Every day until the next episode airs on Fringe Friday, December 7th, I will post a review of an episode I believe is most important to the series, and a commentary on why I believe it is so.
Fringe Observiews by cortexifan 4/26/2012
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.
4.14 The End Of All Things
PETER: “But you've done a lot more than observe.”
You can say that again, Peter.
Glyphs spelled: QUAKE
I usually post a picture of where the Observer is in the episode but I just couldn't find him. LOL.
“In a galaxy far away” Oh wait wrong movie, lol.
The opening crawl of this episode sure reminded me of Star Wars.
“… Some Native factions became ‘Loyalists’ and were marked by the Observers”
Revelation 13:16 – And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead…
(New American Standard Version)
I’m sure there were people back then who freely took the mark of the beast because without it they were not able to buy or trade.
This is just what I thought of when I saw the crawl.
We are in Boston in the year 2036. Etta is entering a club. Part of the graffiti is an “O” and a “P”.
He must be a loyalist because he has the mark on his cheek.
RICK: “I had to piss him off so he'd try and Wipe Me. Otherwise he would have Read Me. But he Read You. And you fooled him. How the Hell did you do that?”
RICK: “Lucky? They find out about you, they'll kill you. Hell, they find out there's anyone like you, they'll probably kill us all.”
ETTA: “I love being Special.”
Rick has something for her or I should say someone. And there are more. But before he can tell her where they all are he gets shot. Etta grabs the keys and drives off.
Etta pulls the van under a bridge. The color scheme here is blue and amber.
This is a future that I don’t want to live in.
Etta inspects the cargo and it is Walter trapped in Amber.
So now we get to the title sequence which was different for this episode. And I loved it.
And Freedom as well.
Ok so finally let’s get in to the episode.
Etta works in Fringe Division which as I said in the beginning is there to police the Natives.
OLIVIA: “This is new. Who authorized it?”
BROYLES: “Senate Intelligence... thanks to Peter. It was part of a list of demands he gave me right before I went to secure our funding.”
Meet Simon Foster. Is he Etta’s boss? So the glyphs last week spelled his first name.
Etta needs coffee. I think I would have to eat a whole package at once. I like coffee too much.
SIMON FOSTER: “Damn it, 'Etta. Black market tech gets people killed. Even cops.”
ETTA: “Black market tech replaced your eyes.”
SIMON FOSTER: “I don't need a history lesson. You were gonna stop running civilians.”
SIMON FOSTER: “An order for what?”
ETTA: “Any info on the missing team.”
SIMON FOSTER: “It's a myth, 'Etta. The original Fringe team didn't vanish. They aren't missing. They died twenty years ago. They aren't coming back to save us from the Observers. They aren't in a desert or, Peru, or immortal.”
ETTA: “You're right. They're in Amber. And I've got one of them right here.”
Broyles has a visitor in his office. The red lab top seems out of place. He is wearing his wedding ring. Is this Alt-Broyles then?
1.04 The Arrival
Captain Windmark sort of puts Broyles in his place.
I think we should ask you that question as well, Phillip.
Like the animals Jones created? I don’t’ think you can really call them humans.
Getting Walter out of the amber is harder than they thought.
SIMON FOSTER: “Crowd control -- back before the Loyalists decided it was easier just to use bullets. I'm quite proud of these little beauties. “
After he lands in a stack of cardboard boxes, Etta gives him an injection and he wakes up.
And what is one of Walter’s first thoughts?
2.10 Grey Matters came to mind.
2.10 Grey Matters came to mind quite a bit actually but I’ll get back to that later.
Anyway, Simon found “food”.
SIMON FOSTER: “This was -- is your favorite food. That's what they say. The stories, I mean.”
WALTER: “Mmm! Mmm! Mmm! That's lovely, thank you.”
I also thought of 3.22 The Day We Died. Walter hadn’t had any Red Vines because he was in prison.
WALTER: “What do you call it?”
SIMON FOSTER: “We don't know. We -- we thought it was some kind of Beacon.”
Etta showed Walter blue prints of a device he created to destroy the Observers. But before he could finish it the team and Walter were ambered.
SIMON FOSTER: “The same as you. We call it licorice.”
WALTER: Licorice. “Licorice. Li-cor-ice. Who are you? You're quite pretty. Li-cor-ice. Do you have Ring-Dings ©?”
SIMON FOSTER: “Doctor Bishop, I need you to try and stay perfectly still. Walter.”
WALTER: “Yes, I hear you, Peter. I will try not to move.”
I thought of 2.10 Grey Matters where Walter had his brain scanned as well. In this episode we discovered that Walter was missing part of his brain.
