Seriable’s Top 30 Unanswered FRINGE Mysteries From Seasons 1-3

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Unlike standalone stories, serialized television is enriched by the ongoing mysteries that emerge over the course of episodes and seasons. As questions are answered, more mysteries are set-up – a consequence of characters interacting with their external and internal worlds.

Fringe is a great example of a mystery-enriched serial. But what of those nagging loose ends (questions raised by the show but yet to be answered onscreen)? Will they ever be resolved, or have they long been aborted in favor of more exhilarating escape hatches?

As we gear up for Season 4 and our bid to find Peter, we thought we’d compile our top 30 “unanswered mysteries” from the first three chapters. Some are small questions that pique our curiosity, while others are major mysteries that we hope the show will satisfy.

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30. Why Did Broyles Send Olivia to the Storage Facility?

In the pilot episode Broyles sent Olivia to the storage facility – a move that felt somewhat conspicuous, especially given John Scott’s subsequent demise at the hands of Richard Steig’s toxin.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Broyles sent Olivia along because he had an inkling that she had a connection to the Pattern (and hence William Bell) and wanted to test his theory. (Though he might also have wanted her out of his hair, given the tetchy start to their relationship).

While this is one of the show’s more minor embryonic mysteries, it would be nice to think that we might one day get an answer. “I always knew you were special, Dunham”. That’s all it would require. :)

29. Who Was Sanford Harris Working For?

Ah, Harris AKA “Agent Harassment”. Drafted in to watch over Olivia and the Fringe Team; essentially hindering their investigations into the Pattern and other strange goings-on, all the while activating Cortexiphan subjects on the sly.

We never did get a conclusive answer as to who he was working for. Was it William Bell or David Jones?

28. The Decoder Key

Well, it seemed like an important plot element at the time. Peter spent an entire episode secretly murdering shapeshifters to get his mercury-stained paws on their storage devices, only to be thwarted by the fact they were encoded with the Multiverse’s most secure encryption.

William Bell’s appearance at the end of “Os” seemed to imply that we’d soon get some follow-up. However, after telling Peter the decoder key was in his office, it wasn’t mentioned again.

Until further notice we have to assume that there was no great plan for the decoder key or the storage discs. Or, more likely, that it had to be abandoned. In which case, the end of “Os” will stand as a cool but ultimately contrived way to signal the return of Bell.

That being said, it would be nice to know where this storyline would have gone. What important information did the shapeshifters have on their storage devices? How would it have affected Peter’s situation with the Machine?

27. Predisposed

When describing the Cortexiphan subjects in “Bad Dreams”, Walter implied that they were “predisposed” to something that made them viable candidates for the clinical trials. I’ve always been curious as to what he specifically meant by this.

Were Olivia and the other Cortexitots emotionally predisposed (since we know Cortexiphan works largely on emotions), or were they suitable in some other important way which has yet to come to light?

While this question may not have originally held great intent, the way the third season ended puts it right back in play – at least in my mind.

26. Detroit

Peter and Broyles obviously shared a significant event in Detroit in the now ‘defunct future’. It was important enough to convince Broyles to see things Peter’s way and grant Walter a temporary pardon from prison. The only real clue we have to go on are Peter’s words: “If what we lost in Detroit means anything to you..”

I don’t expect the answer to this mystery to be all that earth-shattering, but it’s open-ended nature is extra intriguing because it would suggest that we’re not done with the 2026 story.

25. Future Broyles’ Eye

What happened to Broyles’ eye in the now nixed future? In Peter’s peek into 2026, Senator Broyles is missing his right eye. This is likely a storytelling device to further illustrate the entanglement between the two universes (in the alternate universe, Broyles son is blind).

With that in mind, it will be interesting to know how Broyles obtained his visual impairment (Detroit?), and whether there was any way to avoid the universe ‘appropriating balance’ in the wake of the other side being destroyed.

