Here’s the FringeBloggers clues and eastereggs for 1.19 “The Road Not Taken“.
What Don’t We Do?
Massive Dynamic visual reference. Not hard to spot, although kind of ironic seeing as Susan Pratt was to spend her last moments on a bus covered in a Massive Dynamic ad.
The star from the previous episode may well be the clue for this episode – the star foreshadowing the Star Trek reference (inset). Although I would say that the main clue was the news report which featured a “mysterious fire” announcement.
Cliff Howard (the conspiracy guy) also featured on an early episode of Star Trek The Original Series.
She’s No Pratt
Here is a list of the books from the bookshelf at Susan Pratt’s apartment with short descriptions where possible:
Most of the books can be argued to hint at possible themes or offer ironic subtext for “Fringe”. The one that sticks out to me is Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End”. Whilst Fringe wont copy the novel, some of the its themes are already part of the Fringe mythology. “Dear Audience” and “The Peter Description” are also cute references, although for their titles more than anything. “The Hollow Earth” is another book that jumps out at me, as we’ve had plenty of references to the underground and inner child’s. “A Biographers Tale” could be a reference to the ZFT manifesto, “The Power Elite” could refer to Massive Dynamic and corporate might, “Face To Face” could allude to the episode where Olivia met Jones, or indeed the unveiling of Dr. William Bell.
All open for interpretation of course, but if I was to take one away as holding the most significance it would be the Arthur C. Clarke novel.
Susan Pratt’s charred bathroom is similar to the VHS footage with young Olivie after the “incident”. More evidence that Olive had fire-starter abilities, perhaps? Although if this is the case, it would seem that Olive was able to control her spark from a young age as the area immediately around the youngster (inset) is unscathed.
He Is Here
The words “He Is Here” can be seen on the building during one of Olivia’s glimpses into her alternate reality. This could allude to the popular idea that William Bell has been travelling to parallel realities or worlds – as in, “He (William Bell) Is Here“.
There have been a plenty of scar’s surfacing recently – first there was Peter’s reference to Roadblock’s scar being on the “other side”, we also had the child Observer, then Nick Lane and now alter-reality Charlie. I think these scars are just a visual way of alluding to the multiple reality theme that runs throughout the show.
Wall Of Harris
Photos and documents on Harris’ wall at the hideout. Clearly this arm of ZFT have been following Pattern-events (some of which are their own) and Fringe Division investigations from the get-go.
Observing The Observer
No prizes for guessing where the Observer showed up in this episode.
Walter leaving the Lab with the Observer reminded me of the scene from “Inner Child”, when The Child left with the doctor. Not sure if this was just a nice visual touch or if it holds great significance. Could the child be adult Observer in some kind of time paradox?
- Susan Pratt had a wardrobe of ‘gray and black clothes’, Ala the other Cortexiphan Kids, Nick and Olivia.
- There’s was a light box in the room where Nancy Lewis was being held by Harris – the same test that Jones made Olivia take in “Ability”. The light box is test 1 of 10. Together the tests appear to measure how ‘ready’ a soldier is.
- Here are screenshots of the ZFT manuscript page that Walter was reading.
- Walter is seen holding a Slusho.