As some of you may know, we’ve started our Fringe Rewatch over at our partner site, Seriable.com. We’re rewatching every episode from the Pilot to The Day We Died, with specific focus on new perspectives and the meaning of the story with Peter Bishop apparently ceasing to exist.
Our Pilot Rewatch has already been cooked. Below you’ll find a few select quotes from the article, should you want a taste.
Here’s a wee sample of my thoughts from rewatching the pilot (for extra context, see link below):
- Peter: “Be careful what you wish for”. That takes me straight back (or forward) to Subject 13. What is it with that episode and its proximity to the Pilot? Perhaps it’s because 13 is somewhat like an origins tale in its own right?
- It slipped my mind that Olivia forced Peter to come back to the US with her by threatening him with a file. One that didn’t exist. Obviously not a direct connection, but interesting how Olivia used something imaginary to coerce the very guy who taught her the power of imagination when they were kids. Again, this is why I appreciate Subject 13 - its ripples are infinite.
- Seeing John Scott again raises the question of whether he’s still alive in the ‘new timeline’? I doubt John will be returning to the story, but it would be interesting to know whether he and Olivia have a backstory.
- Initially, John Scott doesn’t remember what happened to him. He needs Olivia – who is technically from another place – to help him. Will Season 4 feature such a concept?
- Charlie’s speech about becoming “obsolete” was always a powerful line, fantastically delivered and captured. And with Peter becoming “obsolete” after fulfilling his “purpose”, it just takes it to another level.
On a retrospective rewatch scale, I rated the Pilot 8/10.
Want More? Dig deeper with our previous Pilot write-ups: