WOW!! Just WOW! That is what good television looks like people. If anyone out there thought season 4 started off slow, I would think a majority of them should feel that it's all paying off now. The show-runners and writers are weaving a pretty brilliant story for us throughout this season. This episode was very poignant in advancing the season's story as well as the entire series story. Questions about the Observers that we have had for years have finally been answered. It seems like the answer for what they were was one of various theories we've been throwing around. But WHY September has been so invested in the Bishops? We only knew half of the story. I just love when things come together folks. And things came together in a fantastic way. And now, I just hope that this show can get a proper send-off before abruptly ending at the end of this season.
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- September appeared to Walter and Peter with said gunshot. This could be before or after he already appeared to Olivia in the opera house from September's point of view. I'm inclined to say after. His first words were "his goals are the same" referring to why David Robert Jones wants Olivia. So therefore, whatever Jones had in store for the universe(s) in season 1, are back in full force this season in this timeline. (sidenote: I'm still not fully convinced this is a different timeline than the one we've seen for 3 years, but this episode did a really good job of making me want to believe that. Even if Peter now returns to his original timeline, I will not feel like this season spent in a revised timeline was a waste of time. Very important events transpired to impact the original timeline. But, like I said, I'm not fully convinced. Some of Jones' comments in the beginning of the episode seemed pretty cryptic about answers still to come. For the sake of keeping things straight though, I will continue to refer to this as the "Revised" timeline)
- September was clearly dying from his wounds. But Peter knew that he held very important information to what was going on here. He knew he had to convince Walter to let him enter the observer's mind. After a slight hesitation, Walter agreed to this. And then Christmas for Fringe fans came early!
- So September and Peter meet in September's mind at the beginning of TIME. We witness the big bang. September said he was privileged to witness it as he will also witness his own end. All Peter wants to know about is where Olivia is. But September is more concerned with giving Peter valuable information before he dies.
- He explains who the Observers are. His name September is a code designation he was given as part of the science team he is a part of. The Observers are a group of scientists from many generations in the future. They are evolved humans. They are one of countless possible futures for humanity. Their technology has allowed them to travel within and outside of time so that they may observe their beginnings. FIRST of all, WOW! I mean, I think we had speculated that Observers may be from the distant future but just hearing September explain it was awesome! The other theory that was going around in our discussions was that the Observers were the FIRST PEOPLE. A technologically advanced group of people from the distant past. But once we found out that Walter, Astrid, and Emma were sort of the "FIRST PEOPLE" because they sent the machine from the future back in time, that eliminated the possibility of the Observers being them. But it is interesting that in both cases we have people from different timelines in the future going back and affecting the past. I seriously doubt that the thematic relation there is a coincidence.
- Peter calls September out on doing "more than just observing." September acknowledges that he did. It was an all an attempt to rectify a mistake he made in the past. This part of the story we already knew. September was observing the key event of Walternate making a cure to save Peter. But Walternate spotted September and missed seeing his cure come to fruition. But Walter from our side was "observing" as well and knew that he must get involved. He crossed worlds, Nina lost an arm, he took Peter back to our world to cure him. But they nearly drowned until September interceded and saved them. (not in this revised timeline of course) The results of September interfering with history were catastrophic. The fabric between universes has been deteriorating ever since. The Alternate RED World has been suffering the most. It spawned a war between universes blamed on one Walter Bishop. But, in September's eyes, it was all essential due to his mistake. September was at that lab desiring to witness the event because it was important. Peter was/is very important. This is why he had to stop him from drowning.
- But September then said the war between universes drastically altered destinies and brought about a CHILD that was not meant to be. NIIIIIICE!!! I kept wondering how Peter would find out about Henry (last week's glyph) and this is like the BEST way imaginable that it could have come up! The look on Peter's face was awesome. (Maybe I'll throw Joshua Jackson into the "needs an emmy for this show" to join his already deserving peers in Anna Torv and John Noble) September said Henry's birth was to the WRONG Olivia and due to a series of circumstances that never should have transpired. The event would have irrevocably altered everything which was to come. (As a sidenote: Remember all of the doubters who thought FRINGE was becoming too much like a Soap Opera last year when we found out Fauxlivia was pregnant with Peter's baby? Remember all of the doubters who thought that this new timeline was a ridiculous idea? Have the writers not yet earned everyone's trust that it will all come together!? This is amazing!!)
