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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…
That was true for Peter's connection with machine and it is true now. Except this time no one on the team knows yet what Peter did and what the consequences will be.
Glyphs spelled: SPLIT
As in Peter's and Olivia's relationship might be splitting again. As in Peter's personality splitting, turning into an Observer and losing himself. As in Walter's personality splitting, going back to who he was before St. Claire's. As in there are still pockets where the universe is split or another accessible universe exists.
A spoof on the title of 2.16
Walter! In the lab. With the tape, perfume, milk and Grape Vines.
Peter is back at Etta's apartment looking at a holograph of her.
5.04 The Bullet That Saved The World. Captain Windmark was looking at a holograph of Etta.
As Peter is watching someone is coming. Olivia. Peter didn't come home so she decided to go to Etta's apartment.
This is probably my favorite Peter/Olivia scene except... I'll get to that.
PETER: "... I just needed to see her."
PETER: "You're right. I'm sorry."
I'm just going to savor this moment.
Walter is watching the tape. The recorded Walter shows him a building.
4.04 Subject 9
The building now is bombed out.
The Borg". Then I thought about 4.19 Letters Of Transit
SIMON FOSTER: "Damn it, 'Etta. Black market tech gets people killed. Even cops."
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "Black market tech replaced your eyes."
NOSY NEIGHBOR: "Fourth Floor has been red-tagged for twenty years. Nobody goes up there. Hey, what's your business here?"
Walter is on a dangerous mission.
Walter found the apartment. 413.
4.13 A Better Human Being? This will take further investigation.
As Walter enters the apartment, he hangs up his coat and hat.
The apartment is split in half one side reflecting the other.
Observiews for that episode I said as I commented on this shot: "It also looks like he is conducting."
4.14 The End Of All Things happened. Just a crazy thought.
Walter recreated the pattern and disappears.
Don't get me wrong. It was an excellent episode but I didn't really care for the story part inside the pocket universe. It felt like there was too much time wasted on explaining things. That's just my opinion. But... I did like all the craziness of the building itself. So I'm just gonna focus on the craziness and the essential parts. Cecil was collateral damage anyway.
I wish I could show you but did you notice the windows sliding as Walter walked through there. That was cool.
RECORDED WALTER: "I have created, or rather, we have created a unique and efficient hiding place for a critical piece of the plan to defeat the Observers. It is undetectable to the Observers' instruments. As I have mentioned... may I help you?"
RECORDED WALTER: "... as I mentioned, I have had some experience with transversing parallel universes. What we have done is we have opened a space in the membrane that separates the two universes. A pocket universe', if you will. This is very important. Do not, under any circumstances..."
3.02 The Box. As Astrid is cutting brain, she notices a stain on Walter's tie. She thinks it's brain but Walter licks it to discover that it is raspberry jam.
RECORDED WALTER: "Now, since the pocket universe exists in inter-dimensional space, many of the usual laws of physics won't apply. And there are few places on Earth where two plus two does not equal four. And this is one of them."
We've heard that phrase before in 2.17 White Tulip.
ALISTAIR PECK: "You and I both know there are certain things we take for granted -- the laws of nature for example -- that are not necessarily binding. There are places on this Earth where two plus two most definitely does not equal four."
Don't get that crick in your neck again Walter.
Cecil showed Walter where he found water. Walter is gonna take a look around to find what he's looking for and then they are getting out. One of the signs on the door is the A-lyph.
I'm assuming you've seen the episode. Then you know that all other signs on the doors were glyphs. I'll get back to those. Why was this chosen? We've seen this before all the way at the beginning.In 1.01 The Pilot, Olivia is entering into John Scott's mind so she can save him.
Yeah, why was it there? Why was the symbol in the pocket universe? We've never learned who Olivia's uncle is. Still so many unanswered questions.Now Peter, Olivia and Astrid also arrive at that building.
In the pocket universe everything is pretty much greenish. Here the hallway is red.
PETER: "Walter's full of surprises today. Walter! Walter!"
Funny, I was going to say the same about you Peter. Like father, like son.
They find the apartment and have seen Walter's foot prints all over. Peter, following the instructions on the video tape, is re-tracing the steps.
What's with the marbles?
And now there is more on the tape as well.
RECORDED DONALD: "Not yet."
5.03 The Recordist. Apparently Donald was waiting for a scientist from Boston to show up.
Same question! Who is Donald? Is he someone we've encountered before under a different name? He must be familiar with a few things... I'll get back to that.
RECORDED WALTER: "You are now in the pocket universe. Don't be alarmed. You will notice that things work differently here."
Part of the episode title is "Through The Looking Glass", which is a book by Lewis Carroll who also wrote "Alice in Wonderland". In this book Alice climbs up on a fireplace mantel and finds herself in an alternate world where things are a bit backwards, among other things. And time is different as well. I'm reading it right now. Was hoping to finish before the episode aired but wasn't able to.
Cecil thinks he's been in that pocket universe only five days but in reality it has been 20 years.
Peter and Olivia start looking around and following Walter's directions.
PETER: "Looks like something Walter would've designed when he was tripping."
Meanwhile, Windmark is being informed that Walter has been sighted.
