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Fringe Observiews 5.13 An Enemy Of Fate

      Email Post       3/20/2013 12:33:00 PM      

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 fringefiles.com. Dialog is from fringepedia.net.

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…

2.17 White Tulip
WALTER: "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. You don't know how things will be changed by your actions, but they will. It's not our place to adjust the universe.  And you will never be able to look at her again without knowing that, just like every time I look at my son. I have traveled through madness to figure this out."
3.22 The Day We Died
WALTER: "Truly, if I could go back in time and change things, I would. I would give anything to be able to go back and make different choices."


Glyphs spelled: CLOSE
As in closure. As in the circle is closed. As in Peter and Walter finally having their father-son relationship. As in The End. 
Before I get into the details I want to invite you to read what I wrote about 2.17 White Tulip before season 5 aired. And I assume everyone has seen the finale so I'm going to start with the end - well sort of.

Although it was a very satisfying finale to a story that had me at the edge of my seat for the last 5 years I  wished for a few things (and maybe your list is different):

-Walter should have told Olivia of his plan. He's known her since she was a child. I also wish they would have had another chance to say good bye other than in the van in 5.12 Liberty. 
- not enough Olivia and Peter. I was hoping they would stand together arm in arm when Walter left.
-Olivia putting her wedding ring back on her finger.
-The Wedding
-Olivia's pregnancy and dealing with that. 
-Olivia and Etta together in the park or at home.
-Rachel and Ella. 
-What happened to Gael Manfretti, the Loyalist from 5.02 In Absentia
-I thought William Bell would be back.

Now that I have that off my chest, let's dive in. Sniff.

September is continuing his conversation with December who was one of the original 12 Observers.
I have to say I wasn't fond of December in the beginning. He always seemed to work against September who showed his "affection" for the humans more openly. But compared to Windmark I was actually glad to see him. And I'm glad he had those feelings as well, just hiding them. We first met him in 2.08 August
And then again in 2.15 Peter
In both cases he was very much against September's and August's actions about getting involved.
In 3.10 The Firefly December and September argued whether Walter would be ready to let go of Peter.
And in 3.22 The Day We Died, the 12 original Observers gathered around the Statue of Liberty to "witness" Peter disappearing.
In 4.01 Neither Here Nor There December urged September to set things right because Peter seems to bleed through into this timeline. 
In 4.11 Making Angels December was given the device that September lost in 1985.
And in 4.14 The End Of All Things December meets with other Observers to inform them about September's actions having consequences. 
We have personally met only 6 of the 12 original Observers. 
January - 4.01 Neither Here Nor There
March - 4.11 Making Angels and 4.14 The End Of All Things
July - 2.08 August and 4.14 The End Of All Things
August - 2.08 August and 2.15 Peter 
And of course September and December.

December is worried that if September's plan works they will all be erased. But... I'll get back to that. 
SEPTEMBER: "When we first came here we did not know the true nature of our expedition. We were not told." Neither were we! Was it to eradicate human life to get the planet?
SEPTEMBER: "Destiny can be changed.  But you have to have the will to change it... even if it requires sacrifice. I took a risk even coming to see you because I believe that the people of this era are worth saving."
Walter and Peter were just talking about making sacrifices in 5.12 Liberty and when September said to December that he owed him, was it because December also had the same feelings for the humans but September didn't reveal it to the others?

WALTER: "It needs to be at a twenty-two degree angle. 22 degrees. Can you hear me? Blasted thing. What I wouldn't give for a good, old-fashioned tumor-inducing cell phone."
Lol, love Walter. And here we have 22 again. I just mentioned that number in the Observiews for 5.11 The Boy Must Live

