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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…
I don't think they could have imagined then where they would be now.
WILLIAM BELL: "Since the last move... about twenty 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."
This piece of dialog is right in more than one ways.
- Since the last move... about twenty years
The team was in amber for about 20 years and nothing had been done. I'm talking about the original Fringe team and I'm not dismissing Etta's efforts and successes at all.
-For in the vacuum created by the loss of what is most precious
Etta is gone
- desire becomes destiny
now the fight is really on.
- the most valuable piece is the Bishop
That was Etta because of her connections to the Resistance. It is Peter because of his determination and actions taken in this episode. It is Olivia because she wants the same as Peter. It is Walter because he has the plan.
- the Bishop must be sacrificed
Etta already sacrificed herself. But I'm afraid there will be more out of the Bishop family (Peter, Walter or Olivia) who could meet that same demise.
But I'm getting episodes ahead of myself...
Glyphs spelled: FIGHT
As in the fight against the Observers. As in the fight to keep Olivia's and Peter's relationship together.
Like mother, like daughter. Can I just say that I'm glad Olivia got some rest.
On the wall is hanging a photo of Pinocchio. What meaning could this have, other than what Peter is going to find in a second?
Peter opens a drawer. Inside is a tin with "Bluebell soap".
Or is there a different implication? Like the word: "Bell". You know what I mean.
On the table is a snow globe as well. This one is from Boston.
2.04 Momentum Deferred.
5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
A button opens up a secret compartment behind the photo on the wall.
PETER: "That's my girl!"
Olivia wakes up.
OLIVIA: "I fell asleep. I keep waking up and thinking that I'm dreaming this terrible thing and then I realize that it's not a dream."
PETER: "It's like living this beautiful dream... inside of a horrible nightmare."
OLIVIA: "Why would we get her back just to lose her again?"
Olivia finds herself looking in the mirror again.
In 5.02 In Absentia she (also) just woke up from a nightmare, recalling the day Etta disappeared.
And just as she looked at the pictures on the shelf in 5.02 In Absentia, she is doing it here again.
Meanwhile in Manhattan.
Roscoe Joyce from 3.10 The Firefly
Does this mean anything? I don't know. That's just what came to mind when I saw the sign.
The other thing that stood out was "lumineux"
1.20 There's More Than One Of Everything when David Robert Jones and his gang pulled up.
The Observer with the specs.
And the notebook
September as well. This one if from 1.04 The Arrival.
The Observers are setting something up.
A cube is activated.
I think you know where I'm going with this. 1.20 There's More Than One Of Everything.
Cargo comes through.
Back at Etta's apartment things are getting packed up. It's time to leave.
The lamp's base behind her looks like an 8 ball. (3.12 Concentrate And Ask Again)
Just before they are heading out, Astrid calls with a bit of a problem.
I was trying to figure out what Walter was referring to when he called Astrid "Abner". I found a restaurant. And this wiki.
Etta's phone is ringing as well. Anil needed to get in touch with them. There is something important the team needs to see.
He meets with them where the cargo had arrived. Olivia sees this "The Future In Order" sign.
Anil passes on his condolences.
And then Olivia does what she does best. She retreats from the conversation.
Through The Looking Glass And What Walter Found There). Is it also this song? And one of the Violet Sedan Chair songs (She's doing fine)* contains references to Alice.
This could also be the same location as in 5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11 because of the clock.
then: "When I saw the clock on there I thought of Alice in Wonderland: "I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date." It was on TV last night, maybe that's why."
I swear I had no idea!
PETER: "And our lifespan will be reduced to forty-five years. We know that already. 'Etta told us."
Olivia might just had a short time with Etta but it's killing her inside to be reminded.
Anil wants to sabotage the next shipment. He's got one of the Observer's books.
I can't wait until this is posted so I can read Zort70's Observer Talk.
Olivia offers to take it to Astrid to see what she can do with it.Anil got the book from an Observer that was captured.
Walter wants to take a sample of the carbon and Olivia, needing a moment, offered to get it.
Anil offers some advice as well: "Before you go on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."
Confucius, basically saying, revenge is never good. You hurt your target but you will hurt yourself as well and/or those that care about you.
PETER: "I'm not worried about being destroyed. It's the Observers who should be worried."
Anil had brought the cube and Peter is trying to put it together.
