Here’s our easteregg observations for episode 1.02 “The Same Old Story”. Thanks to Fringe-Forum.com for some of the screencaps used in this post.
Poor old Loraine, first her mother botches up her name and gives her ‘Daisy’ as a middlename, then she has the misfortune to give birth to a man-baby. And what does the father do? He dumps her at the hospital with no forwarding address - typical man..boy..or whatever Christopher is..was.
Anyway, if you followed the Fringe viral during the summer, you will have noticed that one of the most prominent images was that of a hybridized Daisy with a dragonfly wing as one of it’s petels. Our Loraine not only has the middle name ‘Daisy’, but her unfortunate sisters are also all named after flowers. Flowers are coded by a very specific pattern, or sequence – Fibonacci. Coincidence? Only if you call planting seeds coincidence. It’s also worth noting that there were lots of flower images in the Massive Dynamic waiting room – see here for more.
Lordess of the Ring:
The exuberant Nina Sharp is always good for a bit of debate, if it isn’t her “I’ll be back” hand, it’s her Cheshire cat grin, and failing that it’s her new ring that she was sporting in 1.02. They gave it too much focus and attention for it to not be alluding to something. Considering she’s one of a select group of private individuals with clearance to information regarding “the pattern”, and attends crisis meetings in the bowl of night (inset), it’s safe to assume that this ring represents a membership, or status of some kind. Then there was the leaf necklace that she was wearing in the pilot – the leaf also being a part of the Fringe viral campaign.
You Can Leave Your Hat On:
Who is this man and what is he doing outside of Massive Dynamic, and why was he watching Walter/Peter as they walked past him at the hospital?
The Pen-ny Drops:
The appearance of Claus Penrose (right) in episode 2 was foreshadowed by a poster with a pen and a rose (left), outside the Massive Dynamic head-quarters in the pilot episode.
It’s a-boat time…travel?:
Remember the “ZENO” kayak we mentioned in our easteregg 1.01 round-up? We think we have a parallel reference, in the shape of the toy yacht that the little boy and his father were playing with. Not only is this another boat reference, but there’s a small marking on the sail of the yacht. It appears to be an “A” – similar to the “A” marking that is also on the “ZENO” kayak. We’re pretty sure that these boat references will be explained eventually, perhaps linking to Olivia’s past and the mention of her uncle in 1.01. There are also some time-travel allusions in there. There was just too much Olivia angst in that scene for this to mean nothing.
Lock up Your Strippers!
The final scene of episode 2 showed us three more Christopher Penroses – two in Massive Dynamic incubators (notice the “M” logo at the side of the incubators) with one in the centre – almost done hatching. This seems to suggest that the people who paid Penrose to conduct the initial ‘Christopher’ experiment are in fact Massive Dynamic, who have since grown more siblings – perhaps Penrose also loves them as much as he did his other man-son?
This made us laugh – we haven’t marked it, but if you look closely you’ll notice that both of the incubators have telephones attached to them. What, do they use this to sing lullabyes to the young’un? “Row, row, row your boat..”