Hello Fringe freaks! Welcome back as we continue to delve into season 4. The 2nd episode, for me, was no less awesome than the premiere. In fact, I think it gave us a better look at how season 4 is going to continue to play out. Both universes working together on cases, relationships developing between alternate selves and of course figuring out what is going on with Peter Bishop! What I find continuously awesome about this show is that the episode's case of the week will often seem to be a stand-alone case but then by the end the overall theme of the case ties strongly into the current overarching themes of the show. And surprisingly, the show didn't get overly cheesy having Anna Torv playing two roles against each other for a majority of the episode. Gotta love having a nice special effects budget! Anyway, the episode gets another WOW from me and let's move on to the recap!
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- If you'll recall, in the original history, there was a day when Olivia was 9 where the stepfather broke her mother's nose and left the house. Upon his return, Olivia shot him twice with his handgun. But, he recovered from his wounds and she regrets not having killed him. And you probably also recall that she'd get those letters on her birthday from him so that she knows he's out there. It has always brought this internal fear to Olivia until the day when William Bell, Peter and Walter went into her mind to try and get her out of her hiding place.
- Things are a bit different now. Olivia has informed Fauxlivia that she has indeed killed her stepfather. The only difference I can come up with? She never met Peter as a child. Peter and Olivia had this sweet moment amongst the white lilies that may have provided Olivia with some sense of hope in the world. Now that Peter did not live past his illness in the other world, he never was brought to our world to meet Olivia. And, as mentioned last week, there is a hole in her life because of it.
- The big question remains as to if this history will fix itself if Peter comes into existence. I could see them developing an interesting story this season if Peter returns with all of his memories of their true past and that possible future but all of them are having a hard time remembering him. It could be more satisfying than him just returning and everything going back to normal. We'll see!
- For starters we should state that the Human Shapeshifter investigation is still continuing but is in the background for a majority of this episode. Walter and Lincoln Lee have a brief discussion about it. Lincoln is still around to investigate the shifters. The other side is still investigating the tech that Olivia and Lincoln brought them.
- Walter's anger towards people on the other side, mainly Walternate is still persisting. His rant to Lincoln morphed into a rant about the other side and how untrustworthy they are.
- Walter spent much of his time "redecorating" the lab and putting covers over anything that shows a reflection. He then hooked a record player up to some massive Doc Brown-style speakers, sat in a chair reclined and meditated by the blast of music. Did this remind anyone else of that Maxell commercial with the guy in the chair?
- But, of course, the big moment happened at the end of the episode when Walter was ready to go to sleep. He fearfully turned the lights off. Peter had no way of showing himself to Walter since the reflections were all covered off, so he went the next best route. He started talking to him! "Walter.....can you hear me?..... Walter, I'm right here! " Walter freaked out as anyone would, and started playing his music loudly. But Peter was able to get even louder. "I'm HERE Walter! .... Walter, I'm here. Can you hear me? I'm right here. Walter, Walter. PLEASE Help me!!"
Let's get to the other interesting observations of the week!
- Glyph Code of the week: LIMBUS - Interesting. It refers to the white of the eye. I have to admit, I have no idea what it's referring to this week. Is is a hint of things to come with Peter? Maybe. I'm opening the floor to all of you for theories! And Thanks fo Fringepedia as always for the screencap!
- Observer Spotted! - The Observer is in the hospital checking out Olivia and Broyles in our world as they discuss the fact that people can leave an indelible mark on the soul, a memory that can't be erased. I like the fact that we see him witnessing a key event this week as they come to the realization that something in their lives might be missing. Or at least a hint to the audience that they're going to realize it!
- Walterism of the week: This one is a no brainer. It looks like Walter has a new Astrid in the sense of calling someone by the wrong name. It doesn't get more classic than calling Lincoln, "Kennedy!!" instead. That gets a certifiable "GOOD TIMES" from yours truly!
- Food of the Week: Unless I missed it, this may be the first time that there was no mention of food from Walter or site of him eating any. I miss the old Walter!!! We need Peter back! But, all in good time.
- Other Differences in World without Peter:
- Olivia killing the stepfather is a big one but we've already discussed that.
- Alterna-Broyles is alive! If you remember, he assisted Olivia's escape from OVER THERE because she saved his son. Walternate had Broyles killed mangled in order to match the body mass of Fauxlivia to complete her transfer back. But the whole escape was initially fueled by Olivia's memories of Peter. Perhaps her escape from Over There transpired differently? Which reminds me, I hope we haven't seen the last of Bubbles errr...Henry! (I watched the entire series of The Wire this summer, just be thankful I'm not calling Broyles, Daniels!)
- It was revealed that Fauxlivia is still with Frank. Having never met Peter or birthing his child, there would be no reason for Frank to have skipped town.
- As brought up in the comments last week, still no word from Massive Dynamic. I still just think they have too much going on and haven't had a chance to focus on it yet. Considering Walter still crossed over (for an unknown reason) and still went into a mental institution, I would assume William Bell still founded Massive Dynamic. But, we'll keep an eye on it. By the way, I am assuming Walter crossed over by the fact that Walternate still blames Walter for "shattering his universe" (seen in the season 3 finale's final moments). I'm guessing we will eventually discover the revised history of Walter and possibly also Bell's initial crossing of sides.
- Other Similarities in a World without Peter:
- This could be considered a "difference" but is something I started to theorize in my head last week but didn't bring up in the recap. I thought that an interesting development would be if Olivia and Our Lincoln started developing a relationship prior to Peter returning. We know that it could be a possibility considering that Lincoln from over there has an all consuming love for Fauxlivia (that would be the similarity). Things started to develop this episode as Astrid suggested that Olivia comfort Lincoln for the loss of his partner and being alone in a new town. Olivia didn't 100% dismiss the idea, but she dismissed it as someone who thinks it's not a possibility. Someone afraid of getting attached.
- Good news people, Charlie is still alive over there! But, since the actor is trying out a new TV Show right now, they're just leaving the door open by saying he's on beach somewhere sipping Mai Tai's with the bug lady. Nice!
- Did anyone notice that the "previously on" clips focused on a clip from season 1 where Walter discussed the possibility of "INFINITE" parallel universes? I know that Fringe has decided to focus on 2, but it is interesting that they used that clip instead of the many clips of Walternate discussing alternate universes. But it could have been the context of the rest of the commentary "...and in each of them, there is a version of us." Probably just setting the stage for this episode where we'd be seeing lots of dopplegangers!
- One thing that I'd like to just throw out there. Remember the guy with the giant X on his short that we met in the animated LSD episode? Olivia claimed that she knew this man was going to be the man that kills her. There has been no mention of this man ever since that episode. I feel that this was an important clue for future events. This man that was haunting Olivia's mind also was very interested in meeting Peter for the first time. I wonder if it will play out at some point this season/? We'll see.
- Another thing we shouldn't lose site of is the moment in the future that Peter discussed "DETROIT" with robotic eyed Broyles. "If what we lost in Detroit still means anything to you....etc." Now, I know, if they avoid the whole destroying of the other universe, maybe the Detroit event never happens. But, I think it probably will. This season? Time will tell. Just thought I'd jot these tidbits down so we don't forget about them!
- This season I will be recapping Fringe, Terra Nova, The Walking Dead and Alactraz. If one of these new shows ends up not doing well, I may bail on it quickly. This could make room for a show that DOES end up doing well!
- As always, there are other shows that I watch as well and would be happy to discuss with all of you. For a complete list by day, you can check out my "FALL TV" post.