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Fringe Observiews 5.11 The Boy Must Live

      Email Post       1/21/2013 11:40:00 AM      

Welcome to the Observiews for Season 5 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 Dialog is from

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…

5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "Ah, you're trying to think of music. You miss music."
WALTER: "There's not a lot of it here."
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "We tolerate it. But it's merely tones, rhythms, and harmonic vibrations I don't understand."
WALTER: "Mostly it amazes me. Music helps you shift perspective, to see things differently if you need to."
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "See things? Like hope?"
WALTER: "Yeah. Very much like that."
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "But there is no hope... for you."

For one, Captain Windmark, I think you are underestimating the Bishops and two, this scene entails a theme that was present in the current episode. 

Glyphs spelled: GRACE
One of the definitions of grace is: "unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration". Doesn't that sound like what Michael did with Walter? And because of that Walter is able to accept his fate?
The white tulip as a sign of grace.
Just throwing out ideas.  What did you think the glyphs meant for this episode?

Peter is working on freeing the next tape as he gets interrupted. Walter has an idea how to find September.
Walter needs to go into the tank.
The good old tank. What can't it do? LOL
I wonder if this is what goes through Olivia's mind as she helps with the preparations. 
1.01 Pilot
1.09 The Dreamscape
1.13 The Transformation
3.08 Entrada
And Walter has been in the tank before as well - uh, at least he used it as a hiding place in 4.01 Neither Here Nor There
Olivia opens the tank to see if Walter is ready. You should have guessed that you will find a surprise? Maybe? 
Are you getting another flashback Olivia? Something like this maybe, lol. 
3.20 6:02 AM EST 
OLIVIA: "Okay, Walter, how are - - ? Walter, why did you remove your trunks?"
WALTER: "They were too restrictive. My body needs to be as free and open as my mind, so I can find September."
OLIVIA: "Are you feeling sufficiently free and open now?"
WALTER: "I am. Let's get started."
So this from the last episode (5.10 Anomaly XB-6783746) was the clue. 
It starts.
Walter re-sees some of the visions Michael showed him last time.
Then we get the new visions of Walter remembering where September lives.
This one is from 4.15 A Short Story About Love.
I love this next one. The leaves are part of the glyphs. There are more leaves later on. I'll get back to that. 
Walter sees the skyline of New York.
And his last one is of a bridge.
Bridges always played a part in the series as well. It closes the gap between two points, connecting them. It is a way of crossing over an obstacle. A "bridge" was used to cross into the alternate universe. For this episode two instances stand out because they also were part of visions, so to speak. The first one was 1.02 The Same Old Story
And the other 1.17 Bad Dreams
Walter still tries to get Michael to eat Grape Vines but he just doesn't bite. LOL
Astrid makes out the location of what Walter saw. Walter is confident that September is still alive but not sure if he still lives there. Time is of the essence.

In the meantime, Windmark is obsessing over the boy (or at least that's the feeling I'm getting). He is listening to the recording of Nina talking about a child Observer. He rewinds it with a hand motion. All I could think of was "These aren't the droids you're looking for".
He then gets word that the commander will see him. He puts on his coat and hat and vanishes.
Windmark then reappears in the future. When I saw the dome shape I thought of these promo pictures for S 4
He appears in 2609. For some reason I'm intrigued by this shot from an artistic point of view. But I'm glad that I'll be dead by then.
I also recall a conversation from 4.19 Letters of Transit
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. 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."

