Welcome to the rewatch for episode 20 of Fringe season 1 – “There’s More Than One Of Everything”. Join us as we breach the gates to the other side and bear witness to new possibilities.
We have renamed this episode: Point Of New Return.
Newly Observed Perspectives
- Olivia feels guilty for Dunhamnating Walter. I’m glad that she shows remorse, but Walter had it coming, pastry shop or no pastry shop.
- Nina never really explains why Jones was let go by Massive Dynamic. What did Jones do that was so bad? I mean that guy couldn’t hurt a fl..well, maybe Bellie had his reasons. Nina then suggests that Jones wanted to prove something to Bell – I guess crossing universes would have put Bellie in his place. This may tally with the earlier suggestion that ZFT mission was to ‘show off’ – which is still only part of what Jones was about.
- After escaping from prison, Jones was ringing Massive Dynamic begging for a meeting with Bell (which I still find slightly ridiculous and somewhat beneath Jones), but did he know at this point that Bell was in an alternate universe? I’m still thinking that he must have known all along, but it could work the other way.
- Nina keeps energy devices in her arm. Makes me wonder what else she has hidden in other ‘hidey-holes’, as they say.
- “Stabilize, dammit!” Oh Jones. *swoons*.
- As Peter arrives at his old beach house, the camera focuses on him through the red pane of glass. This is around the time when they had begun to really nail down the alternate universe markers.
- It’s interesting how Peter’s memories awaken Walter’s memory of where he hid the universe plug. There’s something very interesting about that – obviously this relates back to Peter’s ability. We usually see it operate when he physically touches someone or something, but it’s fascinating to see it this time work with the touch of his memory. Perhaps this offers us a bit more insight into how Peter Power works – and we can point to his possible involvement in disarming the bomb in Ability as another example.
- Earlier in the episode Nina suggests to Olivia that deep down she knows where Bellie is. I suspect that when Walter is explaining the alternate universe to Peter, and how something ‘was lost to him’, Peter knows what Walter is referring to – he just wont let himself believe it.
- The brutality of Walter’s past intent momentarily breaches the surface as he explains to Peter:
“I became convinced that if only I could cross over myself, and I could TAKE from there, what I lost here.”
- Becca’s Meadow. The sight of the first recorded “incident”, not far from Reiden Lake.
- Peter’s mind is now conveniently hazy: “The man who attacked me in the woods?” That’s funny. I seem to remember it being the other way around.
- I find this line from Walter even more interesting in light of Peter’s burgeoning ability to calm people. It looks like when he was younger he also found a clever way to transfer this power to work on himself:
“When you were a boy you were very sick, dying. And sometimes you got scared, and to calm yourself, to forget what you were going through you took to collecting coins.”
- Of course, we could just take the coin at face value – but I kinda like the other possibility that young Peter used items such as coins to feel the calming effect of his own power. In rewatching this scene, I also like the duality of it all – young Peter used the coin to forget, while it served as a reminder for Walter.
- It’s also interesting how Peter can’t remember the coin – even after he touches it. As we discover in the second season, this version of Peter gave his coin to his mother. Maybe he would have remembered his past had Walter somehow given him his original coin to hold?
- In the past, I’ve assumed that Jones wanted to kill Bell, and while that probably was his intention, I wonder if there’s a small chance that, in actual fact, he just wanted to show Bell that he could do it. That he could cross universes, and who knows, join forces with him on the other side? Thanks to Peter, we’ll never truly know.
- Fitting that Olivia should have to go up through levels (in the elevator) to meet with Bell. Sure, it goes hand in hand with being in the the towers, but it still gives us a nice representation of reaching another level of awareness.
Best retrospective performer: Anna Torv.
Best retrospective moment: Olivia meeting with Bell.
Retrospective episode rating: 9/10
Next rewatch episode – 2.01 “A New Day In The Old Town” – TBA.