TIME TO REFLECT
- A fairly standard mirror shot of Olivia, though mirror shots are always interesting because they’re used to literally reflect what’s going on inside of a character. Olivia washing her hands, is a natural thing to do but plays into the sense that she’s just waking up — Etta later says, “I know you just woken up, but look around you, Mom.”
- Olivia sees photos of the people who (presumably) looked after Etta following their separation. Useful because it helps explain that question and contextualizes Olivia’s place in this world. Makes Etta’s “you don’t know my world” hit home a bit more.
- The Thought Unifier made Walter talk out of sequence – evoking memories of the Little Observer when he wore the halo (“Inner Child”).
- Peter and Walter opening the hatch to the Harvard tunnels evokes John Locke and Jack Shephard opening the hatch to the Swan Station in the second season of LOST (“Man Of Science, Man Of Faith”). [SPOILER ALERT] Both scenarios lead to our protagonists finding Henry Ian Cusick (Simon Foster/Desmond Hume).
- What resembles the classic Fringe hand glyph can be seen beside the team on the tunnel wall,
- The gang stumble upon a red dragon, something Walter has been “looking” for. This could be the next episode clue. There was also a red dragon easter egg in “August”.
- The red dragon also serves as a kind of ‘memory marker’ given that Walter was looking for it. We’ve previously seen several red-themed items that seem to serve as signposts within the story (the red balloons in “Bad Dreams”, “White Tulip” and “Subject 13″; Walter’s red vine in “Letters Of Transit”, to name just some). Whether this can be placed in that category remains to be seen.
THAT’S JUST GRAPE
- Walter sees a packet of grape-flavored licorice. Somewhat interesting that Walter doesn’t remember switching to grape, though it plays into his memory issues.
- Of course, in “Letters Of Transit”, Broyles discovered a red vine left behind by Walter. He may not be present in the first two episodes but he’s had a big hint that they’re back.
LOST ON FRINGE
- LOST fans may find it very fitting that Eric Lange played the loyalist Gael in this episode. In the ABC mystery drama he played Dharma hot-head Radzinsky.