An adjoining question would be whether we’ll see this version of Broyles again, which of course may tell us whether the averted timeline still has a direct role to play. Again, these unanswered mysteries from 2026 suggest that we will, although it’s quite possible they will simply serve to inform the larger themes.

24. Alternate Nina

Nina is the only main character yet to have a doppelgänger referenced in some way. Olivia, Walter, Peter, Broyles, Astrid. Even alternate William Bell had a mention.

Is there an alternate Nina out there somewhere? If so, in what ways is she different from Nina?

23. Are Altlivia’s Memories Completely Gone From Olivia?

While being held prisoner in the alternate universe, Olivia was made to think that she was the alternate version of herself courtesy of Walternate and Brandonate pumping her full of Altlivia’s memories.

She eventually reclaimed her identity, thanks to the will of her subconscious (“Projection Peter”), and escaped the parallel universe. However, it’s unclear whether Altlivia’s memories have been completely flushed from Olivia’s mind.

22. What Happened To Brenner?

In “Bad Dreams”, Walter watches an old VHS recording of an incident triggered by a young, frightened Olivia. A voice on the tape says that “Brenner” is unaccounted for.

What happened to Brenner? Did Olivia unintentionally transport them to another universe? Did they get burned to a crisp?

21. Kayak / ZENO

Appearing in Olivia’s dream during her synaptic transfer with John Scott in the Pilot, the significance of the kayak has remained a mystery ever since. Is it just one of those early, unformed mythology elements that wont ever come back into play? Perhaps. However, Olivia’s uncle is one of the few positive male influences in her life, it would be strange should the story not refer back to him at some point.

Furthermore, the kayak contained several clues: the ‘aleph symbol’; later seen on David Esterbrook, the word “ZENO”, and the famous green-green-green-red pattern. The latter of which does appear to have some legs.

But the question at this point is how many stock cubes we should place in the kayak itself?

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  1. Chrispatt86 says

    I remember in a Fox video J.Wyman afirming that there were more rogue observers and J.Pinkner afirming that the boy of “Inner Child” was an observer too, think we will se more of that soon hopefully!!

    Very interesting things here, i certanly think we have got to see more of Sam Weiss and the Don’t trust him story, all about him was a great mystery and i think it we had very light answers with the family Weiss story…

    Really looking forword to get more answers and information about all the Observer story and the same for are friend Man.X it can be an awesome storyline.

    Remember also producers saying we would know who buildee the machine (don’t remember where) hope to get answer about it too, cant leave us like this! There are definitly things about the machine they have got to explain!!

    By the way, awesome job Roco! :)

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    • says

      @Chris: Yup, Man X and the BBM origins are two of the most intriguing. Hope they make the Man X story work, because it’s potentially one of the valuable story elements to come from the ‘Bellivia’ arc. It will be interesting if they get Ulrich Thomsen to play the role (since he played the animated character).

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      • Chrispatt86 says

        I have been thinking on this fore some time and after seeing Pinkner’s interview saying the “Who is Peter” stuff i would like to share it!

        Let’s see, it’s a totally insane thought but at the end, is there anything more insane than Fringe stories?

        I start with Peter, a friend of mine says that Peter how we know him doesn’t exist, yeah we know that, but that Peter is somewhere living another life in the world ( ¿Over Here? ¿Over There? I would say Red universe, at the end it’s where he is from) i think it’s more easy and factible to happen that have Peter “trapped” somewhere waiting for them to remember him when he has been erased, that makes sense with Pinkner saying “who is Peter?” and Josh been on the show too!
        Well let’s say it’s like this, Peter living another life somwhere were all this story has never happend for him and of course this story with him in it has never happened for anybody. The life he is living, couldn’t it bee a life where he has gone rogue? I don’t imagine him been a little good boy not doing anything so let’s supose this, where am i going? I’ll explain now.
        Peter gonw rogue, couldn’t HE be Mr.X?? Let’s see, anything more twisting and mind blowing Fringe style than Peter meeting another version of himself in Olivia’s mind trapped in a zeppelin?? Peter becoming the man who will kill the love of his life? The same love that he loved so much that he decided to erase himself from history to save?? Iv’e been wondering for time aswell why Mr.X after aslking what his name was asked “what more?”!! Did Mr.X want to know if that Peter was Peter Bishop? Another version of him?? The “good” one before erasing? I know it’s crazy but i have had it so mucb time in mind i finally wanted to share it, by the way, wouldn’t it be am awesome story line for are favourite show?? Thougts??

