Welcome to the rewatch for episode 8 of Fringe season 2 – “August”. Join us as we create an irregularity in the timeline by preventing Peter from ever laying eyes on Altlivia.
We have renamed this episode: I Got Involved.
Newly Observed Perspectives
- Naivety vs emotions. September was naive when he caused Walternate to miss the cure for Peter, thus altering the course of events which he then had to realign. While August’s irregularity came as a result of his emotions. It’s interesting to consider how August developed (or unlocked) this emotional response. We’ve often talked about proximity in this show, and how thoughts and feelings can transfer from one person to another just by thinking or feeling. Perhaps we can use this as a base for understanding how emotions can cause an Observer’s perspective to change. How much does one’s experiences play a role in how they see the world?
- It’s clear that Peter displays abilities similar to those of the Observers, whether it’s his low-level ability to read people, the power to bring things to life through tough, or the gift of soothing people around him. The list goes on. For the most part it’s been subtle, but the parallels have been there since the Arrival. Then there’s the Observers vested interest in Peter. In this particular Peter. What made him special, more important than Other Peter? Are we looking at nature or nurture? Was he born that way, or was it something Walternate or the Observers did to him? Is Peter himself an Observer, or a hybrid of some kind? Is he the source in more ways than one? These the are type of questions we’ll hopefully be exploring.
- With time the way it is on this show, we should perhaps consider the possibility that the Observers could be tasked by the likes of Peter, or Walter, Walternate, or even Olivia? Who knows.
- I’ve always found it interesting to consider the possibility that, in many ways, the future of both universes and the characters within, has already been played out – at least from the Observers perspective. They can see time as a whole, they know what is supposed to happen (at least, to a point). With this in mind, there is a much larger ‘road not taken’ theme at work here.
- Brandon, who knows everything because he wears a lab coat, says that the Observers are showing up with much more frequency of late than over the past 5000 years of human history. In the first season, Nina indicated that something happened the last time their appearances went up a notch, although we are yet to find out what that was. At any rate, all of this corroborates Bellie’s claim that this Wave could indeed be the last, most damaging, Wave of all. At least for one universe.
- The green, green, green, red. We know that it makes time appear to stand still for those who observe the sequence. We also know that its mythology is connected to the Observers. On a broader scale, could the Observers use this device to help them manage time, could this account for why the two universes are often out of sync? Or, perhaps it is the means by which they project through realities? I don’t expect either of these ideas to be correct, but since it’s a rewatch I thought I’d try to offer some alternative possibilities.
- Is there more than one set of Observers? I think the show has already intimated that there are with John Mosley, who also wore the green/red sequence, and had lower-level Observeresque gear.
- I guess Observer Dude’s comment about things getting hard for Olivia are most relevant not that she’s trapped on the other side. But if they could perceive that outcome, why was September so ‘suprised’ by Peter’s disappearance when it happened? Did they not also foresee that? I guess certain events are more fixed than others. It’s also likely that the ‘future’ (if we look at it that way) is constantly changing before their eyes.
Best retrospective performer: Peter Woodward.
Best retrospective moment: August’s death.
Retrospective episode rating: 7/10
Next rewatch episode – 2.09 “Snakehead” – TBA.