The team arrives at the location. Earlier Astrid said that the building where September lives could be in Brooklyn, somewhere near the southeast base of where the bridge used to be. This was interesting and fits in with Fringe themes - the duality of things. The bridge might be impassible but the Monorail provides a way across. Sort of like: if a door closes, a window opens. Could that have any deeper meaning, like if this plan doesn't work, is there a back-up?
As they walk down the street, Walter's stride seems quick and young again to the point where it scares Peter. When Peter brings up the removal of pieces of the brain, Walter says the procedure is no longer necessary.
Of course Peter asks what changed.
WALTER: "I can't explain it, but... when the boy touched me, he showed me more than just images. It was freeing, Peter. All at once, I understood that everything I’ve ever known - - or thought I knew, as a great man - - could fit into a thimble."
For some reason Walter saying "great man" brought this back to mind from 4.22 Brave New World Part 2 
JESSICA HOLT: "William Bell is a great man. A brilliant man. But not just a man. Birth to a new world born of the collapse." More implications? Just guessing. 
WALTER: "And that's not all he gave me. I remember things, things I haven't experienced."
This resembles Olivia's experience from 4.13 A Better Human Being
OLIVIA: "Peter, I remember William Bell. I remember crossing over to bring you back. I remember Jacksonville and seeing you shimmer the first time we kissed. I remember... you walking to The Machine and getting inside and being scared that you were going to die... 
I remember it. I remember us. I remember everything."
WALTER: "I think, from the other timeline, before you were erased, before the timeline was reset."
3.22 The Day We Died
WALTER: "I remember when you came to me at Saint Claire's. My first words: I thought you'd be fatter."
1.01 Pilot
PETER: "You thought I'd be fatter? Excellent, first words. Perfect."
WALTER: "And I remember the night I was up late, making a peanut butter sandwich, and you slipped and called me 'Dad'. The feeling of joy that gave me... "
2.18 The Man From The Other Side
PETER: "I want you to get some rest, Dad. I'm gonna hit the sack. I'll be upstairs if you need me."
WALTER: "You just called me Dad."
PETER: "Yeah, I guess I did."
WALTER: "And the terror, before you stepped into the Machine. I told you I’ve never been good at letting you go, and you said..."
PETER: "... this time, you're gonna have to."
3.20 6:02 AM EST
Unfortunately Walter still doesn't remember the plan. Peter asks why Michael would show all this to Walter but not the plan.
WALTER: "I don't know. Peter, before I met him, I didn't think it was possible to love you more, but now, knowing what we've been through, and everything we've had... I do."
Fringe is science fiction but it is also a story about love - between a father and a son and that is what I love about this show. I was trying to think of a conversation where Walter expresses how much he loves Peter. 
3.02 The Box
WALTER: "When Peter... my Peter... died... I lost all hope. The only thing that kept me alive was Elizabeth, and my window into your world. I always told Belly that we couldn't cross over, that it was far too dangerous. When I saw that you were dying too, and that I was the only one who could save you..."
PETER:" kidnapped me, Walter. You took me from my family. From my world."
WALTER: "I didn't plan to. That was not my intention. I love you, Peter. And if I had to make the choice all over again, I'm not sure that I'd be strong enough to act differently."
And of course it wouldn't be Walter without embarassing someone else.
WALTER: "You never liked public displays of affection. Or going Number Two in a public restroom. I remember that too."
Meanwhile Windmark has his meeting with the commander.
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "Anomaly XB-6783746 has been found. It is being hidden in 2036."
COMMANDER: "For what purpose?"
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "That is not yet clear, but whoever hid this Anomaly did so for a reason. It should not exist, but someone wanted it to exist. Someone ensured its survival, because they thought it was important."
I'm always amazed at what little he actually knows. I thought they can see multiple futures. Isn't this scenario one of them? I guess not, otherwise we wouldn't have this story, lol. 
That kind of reminded me of Peter. Someone wanted him to exist. The people who care about him, that's why he couldn't be erased. 