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        • says

          Very interesting, Chris.

          The obvious stumbling block is that Peter looks nothing like Man X. That said your premise could work if, as you say, Man X is a kind of representation of ‘Peter’. We know that he had an active imagination as a child (literally buying into a ‘make-believe’ reality) – could Man X be his creation – an avatar, of sorts?

          I’m not onboard yet, but I think it’s an interesting concept. I think it deserves some consideration. Thanks for sharing!

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          • Chrispatt86 says

            I have thought of that too, i would say two things about it, first one is that if it was true the writters wouldn’t of made Man.X very similar to Peter so nobody could think about this and be a real mind blow when we saw it, the second is that a rogue Peter would be “bad” looking too, i mean, a kind of rogue looking, a bit like Mr.X, he looked like a bit of that sort too, there i think something can explain it, joining theese two points, and of course this is Fringe, so there could be another explanation too it!!

            I like the point you said about Mr.X been a Peter creation, sounds very interesting too, another consecuence of joining the universes or something like that?? Could be too.

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  2. matt says

    on the Observers:

    the CIA agent from “Inner Child” reported to someone that they ‘had found another one’ so if there is more than one buried child observer what does this mean (and also how did he/they get there)? is there a whole race of them with only 12 getting names or special positions/powers or has this clue been forgotten as well and are there simply 12 of them now/always with the child replacing August by as-of-yet-unknown/unexplained means?

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    • matt says

      also they were discovered by their showing up at pattern events (events related to the thinner membrane-between-worlds areas) and then started to show up concerning Peter and then at the end of S3 when the worlds were joined they all came (or 11 of them at least) so, what does that say about them? what the heck are they doing? why is Peter important to them? what is the cylinder/beacon? and who are the rumored rogues? how does it all come together and to mean what?!?! brain cramping!

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      • matt says

        after reading this, I found myself thinking to myself “I wonder if Olivia is an Observer (if they are a race)…”

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      • says

        “..what the heck are they doing? why is Peter important to them?”

        As I understand it, they need to observe important moments in history – that explains their showing up at pattern events, etc.

        Peter is also ‘important’. As we know, Observing the discovery of Peter’s cure triggered (or helped perpetuate) the events which followed.

        With the time-loop in play, this makes quite a bit of sense: Peter was important because of what happened before, and because the Observers are trying to correct a mistake, if not move reality/consciousness (spec) to a new place. To do that they needed Peter to make a different choice inside the BBM – which is presumably one big chunk of their overarching goal.

        So it’s very timey-wimey, but it seems to me that the Observers need to capture certain events. It’s perhaps akin to why people take photos or record special moments..

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        • matt says

          but September was there witnessing his being cured because he was important. wasn’t it implied that Peter was important before September distracted Walternate, that’s why September was there in the first place?

          I wonder what is it that makes those moments in history that they observe important. important to what/who? and why?

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          • matt says

            and why do they need to make sure things happen a certain way? or to observer them happening a certain way? what do they attain by doing this? what is their purpose?

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    • says

      “the CIA agent from “Inner Child” reported to someone that they ‘had found another one’ so if there is more than one buried child observer what does this mean (and also how did he/they get there)? is there a whole race of them with only 12 getting names or special positions/powers or has this clue been forgotten as well and are there simply 12 of them now/always with the child replacing August by as-of-yet-unknown/unexplained means?”

      @matt: I’d like to think the child Observers are directly tied to the adult versions, especially with the time-loop coming into play. So, I can see the child being an earlier iteration of September (which I think would be super cool).

