People using their minds to turn off lights – it could only be “Fringe”! But who did it, who passed Jones’ test, was it Olivia or Peter?
I get the sense that whilst the writers want us to believe that it was Olivia, they also want us to further question Peter’s ‘specialness’.
PETER: “I think I’ve got a weird connection”
I think he’s right.
1. We know that Peter is special, least not because his father performed experiments on him as a child, including hooking him up to car batteries! I’d hate to second guess Walter, but why else would he do this unless he wanted to test how special his son was? We also know that Peter had an ‘out of mind experience’ with the Observer in episode 1.04. Whilst it’s thought that the Observer was inside of Peter’s head, reading his thoughts before Peter had even thought of them, perhaps it was also the other way wound, maybe Peter was inside of the Observer’s head? That is, what if Peter’s mind is like a giant amplifier? ..after all, he has a weird connection. For an example, think Roy McComb picking up the ‘Ghost Network’. Walter has already stated that we have to ‘reconsider the way in which we consider communication’.
2. The ZFT manuscript talks about the “soldier” being “unwilling”. This may or may not mean anything, but I think that Peter is much more unwilling than Olivia. Olivia is the one who dives into memory tanks, whilst Peter is the one who stops to question:
Why is it when anyone has something they don’t understand, they come to us?
So, if Peter is special, then he’d probably be a stronger potential “warrior” than Olivia. At least according to the ZFT pre-requisites
3. Does Peter know that he’s special? Taking into account my above points, I’d have to say that he does. But he’s also “unwilling” – as “The Arrival” so wonderfully showed, he wants to get the hell outta Dodge, but something keeps pulling him back in. We also know that he’s good at magic..perhaps that’s a metaphor for just how much ‘ability’ he has?
And so we’d have balance – not just with ZFT/Massive Dynamic, David Jones/Nina Sharp (both having the shakes), Walter Bishop/William Bell, but we also have Peter and Olivia. Both, possibly, Cortexiphan kids, one an FBI agent who is prepared to cut corners to get answers, the other a member of the criminal world who is working for a government task force.
So my answer most definitely has to be that BOTH Olivia and Peter disabled the bomb with their minds.
In an episode which featured the cautionary tale of the convergence of worlds, it seems only right that from this fear should stem the hope that we can put our heads together to solve the problems facing the world. I can’t think of a better message than that. The Observers may be here..but so are we..still.
Of course, the writers may not choose to go down this route; they may be steering us down the wrong path, leading us to think that Olivia is special, when it turns out that Nina is lying about the clinical trial in Jacksonville! Whatever the case may be – Cortexiphan or not, I’m looking forward to finding out more about Olivia and Peter’s origins.