
Olivia gets a phone call from Jessica. She says she has been followed. Olivia asks her to lock doors and stay where she is. But Jessica is not alone anymore.
September was there. Unfortunately he stepped on “Stasis Runes”
When Olivia and Peter arrive at Jessica’s house, she was gone. They find this “whole in the ground”.
PETER: “Liv? You didn't put this woman's life in danger. You're the one that saved her.”
Kind of how Peter described her in 2.22 Over There Part 2
Olivia gets another phone call. This time it’s Broyles informing her that Astrid was found with a gunshot wound. But no sign of Walter.
Someone had moved Astrid away from the warehouse, where she and Walter were looking for Bell.
PETER: “And called 9-1-1. Which means they didn't want you dead.”
She knows who shot her.
ASTRID: “There was a crew of armed men. And they probably took Walter. Peter, I tried to protect him, but I couldn't get him out of there.”
2.09 Snakehead. Walter disappeared in Chinatown and Astrid was followed back to the lab where someone beat her up.
And!! I remembered that Astrid had a gun before and it was also in 2.10 Grey Matters.
Astrid gives the address of the warehouse and Peter and Olivia go check it out. As they were leaving Astrid warns Olivia.
OLIVIA: “But even if Bell is responsible, what does infecting people with nanites and using the sun's light to ignite an oil reserve have to do with collapsing two universes to create a new one? I mean, how are they connected?”
Inside the warehouse (which of course was empty) Peter and Olivia find September. And he’s not there on his own volition.
OLIVIA: “What are you doing?”
JESSICA HOLT: “I'm sure many things are racing through your mind right now. But none of them are as important as what I’m about to say. If you ever want to see Walter again, put down your gun.”
JESSICA HOLT: “He [September] can't. The Stasis Runes at his feet keep him stuck right where he is. Unfortunately for you, this was a future you didn't foresee. It seems he's very concerned about the events in your life. And Doctor Bell said that, if we put you in harm's way, he'd appear.”
Observiews for 4.08 Back To Where You’ve Never Been I said that Olivia had been observed from the beginning.
OLIVIA: “That day you were infected, that was intentional. You never had a daughter.”
JESSICA HOLT: “I hate kids. Now let's see how concerned you are about him.”
As Jessica shoots at September, he is catching the bullets.
JESSICA: “They can operate at hyper-attenuated time. To us, it almost looks like magic. It's not, though. It's just tech that essentially lets them move very, very fast. Now this gun is an invention of Doctor Bell's.”
JESSICA HOLT: “He feels no emotion. Perhaps no pain. This won't upset him. But it appears to upset you.”
OLIVIA: “Damn it, stop. Just -- just tell me what it is that you want.”
Jessica fires again but Olivia catches the bullets and redistributes them back to their source...
So how was Olivia faster than the Observer, being able to catch the bullets when he wasn’t?
I have always been amazed at her ability to react really fast. One incident coming to mind is in 1.20 There Is More Than One Of Everything. She just comes around the corner of the van at the end of the episode and turns so fast that it took this guy here completely by surprise.
Peter discovers that he can scrape the runes off so September can be released. September is also surprised that they knew of this methodology.
When Peter asked September if he knows where Walter is, he said “no”.
OLIVIA: “At least now we know how you got shot. I've seen you shot before just like this. You came to me at the Opera House. You said, in every version of the future, I would have to die.”
THE OBSERVER: “I did not. Or I have not yet. I suspect I understand now. The conversation you are referring to has not yet happened for me. I must investigate the future and find out what I meant. I hope... I get back to you in time.”
I loved Peter’s line when Olivia asked how they can find Walter now because their only lead is dead. Peter said: “That doesn’t mean we can’t still question her.”
It so takes me back to 1.01 The Pilot where Walter was questioning John Scott after he had been dead for a few hours. Peter was so against Walter’s methodologies back then and now he pulled a lot of them himself.
They take Jessica to the lab. She was bleeding red blood.
Since Walter is not there, Olivia has to assist. Peter asks her to give Jessica an injection. Olivia starts at the arm but Peter corrects her. The injection needs to go in the head.
When she finished Peter says: “That wasn’t so bad, was it?”
interview where Anna says she doesn't like needles. (with permission from the site) I have the absolute highest respect for Anna Torv and because of this appreciate her acting skills even more.
Peter hooks up Jessica and Nina comes to help.
I really like this Nina especially knowing that she seemed to know a lot about Henrietta and helps in 4.19 Letters of Transit.
Nina to Peter: “There'll come a time when I’ll ask you how you knew about this technology.”
Could it have been the method Jacob Fisher used in 1.05 Power Hungry?
NINA: “William always talked a lot about the powers Cortexiphan children might have.”
OLIVIA: “But why is he activating me now? Why is he doing this?”