The team arrives at where Walter thinks September still lives. The apartment number is 211.
Number also have a played a role in Fringe. Let me see if I can come up with anything. You only have to put up with me for two more after these Obs, so humor me, will you? 
 Here is a description of the number 22. 
The 22 is known as the master builder. It is potentially the most successful of all numbers and it can turn the most ambitious dreams into reality. In Fringe that number most often appeared around Olivia. 
2.05 Dream Logic - the taxi they are in arriving in Seattle
2.14 Jacksonville - the number on the building that merged with the building from the alternate universe as Olivia looks up. 
3.15 Subject 13 - behind her on the board
4.04 Subject 9 - Walter's hotel room 20 + 2 = 22
and the number on the building in which Cameron James lives. 12 + 10 = 22
4.13 A Better Human Being - the number on the storage
As Walter rings the bell Olivia has this strange look on her face. It almost looks like she's smiling. What is she thinking?
The door opens and September is overjoyed to see everyone.
September is even more excited to see Michael. This was beautiful. 
September asked how they were able to find him. Peter explains that they had been following the clues on the tapes which let them to the family that kept Michael and that eventually brought them to this address. 
PETER: "We've lost a lot. A lot of good people sacrificed themselves to get us to you."
The look on Peter's face and the return from Olivia speak for themselves. 
Walter asks September what happened to him.
SEPTEMBER: "Before The Invasion, I was apprehended for my continued interference in the timeline, and my interaction with all of you. As punishment, they removed my device. Now, I’m no longer able to move through time or do the things that I was able to do. They experimented on me. They called it biological reversion. Now, I am no different from you. Truthfully, it wasn't much of a punishment. I've always held this era in the highest regard."
Last week I asked who he was first, September or Donald. Now we know. Okay, so, questions. Although he is not able to travel through time, does he still have all the knowledge? And why didn't the team offer to give him one, after all they should still have the tech from Peter and also the one Anil gave to Olivia. And on a different subject: what is he building there on the table? 
September gave himself the name Donald because of the first movie he saw together with Walter. When was that? The movie was "Singing in the rain". One of the actors in there is Donald O'Connor
WALTER: "Yes! It was an excellent movie. I used to sing Make 'Em Laugh - - wonderfully - - in the key of "A" minor."
The coded message Walter received on the radio from 5.09 Black Blotter was in 'A minor'. And... 
2.14 Jacksonville
WALTER: "When you're under, the drugs will generate an obstacle. I can't tell you what it will be. It will be uniquely yours. It will make more sense when you're under. The point is this. That facing that obstacle will elevate your emotional state." 
OLIVIA: "I am singing in the rain."

September opens the butterfly box. Me wants it! Then I was thinking... Yes it happens, lol. 
As I was thinking about butterflies, beside the fact that they are part of the glyphs, the word "Butterfly effect" came to mind. 

September gets a music box out and starts playing it to Michael. The song is "What Child Is This"
Kinda fitting because we're asking that ourselves as well what or who Michael is. 
September explains that Michael was born in the future, created in a lab, like all Observers. Genetic material of a designated donor was used. So still only male? What happened to all the woman and why are there no female Observers? 
A scientist from Oslo, Norway, discovered a process to increase human intelligence on Feb 20th, 2176 (02202167 - any ideas on that number?) by rewiring portions of the human brain that induces jealousy. Through that cognitive functions could be increase. That of course diminished emotions to make room for intelligence. And thus the Observers were created.
As September explains this we see some stages of creating an Observer.
September continues on that emotions were seen as roadblocks to higher intelligence, like anger, greed, aggression. Humanity became so intelligent and efficient that they lost perspective of the value of those emotions including empathy, compassion and love as they were seen as distractions. Without romantic love new reproductive technologies were developed. Nope don't want to live then. 

Windmark is still in 2609 inquiring information on Michael. He discovers whose genetic material was used to create him.
Ha, was September studying lizards as well? 
5.10 Anomaly XB-6783746
SEPTEMBER: "Early in the boy's maturation, the scientists in charge of reproduction, realized that his brain had developed differently from other offspring. Its maturation was halted. To them, he was an anomaly, a defect."
Was maturation halted because of September's emotions?
SEPTEMBER: "I had observed, in your time, how fathers cared for their sons and protected them. It stirred something in me that I could not ignore. I took the boy away, and hid him in the past, where he would be safe."
Almost sounds like Walter's story. September went to the past to keep his son safe and Walter had crossed a universe to save the other Peter.
WALTER: "He's your Son?"
Kinda figured that. 

Meanwhile back at Observer HQ
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "His name was September. He was part of the original twelve science team that traveled back in time to observe primitive humanity. He was banished for sympathizing with the fugitives I am tracking... the same fugitives who are in possession of the Anomaly."
4.14 The End Of All Things
THE OBSERVER: "I am called 'September' but that is a code designation given to members of our scientific team... We are you-- we're human... many generations after your lifetime. We are one of countless possible futures for humanity. Our technology has uniquely afforded us the ability to travel within and outside of time so that we may observe our beginnings."
Obviously Windmark has lost his perspective on the origin of the Observers. I like September's version much better. 

CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "I would like a Protocol Suspension to travel back to a moment when I can eradicate these Resistors."
COMMANDER: "No. We are not prepared to deal with a readjustment of probabilities."
What, you can't handle that? Are you thinking the same thing I'm thinking which is 
2.08 August
DECEMBER: "Why did he abduct her?"
JULY: "We don't know -- and the flight has already left the terminal."
DECEMBER: "Then he's created an irregularity. We'll need to repair it." 
2.15 Peter
THE OBSERVER: "Doctor Bishop was on the verge of developing a cure for the boy. It was an important moment. He discovered me. There was no other way to witness the moment."
AUGUST: "You have changed the future. You have created a new set of probabilities."
THE OBSERVER: "But you must agree the moment was significant. The boy is significant."
DECEMBER: "You need to take action to restore balance."
AUGUST: "You will have an opportunity to fix this." 

COMMANDER: "They disquiet you. The fugitives are inconsequential."
Why are they inconsequential? Obviously you don't know the Bishop's. Too many villains have underestimated them before. Or as Olivia would say: " That's exactly the kind of arrogance we're expecting." (1.14 Ability - well a bit modified)
COMMANDER: "He poses minimal risk. We chose this time in history for a reason. A 99.9999 percent probability that we will succeed."
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "The boy had a 0.0001 percent chance of surviving, yet he did."

I love that math. The numbers are just so out there that you can almost guess that they will be beat. 

COMMANDER: "Is there something wrong with you?"
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "I am experiencing something that I do not understand. The idea of ending their existence... consumes me."
I wonder if Nina's action (giving her life for the team), which totally surprised him, stirred up emotions, even if it is anger and aggression. 

COMMANDER: "They are insignificant. So no."
Why did he say no? If Windmark is compromised then why not get rid of him. And again why does he think the team is insignificant? Hm...
That of course did not sit well with Windmark. Muahaha!
Michael is drinking hot cocoa?
As he does so, Olivia looks on. Is she thinking about how Etta loved her hot cocoa?
5.09 Black Blotter
OLIVIA: "I had a daughter, and when she was little, she loved hot cocoa. She used to say, that of all the hot cocoa in the world, mine was her favorite."
There is a domino box on the table and some kind of pyramid. 

September explains more on what Michael is.
Michael is an anomaly but he is more than the Observers. His abilities are beyond being empathic. He functions on an intellectual basis that goes even beyond that of the Observers. But he still possess the emotions, compassion and empathy.
So the plan was to send Michael into the future to a point where he can show the scientists that they don't have to give up emotions for intelligence. That date was mentioned earlier: Feb 20th, 2167.
And hopefully that would convince them and that they would never go down the path they have been on and thus the Observers would not exist and not invade.
I think you can just see the wheels turning in both their heads thinking the same thing. 
One of the questions I had was what would have happened to Peter if the Observers never have invaded. That was kindly answered by a friend. And it makes sense and I forgot about it. I'll post it but take no credit for it. Walternate wouldn't have been distracted by September in 2.15 Peter and would have found the cure to heal his Peter.  
Which still leaves the question of... I'll get back to that in a second. 

Peter lists the things they've already collected.
PETER: "We have the rocks from the mine in Pennsylvania, the magnet, the Observer Beacons, and some scrolls of physics that none of us can decipher."

Objection! Those scrolls should still be with Broyles. Etta gave them to him in 5.04 The Bullet That Saved The World and I don't remember the team having any other interaction with Broyles since then. 
I kinda dislike when stuff happens off screen that seems important. 

Olivia's wheels are turning even more.
OLIVIA: "You heard September. the plan is gonna reset time. Peter, that boy in there, he's how we're going to see ‘Etta again. You don't believe me?"
PETER: "I want to believe that more than anything, but we've still got a long way to go."
So here is the other question I have. If Peter never had to come to this universe because his real father found the cure over there, how did he meet Olivia? 

