Welcome to the rewatch for episode 12 of Fringe season 2 – “What Lies Below”. Join us as we head underground in search of any remaining perspectives for the journey ahead.
We have renamed this episode: ..For What You Are.
Newly Observed Perspectives
- We could look at the contaminated building as representing another metaphor for the alternate universe, with our heroes separated on either side of the divide, just as Olivia is from the rest of the team by the end of the second season.
- I do admire Astrid’s belief in Walter. She stuck by his side and put her life on the line, even though he was fresh out of ideas and the situation looked bleak. In the end it was her undying trust in him which led to Walter finding a solution. This made me think of what Walter would say to his wife: “I need you not to doubt me.” This might not have been the implicit intention, but there does seem to be a theme of Walter gaining clarity through other people’s belief in him.
- On some level, and not necessarily an important one, I find it kinda interesting that in this episode Olivia was the hero while Peter was, for all intents and purposes, the villain. A victim, yes, but also the villain. Obviously we can point to the virus taking control of his senses, but Peter was still in there somewhere. And this is one of the first episodes (the other being ‘The Man From The Other Side’) when Peter comes across slightly sinister. And, for the record, if he ever lays hands on the Dunhamnator again, he’s going DOWN!
- The score for the Dunham rescue/elevator sequence is still haunting, captivating, brilliant.
- And for another sleep reference: the knockout gas sends both Peter and Olivia to the land of nod. Perhaps one of the most powerful sleep references courtesy of the transition and appearance of the famed blue lights. I also found it interesting to note that the transition becomes Peter’s point of view, as he hazily observes a deactivated Dunham laying beside him. It may just have been a stylistic choice, but even if it was, I still find that little detail interesting because it communicates something, possibly about the connection between Peter and Olivia.
- This always was one of my favorite Olivia/Peter moments, I wont go into detail because I’ve already said enough about it at the time:
“You weren’t yourself.”
“It’s lucky for me that you were.”
- Well that’s Olivia for you, Peter. Forged in the rings of Saturn, there is only one. Well, there’s two, but the Altlivinator hasn’t yet earned her stripes in this universe.
- Astrid got a tease of who Peter truly was. It’s a shame that she didn’t do much with this information. I don’t think she even brought it up again, which is strange considering that she’s been known to trawl through bins to find crumpled up notes. I guess she respected Walter’s right to privacy, even if he did treat her with the grace of an elbow.
Best retrospective performer: Joshua Jackson.
Best retrospective moment: Elevator rescue sequence/Olivia and Peter share a moment.
Retrospective episode rating: 7/10
Next rewatch episode – 2.13 “The Bishop Revival” – TBA.