Walter of course is talking about the magnet. It took me a couple of watches to realize that the angle is pointing down and at first it made no sense. Once the beacon went through I guess it did. 
Broyles is getting in touch with the team. Peter informs him that they have the boy. Broyles is basically going to pack up his office.
But unfortunately Windmark is on to him.
His minions are using the device again to extract the conversation Broyles just had in his car.
The Observers had used this in 5.10 Anomaly XB-6783746 to get information from Nina.  
And Peter had built a similar device to retrieve information from Nancy Lewis's apartment in 1.19 The Road Not Taken
Broyles is cleaning out his files as he gets a visit from Windmark.
Broyles can keep his mind scrambled but Windmark has too many hints that Phillip might be 'The Dove'.
As Windmark leaves he give instructions to his minion - by just a glare - to keep an eye on Broyles.
As September is still working on the machine to reset time, the team finally arrives back at the lab with the boy.
OLIVIA: "Why would he step off the monorail? I mean, why would he do that? He knows too much. He must have known that they wanted to harm him." I want to know that as well. 
The Violet Sedan Chair poster is hanging behind Olivia. I was hoping for more of the band as well. 
And September's explanation wasn't enough either.
SEPTEMBER: "Apparently... there was a reason. There always is." Which was...?
In the meantime, Michael is being served hot cocoa in Walter's cup.
This one is from 4.13 A Better Human Being. The kangaroo handle of course represents Australia where John Noble is from. 
And Michael is watching TV and smiling? I wonder what he sees?
Walter and September explain the plan to the others. The magnet has been positioned on the truck. September informs them that the initiating reactor core has failed and that they have to get a different one. They need this in order to provide a surge of energy to start of the device to created a small wormhole so they can deploy the cylinders. One cylinder will stay here as an anchor and the other will be sent to 2167, the magnet helping so that it reaches the correct destination. In order to power the magnet the need two generators which need to be perfect phase. A Synchroscope is needed. Walter has one somewhere still in amber. Michael will traverse the wormhole to 2167 meeting the scientist from Oslo. Someone will be there to guide him. This was so sad. I think Walter should have told everyone of what he intended to do. 
Meanwhile.
BROYLES: "I'm leaving for Boston. I’m coming to you."
Unfortunately the Loyalists are tracking him passing on the info to Windmark.
And then Broyles notices...
BROYLES: "They're following me. Windmark is letting me lead them to you. I'll lead them around as long as I can. But it's only a matter of time before they realize I'm not leading them to you. If I’m caught, they'll read me. I can protect my thoughts, but there's only so long that'll last."
OLIVIA: "Okay, Windmark is not going to read you because we're going to come and get you. Listen to me, Phillip, you need to tell me where you are."
Now here Olivia calling Broyles "Phillip" sounded more natural compared to when they first met again in 5.04 The Bullet That Saved The World
Broyles just asks to protect the plan and then the conversation is over. Walter takes the lead, encouraging everyone to stay focused, to get the Synchroscope and to gather everything that is needed so they can leave.
I wonder what goes through their minds. 
She's already lost Etta and Nina and now Broyles? Can Olivia take any more?
Time to go to work. Peter gets to play with the laser again to free the Synchroscope.
PETER: "No Synchroscope yet. But I found some sort of syringe. Any idea what that was for or why you had it?"
WALTER: "I have no idea."
The next item Peter frees from the amber is a tape addressed to him.
Peter excavating the tape addressed to him, kind of reminded me of Walter bringing a tape to Olivia with Ella's birthday  party on it in 5.05 An Origin Story
RECORDED WALTER: "Peter, I sent you a letter. It contains something of mine."
RECORDED WALTER: "I imagine you called me to ask why would you send such a strange letter? And when you tried to call, I didn't answer. So you came to find me at the lab. But I was not to be found. I was here one moment and vanished from the face of the Earth the next. I want you to know I’m fine. And living many, many years from now. You will never see me again. You will never see me again because it had to be this way to ensure the future of our humanity. Your future. The future of Olivia. And the future of ‘Etta. I don't want you to be sad. The time we had together we stole. I cheated fate to be with you. And we shouldn't have had that time together, but we did. And I wouldn't change it for the world. I don't want to say good-bye. But I will say... I love you, Son."

