Hello Fringe folks! Well, we're halfway through the final run. How are we feeling? Last night's episode was pretty darn crazy and equally creepy. I'm going to give it a "WOW!" review just because I don't know how they're going to get out of this mess they're creating (and because I was entertained, obviously). We certainly have our theories and we'll retouch on them below. But, I keep feeling there's another twist up their sleeve that we're not seeing. Peter with the tech has been pretty darn cool, but obviously it's concerning to fans on his fate. And it was great to see ol' Nina Sharp again! Halfway through the season and we've finally seen all of the remaining regular cast members. It's a 13 hour movie, and since we're 7 hours in, things should start heading towards an inevitable climactic showdown and conclusion! Here's hoping it's going to be one for the ages. But, until then we have a job to do. Let's recap and analyze the episode at hand!
Anyway, the machine creates a path to the doorway and they are able to activate the power to the handprint identifier. They pull out Bell's hand and it gives them access to the facility. Lots of Fringey stuff in the facility and a safe. I feel like we've seen a William Bell safe in season 3 after he originally died. Bell keeps things he treasures the most in safes. In this one was a techy thingamabob and a picture of Nina Sharp. awwww Oh yes, and the combination was the name of this episode. ("That's amazing, I've got the same combination on my luggage!") Peter, knowing that he gave the observers a bigger case to deal with, knew that they wouldn't be on the team's trail as Walter tried to figure out the combination. The tech thing ended up being a remote or something to call up the beacons. Peter was able to wave his hand over it and activate it, causing eyes to stare of course. They get the beacons and Peter takes one splitting up from the rest of the team (saying it's logical to split them up). He then continues with the rest of his "other" mission.
- "Fire up the laser Agnus. Let's get that hand out of the amber." (Or something like that)
- Walter annoyed at William Bell for stealing his David Bowie record. Hysterical. Eventually we saw Walter took that record back and "The Man Who Sold the World" played for the ending montage of crazy events.
- Walter started quoting the movie Marathon Man when trying to recall the encounter with William Bell.
- He also talked about dropping acid and watching the boats coming in near Bell's storage facility.
- It can't be. Was there no reference to food this week? Someone please correct me if I'm mistaken! We've been on quite a streak. Of course, it could be intentional if Walter is becoming his old "godly" self.
- We learned a little bit more about the encounter with William Bell before they were ambered. William and Walter had started talking again after the invaders came. Bell insisted he wanted to help rid the world of them. But, he apparently betrayed the team and was really WITH the Observers. We had theorized on this since the season 4 finale and also Letter's of Transit with Walter's evil look at ambered Bell and his comments about what he did to Olivia. Peter, Olivia and Astrid were recalling their parts of the story. Walter put a mission in place sending Olivia to New York for the thought unifier and calling Peter in Boston saying he was ready to implement the plan. Walter was with Bell and the observers were coming. They knew that the only way they could have known that the team was there was if Bell told them, and that's when Walter ambered them. Of course, this means if the Observers found Simon Foster and killed him (or did something to him), they also have William Bell. And if Bell is on their side, we most certainly will be seeing him before this series is over. Please Leonard Nimoy, come out of retirement one more time! And please give a long monologue tying seasons 1-5 together while you're at it! I figure it should only take about 3-4 minutes of screen time!
- Walter has growing concerns that he's going to become the old Walter Bishop due to his brain being fully intact again. Nina recognized this concern as well. Walter started making accusations to Nina that William Bell never loved her and only loved himself which hurt her. This was the OLD Walter speaking of course. Our Walter eventually came back and gave her that photo. This was the 2nd time we've seen a photo of Nina Sharp in a safe owned by William Bell. The first time was after the original time he died in the original timeline. Anyway, Walter is convinced that Peter will keep him grounded. They love each other and Peter will not let him become that man. Walter didn't have Peter before when he learned what it was like to be God. Of course, we all know that Peter is gradually becoming an Observer and will be of little help to Walter in his current state. And Nina doesn't think Peter's love will be enough either as Bell loved Nina and she loved him. It wasn't enough. The temptation of being one with the gods is too powerful. Walter agreed in the end and asked Nina to take out the pieces of his brain. We'll see if that indeed happens!
- At the end of the episode, we saw Walter reviewing everything they collected this season. The thought unifier, the transistor radio, the rocks from that crazy bad episode, the beacons. It felt like it was putting a cap on this segment of the season. It seems we have found all of the objects needed and now the plan just has to be put into place. We'll see if that is the case.
- Nowhere else to put this, but totally loved the Observer Hat Rack in the restaurant!
- And Peter seemed to be feeling some effects of that tech being in him. He was suffereing from ear bleeds and he also saw a bright light and seemed to be getting a headache (sounds like season 5 of LOST). If he doesn't turn into an observer, the tech might just be killing him. He's going to need Walter's help to get it out!
- Is Peter really September? - The second Peter disappeared at the end of season 3 we wondered how Joshua Jackson would still be on the show. Theories started coming up and one was that Peter will return as an Observer. He didn't, but the producers thought that was a pretty interesting idea. Now, did they always have it in mind that Peter would eventually become LIKE the observers or did they take that theory and turn it into a cool story? What if there was this grand scheme from the beginning that Peter and September were linked from the very beginning? What if that's why September was watching Walternate come up with the cure that would heal his younger pre-observer self? What if that's why September was inspired to rescue himself and Peter from Reiden Lake? What if this is why September was so concerned about Olivia dying in every timeline? Why he's had a soft spot for the Bishop boys and refused to let Peter disappear from existence forever? CONS against this theory: If Peter disappeared, wouldn't September disappear too? Unless they were on 2 different timelines. Maybe September is from a timeline where Peter went down that path. Maybe Peter will still have the ability to be saved from that fate. I thought I had more cons, but I can't think of them right now. There's also been the long running theory that the Empath kid is September. We've been thinking that from season 1. There has to be a reason he's been brought back into this story. We'll see what happens!
- Will Time Travel play a role in the end? They have the Beacons now. Perhaps they can go back to before the invaders come and stop them. Of course, September already warned Walter "They are coming" and they couldn't stop them. So, maybe it's a smaller time travel event that takes place. I was listening to a podcast where a listener called in with a theory. What if Walter goes back in time and steals child Etta from the past and brings her to the future so that Peter and Olivia would be reunited with their child and not have missed 20 something years of her life? I'd say that would be a crazy reason why they couldn't find her after she disappeared, but clearly she lived a life while her parents were ambered. So that would be some crazy paradoxical thing that would happen. Obviously, time would be altered if Etta didn't exist in the past to help start the movement against the observers. But, I thought it was an interesting idea. Maybe they can find some way around it. They've messed with time before and not made clear sense out of it!
- Be a Better Man than your Father - Peter's mother always said it to him. And the phrase recurred throughout the series. It was something Olivia used to empower her abilities as well. Right now, Peter is NOT following that mantra. He's taken on some "god-like" abilities of his own. There's no theory here, but I heard the phrase recently and wanted to bring it back to the forefront. It's clearly a common theme for the show so we should keep it in mind.