Fringe Rewatch: 2.12 ..For What You Are


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

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Next rewatch episode – 2.13 “The Bishop Revival” – TBA.

Comments

  1. Anjali says

    “And, for the record, if he ever lays hands on the Dunhamnator again, he’s going DOWN!”

    I love this line!

    “The score for the Dunham rescue/elevator sequence is still haunting, captivating, brilliant.”

    This is the episode where I just fast-forward to that sequence, because the score is just bloody brilliant.

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  2. runpaceyrun says

    Can i just be totally obvious here and say that this episode was fantastic because Josh Jackson’s shirt was removed very early on and it remained off for the rest of the episode. I love looking at this man. He is totally brilliant and hot, hot, hot!!!!
    I will also say that i have loved EVERY episode of FRINGE so far BUT if Altlivia hurts Peter in any way i WILL hurt her. Even if it means flying over from Australia to do it! (and i dont really want to hurt a fellow aussie…BUT if it has to be done..it will!)

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  3. says

    “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.”

    Let’s be fair to Astrid. When Walter says he doesn’t want to talk about something, he means business.

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  4. Catherine says

    What was Astrid supposed to do with that little bit of rather hazy info.? “Hey, Peter. You’re father said that he couldn’t let you die, AGAIN.” She didn’t understand what it meant, so she sat on it. Makes sense to me.

    And Peter, for the record,…Peter is NOT a villian. :D He and Olivia look after each other. In this episode, “The virus made him do it.” Olivia got the ventilation system working just in time. Peter would have been the first one shot.

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  5. Alex says

    I love the scene where Peter is first discovered to be infected and their both standing on opposite sides of the glass, when he’s begging her to let him out and clawing at the window like a puppy : )

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  6. QuoteGirl says

    I wouldn’t go as far to say that Peter is the villain in this episode but he’s definitely something.

    And that something kinda scared me during my first watch of it. I was seriously considering that he would shoot her or punch her or knock her out cold. Guess I don’t have enough faith in Boy Wonder.

    Since I can’t recall the elevator scene, I guess an actual re-watch and not re-read the re-watch article is in order.

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  7. number six says

    If it wasn’t clear before this episode that Astrid is beyond awesome, What Lies Below proves it.

    Everyone was fantastic. Peter as antagonist is really something. Seeing how scary and dangerous he was here, Olivia is lucky he’s an ally in normal circumstances. I like how he took control over the virus and managed not to shoot her.

    The longing stares between Olivia and Peter are epic here. I love how they keep staring at each other, when he’s sick in that bed. Even when Walter and Astrid leave the tent, they don’t break eye contact. I bet they went on like this for hours.

    The virus killed Peter’s awful leather jacket, so I rate this episode 8/10.

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