Welcome our retrospective rewatch for episode 10 of season 1, “Safe”. Below the jump we strangle new perspectives from the episode while believing that people really can walk through walls!
This is an episode we have cheekily retitled O Down, due to Walter’s work coming full circle to bite him on the ass, and Olivia ending the episode down and (not quite) out.
Newly Observed Perspectives
- Working with Loeb sure is an occupational hazard. And I wonder what wifey was doing while he was robbing banks?
- “What we perceive as solid matter, is mostly empty space.” Walter’s explanation, along with the visual of Loeb and his boys passing through walls, is another good base for understanding the concept of the alternate universe being all around us. His prop demonstration with the rice and vibrations is also a useful precursor for the way in which Newton brings Walternate across from the alternate universe in TMFTOS.
- How cute. Olivia’s nickname in school was Han (Solo). It’s a very small detail but it informed us early on that she was a fairly lonely child. Was this a direct consequence of her clinical trials? Man, that abuse really shaped her path. I’m surprised Walter can even look her in the eye, to be honest. I guess it boils down to what one deems acceptable when faced with potential global destruction. Bell and Walter believed they were ‘preparing’ these kids for the greater good. But is child abuse EVER acceptable, like EVER? I just can’t justify what they did by saying it was OK. Questions need to be pursued in season 3!
- And Olivia went to boarding school? Did her mom ever see her? Seriously, she allows her daughter to wind up in unethical testing and then slings her off to boarding school. Gee, thanks Mom! (BTW, nothing wrong with boarding school, but this picture of Olivia’s childhood is cause for concern, given the experiments). To be fair to Mom, perhaps she thought boarding school was the best place for the little Dunhamnator, if she was living with Father Fists at the time.
- “Are you trippin’ agent Dunham?” Still so funny, mostly because you can tell that AT wanted to burst out laughing!
- I have to wonder whether Walter agreeing to send Olivia back into the Bra & Panties Tank in the previous episode just exacerbated her memory issues? Would she have confused John Scott’s memories with her own had she not taken another dip? I guess it ties in with what Walter said about flushing those memories out of her mind – this was part of that process. Although I don’t know why Walter was so surprised when she told him about her John Scott confusion. One could be forgiven for thinking that “The Dreamscape” never happened in his world.
- So Olivia can drink Peter under the table. Poor Peter, will he ever beat Olivia at anything?
- Fun little conversation, considering their smooch in 2.22:
Olivia: “Yeah, it kinda works better that way”
You tell him, sister! Just a shame it didn’t last.
- Peter stops Olivia counting cards just before she reaches the 8th card. One of the subtler ‘number 8’ references in the series – unintentional or otherwise.
- Olivia: “I’m sure that if I was a child today I’d be diagnosed with something.” Oh Olivia, if only you knew that you already had Waltermessedupmylifeitis.
- I find it hard to believe that Peter, with his supposedly high IQ, wouldn’t know the Fibonacci sequence. This is another one of those moments where Peter’s lack of knowledge is purely used as a device to service the next plot.
- What with red being the thematic marker for the alternate universe and perhaps memory, it’s interesting to see several moments of realization being served with red imagery. Walter remembering that the safety deposit boxes belonged to him, whilst wearing a red robe, being one of them.
- I love the look on Walter’s face as Peter grabs him by the sleeve like he’s the boss of him. Walter looks like he’s about to lay the smack down on Peter’s ass. And don’t think he doesn’t have it in him!
- The bad old days, when Astrid’s character was almost relegated to brushing Gene’s teeth. That girl’s a trooper.
- Loeb tells his man “don’t pry into things you couldn’t possibly understand.” I’m like “he’s just walked through walls, is teleportation such a big leap?”
- Peter: “You’re a tough guy, I’m a tough guy..” Haha, Peter, now you are bending reality too far!
- Ah, the birth (from our point of view) of Peter’s coin trick. I still want to know where Walter’s memory of Peter almost dying from “hepia” (rare form of bird flu) as a boy came from. We know that both Petelings were sick with a genetic disease, so did the writers retcon the bird flu detail, or did Peter suffer another illness after Walter abducted him from the other side? Perhaps Walter con-structed this idea in order to stave off his guilt, so much so that he thought the hepia really happened? That wouldn’t be the most satisfactory or plausible answer though.
Best retrospective performer: Anna Torv
Best retrospective moment: Although the scene was quite ropey in places, the visuals of Loeb and his team walking through the bank wall was pretty impressive.
Retrospective episode rating: 7/10
Next rewatch epsiode – 1.11 “Bound” – TBA.