Back at Observer Precinct
ASSISTANT OBSERVER: "After the invasion, September was detained at a mine in Pennsylvania. He was extracting rocks. The purpose of the rocks was not ascertained."
Again, they really don't know much for their intelligence. I'm glad though that they don't know what the rocks are for. 
Because September was labeled a known offender he was tagged. His chip number is: 784651 (any thoughts?)
We haven't seen that phone for a while.
The Observers located the chip and are on their way to September's apartment.
September was clever enough to remove the tracker.
Windmark sees the piano. He hits the keys but we know he only tolerates it. The one piece of sheet music I could make out is "Celebration Overture".
Hot cocoa - confirmed!
There is a device above the door. From what I could make out it blinked red, red, green, red, both, green, red and then it stayed on green. Of course those colors have been there since the Pilot. 
There is a snow globe from New York - clue for the next episode?
Windmark plays with the leaves on the plant.
Earlier we had leaves in Walter's vision. I was thinking back to another conversation that Windmark had with Walter from 5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11.
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "But there is no hope... for you. Nothing grows from scorched Earth."
Well... nuff said!
On the wall is this picture - Tubes Radio Sets
Windmark is taking a peek in the Bible.
He shakes the snow globe. This is also a music box. What song would it play?
He then proceeds to turn on the CD player. A Jazz piece is playing.
As Windmark listens, Lizard Observer comes in and starts tapping his foot.
Ha, that was hilarious and totally did not please Windmark. 
Can I just say that I do not like Windmark at all, I can't wait until he dies but... can I need to give a shout out to Michael Kopsa for his outstanding performance. 

In the meantime, September gets notification that his apartment was compromised and he activates the device to destroy his apartment. Unfortunately... Dang it!
Whatever September used to blow up the place left a huge hole in the building.
My first thought was this from 1.14 Ability
Walter and September arrive at the storage where September hid the pieces for the device they have to build in order for the plan to work.
I wonder if those are the same newspapers that were in his apartment in 4.15 A Short Story About Love
September had brought the tech long ago from the future to this time.
Walter shares more what Michael showed him.
WALTER: "The boy, he communicated to me when he touched me. He gave me an awareness of another timeline when you saved Peter and I from Reiden Lake."
 2.15 Peter
WALTER: "When you pulled us from the lake, you said, The boy is important. He must live. You weren't referring to my son. You were referring to yours." 2.15 Peter
1.15 Inner Child
OLIVIA: "Forgive me for sounding harsh, but I don't buy that for a second."
There are too many other references from September about Peter that this sounds like a plot device. Earlier I already mentioned a conversation between August, September and December from 2.15 Peter where September claims that Peter is significant. And also September said it in 4.14 The End Of All Things as Peter was in his mind. 
THE OBSERVER: "It was important. You are important. It was why I could not allow you to drown at the bottom of Reiden Lake, why it was necessary to allow the other Doctor Bishop to cure you instead."
WALTER: "There is one thing I haven't told the others. He showed me that, for the plan to work, I would have to sacrifice myself. Is that right?"
I don't remember if I said here in any of the other Observiews or in a comment but at work I've been saying all along that it is Walter who is going to sacrifice himself. After all it started with him so it just makes sense that it would end with him. Now whether it actually happens is a whole different question. 
September informs him that it was Walter's decision because he had caused so much unintended damage that Walter felt this was his chance to make amends.
September asks Walter if he remembers getting a white tulip.
WALTER: "Yes, I do. It was a sign from God." Walter sees flashbacks from 2.17 White Tulip
SEPTEMBER: "The tulip was important. I took it from the other timeline, and kept it. When we devised the plan to stop The Invasion, you didn't think we could succeed. You doubted yourself. I knew the tulip would give you strength, as it had before. It was your symbol of hope and absolution. It gave you the courage to push on. At that time, I needed to give you back the hope that we could win."
September gets his briefcase out from the hiding place.
Same hiding place where he left it for Peter in 4.15 A Short Story About Love
September pulls out a notebook.
This will be an actual book that is available for pre-order. 
September hands Walter an envelope (left). It is the same one he received
at the end of 2.17 White Tulip. (right)
But the envelope is empty. The Tulip is somewhere else and only Walter knows where.