Walter had to say good-bye to Peter so many times already (maybe not with the exact words but still), I don't blame him for not wanting to. 
2.15 Peter - when blue Peter dies. 2.18 The Man From The Other Side - when red Peter rejects Walter. 
2.21 Over There Part 1 - Peter has gone to the alternate universe. 3.22 The Day We Died - Peter entering the machine and no one knowing what's happening. 
Urgh, if the message on the tape didn't already break my heart...

Walter explains that he does know what the syringe is for. It's an inoculation for time travel. Walter is the one taking Michael back to the future. Peter of course questions if this has to be this way.

WALTER: "Yes. Because, Peter, the boy and I, we will become a paradox. Nature abhors a paradox. It has to heal itself. It does so by deleting me and the boy at the moment of the invasion. The boy and I will disappear after 2015."
I'm not even going to attempt to explain what a paradox is other than we've had that phenomenon before in 3.22 The Day We Died
WALTER: "Peter, you can stop the destruction before it occurs!"
PETER: "If that's the case, just don't send the machine back. Then we'll never discover it, and I'll never destroy the other universe."
WALTER: "No, no, no. It doesn't work that way. I have already done it. Therefore, I have no choice but to do it again."
PETER: "Walter, that doesn't make any sense."
WALTER: "It does. It's a paradox. I can't change what happens because it's already happened. But you can make a different choice within what happened. I simply need to find a way to bring your consciousness forward to now so that you can witness what will happen if you make the same choice. Peter, for all I know, it could be happening already. Don't you see? We can fix everything. We can cheat the rules of time."
I still don't understand why Walter couldn't change anything but Peter could. Oh well...

And if this didn't sound complicated enough, try this one from 4.05 Novation
PETER: "It all makes sense now. That has to be what happened. I was supposed to die that night in both universes, but when I didn't, I became a paradox, and now, for the two worlds to heal, I had to be deleted. But if I'm already dead in both universes, then why am I here? How am I back? Something's gone wrong, Walter. Something's happened."
So again same question: if Walter couldn't change anything, why could Peter?

Walter says that he and the boy will disappear after 2015. That means this still happened: 
5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
WALTER: "I still can't believe my eyes -- what you've grown into. Of course, you must understand for me it's only two months ago that I took you to the pier. You loved the horses."
HENRIETTA BISHOP: "Carousel."
And this is not going to happen. 
5.10 Anomaly XB-6783746
PETER: "So in order to maintain a future without the Observers... you and Michael have to live out the rest of your lives in the future."
WALTER: "I know in my soul this is what I am supposed to do. I want you to give Olivia your daughter back. I want to give you your life back. As a father, how could I not do that for you? What I said on the tape about stealing time with you, I meant it. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You are my favorite thing, Peter. My very favorite thing."
John and Josh did amazing in this and I'm going to bet that none of the tears in this episode had to be "acted". 
Michael was watching this conversation. I wonder what he thought about this. 
Olivia and Astrid arrive at December's apartment. It doesn't take long to see that something is wrong. The apartment door is open.
513 is not just the apartment number, it's the episode number and if you read it backwards you get:
5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
OLIVIA: "you were three years, one month, and five days." 
And then I thought: oh cool, Olivia is looking at her number, you know: 8 but then my brain kicked in doing math and of course that is 9 if you add it up. Dang it. 
But fear not because right behind her is apartment 512 which equals 8, lol. 
The Loyalists are still there.
Olivia and Astrid have to retreat further into the apartment.
And as they do they discover December.
There goes the second of 12 good Observers. August being 1st.
Olivia notices that the device is gone.
Winmark has the device. We later find out that he kept tabs on the 12 original Observers. So when Decmeber went to retrieve the device from the future, he was tracked.
One of the loyalists is coming around the corner and unfortunately he encounters a very upset Olivia.
Her facial expression (which is always right on) says more than: "Yeah, it is that type of gun." (5.05 An Origin Story)
And so he meets his untimely demise with a precision shot.
The other Loyalist gets corned by Astrid and Olivia
OLIVIA: "What happened to the part?"
Broyles was only able to out-run the Loyalists and Observers for so long and unfortunately was captured.
Because the piece December retrieved has fallen into the hands of Windmark, the plan is at a standstill. Without the initiating reactor they cannot open a wormhole. There is not enough energy. The rocks only sustain the reaction, not trigger it. And there is no way of recreating one.
Hm, Olivia's got her "thinking cap" back on.
Look familiar? 
1.15 Inner Child
OLIVIA: "Michael, I need your help. When I crossed over to rescue you, you looked at me like you expected me. You smiled... like you knew I'd come for you."
1.15 Inner Child
OLIVIA: "I'm sorry. I've been so caught up in what I needed that I forgot how strange this must seem to you. And I know how scared you must be, but I need your help again. I can't even stop them from taking you. Even though I wish I could. And if you really can feel what I'm thinking... you know how much I mean that."
OLIVIA: "Can you tell me what I should do next?"
Michael answers.
So this from 5.12 Liberty was the clue - and yeah I missed it before, oh well. 
And Olivia accepts that she needs to be still. She's always been very good and patient with kids. 
After a moment of silence and some thinking, Astrid comes up with an idea.
ASTRID: "What about a Shipping Lane?"
You mean like this from 5.05 An Origin Story
WALTER: "Of course. If we could gain control of the Shipping Lane, we can use that as our wormhole and everything else would work as planned. You are a genius!"
3.21 The Last Sam Weiss - WALTER: "Oh, Ostrich, you are a genius!"
Astrid had decoded the shipping manifest in 5.05 An Origin Story.
SEPTEMBER: "[It's opening] tomorrow morning at 6:08 A.M. 40.7787 North. 73.9776 West."

