Fringe Rewatch: 2.07 Take Me To Your Peter


Welcome to the rewatch for episode 7 of Fringe season 2 – “Of Human Action”. In this rewatch we go in search of new perspectives, while pondering whether Walter really loves Peter, or just the memory of the one he lost.

We have renamed this episode: Take Me To Your Peter.

Newly Observed Perspectives

  • Another episode about projections – this time, we have thought control. Control is an aspect of Fringe which is recent in the memory, what with Walternate’s (speculated) plan to destroy the other side by using Peter’s ability to control the Doomsday Device. I just find it interesting to note how often Peter himself is so often used as a device, whether it’s to serve the plot, or to serve the other characters need for something. Did he even choose to come back over here, or did Olivia make that choice for him?
  • I find this episode mostly useful in its continuation of the cloning storyline, and the question of whether clones – doubles, replacements – can ever live up to the real thing. This ties into a question that I have always wanted Walter to be examined with – does he truly love Peter as much as he did his original son? And from the other angle, does Peter love Walter more than he would have loved Walternate?
  • We touched on this at the time, but it is interesting to be reminded of the fact that Massive Dynamic was essentially Elizabeth’s idea. This might give us a slightly different view of her character – she was ambitious, organized and driven, perhaps just as much as Walter and Bell. Either way, she was the catalyst for so much.
  • Drugs designed to work on computer systems were apparently the source of Clone Brats power. While this isn’t quite the same thing as Alternate Astrid‘s ability, it perhaps foreshadows how the slightly more advanced alternate world could enhance humans with the ability to interact and integrate with machines using their minds and perception.
  • Walter is extremely judgemental towards Dr. Carson. He has no right to be, considering all the things that he has done. It’s moments like this were I really despair with the man. Clearly he’s projecting his own inner contempt on Carson, who’s actually no saint himself.
  • Peter questions Clone Brat’s logic, and perhaps foreshadows his own feelings upon reuniting with his mother in the alternate universe:

“So what, you think if you can find her the two of you are just going to live happily ever after?”

  • This doesn’t excuse Peter’s decision to leave his mom potentially heart-broken again by ditching her without so much as a goodbye or thank-you ma’am. Clone Brat’s ‘mom’ didn’t want him, he was never real to her. Peter’s mom loved him with all of her soul.

Best retrospective performer: Clone Brat

Best retrospective moment: Nina sending Bellie updates.

Retrospective episode rating: 5/10

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Next rewatch episode – 2.08 “August” – TBA.

Comments

  1. Ann_Louise says

    “Walter is extremely judgemental towards Dr. Carson. He has no right to be, considering all the things that he has done. It’s moments like this were I really despair with the man.”

    I agree that Walter is hardly one to be throwing criticism around regarding parenting. But I’ll have to disagree with you (Again! :)) on what this represents for Walter’s character. At this point in the season, we know (as does Walter) what Peter does not – where he is actually from and the circumstances surrounding his kidnapping.
    Part of the heartbreak for me in (re)watching season 2 is seeing moments like this where Walter starts dealing with his sin, knowing that all that’s being built between Walter and Peter will be demolished when Peter learns the truth. Also, we’re watching a Walter who’s had parts of his brains removed at his own request. When Walter asked that of Belly, I think that his guilt over what he’d done (and what indicated he could do) regarding Peter played a large role in the asking.
    Sorry to ramble on, but re-watching this last season is making me more attached to the odd family unit, and Walter is a part of that!

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    • says

      I agree with you here. The past and what he had to do to bring Peter back has been weighing on him, increasingly, since at least the return to Reiden Lake. It’s not too surprising that his own issues arose when dealing with Dr. Carson.

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  2. Alex says

    Ah yes, precocious little Clone Brat…I hated him. Mostly a crap episode. Actually many of the early season 2 eps were below par. But post-Jacksonville things started to pick up a bit of momentum.

