Welcome to our rewatch for episode 18 of Fringe season 1 “Midnight”. Join us as we hunt down new perspectives, before Valerie Boone sinks her teeth into our succulent spines.
We have renamed this episode: Being Human.
Newly Observed Perspectives
- “We have another monster on the loose?” Haha! I feel your incredulity Broylesy.
- Walter seems to be subconsciously picking up on Olivia’s recent inability to sleep with the light off.:
“Will I ever be able to sleep at night again?”
“Depends on what?”
“Whether the light is on or not“
- Gregg wants full custody of Ella and labels R@chel an “unfit parent”. R@chel phones Olivia while she’s on a ZFT raid to tell her all about her universe-shattering news. It’s just all about you, isn’t it, R@ch?
- Nicolas Boone. Another glimpse into the mind of a pioneering scientist made to suffer personal consequences for the risks he took. It’s perhaps interesting to consider whether Walter was channelling his sympathy and empathy towards Boone, when he imagined himself in a wheelchair in “Brown Betty“? If that episode was in some way an exploration of Walter’s inner mind, it could imply that he was associating Boone’s situation to his own. Funny how Walter had to go one better by making his chair electric-powered.
- This episode gives us ZFT’s motivation: “to show off to other scientists”. Well, clearly David Jones, rogue or otherwise, had a personal agenda. As for Bell, well..we’ll get to him later.
- Ah, Peter’s ‘mystery project’. What an utter disappointment that was.
- The following comment from Walter has gained depth since season 2 (“Grey Matters”):
“A little memory loss, is often kind to the soul”
- As we know, Walter asked William Bell to remove parts of his memory because he was ‘afraid of what he was becoming’. The above quote suggests that this was a self-interested move on Walter’s part – he wanted to extinguish the guilt that weighed heavy on his conscience. But there’s also the possibility that he wanted to protect society by purging memories which could be dangerous in his mind, or the minds of others. As often is the case with Walter, he carries a lot of duality. Reinforced by this next exchange:
“Is that a figure of speech, or do you believe there is such a thing – the soul?”
“There are days when I wish I didn’t. There are days when I wish I did“
- Walter and Boone also talk about “judgement”. They have both struggled with the idea, but ultimately feared that one day their judgement would come. Walter reveals that he and Bellie used to debate the very notion of judgement. I don’t know about you, but that’s one debate I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for!
- Walter sees himself beneath Bellie:
“We used to share a Lab. Quite a fall”
- I would suggest that both men fell. Both of them leapt, reached the other side, but ultimately failed in their responsibilities. That Bellie amassed billions is not the point – particularly when we’re talking about concepts of the soul and judgement.
- Although I have my issues with Walter (and boy do I have issues with Walter!), I do admire his desire to turn things around. If time is not linear (certainly in the world of this show), than perhaps it’s even more important that he never gives up in his search for redemption. This is my hope for Walter, that he succeeds in what I believe to be his personal goal:
“If indeed there is a soul, we must consider then that there is..still time for redemption.”
- Boone claimed that he had never heard of Jones – so that answers of a few of our returning ZFT questions, while making me wonder where the rest of Jones’ rogue ZFT army is, and what they’re up to these days? Loeb is in a hole somewhere, but what about the rest? He also confirmed that Bell funds the main ZFT – nothing we didn’t already surmise at this point, but it’s interesting to look back and see how shocked Broyles is. Nina kept that one quiet, eh, Broyles.
Best retrospective performer: Lance Reddick.
Best retrospective moment: Discussions of the soul with Bishop and Boone.
Retrospective episode rating: 5/10
Next rewatch episode – 1.19 “The Road Not Taken” – TBA.