North-West has been referenced quite a bit.  Here are some other references as I listed them in the Observiews for 5.03 The Recordist

1.05 Power Hungry  - the pigeons helping to find Joseph Meegar were going northwest towards Mill Street. 
1.06 The Cure - Before the raid to free Claire Williams starts, Olivia says they'll enter the building through the northwest corner. 
1.19 The Road Not Taken - Olivia found Nancy Lewis in the northwest corner of the building. 
2.18 Northwest Passage - The title of the episode. 
3.08 Entrada - Fauxlivia was hiding in the northwest bathroom before she was captured. 
4.17 Everything In Its Right Place - Agent Farnsworth reports that the suspect was located in Precinct Seventeen, Northwest Quadrant. In the Pelham District.

It is determined that the location for the next shipment is in New York. Before they can get started they still need an End Dock Stabilizer. A cube. Peter knows exactly what that is (5.05 An Origin Story) and he knows where to find one.
As they are finalizing the plan, Anil calls with news that Broyles has been captured. Despite of this the plan will continue. The team has no choice but to continue. How much more will they have to endure? 
Now, if so far wasn't difficult enough already to put down on paper then ...

It... is time to pack up the lab.
1.01 Pilot
WALTER: "So much. So much happened here.
 And so much is about to."
For the last time equipment and items are being carried out to be loaded in the car.
I'll get back to what these all are in a bit. 
We've seen these before
5.04 The Bullet That Saved The World
Well, that's not exactly what I meant but okay, lol. I mean this of course. 
Michael is just quietly taking it all in. Does he know the outcome of this plan?
I loved this "Walter moment". 
WALTER: "Peter. Hold on to these tight. Anti-gravity Osmium bullets. Shoot Observers with these and watch them float away like balloons."
PETER: "If we shoot 'em, they're dead. Why do we want 'em to float away?"
WALTER: "Because it's cool."
And I absolutely loved Peter's answer. Totally supportive of his dad. 
PETER: "That makes sense, Walter."
And of course we know what those bullets are "called back" to. I'll get to that later. 

Peter is concerned for Walter. Olivia is starting to load the car and September needs to talk with Peter. But there is something more pressing at hand that has to be dealt with first.

ASTRID: "I was gonna let her out. But I was afraid that they would hear her moo."
WALTER: "Yes. She does moo quite loudly. Especially after a meal."
ASTRID: "I at least wanted you to see her."