3.06 6955 kHz.
Apparently Peter is not putting it together in the right order because he gets zapped a few times.
Meanwhile Astrid is trying to decipher the symbols in the book.
ASTRID: "If this really is a shipping manifest, then I'm expecting dates, times. I can't even differentiate which of these symbols are letters or numbers. This decryption program has been running for over an hour."
Astrid figured out that she was looking at this all wrong since the Observers don't think like us.
So if you put all those together you get: BC 8656. Earlier we had a container that said BC 327.
Astrid, I think you're on to something.
Since he can't deter Peter from his plan, Walter decides to help.
WALTER: "The only thing I know for certain... is that it has the ability to blow us to Kingdom Come. We don't even know if we're putting it together right. If you are still intent on doing this, I believe it is possible to destroy the shipping corridor. But it is extremely dangerous."
Peter wanted to find out what the machine does and Walter didn't want Peter to work on that at all.
WALTER: "I thought I made my -- You have no idea what it does. You might as well be building a nuclear bomb in my lab... If you end up breaking the universe, this time, it's on your head."
WALTER: "Think of everything on top of this sheet as the future, where they are. When the Observers transport a shipment from their future to our present, they drop them down a wormhole that they created. Because the wormhole is stable at both ends, matter and energy in their future is unaffected. Life goes on undisturbed."
I was reminded of 1.10 Safe when he was explaining how someone can go through a solid wall.
Sorry couldn't help myself, snicker.
WALTER: "...sucking all matter and energy into itself, consuming it."
So they need to create a black hole that sucks everything back in. The anti matter batons from Etta's apartment will come in handy. Now they just need to figure out how the cube works so they can intercept the "phone call" as Walter calls it.
OLIVIA: "But we haven't figured out how to turn the cube on."
PETER: "The Observer that Anil captured. He certainly knows how to make it work."
WALTER: "Anil couldn't get the Observer to make heads or tails of it either."
PETER: "Well, Anil has his way of doing things, and I have mine."
PETER: "So then what is it? What, Olivia? Are you worried about me?"
OLIVIA: "I want that too."
PETER: "Then we have to do this. And we can, Olivia. Together."
3.21 The Last Sam Weiss.
So Peter goes off to get information from the captured Observer.
PETER: "What's the concoction?"
ANIL: "A wee bit of this, a wee bit of that. Cryoprotectants, osmolytes. Small molecules within their blood preventing damage to their vital organs. Compounds that act as natural anti-freeze."
When I saw the bottles, this came to mind. 1.16 Unleashed
ANIL: "Yeah, it keeps them tethered to this location. They're actually not as hearty as you'd think. Their abilities are aided by tech."
4.22 Brave New World Part 2
Peter is starting to interrogate the Observer to find out how the cube works. He's using an eye-scanner.
3.11 Reciprocity where a lie detector test that meassures changes in facial muscles was used to find out who the the murderer of the shapeshifters was.
Peter is making progress.
1.08 The Equation. Walter got stuck in St. Claire's helping on a case and Peter is trying to get him back out.
The other one being 1.10 Safe
PETER: "What, the crack about the breasts?"
WALTER: "No, about my disappointment in you. It has more to do with your potential than anything else. You have no idea what you're capable of Peter."
Oh, the third one you mean? I'm saving that for later.
CAPTURED OBSERVER: "I think of you as I would an ant colony as I pass by it. I don't care about the workings of the colony, why one ant is mad at another or why one ant would kill another or not. To me, it is insignificant. And like an ant colony, you are oblivious to your limitations. You think the black over your head is dark skies... when it is really our shoe."
Olivia is looking at the bullet.
5.04 The Bullet That Saved The World was in reference to Etta being shot by Windmark and that because of her death the world would be saved. Peter eluded earlier that he wants everyone to know that Etta saved the world.
Walter found something.
WALTER: "This tape was never in Amber. I found it in my desk. It's a video of one of ‘Etta's birthdays."
WALTER: "It would be incredibly difficult to watch, but I believe it's important for you and Peter to see it."
WALTER: I heard you... when you were talking to Peter. You told him that you were afraid. He assumed that you meant you were afraid for his safety, and of course you are, but I think we both know it's more than that. You're afraid that you will lose each other again."
