Welcome to the rewatch for episode 2 of Fringe season 2 – “Night Of Desirable Objects”. Join us as we burrow for new perspectives before going face to mole with the nemesis that is Molebaby.
We have renamed this episode: The Lyfe And Crymes Of Moley The Molebaby.
Newly Observed Perspectives
- Molebabies were hurt in the making of this episode.
- This is the episode where Olivia gets her Jedi cane. It’s always nice to see Olivia accessorize.
- Interesting line from Olivia that I don’t think I noticed before:
“Anything I’ve forgotten they can keep”
- Nothing earth-shattering in that, but the use of “they” – who is she really referring to here? It’s actually quite a fitting little reference because she’s struggling to remember her meeting with William Bell and her mind is in self-protect mode, preventing her from remembering. Little did she know that her inability to remember was the only thing keeping her alive at this point. Once again we’re looking at the power of the subconscious mind and how it seeks to guide and protect our heroes.
- Olivia: “I’m no good at sitting around.” Oh really?
- Walter (or the writers) describes the ‘infinite number’ of universes “changed over time on the accumulation of our choices.” Again, nothing universe-melting, but it’s perhaps useful to remind ourselves that they seem to be going with the idea that all of the universes started out exactly the same (or rather, that all of the universe spawned from a source universe). Choices made at the dawn of consciousness influenced the changes between universes, however subtle. But given the Observers ability to stand outside of time as we perceive it, who’s to say these early choices weren’t influenced in some way by our bald headed guardians? Why, they are probably observing Gods benevolent hand creating life or the ‘Big Bang’ (take your pick) as we speak.
- More dream references, this time from agent OD:
“I know that I went somewhere. I think I met with someone. But the rest is like a dream that I just can’t quite remember.”
- Don’t know about you but I’ve always found the idea that the alternate universe is often difficult to distinguish from a dream interesting. It’s something they’ve played with quite a bit in season 2 (for example, Peter’s nightmare). Although it’s not uncommon for other realms to be portrayed with dream-like qualities, could the other side be a dream? What about “Over Here”?
- Moley, Moley, Moley. I guess it’s time that we do this. We have have never seen eye to eye, I think we can both agree on that. I know that you didn’t ask for this life. I understand that in some ways you’re a product of your environment – a decision made by your father echoing Peter’s own bad daddy situation. But Moley, all you did was savage and murder people. And you did it in a tricky way, luring innocent folk down into your Mole Cave. Then, to top it off, you tried to eat Dunham. Are you insane!? The universe promptly responded by sending a car crashing down on top of you. Your life of cryme was short lived, but you inflicted enough damage on the Fringeverse to last a thousand mole years. I’ll try to move on and forget your ridiculousness, but you were a shell..a caricature that deserved to be treated as such. That said, I hope all is well down there in Molebaby Hell.
- Nina gets an absolute eyeful of Olivia’s bare back. It looks like she liked what she saw. Gotta love our Nina. She goes on to imply that Olivia’s mind is holding out on her. She knows that it has gone into self-protect mode. This is also when she recommends that she visit her own Jedi Trainer, Sam Weiss. “He’s not a psychologist”.
- I know I’m not alone in thinking this, but I have always wondered just how much of a fantasy, Sam Weiss actually is.
- Interesting to look back on Shapeshifter Charlie’s communications with his commander on the other side, who we now know to be Walternate – the man behind the mirror. We’ve already covered this a fair bit just a few months ago, but it is perhaps eye-opening to consider that Walternate already knew about Olivia’s threat long before they met in the season 2 finale – he tried to sabotage her meeting with Bell in the season 1 finale, for a start. It’s likely that he picked up on communications between Bell and Nina when they were arranging the meeting. Since then he’s gained even more feedback on Olivia from Newton and his other spies, so it will be interesting to see what approach he adopts now that he had her locked in a cell.
Best retrospective performer: Molebaby’s whiskers.
Best retrospective moment: Olivia meeting Weiss.
Retrospective episode rating: 2/10
Next rewatch episode – 2.03 “Fracture” – TBA.