Yeah, can’t wait to find out what that is and Olivia might not have been ready earlier.
I was thinking back to 2.04 Momentum Deferred
WILLIAM BELL: “Yes. In any search for knowledge, there are always unintended consequences -- victims, you might say. But not you. I can see that... just by looking at you. In fact, you're just coming into your ability.”
Back to the ship.
WALTER: “Why, William? Why would you do this? What could you possibly hope to gain by destroying both universes?”
Bell says this was Walter’s idea. Somehow I don’t believe that. Walter may be capable of many things but this doesn’t sound like him. [Update: Apparently I’m not the only who thinks that way. I wrote this part of the Observiews way before I saw the Noble Intentions on this episode. Take a watch...]
I also recall a conversation from 3.02 The Box
ASTRID: “This is from Bell? It's a key to a safety deposit box. (she reads the letter. "DON'T BE AFRAID TO CROSS THE LINE.")”
WALTER: “It's an old argument. Belly and I spent days discussing the wisdom of crossing the line. "Only those that risk going too far can possibly know how far they can go." That's what Belly used to say.”
ASTRID: “So you were the cautious one?”
Walter and God
1.01 The Pilot – Walter says that besides his assistants and Bell, God would have access to his work
1.02 The Same Old Story – Walter says it's one of the inherent pitfalls of being a scientist - trying to maintain that distinction... between God's domain and our own.
2.15 Peter – Walter challenges Carla Warren: “There is only room for one god in this lab and it’s not yours.
2.17 White Tulip – Walter: “I’ve asked God for a sign of forgiveness.”
3.20 6:02 AM EST – Walter praying in the chapel.
Those come to mind right now and I’m sure there are more.
At the end of 2.10 Grey Matters we see a flash back to “we don’t know when” where Bell is about to cut out parts of Walter’s brain.
In 4.19 Letters of Transit Nina seems to confirm that parts of Walter’s brain was cut out by Bell. I don’t know, do you think it really happened that way?
Bell has cancer and slowed it down with Cortexiphan.
The only one without side effects of that drug is Olivia, so I wonder what it will do to him.
Bell: “God made us in his image. If that is so, if we are capable of being gods, then it is our destiny to do so.”
WILLIAM BELL: “My dear friend, even if you deny it now, you have always been playing God. I am.”
That’s what God said to Moses as he encountered the burning bush (Exodus 2:13 and 14).
Back in the lab Jessica is ready to be questioned. Jessica is looking Olivia straight in the eyes. Well...
Jessica’s got some really cool eye-rolling going and she speaks with a different voice.
When asked where Bell is she sings a shanti.
JESSICA HOLT: “Mm-hmm. He's all wet I expect. And a bore. ‘A man must be blind or be out of his mind to go out to sea once more.’”
It’s taking too long. Peter and Olivia are starting to lose their patience. And Olivia is getting angrier.
JESSICA HOLT: “He needed an energy source.”
OLIVIA: “What energy source?”
You’ll find out in a second.
JESSICA HOLT: “We're all expendable in the wake of creation.”
2.04 Momentum Deferred – Bell: “In any search for knowledge, there are always unintended consequences -- victims, you might say.”
OLIVIA: “Jessica, how is he going to do it?”
JESSICA HOLT: “Noah was a righteous man, and he brought onto The Ark every creature to populate the new world. Two by two.” (Genesis 6)
OLIVIA: “Damn it, Jessica, what energy source?”
OLIVIA: “The new energy source, it's me. Bell's going to try and use me to collapse the two universes. That's why he's been activating me.”
At the FBI office Olivia is awaiting her fate?
this is a correct reference but i thought it interesting.
BROYLES: “Talk to me.”
NINA: “It's not good. Olivia is giving off an exceedingly strong and specific ElectroMagnetic field. Now I know how it sounds, but I believe she was activated to power the universe collapse.”
Unfortunately Olivia can’t be turned off.
NINA: “But we can use her to find Walter and William Bell. The frequency at which Olivia is resonating will also be the frequency at the epicenter of the dimensional intersection, meaning we should be able to identify the exact location where the two universes are overlapping. Now, assuming Bell wants to survive the collapse, that's where he'll be. The 'calm at the center of the storm' as it were.”
WALTER: “The sum of equal and opposite vectors is -- is zero. Very clever, Peter. We need to find the place where the opposite forces meet and cancel out.”
PETER: “Like the eye of the storm.”
WALTER: “In a hurricane, the center is said to be the safest spot.”
PETER: “And after this thing is said and done, it might be the only place that survives.”
Looks like Olivia needs her own little ‘calm before the storm’.
OLIVIA: “I remember being in that lab in Jacksonville when Walter and William were doing the Cortexiphan Trials. I remember how it smelled, how I felt, how scared I was, how all alone I was.”
