Welcome to Fringe Observations: the comprehensive Clues and Eastereggs Round-up for episode 5 of season 2 – Dream Logic.
Below the jump we explore the various clues and eastereggs from the episode and try to figure out what it all means.
As we speculated last week, the next episode clue for Dream Logic was the quote from Hamlet – “To Sleep Perchance To Dream” which was written on the wall of the alley way where Olivia killed Evil Charlie.
The quote ties into this episode because it dealt with accessing peoples dreams. Dr. Nayak hoped that by killing his twisted side it would put a stop to the nightmare that he had created – reinforcing the question of whether in death, the nightmare truly ends.
This also ties in to Peter’s nightmare, and the idea that even though original Peter died, our Peter is still living out both the dreams and nightmares that his ignorance affords him.
This ring picture could be a clue to something. Rings usually symbolise INFINITY.
Interestingly, this wasn’t the only representation of infinity that I noticed in the episode..
The number 8 symbolises infinity, and so the number 88 (highlighted on the taxi cab above) symbolizes the DOUBLE DIRECTIONS of the infinity universe.
Also, since the shapeshifters are still in play, it might be worth mentioning that the number 88 is the number of days it takes the planet Mercury to travel around the sun.
(I think it’s worth keeping an eye out for any future “8″ references).
The number 22 is also on the taxi cab. 22 has a lot of meanings, of those possibly relevant here is another connection to infinity – 22 represents the movement, infinity.
Red Is Dead
Obviously the color red was a key component of the episode. Above we’ve captured all of the people wearing red who Sam Weiss advised Olivia to get business cards from, as well as the other red references in the episode.
Just in case it wasn’t clear, Olivia took two letters from each of the business cards, creating an anagram. She then unscrambled the anagram to find a phrase. That phrase happened to be something she needed – which were Charlie’s words to her on her first day on the job: “you’re gonna be fine”. Sam knew that Olivia needed something to help her make sense of what has happened to her, and as I speculated a few weeks ago the implication seems to be that everything Olivia needs to survive is in front of her, she just needs to open her mind to the clues.
We might also have to consider that Olivia’s lucky color is red. We’ve already had hints that she dislikes the color yellow (Cortexiphan?).
And one final thing on this. For a while now I’ve been of the opinion that Olivia’s lucky number is the number 8 – it looks like we have more evidence of this as Sam instructed Olivia to collect EIGHT business cards from people wearing red. This comes on the back of Sam guessing that Olivia was a show size 8, and Ella giving Olivia a magic ball with the number 8 on it (not to mention the 88 on the cab in the above clue segment).
Green Is Mean
The color red was a prominent occurrence in the episode, but I think the creators were also up to something else in using almost as green, as the captures above help to illustrate. There were also other references to green, such as Walter seeing “green unicorns” running across the Lab, a “detective green”, and Walter calling Astrid a Grinch.
I don’t think this is coincidence – especially since red and green were used in this way in the same episode. I’m referring to the green and red color thematic that has appeared as a sequence in several episodes of Fringe:
They appeared again in this episode.
I think the show will revisit this theme in future episode, as I have a feeling that it’s a lot more significant than the episode The Equation implied. The fact that the sequence was on the Observer’s binoculars, Rogue’s hat and the kayak from Olivia’s dream tells me that it’s an important brand or symbol of some kind.
Fear of St. Claire’s
Walter seemed very put off about going into Gregg’s room. Why was that? Did it remind him of something that he did to Peter, or perhaps it brought back memories of what happened to him in St. Claire’s (did he have his memories stolen)?
He goes on to worry about having left the oven and toaster on, and the door unlocked. Then he mentions that Seattle seems “wet” and has a “smell”. All of this seems to imply that the events in this episode triggered a dormant memory inside Walter – perhaps from his time in St. Claire’s, or from abducting Peter?
His fear about leaving the door unlocked seems like a metaphor to opening the door between universes. We know that Walter left at least one gateway open at Reiden Lake (plugged in the season 1 finale) and that Olivia is apparently “the gate-keeper”. As for Walter’s anxiety about fire, we know that his Lab assistant died in a fire, and that there is an impending apocalypse. Much to chew on.
The “Don’t Spread It Around” poster seems innocent enough, but this being a show dealing with viruses and the human body turning on itself, you never quite know.
Olivia is wearing her old Northwestern sweatshirt (top). I find this interesting because the last time we saw her wear this was in the season 1 episode Inner Child (bottom), and all throughout this episode I kept thinking how similar Dream Logic was to that episode (in relation to Olivia actively following color clues). I guess the writers did too.
As an aside, it’s also interesting to note that both Peter and Olivia are wearing all-gray. Once again the color thematics are telling us something. Not only have these two been wearing the colors of the Cortexiphan kids (black and gray) all season, but they think alike. I’m thinking that there’s a deeper connection between the pair.
There appears to be a gas mask on the head statue in Nayak’s office. This coming off the back of Belly’s own gas masking from 2.04. Probably not important, but it caught my eye.
Nayak or Kayak
I couldn’t help but notice that Dr. Nayak‘s name resembled the word KAYAK. The Zeno kayak from Olivia’s 1.01 dream is, for me, one of the most intriguing pieces of Fringe mythology floating out there, and I’m pretty sure that this was a shout-out from the writers to let us know that they haven’t forgotten about it.
If the name Nayak appeared in any other episode I probably wouldn’t place much importance on it, but for it to appear in an episode about dreams..seems to seal the deal.
