Welcome to the rewatch for Fringe episode 13 of season 1 – “The Transformation”. In this rewatch we delve deep into our unconscious minds to observe and interpret new perspectives from events that we witnessed long ago.
We have renamed this episode: Tanks For The Memories – Part II.
Synopsis: When the Fringe Division delves into another bizarre occurrence aboard an international jumbo jet, freakish remains are discovered at the crash site. Memories tip the team toward some promising leads, but the bigger picture and mysterious threat eludes them. With limited options and insufficient intelligence, Olivia and Peter go undercover.
Below the jump I share my new observations and perspectives, and take a quick look at the unresolved and closed mysteries from “The Transformation”.
Forget the Observer in the top left for a moment. Notice how the cars along the bottom are positioned in a ‘staggered arrangement’? I can’t help but wonder whether this staggered pattern, which has appeared in prominent shots throughout the series, is part of some kind of code – a means of communicating extra morsels to those paying attention to the small details? Or, is it just sheer coincidence?
Here’s our clues and easteregg round up for episode 1.13 “The Transformation”.
718 was the ‘next episode clue’ planted in the previous episode for this episode, “The Transformation”. 718 can be seen on the wall behind Walter, in “No Brainer”, when our heroes visit the car dealership (see inset above). 718 is also the number of the doomed flight at the centre of the ‘pattern event’ in this episode, “Transformation”.
If you’ve never watched “Lost” and plan to catch up at some point, I’d suggest not clicking on the link towards the end of this post!
As much as I try to avoid making connections between “Lost” and “Fringe”, I can’t help but notice the clear parallels that run throughout my two favourite shows. Thing is, most of these parallels seem to be unintentional. Then again, followers of ‘Bad Robot’ have been advised not to mistake coincidence for fate.
Earlier this week, in the respective “Fringe” and “Lost” episodes – “The Transformation” and “The Little Prince”, I noticed a parallel that I thought was worth mentioning.
Something that has intrigued me throughout the series so far, has been how the various groups and individuals link together. In many ways, the relationships between the characters and factions form a pattern of their own. Episode 1.13 gave us one of the most insightful offerings yet as to the overarching character connections.
Want to know what connects the Evelina Mendoza, Marshall Bowman, Daniel Hicks and John Scott? Continue after the jump for some musings.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfil de book. – Bob Marley, Redemption Song
I feel that this is a rather appropriate song in light of recent events on the fringe. Not an exact analogy, but it works for me on some levels, considering that in the space of an episode, John Scott has gone from national traitor to a true hero – redeemed in the eye’s of Olivia; who herself is seemingly free from mental blockage caused by Scott’s consciousness. It will be interesting to see how this liberates her in future episodes – after all, we haven’t seen her this happy since the beginning of the Pilot. An episode where she literally leapt across rooftops in an attempt to save the man who she loved.
The Redemption Song also works with the reference about the futility of atomic energy - “none of them can stop the time”. Perhaps, in the end, science shouldn’t be feared because we all answer to a higher power? Maybe, one day, “Fringe” will boil down to that very conflict – Science vs Mother Nature (or God, or whatever ‘higher power’ the writers go with)?