Here’s the FringeBloggers clues and eastereggs round-up for episode 1.14 “Ability“:
Belly’s Handy Work?
There’s something up with the hands in this episode. David Jones’ right hand is trembling throughout much of it – the initial consequence of his teleporting using Walter’s Diz-Rey. But Nina’s right hand (her bionic one) also has a “glitch”. To my mind, this parallel either alludes to the idea that Nina has also been Diz-Reying about the place (how did she get to London so fast at the end of “Safe” anyways?). Or, perhaps there’s more to this than meets the eye – seeing as we know that Nina’s right arm is bionic, could it be that Jones also has a bionic arm? Does using the Diz-Ray initially affect bionic parts? Is that why both of their right hands were in spasm mode? Do Jones and Nina share the same model of bionic arm, made by William Bell himself? Perhaps Jones IS William Bell. Um, I’ve run out of wild suggestions..carry on..
Actually, here’s some further speculation – seeing as Nina’s hand goes “back to normal” towards the end of the episode (I’m sure Olivia was waiting up for that very news), does that mean that Bell showed up to fix it for her? We didn’t see him do it of course, but as I inferred above..we do know that David Jones made an escape that night. We also know that both Jones and Bell were apparently in Germany near the beginning of the series.
Whatever the deal is, there’s SOMETHING being implied here.
A reflection of the word “FAST” can be seen in Thomas Avery’s mirror. I’m wondering if this is the ‘next episode clue’ for 1.15. If it has something to do with speed or the opposite, then we’ll know.
Thomas Avery references the 1963 movie “Charade” — the parallels between Charade and Fringe can be found in an earlier post here.
Observing the Observer
The Observer can be seen looking rather solemn as a terrified Thomas Avery barges past him. It’s almost as if his eyes are weary from seeing so much destruction and despair in our crazy old world. Or maybe he’s indifferent? Yeah, probably indifferent.
Hollywood Star fish
As Thomas Avery suffocates to death on the sidewalk from being infected by the deadly $2 bill, the words “JHU” and “DELL” can be seen marked in the concrete beside him. According to our friend’s at FringeTR, JHU/Dell may have the following meaning: “Johns Hopkins University”, this university works with DELL in the IT area. And, all computers we see in episodes are DELL. Particularly, in FBI.
If this is the case then it’s some strange product placement, unless the creators just wanted to give a cryptic shout-out to those who would know what it means?
Thanks to ByRoN at FringeTR for the heads-up on that one.
ZFT Txt Msg
Conformation that ZFT was the ‘next episode clue’ for “Ability”. Here’s the ZFT pointer from episode 1.13.
Meta (For) Universe
The Land of Laughs by Johnathan Carroll, serves as a fantastic metaphor for the events that transpire in “Ability” – in particular the blurring of realities. See here for the individual post I made on this last week.
In the previous episode the old lady sitting next to Marshall Bowman offered an old wives tale about keys and bloody noses. I speculated over the possible meaning, and now I’m wondering whether it was a little shout-out to the key that unlocked Olivia’s ‘Pandoras box’ of tests..? Not sure though – maybe she was just an old lady on a plane. Yeah.
Death by Dollar
The slang for a $2 bill is “Deuce“, which is also one of the names for the Devil (or Diablo). The $2 bill is therefore thought by some to represent bad luck. It’s only right therefore that the $2 bills in this episode serve as both a metaphorical and literal bringer of evil – causing those who touch the infected bills to suffocate to death.
Who Blue This Would Happen?
Ah, an old favourite. What started off as a phenomenon that was initially difficult to notice, has grown into regular occurrence – the blue lights said a big ‘hello again’ in this episode. Most notably during the agent Kemp resuscitation scene and the light/bomb test towards the end of the episode (although mostly caused by the blue light from the helicopter – serving to create artificial horizontal strobes, like the ones present during many ‘genuine’ blue lights appearances).
I still think that they signify the convergence of dimensions (or the multiverse, as we’re now calling it), or the effect of observation from a far (observation which consequently changes ‘our’ reality)..or both!
Initially I thought this was just cool imagery – as a man of faith, it spoke to me, but I couldn’t figure out why. And then I saw it, the halo behind Olivia’s head, created by the Ferris wheel. Typically, Halo’s are used to depict sacred or holy figures. Considering the revelation of Olivia’s importance as a ‘saviour’, I’m convinced that this effect was intentional on the part of the shows creators. Subtle, but intentional. Continued below..
Of course, Olivia is not Jesus Christ. However the halo metaphor is one that fits right in line with Olivia’s seeming importance, and the spiritual themes which are rooted in this episode.
Interestingly, the Ferris wheel, also goes by another name: ‘Observation’ Wheel. Oh yes.
Box of Tricks
Well, we know what Olivia will be doing during the hiatus! She’s got another 9 tests to complete. You can find some of them online here. If you discover that you have an ability, you might want to check yourself for Cortexiphan..that is if Jones doesn’t get to you first.
Lines Blurs Reality
The above gallery contains a few screens of the lines from the ZFT manuscript that triggered Walter’s connection between his old typewriter and the elevated y. We posted a transcript of the page that Peter read, which can be found here.
As for Bad Robot shout-outs? There were 47 lights on both of the ‘light tests’. 47 being a reference to Page 47 from “Alias”. And was it just me, or did all the talk or Cortexiphan and special children remind anyone else of “Lost”?
We have a few more eastereggs that we’ll be posting between now and the April 7 return of Fringe. But we’re wanted back in the other universe..one that is slightly ahead of this one, yet oh so similar.
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Til next time.