      Alternatively, he could be a replacement – a new Observer seeded in time to eventually become a fully-fledged recruit. In which case he might be the much speculated “January” or whathaveyou.

      I also think it would be neat if the child is a younger August, causing September to realize that August would die at ‘some point’ when he saw the child back in “Inner Child”. I’m sure they could make that work if necessary.

      It’s interesting to speculate. There’s definitely a lot of wiggle-room depending on what they want to say about the Observers.

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      • matt says

        isn’t there already a January since August is dead and 11 Observers showed up at the statue?

        I must have missed that discussion/something cause I don’t remember talk of a January. what sparked the speculation?

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        • says

          You could be right, and that’s a good point. I guess it depends on what the writers are trying to say. Is the child the younger version of his older self who was outside the SOL in 3.22? Is he a separate Observer outside of the active 12 (including August) that have been referenced on screen – in number if not all by name?

          I think they could take it in a number of directions, depending on what the Observers are.

          As for the January speculation, it sparked after “Inner Child” and again after “August”. Finding there was more than one Observer was the potential clue that people hooked onto.

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          • matt says

            was there a reason for speculation on January in particular or just because January is the 1st month or something and we now knew that there’s more than one? I might just be thick, but I still don’t get the significance of January.

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  3. Rick Terry says

    Hey I had a thought on the AlterNina thing. What if AlterNina was with Alternate William Bell, in his untimely car crash? That would be a simple way to explain that. But I hope they have a way better reason for with holding AlterNina info.

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      “What if AlterNina was with Alternate William Bell, in his untimely car crash? That would be a simple way to explain that.”

      @Rick: I wouldn’t rule it out, especially if they were unable/uninterested in telling the Alt-Nina story.

      That being said, they missed a great chance to do that back in Season 2 when Bellie first mentioned Alt-Bell..

      I agree though, I’d like Alt-Nina to have her own resolution – even if it’s just a small explanation.

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      • SugaredWhimsey says

        Personally, I think Alt-Nina is conspicuous in her non-presence, which either means she was so inconsequential to not be noted, or she is a big player. Our Nina is already a couple of steps ahead, and we’ve seen that she’s a tough cookie. Bell would have needed some help Over There to do as much as he did. We so far think he built the shape-shifters for Walternate (Now we’re in contact with Over There I wish we had more info on them…) but Walternate is a prestigious figure. How would William Bell- an old fart with no identification- even get in contact with him without sounding nutzoid? I’m betting Nina. Nina was always fiercely loyal to Bell. I would think Alt-Nina is there somewhere. Without a Massive Dynamic to run, what’s she doing with her time? Sitting still, twiddling her thumbs? I think not.

        My personal mystery is DOES HENRY STILL EXIST? Was he totally erased because of No-Peter, therefore rendering him a plot device by which Over There could start the machine and therefore force Peter’s hand? Is he (Whatzisname?) Frank’s?) child now?From what I know of Fringe that little life seems to be awful significant and I can’t believe he’d just be blipped. In fact, he might be a heavy player; a person born of someone whose significance joined two worlds before he stopped existing. Who is to say Henry hasn’t survived and is in a way contributing to all this, caught in some time loop or some other version of a reality?

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  4. Chrispatt86 says

    After thinking and reading theese comments what if the obervers ara a kind of cortexiphan kids but very very more evolved (future cortexi kids with the cortexiphan trails hugely evolved and in consecuence with bigger powers) it’s a bit kind of insane but it came to me after reading the Olivia – Observer comment, that would fit too with the possibility of Bell and ¿Walter? been involved with the BBM construction and why the BBM has Observer leters on it also. Matches in some way with Observers working for Nina and ¿Massive Dynamic? “clue” in Brown Betty. With this exposed ot makes sence to say that the Obervers travel in time, observe and fix mistakes so everything leads to a PERFECT FUTURE with all the “problems” we have seen fixed, of all the possible paths that happen simultanioisly and we go through that ending is the ¿only? good end to all this, t Peter joining the universes was only a phase of this “journey”. What do you think?

