Sam Weiss Returns to FRINGE: Does A Demon’s TWIST Really Rust?

Some of the most intriguing  mythology elements from Fringe “6:02 AM EST” involved the returning Sam Weiss, who’s previous contribution to the storyline was telling Nina that the fate of the world depended on whic ‘Olivia’ Peter chose.

I guess Sam hadn’t factored in all the possibilities.

I thought it would be useful to have a quick look at each of his scenes in “6:02 AM EST” to see if we can glean any further clues or interpretations as to whether he can be trusted and what his endgame might be.

A bowler messes up his shot, Sam tells him: “some days you got it..some days you don’t”.

This gives us some insight into Sam’s psyche. Even before he notices the ‘disturbance in the force’, he looks troubled and tired. Later events suggest that his judgement is waning – is this the actual context of ‘Don’t Trust Sam Weiss’?

His bowling balls tell him that something is wrong. Very wrong.

He seeks further confirmation in his mythology porn room. He removes a secret box from a locked place.

Inside that box is a Newton’s Cradle – a device that follows Newton’s third law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

His nightmares are confirmed as it begins swinging. The alternate universe BBM has been activated, the consequences of which are being felt Over Here.

Boy, Sam didn’t see that coming.

With the sky glowing, he runs some further testing using his special window.

The formula isn’t good news.

Not so Weiss now, are we Sam?

It does appear that he’s batting for the Blue Universe, even though he seems to have misjudged the depth of Walternate’s resolve and opportunism. Though let’s not rule out another twist or two.

As the rusty sun sets, Sam finds Olivia and tells her that she’s got to trust him (ding!) and that there’s not much time (even for a guy who’s millions of years old, it seems).

A Few Thoughts

So, does a demon’s twist really rust – after his seeming concern for the Over Here universe, is Sam really not to be trusted?

That may very well depend on who he’s talking to and which universe they’re in. I’m also intrigued as to whether the context of that clue might be different from the deceptive connotation which it seemed to hold?

The anagram thing is interesting though – none of the characters (to our knowledge) have seen it. Questions remain:

  • Who wrote it? We know Sam likes anagrams, did he write it? Someone else?
  • Why was it on Walternate’s chalkboard in the alternate universe?
  • Who was the message for – the audience? Our heroes? Was it written as a reminder, a memory revisitation?

As for endgames? It’s difficult to say, but it’s possible that he wants to prevent humans from repeating the mistakes of his people and/or he hopes to reconstitute the First People. Though of course, even within that there are many twists and turns that could arise.

Thoughts? Ideas?

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Comments

  1. Still Real1 ! says

    I still will trust Sam ! , if he as how it seems that powerful and well informed about BBM why to go to Olivia not Nina ?

    He wants Olivia to take him to the BBM while Nina is super powering on the set of the BBM .

    I think his mission to save human in both universes not in one ! … but he knows if the time is come … ( the time from natural ) …. then it will be on Peter’s hand depend on which Olivia he will choose .

    I don’t think he was lying … I will trust him … but that it doesn’t mean he isn’t having a agenda to do first . if he will hand Olivia every thing .. that’s mean he is sure that red Peter will choose Faux not her … and he would like to save the blue too , but the question for me .. why Olivia ? as the question is Why Sam ?

    If the first people did trust him to save humanity .. why Walternat didn’t trust him ?

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  2. says

    If you look closely at the spheres of the Newton’s Cradle brother Roco you’ll see a reflection of Sam in everyone of them. This may suggest not only Sam’s duplicity but perhaps a “multiplicity” of sorts where he is all things to all people depending on the audience. I know that sounds cynical, but to the victor goes the spoils. Maybe he is the ultimate survivor and just he follows the winning team.

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    • mlj102 says

      I was so excited when I saw that reflection — definitely one of my favorite reflection moments to date!

      Roco, this whole post was quite similar to the comment I made on the topic about whether or not Olivia should trust Sam… another instance of great minds thinking alike, or are the universes simply playing with us now? :)

      Whatever the case, you made some great points about the Don’t Trust Sam Weiss message and how it can be interpreted. I liked the analysis of Sam’s actions in this episode. You seem to be of the opinion that all of what is happening is very unexpected and it has Sam very worried. Do you really think that Sam is slipping and being caught off guard by these developments? While I agree that Sam is concerned and there has been a shift in events that contradicted what he was expecting, I don’t think it’s as out of his control as you seem to indicate here. I think it’s more a matter of this being the crucial moment he has been waiting for, though it happened sooner than expected. But despite the timing, he’s still ready for it and knows what needs to be done. I’m curious to find out what his ultimate purpose/agenda is, as I think it goes further and deeper than “simply” saving over here from destruction.

      Small suggestion: In your introduction to this topic, you said: “Some of the most intriguing mythology elements from Fringe “6:02 AM EST” involved the returning Sam Weiss, who’s previous contribution to the storyline was telling Nina that the fate of the world depended on which Olivia he chose.” I’m thinking you might want to clarify who “he” is as you never actually mentioned Peter, so it sounds like it all depends on which Olivia Sam chooses, which would be quite a different situation.

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      • says

        “Roco, this whole post was quite similar to the comment I made on the topic about whether or not Olivia should trust Sam… another instance of great minds thinking alike, or are the universes simply playing with us now?”

        Interesting. I haven’t seen your comment on this so it must be a case of great minds thinking alike/some kind of syncronicity! :)

        “Do you really think that Sam is slipping and being caught off guard by these developments? While I agree that Sam is concerned and there has been a shift in events that contradicted what he was expecting, I don’t think it’s as out of his control as you seem to indicate here.”

        He was definitely unsettled, jaded even, before he noticed the effects of the BBM. So I think it’s fair to say that he’s been waiting for a long time for something ‘like’ this to happen – a window of opportunity, perhaps?

        But my initial impression is that he has been caught off-guard by the activation of the Red BBM. (did he know about baby Henry’s accelerated growth?). I certainly don’t believe that he’s powerless to do anything about the situation, or somehow use this ‘window’ to his advantage, since his final scene with Olivia indicated that he has a twist or two up his sleeve.

        But in short, I think he’s had a major wobble and is now desperately trying to turn the tide back into his advantage.

        Your perspective is interesting though. I think we mostly differ in terms of whether or not Sam expected the Red BBM to be activated without Peter?

        I agree, it’s going to be interesting to discover his ultimate objective. It surely can’t be just about ‘saving’ Over Here. For it to be interesting there has to be a ‘larger’ aim, and possibly a twist or two.

        Thanks for the heads-up – I managed to make the edit. Not sure how I missed that. Must be the lack of coffee with the Blight and all! :)

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