Welcome to our Clues and Eastereggs Round-up (re-branded “Fringe Observations”) for the season 1 finale of Fringe - There’s More Than One of Everything. We’re posting this now as for one reason or another we didn’t manage to get it posted back in May.
Below the fold we explore our Fringe Observations from the epic season finale and attempt to make connections that might just work-out.
He definitely wasn’t hidden away this time, but for completeness, here’s the Observer sighting for this episode.
Near Miss, Miss Dunham
Speculation has been rife about the significance of Olivia’s ‘near miss’ car crash towards the end of the episode. Like many of you out there I have to agree that it wasn’t just a throw-away scene. Does this represent Olivia travelling to an alternate reality prior to her elevator ride?
There is no 13th floor – quite common in some buildings.
We see the blue lights (flashes/strobes) appear moments before Olivia is transported to the parallel reality. Confirmation that these indicators do mean something (although perhaps they’re not confined to inter-reality crossing). Fellow blue-light campaigners – rejoice!
The second cap shows Olivia cranking into the parallel world, the empty lift now full of rather bleak looking folks. Of particular interest to me is why none of these people noticed Olivia suddenly poping into their world. Perhaps this suggests that Olivia’s alternate version was already in the lift, in the same spot as our Olivia? But seriously, how would that work – two versions in the same space at the same time?
He Blue it, But We Love Him
More blue lights, this time from Walter’s Universe plug. Blue is a very pretty color but I think the choice is intentional, like the strobes from teleportation device.
The table in Bell’s office creates a mirrored effect – giving us two Olivia’s. Subtle, but nice.
Oh, look! It’s a Bell. As in, William Bell. Obviously intentional but I’m not sure why they used this in the scene, since we get to see Bell a few seconds later. OK, I’ll bear with them, perhaps it’s an indication of the ‘death bell tolling’ for William? More on that below.
What’s in the news in this parallel world? Well, the Obama’s are still in. The White House, and not the Twin Towers, was hit in the 9/11 attacks. JFK is still alive. Looks like many things are the same over there with slight twists. More insight into the newspaper can be found here.
There’s a gas mask and canister in Bell’s office. Is this an indication that Bell is sick? Has he crossed over one too many times? Does he not have access to the treatment he needs (ala Jones back in “Ability”)?
As always, if you have any thoughts or further observations, feel free to share them with us in the comments.
2.01 Eastereggs: Sunday Sept. 20th