Welcome to Fringe Observations: the comprehensive Clues and Eastereggs Round-up for episode 2 of season 9 – “Snakehead”.
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 in our “August” Observations, the next episode clue for “Snakehead” was the dragon print on the Chinese takeaway bag..
..which foreshadowed the ‘China Town’ story-element.
In China, Tangerines symbolize luck – not sure if this necessarily ties into the episode but it’s worth establishing the meaning behind it. Since there are 3 tangerines in this scene, it’s probably worth mentioning that the number 3 is also considered a positive number in China.
The ornament [left] is briefly focused upon, so it probably has some minor relevance. Whatever it is, perhaps it serves as a counter-balance to luck? (speculation).
Over The Hill
Beacon Hill might be a shout-out the the Observers Beacon from 1.04 Arrival.
Observing The Observer
The Observer keeps up appearances as Walter and Astrid exit the herbal medicine shop. (Looks like they computer generated Cerveris into the scene?)
There’s an etching of a space craft on the phone. Next episode clue, perhaps?
It Eight A Coincidence
The house number is more evidence that 8 is Olivia’s lucky number. (See previous Fringe Observations for other “8” references). Also, 4 + 4 = 8. As we’ve speculated before, the number 8 might relate to the infinity theme which we feel has been a subtle reference in both seasons of the show.
8 is also considered a lucky number in China, so it makes sense that this episode contains quite a few number 8 references, including..
The “8” on the kid’s shirt (and the tower – could be another “next episode clue” candidate), and next to Walter on the bench – although that’s really stretching it.
The famous green, green, green, red (gggr) sequence made an appearance in the background, as seen from Faye’s window.
More evidence that red is Olivia’s lucky color as it points the way to the clues. Red is also a lucky color in China.
The toy bird belonging to Mei Lin’s kid. As a wild piece of speculation, could the toy be a crane, representing longevity (or wisdom) hence tying into the infinity theme mentioned above? That said, the bird depicted above doesn’t really resemble a crane. Maybe it’s another bird (Phoenix?) that could allude to the next episode?
Raise The Ruf
As Peter tries to rescue the trafficked people, Walter sings Van Amburghs Menagerie – a song about a travelling circus which we last heard him sing in last season’s “Unleashed” during his confrontation with a hybrid snake/lion/etc beast. Walter is fond of the song because he used to sing it to his dog, Rufus. Here are the lyrics Walter sang:
“..He goes to all the shows. He steps right into the Lion’s den, and tells them all he knows. He puts his head in the Lion’s mouth..”
This seems to be one of the techniques Walter uses to settle his nerves and perhaps recount better times when he used to sing the song to his pet dog.
Never Leaf Us
I thought the scene where Olivia shot Ming Che was a bit clunky, almost purposefully so. It made sense when I watched it again and noticed the leaf glyph planted underneath the fluorescent lights.
- Some cool reflections alluding to the alternate reality theme, namely here, here and here.
- The glyphs for this episode spelled HIDDEN. The last thing referred to as being “hidden” on this show was the shape-shifter leader’s head. (although the term could also refer to the manner in which the worms were hidden in the Chinese nationals).
As always if you have any comments on the above, or you feel we have missed something, please feel free to share your views in the comments section.