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    • matt says

      cortexi kids and observers do have similar powers as did an altered milo. I wonder if the observers are altered humans and were created by/work for alternina?

      I forgot the machine had observer script! that raises a whole new bunch of questions for me! (and may explain them working for alternina and maybe bell?)

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      @Chris: There could well be a connection there, especially with the time-loop/time-travel in play. It could be an interesting way to explain the origins of Cortexiphan and possibly Olivia’s predisposition.

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  5. mlj102 says

    Great list, Roco. I do appreciate that Fringe, with all of it’s seriable mysteries and questions, does seem to go out of its way to answer many of those questions. Yes, there are still questions that remain unanswered, but they have done a good job of providing satisfactory answers in a timely manner to a lot of the questions they raise. Many of these questions you’ve pointed out here seem to belong more to the over-arching story, which suggests that they will be the kinds of questions that should be resolved when the whole story is resolved. That’s part of why I hope they are given the time and opportunity to end this story properly. I’m sure they could provide answers to many of these questions if they needed to end things soon, but I would expect those answers to be rushed and not make as much sense as they would if Fringe is given the appropriate amount of time to explore them.

    That said, I just have one point to add. It’s not so much a questions or mystery as it is an unresolved plot point. In The Cure, Nina and Peter make a deal where Nina gives Peter information he needed in exchange for being able to request a favor from him at some future point. At the time, this “deal with the devil” appeared to be extremely foreboding, like it would be something that would come back to haunt him, something he would have to do, but would hugely regret it. I really, really hope they will return to that and eventually have Nina request her favor, as I think that has the potential to be very significant.

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    • Pwnsauce says

      I had forgotten about that one! But Peter’s going to have to return to existence first. I would bet that the writers didn’t forget about that one.

      This was a really great article, Roco. I must say, the question of why Olivia was sent to the storage facility is the most intriguing to me. I’ve always felt that John Scott and Broyles knew about Olivia’s past and some of the impending war mythology, and that Scott’s line to Olivia held massive significance to Olivia’s role in everything in the show. However, I feel that this is a question that will never get answered.

      Any info on a summer rewatch yet, Roco? Or are you going to wait for that after you’ve finished all the Season 3 awards?

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        “Any info on a summer rewatch yet, Roco? Or are you going to wait for that after you’ve finished all the Season 3 awards?”

        @Pwnsauce: Yep, the results for the S3 Awards will be posted first, then I’ll fire up the rewatch next week – possibly Weds or Thurs. I’ll announce on this site before it’s due to start. Hope that helps.

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  6. Residents Fan says

    What is the Beacon? There may be a clue in a brief scene in “Brown Betty”,
    where the story-Walter is flicking through his notes and a drawing of the
    Beacon appears-described as a “Teleportation Portal”.
    My theory is that the Beacon might allow travel to the alt-universe
    as well, and this may be why John Mosley wanted to steal it. Perhaps
    Mosley was working with a group that wanted dimensional travel
    (ZFT or the Shapeshifters).

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      Residents Fan: Interesting shout on Mosley’s motivation. I’m still thinking RO (given the gggr), but I agree that “Brown Betty” may have held some clues.

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      • Residents Fan says

        If a “good” Observer like September can work with humans like Walter when
        his needs require it, who’s to say that a Rogue Observer like Mosley
        might not also be working with Jones or Walternate?

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        • says

          “who’s to say that a Rogue Observer like Mosley might not also be working with Jones or Walternate?”

          What I would say is that he seemed more ‘hands-on’ than September and the gang, but it’s a fair point that I wouldn’t rule it out.

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  7. Real1 says

    interesting topic as usual Roco :)

    -AltNina : I was thinking that Nina’s look will link to an transformation for AltOlivia somehow !!! … as much as i want to see Altnina … but I think Nina is more complicated than having an alternate version for her …. or maybe .. she is the blue Olivia !!! and Olivia is totally from the third universe (yellow) after all !!!