For once in my life, I have someone who needs me. Someone I've needed so long, for once unafraid I can go where life leads me, and somehow I know I'll be strong. For once in my life, I won't let sorrow hurt me... not like it's hurt me before. For once I have something I know won't desert me. I'm not alone anymore.”
I so loved how Olivia was seeking the embrace, longing for it. And how Peter just accepted it and reciprocated it (ha, a word I learned on Fringe, lol).
Back on the ship, Walter is eying the gun in the case.
Bell wants Walter to see what it’s like to ride in the center of the storm, I guess.
WILLIAM BELL: “Olivia. You were right, Walter. She truly is a remarkable girl.”
WILLIAM BELL: “We've accomplished a lot together, Walter. But she may be our greatest achievement.”
Is this the reason? Using Olivia as the power source to collapse the two universes, or is there something else still coming, in S5? As Olivia said earlier: “I wonder what he has in store for me now [later]?”
The ship has been found.
PETER: “Are you kidding me? It's right there....Am I losing my mind here?”
PETER: “But if it's already crossed over into the other universe, there's no way for us to get to it. Even if we had the time, the bridge is closed.”
I was thinking about 4.08 Back To Where You’ve Never Been. Peter needed help to cross over. Olivia had the requisition papers for Walter’s device.
PETER: “Well, what do you even need Walter's device for when you can just cross back and forth anytime by yourself?”
NINA: “Now, if what you both have told me is accurate, Olivia can jump between worlds. You, Peter, you can see it. Olivia, you can reach it. But it will have to be done together.”
OLIVIA: “What if I can't do it?”
You've had the power all along.”
The Wizard of Oz is referenced so many times during the series. It is on my summer watch list.
I was also thinking of 3.21 The Last Sam Weiss came to mind. Olivia needed to turn the machine off so Peter could get in it.
OLIVIA: “Walter, what if I can’t do it? What if I can’t turn it off?”
OLIVIA: “When the day comes... if I don't remember this... I want you to try and build something with me again. Don't give up on me. I love you, Nina.”
NINA: “I love you, Olive.”
Well, I guess it’s almost time to jump out of the helicopter.
PETER: “You’re ready?”
PETER: “You ready?”
OLIVIA: “Alright. If you've lost your mind, now would be the time to tell me.”
PETER: “Then what would I do? You're the one with a gun.”
2.04 Moementum Deferred
PETER: “No, of course not. I mean, I figure if you were scared, you'd tell me, right? Besides, I figure between the two of us, you're the one that carries the gun.”
Peter deduces correctly that this is Bell’s arc.
WILLIAM BELL: "I will arise and go, now, and go to Innisfree, and a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made. Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee, and live alone in the bee loud glade." Do you know it, Walter?”
Walter, are you planning on shooting Bell? Yes!
I think he’s lost his mind. The “god complex” is getting to his head.
Olivia and Peter arrive.
WILLIAM BELL: “Well, this is unexpected. You know I was not planning on having any humans. What a troublesome species we can be, after all. I had assumed that Walter and I would die off and my new universe would thrive unencumbered by the savage whims of Mankind.”
WILLIAM BELL: “ But I see I was wrong - look at the two of you. Humans abide. They persevere. They survive. You have earned your right in the new order, a final breeding pair. Amongst all others, you will be the new Adam and Eve.”
Peter wants Bell to stop this now.
I was thinking back to 2.22 Over There Part 2
PETER: “What's a little universe hopping between friends?”
WILLIAM BELL: “That's not what I meant.”
In 2.04 Momentum Deferred, Bell says to Olivia: “I’ve seen history repeat itself enough times to know a war is coming, just as we predicted, Walter and I, years ago.”
What if Bell has seen Peter go through this before, activating the machine, changing the future or a time line? What if going into the machine has consequences that we are not aware of yet?
WILLIAM BELL: “I cannot turn it off. There's no escaping the inevitable. The chain reaction has begun. Olivia is a living uncertainty engine. Every breath she takes brings us closer to Nirvana. Every beat of her heart tears the world from its hinges. She is ‘The Redeemer’. Go ahead. I will not be the first God to be martyred for creation.”
I said last last week about the Banner:
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?-
Well, I guess I was sort of right. She was made the sacrifice without knowing it.
WALTER: “Forgive me.”
What, wait, what are you doing?
Walter shot Olivia to stop the collapse of the two universes. And it worked because now the ship is visible to the helicopters.
It seems to be Olivia’s fate to get shot in the head. Walternate shot Olivia in the head as well in 3.22 The Day We Died.
Actually no, because this Olivia in 4.22 Brave New World Part 2 is a different one than the one in 3.22 The Day We Died.
I also thought it interesting that in most of the “death experiences” including this current one, Olivia (whatever version of her) had almost the same pose.
But again he was absent for the season 3 finale. Is there a pattern? Or am I reading too much into poses and appearances? If I have learned one thing from Fringe though: nothing happens by coincidence.
