Welcome to Fringe Observations: the comprehensive Clues and Eastereggs Round-up for episode 2 of season 11 – “Johari Window”.
Below the jump we explore the various clues and eastereggs from the episode and try to figure out what it all means.
“I’m learning to appreciate cowardice. The Lion had a point..the Cowardly Lion”
In Oz, the Lion was unknowingly brave because he acted in the face of fear. This parallels with Walter’s own bravery, despite his fear of being kidnapped again.
I don’t think there’s much else to be made of it. Although I do find it mildly interesting that Walter is absorbing pop-culture.
In a moment of classic Fringe humour, Walter mistakes Teddy for the banjo duelling boy from the 1972 movie, Deliverance. Peter reminds Walter that they watched it together – presumably during the week after Walter’s kidnapping, in which he spent his time watching old movies (i.e. Oz and Deliverance, referenced in-episode).
Liv’s old Hearstyle
Olivia was the first from our group to notice the “Edina Hum” – a possible nod to her left over super-hearing, giving her the edge in the auditory department? Although her super-hearing seemed to be a one episode thing (“Desirable Objects”), it sure would be nice to think that some of the remnants remain.
Observing The Observer
The Observer was among the crowd of Edinans as the sheriff gave his speech. Clearly September only turns up at important events. Right. Right?
I guess….(and I’m taking a leap here) the speech was the moment that almost triggered the end of our intrepid duo – and we know from previous episodes that the ‘important events’ which the Observers observe come in all shapes and sizes.
What? No Wii?
Our “Johari Window” ‘game reference’ comes in the form of Operation. The timeless classic was played by Astrid and Teddy as Walter tinkered around down in the basement. This isn’t the first time the game has been seen on the show – Olivia and Ella had buckets of fun operating on “Cavity Sam” back in 1.12 “The No Brainer” (see here for reference).
- Peter knew that Therianthrope is Greek for a mythical creature. Not all that interesting in itself, but it seems like another way of reminding us that Peter’s mom used to tell him secret codes in Greek (which Belly somehow knows about..).
- The “Project Elephant” idea may have been inspired, in part, by a ‘real-world’ invisibility experiment – Project Rainbow. (Update: Thanks to Amalia in the comments for pointing out that “Project Elephant” may also be a hat-tip to the film, “The Elephant Man”.
- Walter was a fan of Drake’s Devil Dogs – an un-frosted food cake sandwich with vanilla filling. Aside from the scene’s humor, I think the point here (if any) is that they are a 70’s food product. 1970 seems to be an increasingly important decade in the Fringeverse.
- Walter told Astrid that when Peter was sick, his work was the only thing that kept him going. We always seem to get at least one reference to Peter’s childhood, reinforcing Walter’s motivation for taking him from his original universe. As an aside, in the lost episode from season 1 – Unearthed, Peter told Lisa that he was sick as often sick child, which would infer that both Peter’s suffered from illness (since we know that Walter’s original Peter died from a rare sickness). I guess we can put this down to current Peter being sick due to the effects of crossing from his reality over to ours? However safe Walter’s Door was, I’d imagine there would still be some consequences (although not enough to kill them). Perhaps this is why Walter electrocuted him as a child – to calibrate his tolerance to our reality..or something.
- Bad Robot’s infamous number 47 was referenced yet again, this time through Peter: “17 people died, 47 people were born”.
- As mentioned in my Johari Window review, Walter reveals that he was a chum of science fiction author and inventor Arthur C. Clarke, and Olivia’s joke about her “third eye” is probably rooted in more truth than she thinks.
- The glyphs for Johari Window spelled MUTATE, in reference to the genetic deformities of the Edinans.
As always, if you have anything to add to the above, or you think that we’ve missed something out – feel free to let us know in the comments.