    -Observers : Walter said in “the firefly” they are not human and not thinking as human , also Walter said that the observers are not following our time , they can travel through time .. future/past .. because they have their own time . we don’t know if the observers are human made .. or they are the real enemy .

    -Olivia’s body : we don’t know why Olivia is the successful cortixekid .. or the cortixephan is part from Olivia’s body .. and Bell took it from her and test it on the other kids ? hence that Walter said to her that the abilities are in her without giving her any more cortexiphan in ” the last sam weiss” , so we need some answers about Olivia’s body Olivia’s origin .

    -”The pattern” : it was linked with ZFT and i guess maybe s4 will go back to this , ” the war is coming and it’s not about anger or hate , one universe will survive ” that’s was written in the ZFT book and as we know ..Bell who did write it , and Bell said if the doorway was ever opened between the 2 sides then only one side will survive .. and for now the doorway is opened by the bridge . so one side will survive ?

    - The X-man : which will kill Olivia , is that mean he will success in killing her ? killing Olivia at the present and assassination Olivia in the future .. by all ways Olivia will die ..but for what purpose ? .. is the problem between all the universes Olivia’s presence ? and by letting her die … that will resolve the fabric between the universes ? … or by letting her .. they will accelerate the end of the days ? so they want to kill her so every one will die by her death ?

    -Rogue Observers and Beacon/cylinder : is the Rogue observers are the alternate version of the observers ? and why they were after the cylinder ? Walter hide it from them , we need answers for this one .

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      Real1: Interesting thoughts.

      “The X-man : which will kill Olivia , is that mean he will success in killing her ? killing Olivia at the present and assassination Olivia in the future .. by all ways Olivia will die ..but for what purpose ? .. is the problem between all the universes Olivia’s presence ? and by letting her die … that will resolve the fabric between the universes ? … or by letting her .. they will accelerate the end of the days ? so they want to kill her so every one will die by her death ?”

      I’m not sure that Olivia is a problem for the survival of the two universes (Peter seems to have filled that role in terms of the ongoing conflict), and I think the End of Days was a one-episode story. But it will be interesting to see the extent of the Man X vs Olivia ‘conflict’.

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      • Real1 says

        Peter’s purpose is done by the bridge , that’s why he was important , to link both sides and that’s why the Observers were needing him to link both sides , linking both sides isn’t a solution , it’s temporary one , the existence of both sides blue – red has nothing to do with Peter’s existence I think , both sides are there exist with or with out Peter , Olivia’s role is a protector a gatekeeper which mean if any one take her out of the vision then .. the universes will become a part , IMO .. and that’s all matter of perception :)

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  8. g33k says

    I have always wondered what happened to the recording of the conversation between Walter with his brain parts in and Newton in the episode “Brain Matters”. Obviously Walter-with-brain-parts would have known more then he was telling Newton, and maybe not just about the door (because that may have been all Newton knew to ask about and they had limited time), but about the time loop. I’d be curious to see if this tape made it to Walternate and may pop up in the future while they inevitably end up working together to fix the universes.

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    • says

      Interesting, g33k.

      I could be wrong, but I’m not sure that pre-brain op Walter knew about the time-loop specifically. He might have, but I think that’s something Walter only finds out ‘later’ in the loop.

      But in general, it’s would be useful to know what else Newton found out. I guess, we’re supposed to believe that he only asked about the Door, given that Newton is now dead, etc. But there’s a bit of room there if they wanted to work something into play.

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  9. flusflis says

    the word “ZENO” on the kayak (Pilot) can refer to the Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea, famous author of paradoxes, such as Achilles and the tortoise. ;)

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  10. Charlie says

    About Alt-Nina… Could it be possible that the reason we haven’t seen her is because she’s been here all along? Early in season 1 Nina said she almost died from cancer, and that Bell’s advanced technology and robotic arm saved her, and we know Bell ‘stole’ Massive Dynamic tech from the more advanced red universe. So is it possible that blue Nina died of cancer, and red Nina swapped places with Bell when he travelled to the red universe to keep an eye on MD and the blue universe? We did see her communicate with Bell, to update him on the ‘Tyler’ experiments. Speaking of… What happened to all the Tyler clones?

