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
Next rewatch episode – 2.08 “August” – TBA.