- Peter's eyes are lit up and he is so happy that he "HAS" a son. But September told him he "HAD" a son. When he made the sacrifice to step into that machine, he was not the only one who ceased to exist. Henry did too. I've been asking all season, if this is the real timeline then where on earth is Henry? September thought that Peter and Henry disappearing from existence that that would be the end of things. But he says he was wrong. Peter has managed to return. (wait a minute, wasn't that due to September not "fully erasing him" earlier this season? Maybe the fact that Peter was still lingering about was what gave him pause from eliminating him)
- September sees this as an opportunity to put things right. We see the REAL Olivia appear before them. September says that SHE is the one. And you can tell from Peter looking at her that he knows it too. The child is meant to be born from THIS Olivia. This MUST happen so that everything will be as intended. So, it would appear that at least for things to transpire the way the Observer(s) want them to (at least September), Henry must be born but born by the correct pairing of Peter and Olivia.
- Then something happens and the "Structure" they are in in September's mind begins to collapse. September cryptically says "they are coming." EH?? September said that he needs him to do something for him. But Peter insists that he will not go anywhere until September tells him where to find the Olivia in this timeline. September tells him to GO HOME. He says it multiple times. We find out it was literally what he needed to do to find the Olivia in this timeline. But he also said he needs to find a way to return to HIS Olivia. And he suggested to GO HOME. So, either he is saying that this IS the true Olivia or his way back to his Olivia is somehow to "go home." Obviously, all very cryptic right now. But totally awesome! And comforting to know that one way or another we will see our original characters again. If it's in this timeline or Peter's revised timeline or some "UNITING" (glyphs anyone?) of both timelines.
- There were other interesting things that happened after Peter woke up out of his mind merge. September disappeared before we could officially say he was dead. Something tells me we will see him again. Either to see how he got shot or even after this moment in time for him. But, he was pretty clear in knowing that he was dying. I still cannot give an official RIP to September. It's too difficult! We will see him again. I know it.
- Also, Astrid noted that she thought it was weird that when September disappeared the Tray pushed over. Everyone thought it was bizarre that she was focusing on that when a man just disappeared before their eyes. But, the fact that they brought it up makes me think it might be important.
- Also important to note. Broyles brought Walter and Peter up to speed on September's earlier appearance to Olivia and how he told her that she's going to die. Walter hypothesized that the kidnapping might be the moment that September was referring to. But, considering she survived that and it didn't look like Jones was planning to kill her just yet, I'm guessing no. But, we have now seen that the effects of the cortexiphan abilities cause Olivia pretty intense seizures. And she's probably going to be forced into using the abilities on an even more intense scale eventually. Perhaps the man with the X on his shirt will be present for this unforeseen event? And do we think it's a coincidence that Walter referred to September on his "mind converging computer" as "Mr. X"??? (that just came to me as I was typing this by the way)
- And for one final OBSERVER bullet, I must say, that whole scene between September and Peter was one of the best scenes of this series, 4 years in the making. The reward in waiting for it was definitely worth it!
- When Walter wasn't sure whether the Observer's DNA makeup was similar to humans, Peter said that it was because HIS Walter told him that once. Walter said something like "Well, I guess I should have no reason to doubt myself." Classic!
- When Peter, Astrid and Walter were going through the analysis of the video "bug" from Olivia's apartment, Astrid requests a pause because she has to pee and doesn't want to miss anything. Funny in itself, but Walter's response was brilliance. "I've had the same issue for the past 10 minutes!"
- I can't even tell you exactly what it was. But it sure looked like rainbow sprinkles (or jimmies depending where you're from) on buttered or iced toast. Looked kinda good, I'm not gonna lie!
- Diffusing the bomb in season 1. Peter almost left but returned to witness her turning it off. CHECK!
- Olivia trying to get the typewriter on OVER THERE to type through her mind. She couldn't until she met up with Peter on Liberty Island. And then Astrid reported it started typing "Be a better man than your father." CHECK!
- Being the "CROWBAR" in allowing Peter to get into the machine proving that the machine was built for both Peter and Olivia to activate together. CHECK!