What do you mean by that Astrid? She's been there all along, in plain sight. 
5.03 The Recordist
This is my favorite Astrid and Walter moment and the saddest at the same time. 
WALTER: "You always know how to soothe me. You always have."
Just a few examples. 
ASTRID: "Walter, this is not the end. We're gonna win this. And when we do, we'll be... drinking strawberry milkshakes in the lab and not even gonna remember that this happened."
WALTER: "That sounds lovely. It's a beautiful name."
ASTRID: "What is?"
WALTER: "Astrid."
Aww!

In the meantime Broyles is being questioned by Windmark. This was very similar to Walter's interrogation from 5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11. Let's see - how can I do this. Left picture will be the current episode and the right picture will be the comparison to 5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
Windmark feeling kind of smug, carrying his own chair. 
Windmark accuses human kind to have infected the Observers with irrational emotions. He admits that he has feelings as well - hate. Broyles reciprocates.

And going from the beginning of the questioning to the next "subject scene" is also somewhat similar  to 5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11- Etta. 
5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
OLIVIA: "Peter, we lost our child."
PETER: "Remember when I told you that we had a long way to go before seeing her again? It's not that long anymore. We're gonna see her. We're gonna have her back. Nothing else matters."
That of course goes back to 5.11 The Boy Must Live
OLIVIA: "Peter, I think we're gonna get our daughter back. 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."
Peter pulls something out of his pocket and it is the bullet.
Olivia is holding it once more.
I was hoping Peter had found her wedding ring and was going to ask her to put it back on her finger. Oh well. But this sort of made up for it. 
I'm going to savor every moment of it. 
Aww!
I shall miss them very much. 
Although this was not enough for my P/O shippers heart. Sigh. 
And of course with all situations like this there is interruption.

A building engineer is meeting them, granting them access to an air intake supply line. And then Peter and Olivia are having fun
contaminating the air in the building.
I guess we will find out soon what was in those containers. Or rather the Loyalists and Observers will find out. Stop! 
Don't drink the water. 

3.10 The Firefly
OBSERVER: "It must be very difficult -  Being a father."
Back at the lab, September had taken that last shot to inoculate himself. He decided to go with Michael and now informs Walter.
SEPTEMBER: "I know you once believed that this was your destiny, a price you had to pay."
Walter more or less said that a few times, in 2.15 Peter for example when he was talking with Olivia,  when he talked with Alistair Peck in 2.17 White Tulip, when Elizabeth came to visit in 4.09 Enemy Of My Enemy. And even when Walter was "playing tour guide" in 2.12 What Lies Below and explained to the kids: 
"You see, when you open new doors, there is a price to pay."
I believe he was talking about himself and that one day he will be punished for what he had done. 

This is just too beautiful to not share in its entirety.

SEPTEMBER: "I've been thinking about this since I first saw the boy again. Walter, twenty years ago when I agreed to let you be the one to take him, I didn't have the feelings I have now. Later, when I began to realize the height of his intellect and what you call the depths of his emotion, still, I couldn't understand what it was that I meant to him. And I was unable to reciprocate. When I saw you. When I saw Peter, and saw what he meant to you... then I understood what my feelings were. And why they were important. I can't communicate with him in the traditional ways. When I take his hand and I lead him... he'll know that I love him."
WALTER: "That's being a father."
SEPTEMBER: "It's not about fate, Walter. Yours or mine. It's about changing fate. It's about hope. And protecting our children."
But can fate really be changed? 

I was also thinking about this from 1.19 The Road Not Taken
WALTER: "Listen to this. '...Our children are our greatest resource. We must nurture them and protect them. We must prepare them so they can one day protect us.' "
Back to Windmark and Broyles.
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "Think about them, Phillip. Think about where they are. They will understand you had no choice. It is acceptable. I am your ally."
I guess Windmark is just not very creative lol.
5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
CAPTAIN WINDMARK: "You must try. What are the stones? What is your plan to defeat us? Let down the walls. I am your ally."
And then just before Windmark can kill Broyles the alarm goes off.
"Saved by the Bell" so to speak, just like Walter in 5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
And of course just before hell breaks loose, Windmark escapes. But... muahaha!

