Welcome to the rewatch for episode 18 of Fringe season 2 – “The Man From The Other Side”. Join us as we search for remaining perspectives before breaking the good news to Peter.
We have renamed this episode: The Human Dimension.
Newly Observed Perspectives
- I’ve always been intrigued by the shapeshifters and their contributions to the show’s exploration of identity. I am curious to know more about them. For instance, when the shapeshifters take on an identity, what else do they assume? The soul? Humanity? Do they bring anything else to the identities they acquire?
- “At least she died in a happy place”. Really Peter? The girl was just murdered, have some consideration.
- The two universes being out of sync seems to account for Olivia’s time-slips when she met with William Bell.
- Poor Elizabeth. What a terrible place she must have been in to commit suicide. I guess her guilt got the better of her in a way that it didn’t with Walter, who, as we know, liberated himself of many of those haunting memories during his incarceration.
- Interesting that when Peter comes round after getting knocked unconscious on the bridge, we see through his eyes as he flickers awake in machine-like fashion. I wonder if that little nuance was intentional, considering the upcoming Doomsday machine storyline? Either way, he’s definitely viewing the world through a different perspective from this point.
- I’ve always been intrigued by the handshake between Walternate and The Newt. I call it the hand of humanity, because I wonder what such a gesture meant to Newton on a personal level? He seemed to understand its power, its acceptance. Perhaps such an offering would mean more to him than it would to a ‘normal’ human? I really hope we get to explore these shapeshifters more in season 3.
Best retrospective performer: Joshua Jackson.
Best retrospective moment: Peter realizing that he’s from the other side / confronting Walter
Retrospective episode rating: 8/10
Next rewatch episode – 2.19 “Brown Betty” – TBA.