Please note: these rewatches may contain references to later episodes.
In case you didn’t manage to rewatch this episode, here’s a promo to give you a sense of where the story was:
This retrospective is focused around two main areas: NEW PERSPECTIVES, where I look at the episode with new eyes. And FINDING PETER, where I share my speculations and thoughts – arising from watching this episode – in relation to Peter ‘ceasing to exist’ and the new timeline.
As mentioned previously, I’ll be making an effort to avoid going over old ground, but there will be links at the end to my previous rewatch articles should you wish to drill down on my previous thoughts.
NEW PERSPECTIVES / FINDING PETER
- Peter: “I’m from nowhere you’ve ever heard of.” What do you call the place where people don’t exist?
- The main take-away for this episode is terms of where the story is now – Peter seeing Newton only for his eyes to deceive him. Not to go over old ground as to what exactly was going on there, but the concept itself might find its way into season 4, with our heroes having visions or close encounters with a familiar face.
- Walter worries that if Peter doesn’t return he’ll be sent back to the hospital. Olivia reassures him, “I wont let that happen.” Considering that Olivia will likely be his touchstone in the new timeline, will her protective nature extend itself to Walter, as it does here?
- She’s the failsafe. The off switch to Peter’s on button. The one who held his hand in the tulip field of imagination. The one who brought father and son back together. The ONE. She’s a suitable proxy for Peter, right?
- Peter says that he doesn’t know who he is — not existing will do that to you, I guess. In all seriousness, it’s useful to hear him say that because: does he currently know who he is?
- One final point concerns the Find The Crack message on the pen. It related well to the season 2 Peter arc, but it still yields potential at our current juncture. I wonder whether Peter’s way back will involve finding such a crack — either through the splinters in the fragmented lens of a loved one, or some other figurative or literal way? Time will tell.
Retrospective Rating: 3/10 Seriable Stars
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