Synopsis: A Massive Dynamic employee is so convinced he is being attacked by butterflies that he jumps out of a window to escape them, and the team is called in to investigate. Although Olivia’s unexplained interaction with Agent Scott leads to breaks in the case, she is so desperate to rid her consciousness of him that she demands to go back in the tank. Meanwhile, the gig is up for Peter when a former friend – and some current foes – find out he’s back in Boston.
General Thoughts: An episode which mirrored the pilot in several ways, but going into this rewatch I was doubtful that I’d extract much juice from it a second time around. I was wrong, there’s juice to be had from The Dreamscape.
Below the jump I post 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.) Walter said that when Peter was 13 years old, all he’d eat was coffee yogurt. Peter claims that it was actually Walter who loved the coffee yogurt. I’m wondering if Peter is confusing this Walter with his original father from the other reality, whilst Walter is confusing this Peter with his original son who died? Seems like more early foreshadowing.
2.) The ‘electricity theme’ runs rife yet again, with a deceased John Scott using email to communicate with Olivia. Computer love, LOL.
3.) Is Olivia is able to interact with John’s memories because of her Cortexiphan trials? At this stage Walter is unaware that Olivia is in fact young Olive, so he isn’t yet taking this aspect into consideration when he says that interaction is impossible. Perhaps Olivia’s treatment enables her to change or reawaken realities or memories which have already taken place – as we saw with John Scott in the restaurant memory? This would certainly tally with my opinion that Olivia has the ability to ‘change reality’.
4.) Peter says that Tess knew him better than anyone. I find this kinda interesting because it makes me wonder what side of Peter she’s seen that no-one else has? I doubt that Tess will be back in the fold again (at least I hope she wont), so is this buried side to Peter’s lost forever, or does Olivia hold the key to his heart? *I just threw up a little bit*
5.) Whilst inside the tank, Olivia’s subconscious walks through a ‘doorway’ and into John’s memories. I always liked the ‘doorway between realities’ metaphor, so it’s even more timely that the latest batch of season 2 promo photos should include ‘open doorway’ thematics.
Also, the idea of John’s memories ‘crossing over’ to Olivia’s mind seems like purposeful foreshadowing to the later arc where we have actual people crossing over into parallel worlds. Another example of Fringe gradually building upon its themes to support later concepts.
6.) I loved the artistic licence used when Olivia revisits John’s memories – she’s not just seeing them from his perspective (as one would probably expect)..but from her own dimension, almost like an………observer.
1.) How was John able to see Olivia in the restaurant when it was an old memory that had already taken place? Add to that the question of how he was able to communicate with her from beyond the grave – there’s a definite electricity theme going on, but how is he doing it exactly? Is it, perhaps, more related to Olivia’s ability than anything a deceased John Scott was manifesting?
It’s also worth mentioning that some folks believe that a different John was communicating from the parallel world. I’m not too sure about that myself, but it’s a worthwhile suggestion.
2.) Further to the above, why was Walter – of all people – so adamant that John could not have interacted with Olivia? Why was he so willing to put a cap on the possibilities?
3.) Again, why does the mob want to hurt Peter? Payback for a life of sarcasm?
4.) Who actually drugged and killed Mark Young (and George Morales)? Was it Massive Dynamic or someone else? If it was MD, it wasn’t exactly a good look – murdering their own employee right on their doorstep in such elaborate and newsworthy fashion.
1.) Mark Young and George Morales were killed by a psychoactive hallucinogen from toad secretion – making them see and die from imagined horrors. I suspect Young imagined butterflies because he was an avid butterfly collector (as we saw When Olivia went to his home) – and a butterfly lapel was one of the last objects he saw before the hallucinogen kicked in. And Morales probably imagined John killing him because he was on his mind at the time his hallucinogen took effect.
This was a decent episode for me, not as good as it could have been but the rewatch held up. On reflection, my main area of interest is Walter’s use of the Bible and his acceptance of a faith system often perceived as being opposed to science.
It was interesting to see him gripping tightly onto the Bible at the end of the episode – then choosing to shun administering drugs (his favourite thing in the whole world) to a desperate colleague in favour of protecting Olivia from the dangers of her own subconscious. This was a gold star moment for Walter, who continues to show more social awareness since The Equation.
Interestingly, Walter implied that he used to be a religious man, “but not anymore”. I wonder what happened to cause this particular loss of faith? It strikes me that it must be something significant for someone to lose their belief system – perhaps it was the death of original Peter? Did this make him question the existence of God and his relation us in our little drop in the ocean we call reality?
Perhaps just as interesting, to me, is that it was Olivia’s voyage into her fractured subconscious which reignited Walter’s need for something extra to see her safely through.
“Praise the Lord”
Best Performer: Anna Torv
Best Moment: Final scene between Olivia and Walter.
Retrospective Rating: 7.5/10
You can find our original The Dreamscape Eastereggs here.
Next Rewatch Episode: Safe (Monday ETA)