    But Walter’s teddy bear was the best performer i think – i liked how that raid scene was shot with the white noise. But i would have liked Broyles to give Peter some attitude after he shot him – such a lukewarm reaction, Broylsey!

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  3. Jophan says

    “Drugs designed to work on computer systems were apparently the source of Clone Brats power.”
    I interpreted this as the cover story, not necessarily the truth. The computer interface drugs seemed to be a current project. Whatever created the ability in the Clone Brats would have been 15 years earlier. The existence of the interface drugs fit your point, though.

    “Peter’s mom loved him with all of her soul.”
    Proof? In “Peter” , she seemed less concerned about his condition than her counterpart had been. Or perhaps she just had more confidence in her husband. Nevertheless, I hope Peter did manage to drop her a letter on his way.

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  4. number six says

    Ah, I love this one. As always, this show is at its best, when it focuses on the father/son relationship. Everyone was in character: Peter with his extremely risky behavior, Walter freaking out without him, Olivia being a professional and Astrid joining the team. Throw in, the right amount of humor, Broyles and Nina being her usual duplicitous self and I’m sold. Tyler was suitably annoying and disturbed.

    I find it amusing, when you say that Peter is being used as a device. It’s like saying they’re using Walter as a device in “Grey Matters”. Of course, the other characters are going to react to the kidnappings, it’s not like they exist in a vacuum. And we know that Walter needs him since the pilot, is that even news?

    As for him not saying goodbye to his mother, as much as I liked Elizabeth and as much as I hope to see her in season 3, once he decided to go back, they were on the run and had no time to lose with goodbyes and whatnot. I’m sure that when Peter meets his mother again a simple “My father wants to hook me to a Machine of Doom and Destruction” will suffice. That is, assuming he didn’t call Elizabeth off screen to say goodbye.

    Back to the episode. I loved the scenes, where Walter and Peter talked about Elizabeth, Peter’s discomfort is obvious, particularly during the kitchen scene. He obviously doesn’t want to be there, but he sits right there like a good son. He has come a long way since season 1, back then he would have cut Walter short and left the room.

    Other scenes I liked:

    – Nina calming down and focusing Walter, a very Peter-like thing to do, and her final scene.

    – Olivia’s concern for Broyles.

    – Olivia during the operation with the wireless headphones.

    – “Massive Dynamic gives me the creeps too.” “We’re gonna crash his brain.” Astrid is love.

    – does he truly love Peter as much as he did his original son? And from the other angle, does Peter love Walter more than he would have loved Walternate?
    Probably not to both questions.

    7.5/10

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    • Valentina says

      I wanted to say that i always agree to your reviews. You say exactly what i feel for every episode..it’s creeping :lol:

      Keep them coming!

      For the episode: i really like this one. It’s not one of the most beautiful episodes of Fringe, but it’s not bad either in my opinion. The only weak point is Tyler, who annoyed me a lot.

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  5. Robert Gertz says

    What’s interesting here is the idea that Massive Dynamic not only cloned the Tylers but has allowed human experimentation on a massive scale. We’d been led to believe MD was relatively benevolent and of course we know William Bell’s character for S2-3 is opposed to the destruction of our world in the war between the universes yet here we have Nina happily sending Bell a love letter with info on their most evil experiment yet. It rather makes one question whether anything Bell or Nina do or say can be trusted in S2-3 and what their ultimate ambitions really are. As to Tyler, I really wish Walter could have developed something to fry the little sob’s brain or caused him to bleed from the eyes in agony then die. He really was one of the despicable Fringe villains, I don’t care if he was “troubled”.

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    • Robert Gertz says

      “Peter? You didn’t tell Agent Dunham or Nina Sharp what really happened to Tyler?”
      “That we had him smash his skull against the point of a concrete block until his brat brains splattered? No, Walter…I figured that was a father-son kinda thing.” “Oh…Good. Just glad I remembered about the Tyler clones so we were able to blackmail Miss Sharp into accepting that the boy accidentally died in the crash.”

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