Welcome to Fringe Observations — your weekly guide to the clues and connections throughout all four seasons of Fringe. This week, we comb through “Everything In Its Right Place” for the story within the story.
MAN IN THE MAZE
- The Iʼitoi, or Man in the Maze is said to represent the journey of life. It has particular significance for both Lincolns and Canaan in this episode. Here’s more from Wiki:
According to O’odham oral history, the labyrinth design depicts experiences and choices we make in our journey through life. In the middle of the “maze”, a person finds their dreams and goals. When one reaches the center, we have one final opportunity (the last turn in the design) to look back upon our choices and path, before the Sun God greets us, blesses us and passes us into the next world.
- I find this idea visually represented with the staircase scene pictured above, which also plays into the show’s cyclical themes.
- Lincoln remarks that “home” is located in the center. This notion of balance and safety was recently depicted in “Welcome To Westfield,” where the team survived Jones’ reality merge by taking shelter in the ‘eye of the storm’.
- The blue light returns to shuttle us to the other side.
- The USSR posters could be next episode clues, but work on their own in highlighting another of the many differences that exist between the two universes. Over there the USSR still exists.
- Peter tore holes in both universes, creating a bridge so the two sides could heal, stabilizing the spacial rifts in the ambered zones. The Red World is slowly being restored.
Walternate: “This is a turning point in our history, in the last week alone 11 previously uninhabited zones have been reopened. Our cities are healing, our world is being restored. [..] Let us never forget those we’ve lost.”
- Over there, superhero Mantis takes Batman’s place, another of those differences between the two sides.
- Altlivia and Lincolnate act like they’ve never heard of Batman, yet it was established in the Season 2 finale that the character does exist over there (he’s depicted in two of the alternate reality comics pictured above). We’ll call continuity on that one, as the pair seem to know their Supers.
- A copy of the MANHATAN (one T over there) Courier from Friday, November 12, 2004. Along with a snazzy video-pic, it gives insight into events of the time, such as Jorge Garcia’s winning streak. Perhaps also a hat-tip to Jorge Garica the actor, who had appeared in three Bad Robot seriables – LOST, FRINGE an ALCATRAZ.
- One of the containment technicians mentions losing two Fillmores on the fight, referencing Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States. Seems he made currency and is regarded in higher esteem over there?
LINCOLN’S ARC ENDS
- Given what becomes of Lincolnate by the end of the episode, this shot of both Lincolns under an arch structure carries a touch of symbolism, particularly with Lincolnate kneeling down.
SHE’S SO INTO BLUE
Altlivia’s in the blue. Arguably foreshadowing her and Lincoln’s ‘attraction’.
ONE PRONGED ATTACK
- Jones’ newer human shapeshifter models don’t need the three-pronged device to shift identity like the prototypes seen earlier in the season.
- Altlivia snipes Ninate’s assassin from an impossible shot, calling back her Olympic champion days, referenced in 3.01 “Olivia.”
OBSERVING THE OBSERVER
- The Observer can be seen standing in the background while Canaan is transported to the secure truck.
BLOW ME DOWN
- Lincolnate reminds Altlivia “I’ve been blown up before, this is nothing.” Sally Clark (“Over There”) springs to mind, but all things considered, he’s probably referring to “Amber 31422”.
- In the original timeline, Olivia saved herself, Lincolnate and Charlnate from an explosion. It seems Lincolnate wasn’t so fortunate in this timeline, without Olivia on-hand to help him.
- Lincoln wasn’t the only one hankering for ‘home’. Gene also managed to get out of the of the Lab. Everything in its right place.
- Canaan has connections with the Hebrew verb kana meaning be humbled, subdued, low. Canaan is also the name of the fourth son of Ham, the youngest son of Noah (Genesis 9:18). You can see why this name was chosen for the character, given the Jones story arc and themes within.
- The shapeshifter tracking hub is reminiscent of the way the Fringe team tried (but ultimately failed) to track DRJ earlier in the season.
- The glyph for this episode spelled DREAM.
Previously on Fringe Observations: 4.16 “Nothing As It Seems”