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    • says

      Decent shout, Charlie. That’s one way to introduce Ninate.

      As for the Tyler clones, I’m sure they’re up to no good somewhere! They never seemed like a front-and-center story, to me, just an example of the kind of stuff MD has going on up their sleeves, that informed the Peter/identity story.

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  11. Schwakamole says

    Great article Roco. Many many excellent questions that I hope we’ll get at least some answers to. I noticed that you didn’t have many questions concerning the Red universe. Like how did Lincolnate recognize Nick? What’s with Lincolnate’s dad and how does he play into his career? What happened in brandonate’s life that made him such a bastard?! Why did all the cortixitots loose their powers or have them backfire once they travelled to the other universe? What’s up with alternate Mother Dunham? Did she stay with Altlivia’s dad or did she marry the abusing stepdad but got out of it? Does Altlivia have Olivia’s “predisposition” that makes her able to do what Olivia can do but just needs a trigger?

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    • says

      Great points Schwakamole – especially regarding Brandonate! ;)

      The Lincolnate/Nick mystery is a good shout. They probably have a simple explanation for it, but it would be nice to get that one checked off, should it add some character or story value.

      As for the Cortexitots losing their powers, I think they answered that one at the time. Essentially, Nick, Sally and Heath drained their powers the night before they left for the Big AU. Too many ‘extracurricular’ activities left them burnt out and subsequently they suffered.

      It’s interesting to consider the ‘predisposition’ in relation to Altlivia. It speaks of the two Olivias inherent nature.

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  12. alexis says

    great article, indeed very intriguing loose ends! hopefully some of them will have a resolution!

    i have two thoughts:

    1) for a long time the fact that broyles sent olivia to the storage facility didn’t really call my attention. i always thought that it was broyles’ way of showing olivia who was in charge after their dispute at the airport, and that if he wanted she could spend the rest of her days doing menial, unimportant work. but after rewatching the pilot this time around and a few more episodes (i’m a bit ahead on the rewatch), i’m convinced that broyles and especially nina knew about olivia. nina didn’t just know walter, but she had had a very close relationship with both walter and bell (in different ways, also, as we know…). it’s not just that she knew everything that had happened with peter, but she had been a part of it. she surely knew about the cortexiphan trials and if bell and walter had reached the conclusion that young olivia was “the one”, nina would have been aware of it for sure. and then in the first episodes of season 1 she very intently tries to convince olivia to go work for her. and we also know that nina and broyles go way back too, although the nature of their relationship is quite undetermined… but they are both part of this strange “council of the sages” sort of thing that we see early in s1, which focuses on the pattern. so my guess is that both nina and broyles knew about olivia all along.

    2) like i said in a comment of the pilot rewatch, i think that a way of pulling peter into this new timeline might be through olivia’s subconscious. and i have considered the possibility that bell will actually be the one who will make olivia aware of peter’s existence. like you point out, we never saw bell leave olivia’s mind. for all we know, he might still be there, dormant. and maybe he’s still there for a reason, maybe he had a last task that he needed to do, which would be making sure that peter is back in some form. maybe he had planned all this in a previous loop (or not just him, but whoever realized that the way of finding an alternative to war necessarily meant that peter would create the bridge and cease to exist). so yes, he might pop back up and help “save” peter!

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      alexis, I agree re: Nina. The more context we put into it, the more it makes sense. Even though Nina ‘publicly’ questions Broyles for bringing Olivia into his team, we also know they were both competing for her services. An interesting game of cat and mouse.

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  13. Bea says

    That was a great recap, thanks. My two cents (and sorry if that has already been said).