- Crossing universes to save Peter. Well, she had the help from her Cortexipals to get over there and the intent was to SAVE Peter. So HALF CHECK!
- Future Olivia uses telekinesis to prevent one of Walter's boxes from hitting the ground. UNCHECK. But that was the future and she had perfected her abilities.
- Jones' comments in the beginning of the episode seemed to make me think he knew something about what was going on. But it could be me just looking too much into things. He admitted he was confused when Olivia said that she had already seen him die. He said this is the 2nd time someone said that to him.
- But then he also stated that she has been receiving side effects from the cortexiphan injections. But that she had already received the injections as a child. Now, I could go back and read my recaps from earlier this season, but I thought we found out that Walter did not inject cortexiphan into Olivia back then? I thought they had never heard of cortexiphan? Ok, nevermind. I went back to my recap. Apparently, Olivia was part of the experiments but she was the only one who claimed never to have side effects. (side effects she certainly is feeling now with possibly a whole brain transfusion of memories and seizures) Man, this show is really on top of things!!
- Okay, so maybe Jones' comments check out a bit for a revised timeline. Don't you love how I didn't edit my thoughts above as I came to this realization? I like you all to see the inner workings of my brain sometimes. But there are still things I question.
- September didn't really refer to Peter being in a new timeline. He said that Peter RETURNED and that Henry still doest not exist. So, there is a chance that the timelines will somehow MERGE/UNITE or something like that. It would be interesting if Fauxlivia got a sudden rush of memories of having a son that doesn't exist anymore. Could make for some interesting drama. (and more soapy stuff that everyone loves!)
- Anyway, the other weird thing is that SHIFTER NINA (or Bad Nina, whatever she is) has the robotic arm, but REAL Nina had a biological arm. Now, it might makes sense that a revised timeline Nina would have a human arm. Maybe things transpired differently and she didn't chase after Walter who crossed universes to save Peter. But, then why would Jones have knowledge of Nina WITH the robotic arm to make a shifter that looked like that? Why would he be appealing to our Olivia's memories with that little bit?
- As a sidenote on the whole shifter thing - Broyles did bring up to the REAL Nina (who he thought was a traitor) that she'd be dead if there was a shapeshifter of her roaming around. That's either a clue that the rules are different for 2.0 shifters or this BAD Robot Arm Nina is NOT a shifter and something else entirely. Perhaps a Nina from a different timeline too? Hmm, maybe that would suggest that David Robert Jones is from a different timeline and just interfering in OUR timeline!! Woaa, see how I just made that sidenote related to this subject? Inner workings of my blogging brain at work once again! You all are so fortunate to read these ramblings of an insane TV watcher!
- One more thing to note. Facial Recognition of the man found on the camera footage (injecting cortexiphan into Olivia came in and recognized him as Leland Spidey (I may have that name totally wrong but it's what I heard). The weird thing to note is that this man died 3 years ago. Hmm, 3 years ago? You mean the last time we saw David Robert Jones in our timeline? I've searched IMDB for this actor but he's not on the latest episode yet and I can't figure out what his character's name actually is so I came up empty. But perhaps there's a chance this man has been on Fringe before? And perhaps he died along with our David Robert Jones? This could serve as a clue that we're dealing with Jones and his crew and Nina Sharp from a different timeline interfering in OUR timeline. They could be from the other universe. They could be all shapeshifters. But, I'm kind of liking this whole "invaders from a different timeline" angle! We'll see what happens!
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- We should make it very clear that right now Peter is convinced that this Olivia is not HIS Olivia. He has seen a vision of his Olivia in September's brain. He promised himself he'd never make the same mistake again. He is now determined to "GO HOME" as September instructed. Of course, he may already be home but he metaphorically has to find his way home for him and all of his friends.
- We should note that Lincoln's feelings for Olivia have not subsided either. He is a little angry with Peter for "projecting" his memories on Olivia. He insisted that it is not HIS Olivia. In the beginning of the episode, Peter wasn't sure that was true. In the end, he was.
- Meanwhile Olivia has full awareness of our Olivia and is head over heals in love with Peter. She has a little bit of heart break as Peter walks away in the end determined to find his way home.