3.09 Marionette - a bit modified if I may.
Astrid had deciphered the shipping log and with that Olivia is getting out of that situation. They inform Peter that the shipment is coming in this afternoon at Lexington and 86th. Those numbers are part of what Astrid thought earlier - BC 8656.
Peter was successful and is on his way. As the Observers set up their cube Anil is setting up the other one.
But the Observers know something is wrong and just as Peter wants to fire the anti-matter baton he gets a surprise visitor.
Olivia recovers and shows no mercy.
OLIVIA: "Yeah, it is that type of gun."
Peter just has enough time left to fire the gun to reverse the wormhole. Everything in its vicinity gets sucked back in. And this is what's left.
Halo 4 commercials running during the episode.
But it didn't really work. Another wormhole opens and cargo is still coming through.
OLIVIA: "Hey, where are you going?"
PETER: "To get answers!"
All Olivia can do is run behind him.
As Olivia turns she finds flyers with Etta on them posted.
Peter Lake". That's the character's name from "Winter's tale" by Mark Helprin, the book young Olivia was reading in 3.15 Subject 13.
OLIVIA: "Walter, what if I can’t do it? What if I can’t turn it off?"
WALTER: "I have known you for a long time, Olivia, and I believe that the drawing was no accident. Whoever did it knew the same as I do. That you don’t fail."
To me that means Peter and Olivia will be successful - together!
4.15 A Sort Story Of Love
PETER: "Why didn't it work?"
CAPTURED OBSERVER: "You don't even know what you don't know. Before going on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. Your friend was correct. Emotions get in the way of judgment."
PETER: "Emotions did not get the better of me. I read your tells to help me assemble the device."
CAPTURED OBSERVER: "Your assertion regarding the involuntary response of the body to physical threat was interesting but highly antiquated. It does not apply to us. In truth, there was a fly on the window. As my cerebral cortex registered it, there was a small irregularity in my heartbeat, causing a slight deregulation of my oxygen to my brain which in turn affected my oculomotor nerve. This oculomotor nerve is what caused my pupil to dilate. That's what you picked up on, my observation of a fly."
Ha, Olivia had been distracted by a fly too, in 2.02 Night Of Desirable Objects.
CAPTURED OBSERVER: "But you ascribed meaning to something that was not there. You saw what you wanted to see. You believed what you wanted to believe, because that's what your emotions do. They ascribe meaning to something that is not there. They fool your perception as to what is real."
3.03 The Plateau
OLIVIA: "You're not real."
PETER: "Real is just a matter of perception."
CAPTURED OBSERVER: "Miss me?"
Back at the lab Olivia is resting. The tape is on the table.
5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
OLIVIA: "No, Peter, we lost our child. And... in the grief, we just... weren't able or were incapable of -- of being what we needed to be for each other. And that was all it was."
Back to Peter and his idea. Some more red, green, yellow and blue action going on.
1.11 Bound (left) and Alt-Broyles rescued her just in time in 3.08 Entrada (right).
Back at the lab Olivia is really watching the tape.
It's Etta's birthday.
PETER: "I'm a part of you that you have to hold onto. You can't forget who you are Olivia. You can't forget where you're from. You can't forget this." 3.03 The Plateau
And here is my third thought from earlier.
4.19 The Consultant
WALTER: "Don't judge him. No one can be certain exactly what they're capable of, how far they'll go to save the ones they love. I know this more than most."
2.17 White Tulip
WALTER: "Grief can drive people to extraordinary lengths."
2.17 White Tulip
WALTER: "You'll never be able to live with the consequences.
I, too, attempted the unimaginable, and I succeeded. I crossed into another universe, and took a son that wasn't mine. And since then, not a day has passed without me feeling the burden of that act."
I don't think Peter thought of the consequences. I also hope he will tell Olivia what he did.
Just then his phone rings. It's Olivia.
2.22 Over There Part 2
PETER: "It's okay, Olivia."
Just as we started out with Olivia looking in the mirror we find Peter as well. Who is starring back at him? Will he be able to deal with the consequences? Will it really help their cause or is it going to be a hindrance? Only time will tell.
And who's "origin story" was it? Etta's or the Observers? Or is it Peter's?
This was one of the best episodes of all times for me. The acting from all was superb and since none or hardly any of the critics will recognize their talents, it's up to the fans to do so.
So, here are mine: "The Best Awards" to (in no particular order):
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