Here’s our Clues and Eastereggs round-up for episode 1.12, “The No Brainer”:
It’s “A” Sign of Things To Come
This could be something or nothing, eitherway the golden-red object illustrated above, looks eerily similar to the Aleph that we have previously seen on the kayak from Olivia’s dream-state, and also being worn as a lapel by INtREPUS leader, David Esterbrook, in “The Cure”. I’ve dug up that previous investigation below for comparison:
I think that it is the same symbol. The question is, what on earth was the same aleph symbol doing in Brian Demsey’s computer virus?? A virus that was seemingly abstract from the “Pattern”. Perhaps there is more over-arching mythology hidden in “The No Brainer” than first meets the eye?
Little Hill..The Sequel?
Whilst I’m not suggesting that all of the subliminal images hold any great significance or meaning, this frame also caught my attention. It reminds me somewhat of the scene from Little Hill (inset), prior to David Jones’ teleportation in 1.10 “Safe”.
Blue strobes appear in the very first scene, as the Wiles kid chats on the phone to his friend. Notice the visible horizontal lines – on a few previous occasions, these lines are verticle – at one point during David Jones’ teleportation, for example. Do the direction of the lines mean anything? I’d guess ‘yes’. Of course, it just depends on how deeply you want to look into this stuff. it may be something, or it could be nothing. Only the creators really know at this stage..unless the pattern is controlling them.
The final set of blue flares can be seen as Olivia arrives at the “Patten-event” (car dealership) where the owner, Antoine, has become another victim of Brian Demsey’s computer virus. These blue flares last for a good few seconds. Curiously it has been argued that Olivia ‘senses’ something as she gets out of her car.
So, we have three separate ‘blue light-events’ (yeah, let’s just call them that for now). Is it just me, or did they seem a lot more obvious in this episode? Could their overt presence be the writers toying with us, or is something afoot in the next dimension? 😉
I Hate Pop-Up’s!
The computer virus prompted the user to click on the “What’s That Noise?” pop-up, before unleashing brain melting hell. This confirms that the “What’s That Clue” reference last week’s “Bound” episode (shown below) was the ‘next episode clue’ for “The No Brainer”.
A Real Head-Scratcher
The computer virus appeared to trap the victims brains in an endless loop (before melting them!) through sensory overload in the form of images and sounds. The whole affair was rather reminiscent of The Ring and the Room 23 Video from season 3 of “Lost”. I’m sure there are other prominent references, but these two really stick out.
Image-In The Impossibilities
There were a whole bunch of images during the various virus attacks, so I’ve uploaded some of the more interesting ones to a gallery of their own above. Feel free to make sense of that lot, just be careful that you don’t melt your brainz!
Some nice irony with this Easteregg. Olivia and Ella are playing a game of “Operation“, and Olivia is attempting to solve ‘Cavity Sam’s’ “brain freeze”. The irony comes from the fact that the episode deals with melting brains – quite the opposite of a brain freeze.
Incidentally, this version of Operation must only be a few years old, since ‘brain freeze’ is a new ailment that was incorporated into the game in 2004 – the first new ailment added to the game since it’s creation. Perhaps there’s also some subtext there regarding Olivia’s recent ‘spinaltap’?
Z is for Zeno
We haven’t seen this since “The Dreamscape”. Akim starts up his computer and we get a quick glimpse of the various software and spec. In particular, we see “ZenSoft” and “ZenoFX”. The word Zeno was first noticed in the Pilot episode – it was on Olivia’s uncle’s kayak during her synaptic transfer. The word Zeno reappeared on Olivia’s computer during “The Dreamscape”; illustrated below for comparison:
What does “Zeno” mean? I’m not sure, although I did initially believe it to have time-travel allusions (or high speed ‘travel’ at the very least). Specifically in relation to Massive Dynamic’s Zeno Transit system. There’s also some great “Zeno” discussion and theories over at the Fringe-Forum.
The ‘Copy/Paste’ Observer
The Observer can be seen standing on the street corner right by Olivia’s house. He keeps up his record of appearing in each of the episodes so far. Or perhaps that should be, we, the fans, have kept up our record of spotting him? 😉
A Novel Thought
On the bookshelf, behind Rachel’s head, a Wilbur Smith book can be seen. I’m unable to ascertain exactly which book it is, although I’d hasten a guess that it might be “The Quest”. If so, this could provide to some interesting allusions regarding Olivia’s recent spinaltap. If anyone can confirm, or otherwise, whether the book in question is “The Quest”, please let us know in the comments!