In this edition of Fringe Observations, we boldly go in search of clues and connections from the concluding part to the fourth season of Fringe.
- The clue for this episode foreshadowed in the previous episode was the EDEN sign – referencing William Bell’s attempt to create a new world.
THE BLUE THAT HOLDS US TOGETHER
- The blue lens flare returns. Used to denote universe transition over the past couple of seasons, here it signifies Bell’s new world projection.
- Bellie’s projection device. We also get a shot of the gun case along with several bullets. Aside from providing Walter with a loophole, it’s possible Bellie was planning to use it just in case things didn’t work out so great for him in his brave new world.
- Olivia might not like the color yellow, but she’s painted here as the star and saviour.
JESSICA RUNED MAGIC
- Jessica uses “stasis runes” to trap September. She notes that “this was a future, he didn’t foresee.”
- In the future, Walter works on a device to “get rid” of the invading Observers. It should be interesting to see if stasis runes are in any way involved in that plan.
INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM MAGIC
- Jessica puts September’s bullet catching prowess down to advanced tech. This is supported by recent episodes, such as “Making Angels“.
- Olivia’s natural and unnatural abilities juxtaposed with the tech-aided Observer abilities, helps contextualize the suggestion in LoT that the Observers would kill Etta and purge the rest of humanity if they discovered her talent.
- Jessica pulls out Bell’s go-faster gun. He sure likes guns, he was rather fond of his “77” blaster in Season 2 finale.
I’LL KETCHUP IN TIME
- Jessica shoots September with the go-faster — which explains how he received the wound when visiting Olivia in “Back To Where You’ve Never Been“.
- Olivia tells him the message he is yet to give her. September probably hadn’t experienced the moment yet because he was trapped on the stasis runes.
- He then goes off to investigate ‘the future’ and validate the notion that Olivia has to die to stop Bell.
- I imagine he steps into the parallel moment in the ‘theatre of dreams’ to warn Olivia about her necessary demise — now it’s her turn to play catch up.
- September delivers the message in this particular moment because he’d already done so from Olivia’s perspective. This timey-wimey event creates a kind of convergence of fate and freewill.
HOLT! WHO GOES THERE?
- The Jessica of the Dead interrogation scene calls back a few moments in the story, including the deceased John Scott being sent for questioning in the pilot, and Peter retrieving ‘Little Hill’ (“In Which We Meet Mr. Jones”).
- We get direct follow-up on “predisposed” question. Nina tells Olivia that she was chosen for the trials because of her capacity for for feeling; she was ‘predisposed’ with immense compassion.
MAN X MARKS THE SPOT
- Confirmation of Olivia’s death and that William Bell is Man X from Olivia’s subconscious.
- As alluded in the previous episode, Man X was Olivia’s mind’s way of representing William Bell and his association with the X Nanites. She subconsciously detected that Bellie would be responsible for her death.
- Bellie rings his famous Bell and warns Walter that he’s “paid a steep price” before harmonically disappearing.
SHE B-ETTA SURVIVE
- The bullet removed from Olivia and Etta’s bullet are most likely one in the same. They have the same dented impression. I imagine Etta sees it as symbolic of her mother’s sacrifice.
- As predicted, the regenerating Cortexiphan Pig Cake foreshadowed Olivia’s self-healing.
- The skyline in Bellie’s new world is filled with blue and red hues, there are also trees with those colors, no doubt a nod to the two universe thematic.
- Bellie claims Walter finding him involved the ‘hand of God’. Walter denies the notion, which is interesting, since he fully accepted the white tulip sign as a benevolent message. As we know, this actually had nothing to do with God, rather Alistair Peck. (though of course, that’s not to say Peck wasn’t an unwitting messenger). Point is, it’s interesting to see how perspective has altered (so to speak) Walter’s grasp on destiny, and how choice and fate are seemingly intertwined.
- Referring to the stasis rune, September is surprised Bell knew of this methodology and says it’s “beyond them”. Did Bellie peek the future or receive assistance, further tying his story with the events depicted in 2036?
- Peter calls September by his actual name. That felt good.
- Bellie quotes William Butler Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree“, which can be interpreted as speaking to Bellie’s dream of finding peace, and may even imply that deep down, he knew his notion of a new universe was a fantasy, but one he needed in order overcome the difficulties in his life (i.e. cancer). In this regard, Bellie needed the hope that his fantasy, gave him:
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a-glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
- Walter extracting the bullet from Olivia carried the same gruesome appeal as his attempt to lobotomise himself in “Alone In The World“
- Nina and Broyles link arms and walk off into the sunset. No kissy-kiss?
- Walter thinks Olivia is pretty much “normal”, having utilized so much Cortexiphan. He notes that there may be a negligible amount that could one day emerge. Some of that is surely passed on to Etta, who has abilities in the future.
- A rare occurrence: Walter gets Astrid’s name right. *faints*
- Olivia hesitates when telling Peter that she’s pregnant. This is not long after Peter tells her “I never want to lose you again”. Should we be connecting these dots with the fact that she was notably absent in the 2036 episode?
- The glyphs for this episode spelled PURGE – in reference to the 2015 Purge enacted by the Obscene Observers.
Previously on Fringe Observations: 4.21 “Brave New World: Part 1”