Like the ghost of John Scott, today’s rewatch sees us revisit episode 5 of season 1, “Power Hungry”. The plan? To fill our wool socks with as many new perspectives as we can muster, while sowing up the remaining mysteries.
We are renaming this episode “Electric Standalone”. Will we ever stop vandalizing episode titles?
- Sweet scene with Olivia and Charlie. There goes that lingering look of his again. There was a time when I thought this indicated that he had ulterior motives. It turned out that, like the rest of us, he was was just concerned for Olivia. Will you ever forgive me for doubting you, Charlie?
- Walter says that he finds John Mosley “familiar”. I guess he means from the description Peter gave him of his harrowing kidnapping? Is this ‘familiarity’ more evidence that Hat-Man was a rogue Observer – perhaps from a less advanced time or state than the regular Observers (considering his technology was more crude)?
- On the rare occasion that we see Olivia wearing a pendant it actually comes in handy for Walter’s little demonstration. How con..venient.
- The episode offers some clarity on John Scott’s previous attempts to communicate with Olivia while providing early subtext for the true capability of the human mind, particularly in those who have been “activated”. It’s interesting to compare Joseph and Olivia – two ‘victims’ (although I would never call Olivia a victim) ‘made special by science’. *slow clap for science*.
- Olivia offers Broyles some breadcrumbs that he probably already has: “A person who has developed the ability to effect, or maybe even control electrical devices. He thinks this person was altered in some way, extensive procedures, chemical therapy”. Oh Olivia, if only you knew how the irony of which you speak!
- “Wool socks” – Ha-ha! gets me every time. Again, Walter, again!
- Joe’s mom. What a sweet angel that women was. Such grace and charm, with a voice like silk. When she died, she took a bit of the light with her. RIP.
- Walter: “but since, Mr. Meegar has been enhanced, he’ll give off a stronger signal than your average Joe“. I’m not sure if I caught Walter’s little joke first time round, but hey, better late than never.
- Is it just me or does Walter look a LOT older in this episode?
- Lots of yellow as Olivia’s chasing Meegar. I’m not sure that it’s an intentional nod to Olivia’s childhood fears. In fact I was about to filter it out, but then they go and stick the yellow school bus in there too. Either they went to great lengths to offer subtle color references, or the universe had a hand in this. Because it’s absolutely ridiculous, I’m backing the universe.
- Meegar’s “I wanna go home” followed by Olivia’s “I’m afraid we can’t let you do that”, echoes the Olivia/Broyles conversation from the Pilot. I really like those instinctive moments when someone just wants to go back to before while another, more informed, person has to break it to them gently that before doesn’t exist. I also appreciated the fact that Olivia was on the other side of the coin on this occasion.
- Broyles claims not to have any idea who John was working for. I have to say, I don’t buy it. What you gonna do Broyles, send ME to the storage facility?
- I didn’t think the voice-over at the end was very necessary. I guess it was there for the casual viewers who might not have made the connection between the ring and John’s earlier words to Olivia. To be honest, I don’t think it even bothered me until now so I’ll give them a pass.
Mysteries & Answers
- How did John Scott communicate with Olivia?
- My Opinion: As Walter kind of explains, Olivia fused with John’s consciousness in the Pilot episode. In effect, a part of him was literally still alive inside her mind. He tried communicating through electrical means - phone, email, elevators, vending machines – because the mind is comprised of electrical impulses. Scott was probably able to manifest in such visual form due to Olivia’s heightened ability (Cortexiphan). In essence John was literally helping Olivia to crack the case - as is all but confirmed towards then end when we find out that Fischer was on John’s list. (At last, John solved a case!).
- Who was Jacob Fischer working for?
- My Opinion: I’d have to say Massive Dynamic (or a rival company). Their logo was even on one of Fischer’s posters, so I have to think that was the writers original intent. It’s probably not all that important at this stage, although we might get reference to it in a broader sense.
New Clues & Observations
- None of note recorded.
- I think they may have originally intended to go a bit deeper into the Pattern. I doubt that the Pattern is dead, but these early episodes sure do have a different tone and focus.
Dreams and Sleep
- Olivia: “I haven’t been sleeping very well”
- Olivia: “These aren’t memories. He appears, right in front of me he talks to me.
- Walter: “yes he would, like a waking dream, because he doesn’t belong there”.
- Peter: “Seriously, if this works…”
- Olivia. You’re gonna have more faith in your father?”
- Peter: “No”
Evidence of Narrator
- The consciousness of John Scott helping Olivia to crack the case could open up new possibilities for the narrator not being entirely in control of their own narration. This fusing, or sharing, of consciousness, memories and experience is an interesting factor to bear in mind when considering who is telling the story and whether the perspective being shown is entirely derived from their singular mind.
- “Look at what science has made you, Joseph. You are special”
Best Retrospective Performance: Anna Torv
Favorite Retrospective Moment: Olivia seeing the word “Always” on the ring John was planning to give to her before he died.
Retrospective Episode Rating: 6.5/10
- All Rewatches past and present
- 1.04 The Arrival Rewatch (comments)
- Last year’s Power Hungry Rewatch
- Original Power Hungry Clues
Next Rewatch Episode – 1.06 “The Cure”,
Tuesday, August 3rd Wednesday August 4th, 2010.
If you have any comments on the above rewatch, or you have your own rewatch thoughts and observations, feel free to share them in the comments below. While I have personally chosen to tackle new perspectives, feel free to approach this rewatch however suits you best.