Walter suffers from Brain damage in the current episode as well. Etta asks how they can fix Walter and I think she had a pretty good idea.
Etta visits the “Ministry of Science”. As she is waiting an Observer talks to her.
The other thing this reminded me of was 3.10 The Firefly.
SEPTEMBER: “You should answer your phone.”
Anyway, the other party to the meeting didn’t seem too happy.
Once they get outside though Nina’s demeanor changes.
NINA: “I'm sorry. I can't hide my thoughts from them the same way that you can. Have you made any progress with Walter's device?”
Nina greets Walter but he doesn’t seem to remember her.
NINA: “Of course, you understand the risks of wanting to save the world?”
SIMON FOSTER: “Well, they say he did it once before.” When? Is this what the season finale is about?
ETTA: “He and his team.”
NINA: “Yes, they did. But not without great consequence. I can't fix him. But I have an idea. Massive Dynamic has long had a piece of Walter's brain that was surgically removed and kept in a locked vault. It's entirely possible that you could use that material to inspire Walter's brain to heal itself.”
SIMON FOSTER: “They removed a piece of his brain?”
NINA: “William Bell did. It was at Walter's request.”
2.22 Over There Part 2
SIMON FOSTER: “Why?”
NINA: “I don't think he liked the person he was becoming.”
2.10 Grey Matters
WALTER: “But what if we ever have to go back?”
WILLIAM BELL: “Don't worry. Your memory -- I'll put it in a place that only I can find.”
Ok so here I have questions. If MD had Walter’s brain, did 2.10 Grey Matter never happen? If only Bell knew where Walter’s brain was (as he says in 2.10 Grey Matters), how did Newton find it?
I just absolutely loved Walter in this episode. He was so silly and brilliant at the same time.
So off to the city they go. And at the train station were lots of interesting things. And some of them probably mean nothing and are off the wall. But these are my Observiews so there, lol.
Track 419 and 420.
You can only get coffee in pill form but you can buy meat and sausages. Hm!
LOYALIST: “What seems to be the matter?”
SIMON FOSTER: “Fringe Agents. No matter. We're just heading downtown.”
LOYALIST: “I see. I trust you have papers.”
SIMON FOSTER: “Of course.”
LOYALIST: “What's your name, Prisoner?”
WALTER: “Prisoner? I most certainly am not. Look at me! Do I look like…”
SIMON FOSTER: “He's -- he's not a prisoner. He's her grandfather.”
ETTA: “We're taking him to visit my grandmother's grave. Today's the anniversary of her death.”
WALTER: “"I am not a number. I am a free man."”
SIMON FOSTER: “As you can see, He's crazy. We just checked him out of the home for the day.
But it was last minute, and we didn't have time to do the proper paperwork.”
WALTER: “"These aren't the 'droids you're looking for."… "Move along."”
I remember from last week’s episode that there was a card behind Chris with the word on it.
So they get on the train and ride into the city.
This was Central Park. How depressing. I really hope that something like this doesn’t become reality for us.
092112 = 09/21/12 that’s a Friday. Could this be Season 5’s premiere date? Oh please let it be!!!!!!
Walter seems excited about this adventure. WALTER: “Like the Guns of Navarone.”
They enter the building but trigger an alarm. Broyles informs Captain Windmark.
To get to Walter’s brain they have to enter the vault. Walter enters a code: 052010.
It was also the combination to Bell’s safe in 3.11 Concentrate And Ask Again.
WALTER: “What is that? Monkey feces?” Oh Walter. Lol.
SIMON FOSTER: “That, Doctor Bishop, is your brain.”
or do I need to completely abandon all callbacks because they happened in a timeline where Peter was around?
SIMON FOSTER: “First, I need you to take these pills. They're Diazepam, mostly. They'll put you into a deep sleep, for ten minutes, that will quiet your brain to allow the process to occur faster.”
WALTER: “I've eaten it once. It was sweeter than you'd think.” I had to think back to 3.02 The Box where Walter was dissecting a brain just before Bell’s funeral and he got raspberry jam on his tie.
WALTER: “God, no. Brains. And LSD. I love LSD.”
And we know Walter loves his LSD!
Now I know I made a list before with all the references to where or how often LSD was used. And I just can't find it. I'll keep looking and then add it back in.
So the drugs are starting to work.
WALTER: “What was your name, again?”
SIMON FOSTER: “Simon.”
WALTER: “Like in the game "Simon Says."
So while Walter is sleeping and absorbing his brain Simon is sharing with Etta how his parents send him away to protect him.
Walter wakes up and is informed that this is the year 2036 and the Observers are still here. And just like on cue, they enter the parking garage.
OBSERVER: “Ready weapons.”
