Welcome back Fringe fanatics! Well, depending on what you look for in your Fringe, last night's episode was either a sign of relief or a big disappointment. For me, it was just another hour heading towards a climactic conclusion. I've probably said it before, but this season definitely has a different feel to it due to them abandoning their formula with the "case of the week" and slow build of mythology over the season. We have gone full-on mythology to tell one continuous tale for 13 episodes. (They refer to it as a 13 hour movie) I'm sure there will be a reason for taking us down the path that they did. We must remember that Fringe, at its very core, is a love story. And the science fiction part is just the backdrop to tell that story. I don't think I'll have many theories or analysis this week, but we'll see when we take a deeper dive. Let's get into it!
- Maybe the fact that he chose a porcupine brain to test the observer tech on? He wasn't very humorous this episode. But again, I think this is by design. He's slowly losing himself to his old "full brained" self.
- Well for old time's sake, during Peter's flashes of memories rushing back to him, we did get to relieve "Naked Tuesdays" again.
- Peter and Walter both reflected on unlocking the potential of the human brain. It seems to me that maybe this arc with Peter taking on the Observer tech was kind of to compare to Walter's own life path with having God-like powers and being humbled when he took the pieces of his brain out. The fact that Peter was able to remove the tech before he did TOO much damage to others and himself may go towards the whole "Be a Better Man Than Your Father" recurring theme of the show.
- Of course, the other thing that was proven here is that LOVE won again. Olivia's love for Peter WAS enough for Peter to back down from taking on an all consuming power. Walter was saying in the last episode how love wasn't enough for William Bell.
- Olivia asked Simone of the man that came to his mother was Walter Bishop. I mentioned above that it was an older man with grayish hair. Yes, that could be simply that she didn't remember Walter's name. Or, perhaps William Bell or this Donald (or maybe it's both of them) had something to do with the magnet. I want to think this was another clue at this Donald character.
- So, we have 2 beacons, crazy rocks recovered from the tree people, an electromagnet, a thought unifier and a partridge in a pear tree. Anyone figure out what they're doing? The fact that a beacon can locate something through space and time has to be an indicator of time travel, right? Some form of it. Maybe they'll go to the future and wipe out the Observers before they ever come back. Maybe they'll go to the past and prevent it from ever happening. Maybe they'll grab a character FROM the past (i.e. Etta) and bring her to the future. Most likely none of that will happen, but I'm just throwing stuff out there!