Hello everyone and WOW! I had heard that we were in for some good stuff with last night's episode but it exceeded my expectations. Episodes like last night is what makes season 4's overall plot totally worth it for me. There is a larger plot going on here folks and we peered into the eyes of the observers and it was fantastic! Definitely things to discuss and I'll get to them. But let me preface letting everyone know that I'm currently on baby duty. I've spent a couple hours feeding him and trying to get him to sleep! Finally, he's lying peacefully in his carseat next to me. We'll see how long that lasts! In other words, I'm going to be as brief as possible, but I've been finding "getting to the point" instead of blabbing on forever a bit rewarding! Speaking of blabbing on, I just realized I'm doing it again! Let's get started.
Neil was carrying a device that seemed to just end people's lives immediately and causing blood to come out of their eyes in tear form. Walter referred to these as the Tears of Ra. Walter had derived that the man using the chemical compounds produced by this machine must have learned from a "God-like" being on how to use it (getting a little help from Alterna Astrid referring to Deus Ex Machina).
- Glyph Code of the Week: EMPATH - Gotta say, I don't think I ever heard the word without a Y on the end. But it seems to fit right into the Fringe world. Based on this referred site, an empath is
"An Empath is a person who can psychically tune in to the emotional experience of a person, place or animal. In the paranormal and in some works of science fiction and fantasy, highly developed empathy is a psychic ability to sense the emotions of others and often highly aware of the health and state of mind of their loved ones, no matter how physically near or far away the individuals may be. It can be challenging for empaths to function healthily in society if they are unaware that they have this sensitivity and often opt to be alone."
Sounds like what Neil was doing with trying to "save" these people. Also sounds a bit like one sympathetic Observer we know (September anyone?). Thanks as always to Fringepedia for the screenshot.
- Observer Spotted - They were all over the place in this episode. Basically, at every event where Neil was altering the course of time from its natural progression, they were there. And at the end, they went to Neil's mother's house and got September's device back.
- They made reference to how September lost it in 1985 when he DIDN'T save the boy (Peter). So when comments are made like that, it makes me rethink my theory of Peter still being in the same timeline.
- But then, the observer continued his report to December that September did not follow orders and now Peter has come back. COME BACK, you say? Well when something like that is said, it makes me think they ARE in the same timeline and that maybe things will correct themselves eventually. The fact that the Observers failed in making Peter disappear all together seems to be a big deal to them.
- By the way, I loved how they tied super scientist Neil back to Reiden Lake. Once his colleague referred to a Lakehouse, I knew where they were going with it and it was awesome. Peter seemed to be starting to put the pieces together too. He knew that was where September originally saved him. And he now knew that Neil was trying to solve equations that would FLATTEN space and time. You would be able to see the past present and future simultaneously. As we were reminded last week, this is how the Observers see the world.
- And now the Observers have been referred to as having god-like powers? Oh boy. I love how we're diving more into the Observers this season, as I'm sure many are. But hopefully it's leading to some big revelation as to who they are and what their real purpose/mission is. Are they really just the overseers of events playing out in the universe the way they should or are they people that stumbled upon god-like powers and solved equations that would allow them to flatten space and time. Maybe they're originally from the future where they were able to solve these equations and return to all points in time of all timelines. Maybe they're trying to prevent an event that happened in the future by making sure certain events transpire a certain way in the past. Maybe the rest of the Observers know that Olivia must die and Peter not exist in order to make this certain event happen. And maybe September is trying to prevent this event from happening by making sure Peter and Olivia remain to fight the good fight. And maybe by rambling on here for a few minutes, I was actually able to stumble onto something that makes sense!
- Walterisms of the week (quite a few gems):
- I loved how he got corrected once by Alternate Astrid and called her Astrid correctly from then on. But our Astrid he referred to her as Aspirin, Asterix, etc...
- Loved how Peter seemed to take over at the crime scenes and do everything that Walter was trying to ask Astrid to do.
- But before Peter took over he did command Astrid to check the victim's crotch. "Don't be a prude!"