5.04 The Bullet That Saved The World
WALTER: "There was a time when we solved Fringe Cases. Now I think it's time we created a few of our own."
Let's see the wrath that Olivia and Peter unleashed. The top picture(s) are the current episode and underneath is the callback or reference. 
2.09 Snakehead - except here they came out of the mouth. 
Six fingers - who did this belong to?
That of course is one of the glyphs. 
As Windmark escapes to the outside, an Observer is coming flying through the window.
I'm going to go with 1.01 Pilot because his face looks like Agent Scott's. 
Next...
1.11 Bound
And then there is this
1.14 Ability
Moving on
This still grosses me out from 3.02 The Box
This guy is imagining things.
Like in 1.09 The Dreamscape
Peter and Olivia are almost at their destination, getting the cube. I shall miss them fighting together. 
Looks like there are no bones left in this guy.
That's what happened in 3.12 Concentrate And Ask Again
Peter has found where the cubes are kept.
 And while Peter gets the cube, Olivia is on also on a mission.
Was it her heightened state of emotions because of the Cortexiphan that made her go look for Broyles? Because she found him. 
It's a good thing that this room had no ventilation.
This time it is Olivia who lends a hand. In 5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11 it was Peter who assisted Walter. 
Having everything they need now it is time for... Beanie and Pea-coat to finish it.

2.04 Momentum Deferred
WILLIAM BELL: "A storm is coming, perhaps the last and worst storm of all. And when it is over, I fear there will be little left of our world."
I thought of this phrase from William Bell as I watched on. 

And so it begins. Everything is being put in place. The final stage of the plan is being set up. 
Everyone is getting in position. Michael is still hiding in the van. In the meantime...
WALTER: "Peter! Peter, look! What did I say? That is cool."
Peter looks surprised.
But... it is cool.
And of course that goes back to 3.16 Os
September is activating the cube and the wormhole opens. 
Walter is releasing the beacon and the window stabilizes.
Michael is looking on. That look says more than... 
Does he know what is going to happen?
Windmark discovered Michael.
Peter gets there as well but disappears with Windmark and Michael.
Peter is valiantly trying to fight Windmark.
But another Observer comes from out of nowhere and zaps Peter...
I was thinking back to 1.04 The Arrival, 3.10 The Firefly
5.04 The Bullet That Saved The World and 5.06 Through The Looking Glass And What Walter Found There
And just as in those other incidents, Peter is pretty powerless.
Astrid comes to the rescue.
So does Olivia but Windmark has other plans for her.
I just love this look. Olivia is basically inviting him to try something. Muahaha, Windmark, I think your days (or minutes) are numbered. 
Windmark grabs Olivia, throws her to the ground and then picks her up.
He still doesn't get that choking her is not going to work as I mentioned here (if you scroll down a bit).
He seems quite sure of himself.
He throws Olivia down again and is heading for Michael.
Olivia lands hard on the ground and as she looks up she see the bullet.
5.04 The Bullet That Saved The World
OLIVIA: "You know your father used to call this the Bullet that Saved the World."
And in a sense it still is. Seeing the bullet I'm sure, reminded Olivia of Etta and this combined with the Cortexiphan still in her system gave her the strength to take on Windmark. 

Behold - the Dunhamnator!
Olivia is able to concentrate and turning out lights.
In all of New York City, mind you!!!
Windmark is looking quite surprised as he's trying to disappear.
But to no avail. We know that Olivia on Cortexiphan can move as fast or faster than the Observers as demonstrated in 4.22 Brave New World Part 2 when she caught the bullets and threw them back at Jessica Holt.
And this time we have proof that Windmark finally met his demise. Muahaha!
Olivia is looking at Michael as in: everything is ok or - for direction again?
And Michael gives her the same answer as before.
With Windmark out of the way it is time for September and Michael to go.
But unfortunately September gets shot.
That - totally took me by surprise. 