Just before Olivia and Peter come around the corner I noticed the door.
Coming to what appears to be a dead end, Walter assures them it is not so.
Peter is watching more on the tape and notices that Walter and Donald are not alone. There is someone else.
RECORDED WALTER: "Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there? This place is like that."
Finally Walter is found.
PETER: "Walter. You know you're not supposed to leave the lab alone."
WALTER: "I'm so sorry. I don't understand. All I thought about was retrieving what was on that tape. I couldn't think about anything else. All I cared about was finding the next piece of the plan."
WALTER: "Who is that?"
WALTER: "It must have been wiped from my mind, like the other parts of the plan."
PETER: "No, Walter, it was a case that we worked. The boy, he was living underground. A demolition site."
1.15 Inner Child
And since in this pocket universe everything is upside down and backwards would that explain why he wrote upside down in 1.15 Inner Child?
OLIVIA: "Well, at first, we thought that he was just a boy. But then he started to exhibit empathic abilities. He helped us find a murderer."
WALTER: "An Empath. Remarkable. Why would I need an empath?"
That's a good question, Walter.
The doors are marked. He's looking for the apple, the forbitten fruit, the root of all knowledge. These are the other glyphs visible.
The seahorse - representing a "N".
The room with the apple is the new hiding place for the boy. Donald is there as well and leaves a few things for him. Among them "mm's".
The boy is gone. The room is empty. Except they find this.
PETER: "Walter... I think this is a portable air-degradation unit."
OLIVIA: "So he - - he was an Observer."
OLIVIA: "Walter, calm down."
WALTER: "No, it's too late! They must have gotten this out of my mind. Windmark! He must have found the boy! Everything we've done is for nothing! It's for nothing."
Meanwhile, Windmark and his badies arrive at the building.
Peter is having a talk with Walter. They have to find Donald. He seems the only other person to know where the boy is.
Back in the room, Olivia discovers a transmitter which is not working right now. Maybe because they are in the pocket universe. Walter assumes it will help them find Donald and the boy.
Astrid is hoping the team will come back soon because...the Observers are sneaky little bastards.
The Observers see the opening to the pocket and cross.
Peter is pointing in the direction they need to go.
Olivia is beginning to be suspicious and is wondering how Peter knows the way.
1.18 Midnight (left) and 2.01 A New Day In The Old Town (right)
2.04 Momentum Deferred (left) and 2.22 Over There Part 2 (right)
4.01 Neither Here Nor There.
She is grabbing her gun to shoot the Observer. Hers is that "type" of gun. But it is not working. Must be because they are in the pocket. So she pulls the Observer over.
So they grab Astrid and dodging a few wave blasts they leave the building, still being followed by the Observers. Astrid and Walter take off, Olivia and Peter lacking behind.
PETER: "Olivia, move. There's no time. Get Walter out of here. I'll draw them off and meet you at the Monorail. Go!"
As soon as Olivia disappeared Peter and the Observer started fighting. Peter's demeanor changed.
Peter is testing his new found abilities.
Watch out Windmark. You might have killed Etta but her presence is still there. And she's watching you.
On the train they are waiting for Peter to show up and Olivia is clearly worried.
2.19 Brown Betty.
Just as Olivia wants to go after Peter he steps on the train.
OLIVIA: "How'd you do that?...Get us out of there? How'd you find your way back to the portal?"
Olivia starts playing with the transmitter. It's jammed and stuck on this frequency. Apparently it's not working yet.
WALTER: "I can't stop thinking about that man. All he wanted was to get out of there. And I didn't help him. I didn't care about him. All I cared about was..."
PETER: "Walter. You are not responsible for that man's death. He died twenty years ago, The night he broke into that apartment and the light bomb went off. If it wasn't for your pocket, he would have died then and there."
WALTER: "Perhaps. I saw a man... half-starved. And I used him because it suited me. Because he was nothing more than an acceptable loss as long as I got what I needed. Is that who I am, Peter? Is that something you can see coming from my mind? From my heart? Am I the person that would... leave in the middle of the night on his own?"
WALTER: "Those are the actions of a man of hubris, arrogance. And that's not me, Peter. It's him."
WALTER: "Don't you see? I'm not safe. It's my mind. Ever since the pieces of my brain were reimplanted, it's been changing... me... back into the man I was before. Bit by bit. I'm losing myself, Pete. I'm losing the man that you helped me become."
So wait! Peter didn't help this Walter. This Walter's sons died as children and Walter only had this Peter for a short while (S 4). Or is that what Walter is referring to? Is Walter turning back into the Walter before he was in St. Claire's?
PETER: "Listen to me. I'm not gonna let that happen. We need you. You are our only hope to defeat the Observers. And I’m gonna be here with you, every step of the way."
PETER: "I won't, Dad. I promise."
1.07 In Which We Meet Mr. Jones
Peter was helping with an experiment. Walter had to give him some heavy drugs and the result was: "Daddy"?
2.18 The Man From The Other Side
PETER: "I want you to get some rest, Dad."
3.22 The Day We Died
PETER: "No matter who's at fault, you are my dad."
Peter sees the "Observer" way.
There are so many questions still unanswered and new questions emerge. Can't wait to find out where this is all going.