THIS EPISODE CLUE
- The clue hidden in the previous episode foreshadowing the porcupine mutates in this episode, was indeed the porcupine calendar seen in September’s apartment.
DR. ANDERSON, I PRESUME
- Olivia has a session with Dr. Anderson, the doppelganger of the Red World therapist from “Olivia.” She’s wearing red-framed glasses as a nod.
- The theme of the two sessions contrast somewhat. Over there, Olivia defiantly held on to her memories. Here, she’s willing to forget the details of her life.
- In the original timeline, John Scott failed to take out Conrad Moreau, the scientist behind the designer virus.
- In this timeline, Conrad died 5 years ago in a car crash. It seems Scott got his man this time around.
LETTERS OF TRANSFORMATION
- A look at Bowman’s letter in this timeline illustrates that he was fascinated yet wary of travelling in the “uncharted waters”.
- The tone of his letter was different in the previous timeline, where he noted the ‘danger’ of such advancements. As we know, he was trying to stop the movement of the virus but was unwittingly dosed.
OBSERVING THE OBSERVER
- The Observer can be seen walking down the street before Olivia, Peter and Lincoln investigate Daniel Hicks’ house.
- Peter asks Markham for “Lake of the Long Sun” by Gene Wolfe — a reference that helps inform David Robert Jones’ guided creation of new species. Here’s an outline:
The saga begins with the attempt of Silk, a young priest, to save his manteion (the equivalent of a neighborhood church and school) from being destroyed by a ruthless crime lord. Silk soon, however, becomes a revolutionary leader and prophet as he learns more about his world (a vast generation ship called the whorl): its origins and fate, and the nature of the pantheon of gods he worships. Silk soon learns to distrust those gods and grows to revere the supposedly minor god known as The Outsider, who has provided him with enlightenment.
- Lincoln makes for a good chess partner, but are all his pieces on the board?
- Daniel Hicks and his partner – both believers in Jones guided evolution. In the old timeline, Hicks was unwittingly dosed with the virus, but the Fringe team prevented him from transforming.
- Like Bowman, he represents the fine lines that hinge (largely) on Peter’s existence and Jones’ resolve.
- One of several looks at the “rebirth or renewal” symbol that Jones is using in association with his guided evolution project.
- This connects with one of the more obscure Jones references from Season 1 — the “infinity” symbol briefly seen in “Dreamscape” and again in “Safe,” as he teleported to Little Hill.
- His philosophy may have detoured slightly, depending on how you want to view rebirth vs infinity.
- A couple of cyclical references visually reinforce Jones’ human ‘renewal and rebirth’ plans.
THE ARC OF JONES
- Bowman’s sister and her friend are willing “to be born anew. The two of us, together. We can be children of the new world.” And so it goes..
- Glimpses of the other new species created under the hand of Jones, including, what looks like, the transgenic creature from “Unleashed” (above) and the creature from “Snakehead” (below).
- As mentioned in our review, this provides an allegory for what Jones may have been planning in Season 1 through his ZFT cells and “The Pattern.”
- Adam and Eve, Serpent god, Celestial ship and Noah’s arc references (throughout the episode) all help convey the actual (and seriable) arc of David Robert Jones.
- Vertis Flight 718 plays into the overarching time-loop concept and illustrates how some events have been pushed to different points in the timeline as a result of Peter’s death.
- Olivia’s grandfather was called Eddie. Not THAT Eddie.
- ‘a better species” vs ‘a better human being.’ Hmm.
- “Science delivers these tools and mankind gains dominion over all he surveys.”
- The glyph code for this episode spelled FUTURE.
Previously on Fringe Observations: 4.15 “A Short Story About Love”