    The Pattern: that’s a done deal. The way I see it, they were the work of Jones and when he died it died with him. Right? They probably just happened to spark the fire you know, to get the team together and on the track they were supposed to be. I like to think that all of that was done so Olivia would meet Peter and Walter and they would be led into that path. Maybe Bell was the architect of it all, making sure he’d fire Jones and make it easy for him to carry with him valuable MD info that would allow him to create all the patter events, and then get a team of agents like John Scott to work against him just so that Olivia would get involved into the whole thing.

    The Inner Child: All that speculation sound great, but what I really want to know is why he had that link with Olivia. I have wondered if he would be baby Henry that was sent back into time through a worm hole so he’d survive the end of the other universe. Olivia being an alternate version of his mother would be the explanation of that connection they had. That theory, though, dies when I think of that CIA guy saying they found another one. But still, why did he have that connection with Olivia, was he a cortexikid? Kinda like Nick Lane?

    Mr X: You know, the way I see it, Mr X is Walternate. I know this is a very simple explanation to it, and probably not what the show is gonna go for, but I just think that somehow Olivia knew she was gonna be killed (How? I don’t know and that’s the real question) and indeed she was by Walternate. She didn’t necessarily know who was gonna kill her that’s why he was just a man with an X on his shirt (symbolizing her not knowing who he was yet). And it would also explain why he didn’t kill Peter.

    Other things I’d like to know:

    John Scott: who exactly was he working for, Bell? And what about those discs they had hidden in his hand? Although that’s not really a big deal, but…

    Nina: what’s her connection with Olivia? In the pilot she tells Olivia she’s gonna giver her advice she’d give to her own daughter. I don’t know why but that stuck with me. And why she wanted Olivia to work for her so badly at the beginning of S1?

    How the Walternate escape the end of his universe? Was he the only one?

    How did AltLincon knew Nick Lane?

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      “I like to think that all of that was done so Olivia would meet Peter and Walter and they would be led into that path.”

      I agree, Bea. I think that’s a good way to look at it, even if nothing more comes from the Pattern itself.

      “The Inner Child: All that speculation sound great, but what I really want to know is why he had that link with Olivia. I have wondered if he would be baby Henry that was sent back into time through a worm hole so he’d survive the end of the other universe. Olivia being an alternate version of his mother would be the explanation of that connection they had. That theory, though, dies when I think of that CIA guy saying they found another one. But still, why did he have that connection with Olivia, was he a cortexikid? Kinda like Nick Lane?”

      While there may be a deeper, overarching, connection between the two, I put it down to Olivia’s heightened emotions and the Observers ability to intuit those emotions. With the little man seemingly being a young Observer, I think his own abilities were particularly open to sensing that Olivia needed help. (we know that even some the older Observers are prone to such feelings).

      I also tend to look at the child as a representation of Olivia’s internal system (her literal ‘inner child’). As you say, there may also be an Cortexiphan connection somewhere. Did it actually derive from Olivia in some time-loopy scenario?

      “How the Walternate escape the end of his universe? Was he the only one?”

      I’m not sure he escaped as such. I think he simply came over on a mercy mission (using similar methods as before, if not more stable) – perhaps with a few of his shapeshifter friends. This must have been right as his world was on the brink – a last resort and a big swallow of pride. By the time he was Over Here pleading for help, it was too late to return, and his world was destroyed. That’s how I interpreted it, at least.

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  14. says

    First: great article, my dear D!
    Second: I am still wondering for whom the DEA-Agent{s} & John Scott were wearing those glass-discs & who were those mysterious men talking to over the phone {in Latin} from episode “The Ghost Network”….

    Anyway a lot of mysteries need to get answered but I doubt that we will get them….

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  15. Mike Mike says

    All of the unanswered questions like you’ve mentioned and the smaller less significant questions reminds me of “Lost.” That was one of the things that always bothered me about “Lost” is that there were a lot of answers that would’ve been easy to provide but were never wrapped up by the writers. Frankly, it is irritating. The writers owe us Robert Bishop, the Beacon etc. We stick around through the show and at least they could do was wrap it up for us. This is my opinion.

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