OBSERVER: Shoot first. I'll read them later.”
Apparently the 12th floor was clear and they are proceeding to the 13th.
WALTER: “They weren't all bad, you know. One of them even tried to help us. He was called September. What happened to him was... well, unexpected.”
Shall we take a guess?4.08 Back To Where You’ve Never Been
WALTER: “He told me that, in the year 2609 A.D., they finally ruined the planet. They poisoned it -- the air, the water. And when it was fundamentally uninhabitable, then they traveled back through time, and took our planet from us. Yes, I can build it.”
It will take time. Etta suggests it would go faster if he had his team because they were also trapped in amber with him.
WALTER: “Neither Belly or I ever left ourselves only one way out of a room.”
Well, that’s a good thing.
But before they complete exit the building, Walter has a little surprise for the Observer and his buddies.
And the whole building disappears as well.
I know I probably don’t need to be so cryptic but humor me, will you.
SIMON: “So...are you gonna tell me what that was all about? Back at Massive Dynamic. You and Bishop.”
Love it! Picture that along with the toe on a foot in a grave.
Broyles gets another not so friendly phone call informing him that Simon is involved in something. So Broyles had Simon’s tracker activated.
Simon and Walter share a moment.
2.21 Over There Part 1
NICK Lane: “Fate is a tricky thing.”
SIMON: “that we can fight back”
OLIVIA: “But if you let me die, then we will strike back and we will fight.”
1.17 Bad Dreams
PETER: “Reality is both subjective and malleable. If you can dream a better world, you can make a better world.”
YOUNG PETER: “ My mom was telling me you got to imagine how you want things to be. And then you can try and change them.”
ASTRID: “Walter, where is…”
Was she going to say: Olivia? Did Bell's super ego kick in and he pushed Olivia out so he could preserve himself. Is that why she’s not there?
Walter “shh’s” Astrid and waves this little device.
It looks a lot like what Matthew Rose used to cut his brother from the amber in 3.05 Amber 31422.
Sacrifices have to be made.
As Broyles and his man search the place they find Simon who took the place of the last person trapped.
I loved how Walter left the Red Vine behind like a hero leaving his mark.
Back on the train.
Astrid is quite upset that they left Bell behind.
ASTRID: “William Bell? You just left him there?”
WALTER: “You remember what he did to Olivia. Even you can't be that compassionate.”
ASTRID: “But we need him, don't we? Otherwise, how are we going to get access…”
WALTER: “It's okay. We have everything we need.”
Walter bringing a hand over there for testing.
I know I have way too many questions.
Peter (yay) assures her that they will do everything they can to get Simon out.
PETER: “I don't know how I could. I've been stuck in that Amber for over twenty years, you barely look old enough -- Henrietta?”
Was this a clue it would be a girl from 3.10 The Firefly?
So, if you do the math she was born the end of 2012. She was four when she saw her parents last. Peter was stuck in amber for 20 years, so that would make her 24. That works for me.
But I’m gonna play devil’s advocate here for a moment. I refrained from calling her Henrietta Bishop because her name could also be Henrietta Dunham. Peter is not wearing a ring. They made a point of him wearing one at the end of 3.21 The Last Sam Weiss when he catapulted into the year 2026. Just saying, lol. Either way she belongs to Peter and Olivia.
What’s with the names? Ella, Eddie, Etta. And both Ella and Etta end up in Fringe Division. Would be interesting to find out what grandfather’s occupation was.
CLERK: “A girl like you might want to watch her "P"s and "Q"s. Wouldn't want to do the wrong thing.”
I referenced 2.10 Grey Matters a bit. It had Bell in it using an alias. Dr. Paris. Our agent in this episode was called Simon. The Great Paris was a character Leonard Nimoy played in the TV series “Mission Impossible.
The track sign says 14-22. I know just thought of how we are in the last stretch of this season.
In the end I have to believe in hope!
Why episode 4.19 is on the '8 most important episodes' list:
It definitely says something that two of the quirky "19th episodes" are on the most important episodes list!
When you least expect it in this series, the episodes get meaty.
"Letters Of Transit" is a futuristic reset, and points Fringe towards its destiny for the remaining part of the series. Whether you like the episode or not it's mega important to the structure of the series, and confirms once and for all that for the most part, the Observers are the enemy.
For those of you who are unhappy that "Peter," "Subject 13" and "Entrada" are not on the list, my apologies.
While all three of them are great episodes they just don't strike me as being as important to the framework of the show as the 8 episodes I showcased this week.
In short, all the Fringe episodes are good. Go ahead and make your own most important episode list or favorite episode list, and feel free to leave it in the comments section.