Synopsis: When it’s discovered that a rather simple man has the ability to harness electricity, dangerous and deadly occurrences follow, and our unlikely trio investigates this super-charged oddity. Meanwhile, Olivia has a high-voltage encounter of a different kind when she is rocked by a blast from her past, and Dr. Bishop turns to his feathered friends and enlists homing pigeons to help him break the case in the “Power Hungry” episode of FRINGE
General Thoughts: This episode held up a lot better than I expected it to. The premise is perhaps the most believable of the first 5 episodes, giving it extra relevance.
Below the jump I share my new observations and perspectives, explore the unresolved mysteries, highlight the mysteries closed by information gained in this episode and cap it off with my final thoughts on this episode retrospective.
New Observations & Perspectives
1.) Considering that the A-story centered around a guy who could harness electricity, is it mere coincidence that John Scott seems to make contact with Olivia via electricity (both in this episode and “The Arrival”)?
2.) Meegar mentions that Fischer put him under ‘some kind of hypnosis’ – could this tie in to any of the subsequent green-green-green-red hypnosis techniques?
3.) Broyles mentions that they found “7 other potential Joseph’s”, who had not yet been “activated” – the phrase Cortexiphan-lite springs to mind.
4.) When Olivia confides in Walter about her ‘John visitations’, he asks her “do you want him (to go away)?” I just find this to be a very interesting question for Walter to ask – he can be surprisingly aware when he wants to be, particularly with matters of the heart.
5.) Peter asks Walter: “So you’re saying that people can control electronic devices?” On second watch I take it as an almost knowing question, and possibly ties into my theory lightbox from “Ability”. Not to mentions Peter’s TSOS comment about being able to bring “anything mechanical back from the dead”. I’m telling ya..that boy has ability.
6.) When John appears to Olivia in the FBI building, he tells her that he can prove himself, but “not here, it’s not the way it works”. Are there ‘rules’ that govern the ‘afterlife’? Perhaps he can only serve as a guide and not a direct influence?
7.) John says that he didn’t betray Olivia, that he “wasn’t the one”. Is he suggesting that someone else did betray her? If so, who? Phillip, for sending her to the storage facility, perhaps?
8.) The words “Your Choice” on the drinks machine – possible foreshadowing to later concepts involving choice (“The Road Not Taken” particularly springs to mind)
9.) So, we know that David Jones attempted to use massive amounts of energy (Nina’s energy cell) to cross over to a parallel reality. Could Meegar – or his power, have been used to open up such a portal? Was this Fischer’s intention, to create human energy cells? Could David Jones have been Fischer’s anonymous client? (I know he was in jail at this time, but since when did that stop him from scheming?)
This idea is slightly tempered by the fact that Fischer appeared to be aligned with Massive Dynamic.
1.) Walter mentions that John Mosley (The Arrival) looked “so familiar” – he spent the previous night thinking about it. This is never mentioned again, although I definitely stand by my original belief that Mosley is an Observer-of-sorts!
2.) Why did Peter drop-out of MIT?
1.) Meegar survived the elevator fall because he was both the “conductor and the source” – he produced a kind of electro-dynamic levitation, which momentarily allowed him to avoid the impact of the fall.
2.) Olivia was able to see John because a part of his consciousness crossed over (to hers) during the synaptic transfer.
There’s a saying – “be careful what you wish for”. Olivia not so much wished, but demanded answers. Finally she began to find them..or rather, they found her – the truth about John Scott, even though in her heart, she already knew that he didn’t betray her. Over-thinking can sometimes cloud judgement, and it’s that questioning which begins to plague Olivia to the point where she is not satisfied by the answers she does get (heck, even Broyles had to ask her if she ever smiles. Oh Broyles!).
Then there was Joe Meegar, an unimpressive guy who longed to unlock his hidden potential. He was given the ‘gift’ of power..more than he could handle – “look what science has made you”. Very deliberate words spoken by a man too power hungry to see the human suffering his science had caused, or too committed to the cause (whatever that is) to worry about collateral damage.
Joe’s final words before he was carted off for more probing:- “I wanna go home”. Olivia’s expression tightened – she had recently asked Broyles something eerily similar. It was now her turn to relay the bad news: “I’m afraid we can’t let you do that”. Initially her response seems to contain a little less sympathy than Broyles afforded her. But on second inspection I simply heard her say: “I’m afraid (too)”.
Best Performer: Anna Torv
Best Moment: “Wool socks” – classic.
Retrospective Rating: 7/10
You can find our original “Power Hungry” eastereggs here.
Next rewatch episode: The Cure – Sunday (ETA)