Michael sits by him and brings out the music box from 5.11 The Boy Must Live.
I see this as communication with September - his father. 
So let me ask the question again. Can fate be changed? Walter saw it as his destiny to lead the boy but September wanted to do it. And now it looks like it still is Walter's destiny. 
On a side note: It ends with blue flares just like it started in 1.01 Pilot
Walter is taking Michael.
PETER; "I love you, Dad."
Walter says it without words.
I think there was a last look from Walter to Astrid and Olivia as well before he headed towards the light. 
Astrid has been is faithful companion in the lab.
1.01 Pilot
2.09 Snakehead
2.12 What Lies Below
4.21 Brave New World Part 1
Astrid had a final moment with Walter further up. And so did Peter, so I'm not repeating those. 

Olivia is like a daughter to Walter.
1.01 Pilot
2.01 A New Day In The Old Town
3.22 The Day We Died
4.04 Subject 9
5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
5.12 Liberty
And of course - Peter - his son!
1.01 Pilot
3.19 LSD
4.16 Nothing As It Seems
4.22 Brave New World Part 2
5.11 The Boy Must Live
And then...
Walter and Michael disappear.
At the park - sometime in 2015
This is Peter's version of this event as we've seen it before. He is wearing the blue shirt. 5.01 Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
But this time Peter and Olivia don't have to worry about Observers invading.
As they arrive at home Peter gets the mail.
This is beautiful and one of the most emotional endings for me. I cried my eyes out. Also because it mirrors 2.17 White Tulip
This is the address Walter had sent the letter from. Can't really make out the street name.
And the final look on Peter's face hopefully means that he remembered Walter and what this is all about.
2.19 Brown Betty
ELLA: "All good stories start with once upon a time, and they end with happily ever after. And together, they made goodness, and lived happily ever after... 
The End."
















8 Comments:

Rob said...


Thank you, Cortexifan. For everything. All your Observiews (I've been waiting patiently for this last one.)

I loved your collection of images with Walter with the team. Truly heartbreaking but wonderful.

Perfect final image. The show's over, but it will never leave our hearts.

-R

milostanfield said...

Thanks, thanks, and thanks! For all of your work. Going through Seasons 4 and 5 with your Observiews was fun. And also your comments on earlier episodes, which were even longer than mine! Best wishes!

cortexifan said...

Rob
thank you for your support. I enjoyed doing it and it took so long because once I finish, it is really over and I wasn't ready. Still not ready.

Milo
I've always enjoyed your insights. Thank you for reading mine.

Zepp said...

Oh, cortexifan, I want to thank you for their dedication to illuminate paths with their excellent Observiews, in which, from the readings and visualizations of images placed by you, I could understand and question better, this whole complex plot, this beautiful saga of Fringe, we all had the privilege of living contemporaneously. Again, my best thanks to you, cortexifan.

Count Screwloose said...

For me the biggest and best payoff was Olivia shutting off the city's lights as if it were the box from 'Ability.' What an inspired and perfect callback. Practically made the entire series for me. Vale Fringe.

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Ben Tobin said...

I've been thinking about some of the lingering questions about Michael, his motives (aside from William Bell's) have been the things I've been trying to puzzle out most. His gesture with at the end there reminded me recently of that line Astrid has from season 3, "God helps those who help themselves" as well as the talk of deus ex machina. Michael is quite literally the hand of God (touching Walter's and Nina's faces). None of the things he did were possible without the Fringe team doing things for themselves. Unlike his father, Spetember, Michael doesn't actively interfere in what is meant to be aside from the memory implantation and walking off the train. His final gesture to Olivia to me says "you don't need my help you can do it." It is September's accidental interference that causes so many problems. Michael most likely knew what would happen and the choices he did make were to ensure that what needed to happen would happen. That's just my new theory.

Jim Maruschak said...

Excellent, as it always has been! Thank you!

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