Welcome to Fringe Observations: the Clues and Eastereggs Round-up for the season 2 premiere – A New Day In The Old Town.
Below the jump we explore the various clues and eastereggs from the season opener and try to figure out what it all means.
The classic opening eye-shot returns, as borrowed from sister-show, LOST.
Flashes Before Your Eyes
We see a blue flash when first introduced to the shapeshifter (and it appears from the cap above that he sees it too, although I suspect that’s not the case).
Observing The Observer
The Observer can be spotted at the crash scene as the shapeshifter runs off to find a new identity. Looks like he’s wearing a new suit.
Next Episode Clue?
Since I know the title for the next episode, this could well be the built-in ‘next episode clue’.
I Wanna Believe
A nice X-Files shout-out – the episode “Dreamland”
II, in which Mulder switches identity, was seen on the TV of the shapeshifter’s second victim. (thanks to RedViking4 in the comments for pointing out that the episode was Dreamland and not Dreamland II).
We get two number “47” references in this episode – on a crime scene marker and the license plate of the car the shapeshifter was driving. The number 47 is a popular number in the Bad Robot world, stemming from JJ. Abrams previous show, Alias.
At the hopital Walter is positioned underneath an “Exit” sign. Later, in the basement, Peter is seen by another well-positioned Exit sign. Initially I thought this could be an indirect reference to the exit points between realities – tying-in with Olivia’s exit from Earth 2.
Outside Looking In
A nice reflection showing Peter on the outside looking in at Walter and Olivia. As an ‘outsider’, this is a suitable illustration of the unseen gap between us and them.
The patch on Peter’s snazzy new jacket has a “2” on it (02 to be precise). This is no doubt a reference to Peter being from “Over There” (although not necessarily the parallel world we’ve glimpsed). There have also be other No. 2 references, such as the number “2”-shaped scars on Nick Lane and alter-Charlie (“Bad Dreams” and “Road Not Taken” respectively).
Heaven And Earth
When Peter mentions that Amy doesn’t seem scared by what she has seen, she begins to respond with a quote from Hamlet:
“There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt (of in your philosophy)”
Hamlet said this to Horatio when he complains about the ghost. The meaning behind of the quote is that human knowledge is limited – when something appears to be wrong or confusing, there is often more to it than meets the eye: there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Amy, is appying this quote to her own ability to accept what she has just seen, showing just how open-minded she is.
Fringe’s Selectric 251 and the real Selectric typewriter (above inset).
The ‘magic mirror’ kinda resembles the circular object seen in the hallway to William Bell’s office (1.20). Is it for decorative purposes, or does it hold a connection as to who the shapeshifter was communicating with? I doubt it, but just putting it out there.
Incidentally, could William Bell have used such a mirror to write the ZFT manifest? Did he get instructions on what to include in the manifest, from someone in a reality ahead of our own? Is that why the ZFT prophecies are so seemingly accurate? Again, throwing it out there.
- Title “A New Day In The Old Town” – the assumption is that over here is the “old town” referenced in the title. Can this give us an indication as to which world is the original?
- George Reid (shapeshifter’s first victim) lived at 524 Little Field Road. Could be a reference to Little Hill, which is where David Robert Jones teleported to in “Safe”.
- Walter incorrectly thought (or rather, forced himself to believe) that our Peter liked custard. Of course, it’s dead Peter who was a custard lover – Walter’s guilt was running rife.
- There is a possibility that Peter helped to revive Olivia, further suggesting that he has abilities of his own of which he is unaware. The Greek Olivia spoke was a wish that Peter’s mother used to say to him – “May he be a better man than his father”. Was Peter thinking of his mother when he was saying goodbye to Olivia? Did Olivia somehow channel his thoughts? Alternatively, do Peter and Olivia share the same mom, hence the connection?
- Amy connects pattern cases to passages from the Bible, perhaps hinting at a scientific code or prophecy playing out with the the increase in technology and the opening of portals between worlds: “Kingdom Against Kingdom” (Luke 21:10), “Tests” (John 4:1), “A Door Stands Open” (Revelation 4:1), “Eat The Flesh” (Revelation 19:18), “The Beast” (Revelation 19:20) – also referenced in the final scene when the shapeshifter throws Charlie’s body into the furnace. For me, this adds further weight to the notion of God in the Fringe Multiverse, the idea of good and evil, tests, false prophets and judgement. Amy’s investigations may also help contextualise the ZFT manifesto.
As always, if you have any thoughts on the above, or think we’ve overlooked a clue or easteregg, feel free to let us know in the comments.