PETER: "Is that it?"
SEPTEMBER: "You say that as though we're not carrying technology that can bend space and time into a Möbius Strip."
I was also thinking back to 2.17 White Tulip again when Walter was explaining time travel. 
WALTER: "He may well be able to travel through time. Conceivably. Einstein himself theorized this. 10:00 A.M...11:00 A.M. He said that if something could propel an object faster than the speed of light, then time would appear to bend. (joins the two ends of the timeline on the paper) When those two folds connect, a tremendous amount of energy is required to absorb the jump."
September decides to not join them because he has to get a few more things.
SEPTEMBER: "I will see you again. I promise."
Leaving September behind the team is on their way back. Olivia says she used to love Brooklyn. And we get this view.
I love this shot. It brought back memories from a couple episodes. 
4.19 Letters of Transit - Walter being all crazy. 
5.05 An Origin Story - Olivia seeing Nina again
And Walter making amends with Nina
As the team is making their way they encounter roadblocks.
They are surrounded and the only way out is on foot to the Monorail.
Walter packs up the tech from September.
Oh so that's where my tennis shoes went. Sorry couldn't help myself. 
Peter checks out the situation. There are still Etta posters hanging up. Hope has not died.
So they decide to split up. Olivia is taking Michael and Walter and Peter follow.
Olivia is on her way.
This might be nothing but when I looked at it closely I thought the brooch looked like a daisy glyph. 
She arrives at the Monorail. Walking by car number 308.
8 is also an important number. It stands for infinity but it is also Olivia's. Let's see if I can come up with a few examples. 
2.02 Night of Desirable Object
SAM WEISS: "What are you - a size eight?"
2.05 Dream Logic
SAM WEISS: "You get the business cards?"
OLIVIA: "Uh, yeah. I got, uh -- I got eight of them."
2.06 Earthling The room number right behind Olivia
2.14 Jacksonville - The building number
3.20 6:02 AM EST Sam's apartment number 3 + 5=8
4.07 Wallflower The parking lot

Okay, so back to the train. Olivia and Michael make it on. Peter and Walter are not far behind. More numbers for you. 
Because of patrols Peter and Walter have to enter a different car. The Loyalists are about to search Olivia's car.
To prevent that Michael steps off the train.
And lets himself get captured.
There is nothing Olivia can do but to just watch. I'm sure she's thinking: "Now I'll never see Etta again."
Windmark meets Michael
My dialog by Windmark added: "Finally I have you Anomaly XB-6783746 and I will destroy you."

Even though Michael doesn't speak he has a few things for Windmark as well.
My dialog by Michael added: "You got this all wrong, Windmark. I'm better than you and I know how it all ends, muahaha." 

So now back to the beginning of this long post (sorry). I said there was a small theme in this episode and that was music. 
Walter starts it in his vision. 
Then he whistles after he gets out of the tank. 
September plays the music box for Michael, there is the musical "Singing in the rain". Windmark hits the keys on the piano. The snow globe was a music box as well. The Jazz piece playing, September's hiding place for the briefcase was an old record player - did I miss any? What does that mean? I know music is important to Walter. It helps him calm down. Is there more to it? 

*Although by the time I finished writing these I had seen the finale already (sorry it took so long) but I did not alter anything or left things out. These are my original observations for this episode.

Here are some of my favorite acting moments portrayed by the cast. This list is just a portion. The cast is outstanding in every scene.
John Noble moments
1.19 The Road Not Taken - the assault in the pastry shop
2.06 Earthling - Walter and the formula
2.20 Northwest Passage - Walter breaking down
3.10 The Firefly - Walter making himself smarter
3.20 6:02 AM EST - strolling the hallway and scaring Olivia
4.20 Worlds Apart - Walter and Walternate. John did an excellent job playing his alternate.
5.10 Anomaly XB-6783746 - Walter mourning Nina
Anna Torv moments
2.19 Brown Betty - Olivia singing to Peter
2.22 Over There Part 2 - fighting herself
3.08 Entrada and 2.05 Dream Logic - Anna playing different renditions of her character to the point that I forgot it is the same person who portrays them all.
3.08 Entrada - hopeless
3.09 Marionette - coffee break - facial expressions
3.09 Marionette - breaking down
3.09 Marionette - the park
3.19 LSD - Bellivia. Yes, I loved it.
3.20 6:02 AM EST - reaction to Walter
I had to put all available ones in here because it was just too cute.
4.18 The Consultant - being drunk
5.05 An Origin Story - tears
5.08 The Human Kind - shooting second guy
Josh Jackson moments
3.11 Reciprocity - his stare
3.19 LSD - coming back from the "trip"
4.19 Letters of Transit - meeting Etta
5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11 - on the bridge
5.04 The Bullet That Saved The World - mourning Etta
5.05 An Origin Story - inserting Observer tech
5.08 The Human Kind - Peter talking about Etta
Jasika Nicole moments
4.11 Making Angels - meeting her alternate
Lance Reddick moments
3.19 LSD - Broyles on the "trip"
Nina - Blair Brown moments
5.10 Anomaly XB-6783746 - sacrificing herself
My favorite stunt - 2.01 A New Day In The Old Town
Kudos to the stunt woman Melissa Stubbs. You can read how it was done here.
She was also Jackie Bermudas in 3.11 Reciprocity

And of course there has to be something for us P/O shippers. Again this list is not complete, lol.
1.01 Pilot - And so it begins - Awww
1.11 Bound
1.13 The Transformation
1.17 Bad Dreams
2.10 Grey Matters
2.14 Jacksonville
2.19 Brown Betty
2.22 Over There Part 2
3.06 6955 kHz - the breakfast scene. I might have not liked that it was Fauxlivia but it was done very well and it felt natural.
3.14 6B
3.15 Subject 13 - well maybe out of category
3.16 Os
3.20 6:02 AM EST
3.21 The Last Sam Weiss
4.12 Welcome To Westfield
4.13 A Better Human Being
4.15 A Short Story About Love
4.22 Brave New World Part 2
5.06 Through The Looking Glass And What Walter Found There
5.08 The Human Kind
5.09 Black Blotter
5.09 Anomaly XB-6783746

Fringe is by far the most extraordinary TV show I've come across in a long time. It has raised the bar very high, at least for me. It is a well rounded package that includes not only the outstanding cast and writing but also the crew - special and visual effects, stunts, props, directors, guest stars and music.
Wishing all those that were involved the best for the future.
And don't forget you can catch re-runs on the Science Channel.

Fringe gave me the opportunity to be involved with this wonderful site.
Dennis, thank you!
I have met wonderful people who are turning into friends for life. I've learned so many things through Fringe about life and science. For me Fringe stands for Faith, Fate, Friendship, Loyalty, Honesty and Honor. I have and will hold on to those principles. Fringe will always have a special place in my heart.

*Just a "heads up". Since the last two episodes are airing back to back and my work schedule is changing... it's gonna take a while for those Observiews. I will get them done as soon as I can (that is if I can stop the tears from running down my face).


Lccf said...

- Why didn't they offer September a device ? No guarantee it could allow him to time-travel before transforming his brain again ( Peter could teleport, but not time-travel ), and he certainly doesn't want to risk becoming the ( almost ) emotionless Observer he was.
- When did he watch Singin' in the rain with Walter ? Probably when they spent time together working on The Plan.
- " We have the scrolls" ... well, I had thought they included Broyles in that "we", but you're right, we never see them recovering the scrolls ... maybe Broyles gave them to Anil, who in turn gave them to the team ???

cortexifan said...

Lccf, I asked those same questions. The other thing I forgot to put in there redarding the child is I was rewatching 1.15 Inner Child and when Eliot Micheals (the CIA guy posing as a social worker) left the hospital, he was on the phone talking to someone saying: "(about the boy) I think we may have found another one." So what happened to the other anomalies?

Zort70 said...

Congrats on finishing this one and good luck with the next two ! With the huge amounts of references these posts are a mammoth task.

Just before the explosion in the flat the lights blinked Green Green Green Red which was a nice touch.

I put this in my Observer Talk post but on the train there was a dual language sign the English says "5112-MR4"but the Observer equivalent says "511-M4" Not sure if it is significant, but I thought I'd mention it.

Blue said...

Cortexifan, I was so happy to see this post! I love reading your Observiews and was worried I might have missed this one.

Excited to see the Observiews for the last two, but no rush! I really appreciate all the time and thought you put into them :-)

cortexifan said...

@ Blue
thank you so much :)

Zepp said...

Yes cortexifan, seeing, reading and thinking about these images with texts, is that we feel so full, without doubt, as it is rich in detail, these multivariate scenes of Fringe. The relation of a number on a wall, has something to do with another episode, or that the background color, be related to an action to come, and so forth. Always seemed to me that Fringe was a work of cinema so rich, so complex, that has a reading comprehension, which varies from individual to individual. As an example put their "Observiews" in which you make your inferences, quite appropriately, that I particularly like and agree, but even so, beside that, I also have my own presumptions about Fringe. That's what I call unique riches, the multiplicities of scripts of the Fringe. And on this side that can, with all the property, say and affirm that to me, Fringe is a unique work of art, at the cinematography television. Fringe is something magical, not defined, inconstant, as well as our real life too is that sensitizes us so personal and unique, so it is unforgettable.

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