Welcome to Fringe Observations: the comprehensive Clues and Eastereggs Round-up for episode 2 of season 7 – Of Human Action.
Below the jump we explore the various clues and eastereggs from the episode and try to figure out what it all means.
Hear No Evil
As we speculated last week, the gargoyle from Earthling was seemingly the clue for Of Human Action. Gargoyles are said to ward off harmful thoughts and spirits – in-keeping with the mind-control theme from this episode.
Observing The Observer
The Observer made an early appearance in the episode – observing the cops as they sped to the roof-top hostage scene. (this one reminded me of his “No Brainer” sighting).
Walter gets especially close to Peter, emphasizing the color thematics which may foreshadow future loyalties. Since this episode touched on it again, proximity could also be what they were hinting at in this scene. In “Arrival” we learned that information can be passed on through proximity – closeness. That’s how Mosley extracted the location of the cylinder from Peter – due to his connection with Walter. In this episode Walter tells Olivia that “I can’t do this without Peter, he always helps me” – perhaps offering more insight into Peter’s (speculated) ability and how he is able to influence those around him.
We could also read into this that Peter’s ability is derived from something Walter did to him after his abduction. Did Walter connect himself with Peter, in ways we are yet to truly understand, so as not to lose him again? (I wouldn’t put it past him!).
The famous Sea-Horse Glyph can be seen on the door when Tyler and his hostages enter the convenience store. This glyph was last seen on the show itself in Momentum Deferred.
Slusho! made yet another appearance – this time in various locations in the convenience store. “Get Your Fix! [Slusho!] You Can’t Drink Just Six”. (indeed).
If you’ve been following the themes since season 1, you’ll probably have noticed that there are a fair few references to cold or freezing. Here’s another one – “Arctic Glacier” – which may or may not be coincidental. (I also appreciated the hot to cold ordeal that the customer went through – emphasizing the extremes of human action and consequence).
Fringe On The Brain
This brain seems a little too intentionally positioned to be coincidence. Maybe it will tie into the next episode?
Of Human Action participated in The Simpsons Scavenger Hunt. On several occasions we see Tyler popping his mind-control medicine from a Homer Simpson Pez Dispenser, and Renee Davies hometown was located in Springfield, the city where Simpsons takes place.
Did Nina’s touch unlock Walter’s clarity in a similar way to how Peter often does? Or did she just say the right things at the right time? I guess what I’m asking is, does Nina have an ability? Something to look out for in future episodes I suppose.
It’s also worth noting that she touched him with her robotic right arm. That arm has been the focus before, what with it shaking (and mysteriously getting fixed) in “Ability” and William Bell using it to hide the energy cell. Just sayin’..maybe she has the magic touch.
The book beside Renee Davis is “Wonders Of The World” by Valeria Manferto De Fabianis. This could be a big shout-out to the next episode, or it could be a minor reference. Assuming that it is a meaningful clue, lets see what we can make of it:
We know there are SEVEN Wonders of the Ancient World – Could “over there” have a different number of Wonders, maybe SIX or EIGHT? (the latter would be interesting). If you follow FB you’ll know that the number eight is of interest to us because it has popped up in several important places on the show.
Over here there are 7 ‘wonders’ because the ancient Greeks believed the number to represent perfection and purity. I believe Fringe are throwing us a lot of “8‘s” because of its association with infinity, which in turn could be linked to the concept of multiple realities and hence, the multiverse.
I’m also wondering whether any of these Wonders are important in the history of the show. Fringe has delved into modern technology but I get the feeling that ancient artifacts/structures/locations will also play a role in the mythology of the show.
Question: If there are 7 wonders of the world, how many Observers do you suppose there are, considering our favorite bald headed fellow is called “September”? (as per The Arrival episode description).
This famous train painting in the Bishop abode is the New York Central System by Leslie Ragan (larger view). Perhaps I’m reaching too far on this one, but in my opinion trains infer stations which remind me of time and transportation. I guess that would mean time-travel? Maybe this is the next episode clue?
It’s also worth noting the date Ragan produced this painting – 1946, which is the year that Walter Bishop was born. (could time-travel explain how Robert Bishop died before Walter was born? Although, granted, we are yet to establish exactly who Robert is in the Bishop family).
The Tyler clones are part of the Penrose-Carson Experiments, a project involving the work of Massive Dynamic employee, Dr. James Carson (the father of Tyler 03), and a scientist from season 2 (The Same Old Story) – Claus Penrose.
Penrose was working with Massive Dynamic to create clones, however his experiment was flawed because the clones aged too quickly causing them to die within minutes of leaving the womb, unless treated with pituitary glands (which slowed down the aging process).
His arrival to the show was foreshadowed in the previous episode (Pilot) by a ‘next episode clue’ featuring a Pen and a Rose (Pen-Rose).
Like Dr. Carson, Penrose took one of the clones under his wing – Christopher, who ultimately died of old age. However, Massive Dynamic had plenty of Christopher clones harvesting back in their hush-hush chambers (above).
The same could be said for the Tyler’s (above). It’s possible that Dr. Carson was working with Penrose on the cloning experiments, or that Carson took over his research after Penrose escaped in episode 1.02. Of course, Penrose could still be ‘in play’, actively working for Massive Dynamic on both the Christopher and Tyler experiments.
One thing is for sure, Massive Dynamic are working on clones (soldiers) for a reason. Perhaps they’re our equivalent of the shapeshifting soldiers? (because we’d really stand a chance with Tyler on our front line ). I find it interesting that Bell has gone from nurturing child saviours (Olive, Nick Lane et al) to growing clones and the like. Perhaps the war couldn’t wait..
- Walter and Peter’s Tinker model from Earthling might also have been a clue for Of Human Action. In Tyler 03’s Developmental file we see a photo with a Tinker model. This might be coincidental though.
- The Glyphs for Of Human Action spelled ARRIVE. If you’ve seen the trailer for the next episode you’ll probably know what this might refer to.
- I almost forgot this one, which could be a real-world symbol or it might be an easteregg.
As always, if you have any comments on the above, or any observations that we’ve missed, feel free to let us know in the comments.