YOU’VE GOT SOME AARZT ON YOU
- The money-driven exec getting his comeuppance may be a tongue-in-cheek dig at the pressures of keeping a network serial on the air. Aartz may also be a nod to Leslie Arzt from LOST, who also met a grizzly demise. The “A” stops short at being overly similar to the famous aleph.
- Possible religious symbolism? A sacrifice Jones demanded..
- Walter realizes the case may be linked to the alternate universe, as he peers at a reflection of himself and the team. Reflections have long been a part of the storytelling language of Fringe, and it’s neat to see the characters themselves acknowledge their poignancy.
- “CHECK POINT 20-36” is likely to be the next episode clue.
- In a nod to the previous episode, Walter observes the reduced list of hot-spots. The use of green, red and yellow (amber) offer thematic tie-in.
- You could draw a parallel with the ‘amber timeline’s’ recent ‘re-population’ with various memories from the timeline that was.
BRIDGING THE GAP
- Altlivia tells Walter that it’s getting better, “the bridge is helping to heal our world,” as he peers down at an actual bridge/pier, reinforcing the sentiment.
OBSERVING THE OBSERVER
- The Observer can be seen walking up the stairs when DRJ meets Broylnate to give him the device for the BBM.
- Chris’ condition is healing as a result of DRJ’s treatment.
- In “Everything In Its Right Place,” both Lincolns confirmed that their mothers had died. So who was the woman at Lincolnate’s funeral who said “..our children aren’t supposed to die before we do”? Most likely his step mom or a continuity error.
- Walter: “It’s a miracle we made it in one piece, you drive like a daredevil.”
- Continuing the spiritual themes, Walter makes mention of the “wrath of God,” playing into the DRJ themes.
- The notion of an “invisible hand” brings back memories of the ‘computer hand’ from “The No Brainer.”
- “That will be $18.47” — Bad Robot’s number 47 pops up again.
- The cab Jones targeted went over a bridge, adding to the ‘Bridge’ themes.
- Altstrid ran the list of 108 names that Altlivia gave to Col. Broyles — 108 is a nod to LOST.
- Ninate and Broylnate’s cell numbers: HC-326, HC-324 — any significance?
- The glyph for this episode spelled SIMON.
Previously on Fringe Observations: 4.17 “Everything In Its Right Place”