Okay, back to Bell in the current finale.
Bell seemed surprised by Walter’s action. I was too.
He rings the bell on the counter
I’m so sorry Peter.
PETER: “Save her? She's dead.”
2.01 A New Day In The Old Town
WALTER: (about the surgeon) “He is undoubtedly indulging in primitive diagnostics. Agent Dunham is not dead. She's not dead. She's not dead.”
3.22 The Day We Died
PETER: “Walter, stop. Olivia is dead.”
WALTER: “But she won't be... Not then.”
WALTER: “You know very well that hasn't always stopped me. “
1.01 The Pilot 1.05 Power Hungry
1.07 In Which We Meet Mr. Jones 2.18 The Man From The Other Side
WALTER: “Her brain is currently saturated with Cortexiphan. The brain tissue is regenerative, so, if I can get the bullet out before the Cortexiphan wears off and the non-regenerative tissue calcifies, I'll be able to save her. It's like my lemon cake.”
last week regarding the lemon cake:
“So I’m gonna throw something out here. If Cortexiphan gives the ability to be regenerative, does that mean Olivia could heal herself if she gets hurt.”
As I thought of Olivia having the ability to heal herself as long as she has Cortexiphan in her system, I was thinking back to 3.19 LSD.
pear was a symbol of immortality. (Pear trees live for a long time.) In Chinese the word li means both "pear" and "separation," and for this reason, tradition says that to avoid a separation, friends and lovers should not divide pears between themselves.
This whole thing was hard to watch. Poor ‘Liv.
WALTER: “I need an exit wound. There isn't one.” PETER: “How much time do we have, Walter?”
So is this the bullet that Etta had around her neck in 4.19 Letters Of Transit?
Two Bishops crying over Olivia.
In the meantime, Broyles is in Washington. There is no sign of Bell.
SENATOR VAN HORN: “The committee would like to acknowledge the work you and your team have done in protecting the welfare of the people of this nation and the world. As such, we would like to grant your request for significant funding to upgrade your operational and scientific divisions. And thank you, Phillip, for keeping us all safe at night.”
2.01 A New Day In The Old Town
2.01 A New Day In The Old Town
And it’s good to see Senator Van Horn again. I’m assuming in this timeline he is not a shapeshifter like he was in 3.04 Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep.
It gets even better.
Broyles was just promoted to General.
Nina is waiting outside.
She was also there in 2.01 A New Day In The Old Town.
After she gave her speech, Nina kissed Broyles which still makes me shutter.
At the hospital.
WALTER: “You know, Peter, I’ve been thinking. Due to the intense energy utilization, Cortexiphan levels in the body should be almost negligible.”
WALTER: “Well, meaning that she won't be able to run around setting things on fire or doing superhuman things.”
Finally a well needed “Walter moment”
WALTER: “Excuse me, Miss. Is that Lemon Jell-o?”
Okay, this will not be on my next party food list, lol.
Walter also says that the treatments left a biological signature in Olivia and that some abilities might emerge again. But for now she seems normal.
Well Etta for sure inherited some abilities. She was able to block her mind from the Observers in 4.19 Letters Of Transit.
Olivia said last week, she just wants that power out. And now it seems to be gone. I wonder if Olivia would expose herself to Cortexiphan again if her and her family and maybe even the world again are in danger.
Loved that Astrid was sharing Red Vines with Walter. He even called her by her real name.
Peter is anxiously waiting to see Olivia and finally he gets to.
PETER: “I found one. It's perfect. Brookline. Center Hall. Two stories.”
Like father, like son, lol. 1.01 The Pilot
PETER: “You thought I'd be fatter? Excellent, first words. Perfect.”
PETER: “I suppose that he was right. The Observer. That in every version of the future, you had to die. But I never want to lose you again.”
OLIVIA: “Actually, he did.”
OLIVIA: “Peter, I’m pregnant.”
3.10 The Firefly
Walter and Astrid are looking on.
Let’s just savor this moment, shall we!!!!!!
Back at the lab, Walter is whistling “Rock a bye Baby” while fixing a peanut butter and raspberry sandwich.
But even for him the tranquility is interrupted by a visitor.
THE OBSERVER: “We have to warn the others. They are coming.”
One of the commercials was for a Hyundai. It had Neal Huff as the dad. Who is no other than Marshal Bowman from 1.13 The Transformation and 4.16 Nothing As It Seems.
I said it in the beginning and I’ll say it again: This was one of the best episodes of all seasons and for sure the best season finale (in my opinion).
The acting was outstanding. Josh and Anna rocked and John is awesome.
They – cast and crew – deserve a break. Can’t wait to find out where this is going.
In the meantime, keep re-watching episodes, keep recruiting soldiers, keep spreading the word, and keep supporting this awesome, amazing show.