Yet another use of the number 47 – an Alias reference. I’m surprised they’ve used it so frequently this season – that’s the third time so far (or fourth, if you count twice in one episode).
The He of Knowledge
I was happy to see another apple reference. If you caught our Momentum Deferred Observations you’ll know that the shapeshifter was eating a pear. Our speculation is that one of the differences that the writers are making between the two main worlds of the show is the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil - Over here it’s the apple, but over there it’s the pear.
As an aside, this is the second time we’ve seen a character take a bite from an apple – the first was Mitchell Loeb in The Equation, after he’d just broken the laws of physics. The symbolism was there for all to see – he had figuratively and literally taken a bite from the forbidden fruit. The implication being that there are some things that we humans are not supposed to know or do – rules that God, or a higher force, has put in place.
To now see Peter taking a bite from an apple is no less interesting, as we know that he is from another world, so the implication here is that he is a player with unique knowledge and perspective, being a child of two worlds. The time may also come when he decides to side with over here, rather than over there. Of course, this is only speculation.
Oh, and before I forget, to further bring home the point (and to make some extra dollars from product placement), the creators put in another apple reference:
UPDATE: I’m also wondering whether Peter’s red apple could be a Snow White reference. Something to chew on, perhaps?
Observing The Observer
Here’s this week’s Observer sighting.
Although I’m pretty sure the creators wanted us to notice the picture that resembles Olivia (look at the way Anna Torv is standing), it’s definitely not her.
The date on Charlie’s gravestone indicates that the time-line of the show is taking place in our present, or there abouts. We can infer that Charlie’s death took place on the day that Momentum Deferred aired on FOX (Oct. 8th). Which is interesting because technically, the real Charlie died in the season 2 premiere, which aired September 17. Perhaps the FBI are covering up the shapeshifter infiltration, similar to how they covered up the details of John Scott’s death? Or maybe we’re to believe that the events from A New Day In The Old Town took place on October 8th?
Either way, it’s safe to assume that the show is taking place in and around our current time-line.
UPDATE: The “infinity numbers” mentioned above, also appear on Charlie’s gravestone, possibly illustrating that Charlie’s life has come full circle, or reminding us that he’s still alive in the alternate universe [credit Helen in the comments]
Boy to a Man-tra
I found it interesting that Walter used to condition Peter not to remember his dreams by saying the mantra “Please don’t dream tonight”. Two things spring to mind:
- Walter didn’t want Peter to remember that he was taken from his original world. It seems to suggest that young Peter did initially remember some of the details, as the final scene of the episode implies.
- Walter had his own mantra – of sorts – to help him get to sleep while he was incarcerated in St. Claire’s. He used to sing the nursery rhyme “row, row row your boat, gently down the stream”. I’ve always found this interesting because it reminded me of the Zeno kayak from Olivia’s dream in the Pilot episode. Of course, the key phrase in that nursery rhyme is: “life is but a DREAM”. Pick the bones out of that one and make of it what you will.
For me, this has to be one of the best and most rewarding details of season 2 so far. Back in the Pilot episode when Walter and Peter met for the first time in so many years, Walter commented on how he expected Peter to be “fatter”. We later speculated and learned that this was because he got this version of Peter from another world. As we can see in the capture above, young Peter is slightly chubby – certainly chubbier than the later childhood photos of Peter that we’ve seen, and I’m sure that this is intentional. This helps corroborate the idea that when Walter stole/acquired Peter from the other universe, Peter was chubbier than his original son.
This is a nice little piece of continuity.
Man In The Mirror
Several interesting things to note here:
- The poster on Peter’s wall of the “Challenger Mission 11″ confirms that we are looking at a scene from another universe. In ‘our’ world the last Challenger Mission (#10) took place on January 1st, 1986 after it exploded (very sad). Looks like the other side are slightly ahead of us in certain developments. So far the writers do seem to be painting the picture that the other side are more….fortunate. Of course, things will probably even themselves out a bit as we learn more.
- Walter appears to be wearing a black jacket – which draws my mind back to one of the photos the Observer had of Walter wearing a black jacket (as others had suggested, is this alter-Walter?). I think this is important as we hardly ever see our Walter in black clothing. Logic would suggest that the Walter in the final scene of 2.05 was our Walter stealing Peter, but the choice of color leaves the door ajar for speculation.
- In the mirror (itself a nice piece of symbolism) we can see a mobile of the solar system with planets circling near to Walter’s head. The visible planets appear to be Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus Neptune and possibly Earth and Mars (see here for comparison). That said, I do have a sneaking suspicion that we’re look at another difference between the two main worlds of the show – that big red planet could be Mars, but I’d expect it to be smaller. So perhaps their version of Mars is larger, or it’s another planet unique to their solar system? And since I’m talking crazy-talk, maybe that’s what the ‘green/red’ color sequence denotes – a planetary system?
One More Flynn
When Peter wakes up from his dream, a Vince Flynn book can be seen on the table. Vince Flynn is an American author of political thriller novels. I’m not sure which novel this is – Pursuit of Honor, perhaps?
- There seemed to be a few references to water in this episode. We had Walter talking about being in the belly of a whale – possible Pinocchio reference, Sam Weiss telling Olivia that the business card clue game was like Go Fish, and Walter saying that Seattle was “wet”. Coincidence? Probably. But then again, possibly not.
- The Glyph code for this episode spelled BETRAY. It’s not immediately obvious what or who this refers to, but I’m thinking Walter.
- The yellow orb-light made several appearances. Here’s just one.
As Always, if you have any observations or feel that we’ve missed something out, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.