- Then at one point he desired Vanilla Ice cream and decided to sign off of his communication device with a good old fashioned "Kirk Out!" That was clearly my favorite.
- Foods of the week:
- Man he went on about Eggs forever trying to get everyone to have some eggs with him.
- Obviously, the vanilla ice cream.
- At one point when he was carving up a body, it looked like he was eating part of an organ, but I think it was just strawberries!
- And then there was the legendary Red Licorice and Fauxlivia's desire for one. Which brings me to...
- Fauxlivia vs. Walter:
- Loved the interaction between these 2 and I love the fact that all of these dopplegangers can co-mingle now, even if they are slightly altered versions of the ones we knew for the first 3 seasons.
- Fauxlivia refused to give up on earning Walter's affection. She was convinced that he enjoyed having her around. Walter threw a big fuss giving her her stuff back from when she was "undercover as Olivia". He was very intrigued about a silver container. Fauxlivia showed him what was in it by the end and it was just some smokey mints (bobbins did she call it?) Walter, in turn, allowed her to have some Red Licorice. Which led to the following classic exchange. "You're not flirting with me are you?" "In your dreams...." Niiice!
- Astrid vs. Astrid:
- Astrid was definitely given lots to do in this episode. Well, both Astrids. The episode kicked off with Alterna-Astrid inviting herself over to OUR universe, disregarding many rules in the process. She had to meet her doppleganger.
- It was hysterical when they first came face to face and our Astrid screamed. I loved that Olivia said she was surprised that no one ever does that.
- Both Astrids were very effective on the case and seemed to have a mutual respect for each other. But Alterna-Astrid just recently lost her father and felt that it was because she was "special" that she wasn't able to give him the attention he needed. Astrid ended up lying to her saying that her father was the same way. Distant and not very loving. It's just the way he's wired. We find out that is not true in the end when Astrid goes home and her Dad is waiting for her and wanting to hear all about her hard day. And come on, anyone that wears a shirt that says "Shittake Happens" can not be too bad of a guy!
- Alterna-Astrid was also treated to Coffee which is a rarity OVER THERE. And she really seemed to like it. Overall, just really cool to see these 2 interact. And how about the handshake that Jasika Nicole gave herself? They made that look like it actually happened!
- So one comment on this whole Astrid vs. Astrid situation. The "previously on" scenes showed scenes from seasons 2 and 3 of the 2 Astrids which is the timeline where Peter exists. And then we have a whole episode dedicated to these 2 Astrids meeting in a timeline where Peter does not exist. So, it will be interesting to see if everything we learned about these 2 meeting will stay true for a world where Peter does exist. (this would support my "they're in the same universe theory") In fact, all of the progress we're making this season of the 2 universes working together and finding out that neither side are "bad people" just seems like so much progress to be made to have it be wiped away if Peter "RETURNED" to his "true" timeline. I dunno, it's one of those things that gives me a headache if I think about it too much. I just hope we get to see those events play out before the show is cancelled!
- Peter and Olivia
- So with Lincoln Absent for a family issue this episode it allowed Peter and Olivia to get back to what they are so good at. Solving cases. Olivia told Peter by the end of the episode that for as long as he is there, he makes a good partner. Awwww, slowly but surely she's opening up to him.
- Things also got a little interesting when the 2 Olivias were talking about Peter. Fauxlivia disregards any feelings she could possibly have for the Secretary's son by saying she likes nice men.
- Peter and Walter
- Walter still is having a hard time accepting Peter. He even referred to preferring Lincoln around. He is still torturing himself for his past and how he dealt with the 2 Peters in his life. Alterna-Astrid by the end suggested that he love this Peter as if he was his true son so that he can find happiness. Walter seemed to be receptive of this idea.
- David Jones/Nina Sharp Plot on Hold
- So, no developments this week on the Jones/Nina story, but I'm sure they haven't disappeared. I am happy to have a story that focuses on Observers any time they want to so I was fine with this! These writers do a great job interweaving stories so it all comes together by the end of the season. We're half-way through now. Looking foward to the 2nd half!