In Their Image: New S2 Fringe Cast Photos!


Walter’s smiling because FOX has released a bunch of super-cool new promotional photos of the main Fringe cast members; Astrid, Phillip, Nina, Olivia, Peter and Walter.

Head past the jump to view all 8 photos which definitely get the FringeBlogger Alterverse Stamp of Approval.

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I love the concept behind these photos. I know I’m not alone in looking out for reflections in the show so these should really satisfy the Fringe masses. I particularly like how the ‘mirror’ is literally invisible, seamless – reflecting the idea that the alternate universe is, as Walter put it, “right in front of our eyes”. In fact, it’s not a mirror at all.

I also like the fact that, in a way, Peter is the only character directly looking at us – his hand masking his reflection/double as if to shun his origins, or perhaps the life he has come to know. Another interpretation is that he is covering his image because he doesn’t know who he really is. Further consideration plays into the fact that there is no Peter on the Other Side, so there should be no reflection. Is there an even deeper message behind this?

Character expressions are often revealing. Olivia looks soulful; Broyles, prepared; Nina, suspecting; Astrid, hardened. And Walter just looks gleeful, hands in pocket, grandpa cardigan on.. but will he be smiling by the end of the season?

Another nice touch is the window in each of the individual character photos, echoing the most recent episode and the on-going ‘looking glass’ themes. Is Peter’s reflection trying to look out of the window?

The new group image plays into the color thematics, with Olivia and Peter in their customary black and grey attire and Walter in his white jacket. I also find the photos interesting because of the torches. Each character holds a torch as if to suggest that they each hold a piece of the answer..or truth. Peter is shining his light straight ahead (to the Other Side?), Olivia is a bit more cautious as she sheds light on the dangers that may lie in wait, and Walter shines light on himself – his torch seemingly switched off, but his face reflecting the beams anyway.

Proximity is revealing – There’s a discernible gap between Olivia and Walter, while Peter and Olivia are so close they might as well be one organism. Although..their bodies are slightly angled away from one another. The feet – If his feet could talk I’d say that Peter doesn’t want to be around Olivia and Walter – his feet are pointing AWAY from their position. Olivia’s twinkle toes are pointing dead ahead (neutral?), while Walter’s feet make a bee-line for his son, his body shape mirroring that of the younger Bishop. And of course, we have the reflection, not to mention Olivia being back where she belongs in the center of this big bad crew.

In truth, I’m not sure how much we can really read into this in terms of the remainder of the season (although I think there are a few hints), but it’s always fun to play around with things like this. Feel free to share any thoughts or observations that you may have on these photos.

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  1. Joe Curwen says

    Great pictures, thanks for putting them up.

    The first one gave me a chuckle, it’s like The League of (Freaky) Justice.

    The thing about the “mirror” pictures is that I can’t tell if I’m really seeing a mirror image. It looks like each picture is of *two* identical-looking characters, with the one in the background slightly tilted out of perspective. It’s so subtle that I’m not sure if I’m just imagining it.

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  2. mlj102 says

    I saw these pictures earlier today and I was absolutely thrilled that we got some new promotional pictures! I had been hoping we would get some new ones when the show returned from the dreadful Lowatus, so I was disappointed when we didn’t get anything last week. But I forgive them for being late because these pictures are fantastic!

    “I know I’m not alone in looking out for reflections in the show so these should really satisfy the Fringe masses”

    :)

    It’s no secret that I am particularly mindful of the reflections in this show and I consider them to be intentional and significant, so count me in among the satisfied Fringe masses! Getting new promotional pictures at all would have been cause for celebration as far as I’m concerned, but the fact that these pictures prominently feature reflections made me an especially happy Fringe fan!

    Honestly, though, I really don’t have anything to add. You analyzed these pictures so thoroughly and expertly, that you covered all of the things that I had picked up on when I first saw them. I loved the whole concept of reflections. I was especially intrigued by the Peter picture — my interpretation of that had been one of the last ones you suggested, that he was blocking out the reflection because, technically the reflection doesn’t exist. I also found the one of the three of them to be very intriguing — like you, I immediately noticed the obvious and seemingly deliberate gap between Olivia/Peter, and Walter. I think that could be foreshadowing to the end of the season and the way Peter and Olivia could likely team up, temporarily abandoning Walter because of the things he did. The flashlights (off topic: “torch”?! — Roco, are you British? I did not know that…) were also a nice touch. The first thing I noticed was Walter holding his up to his face, and it made me laugh because I saw it as a typical thing that Walter would do … Peter and Olivia are being all serious and professional, and Walter is playing around with his equipment. Then I realized the differences in the way Peter and Olivia were shining their flashlights and it seemed to carry greater significance than just Walter being Walter. It’s interesting to note the contrast of the essential darkness on Walter’s side of the picture — for the most part, you don’t see any light coming from him — while Peter, on the other hand, is giving off a great deal of light, almost to the point where it’s almost blinding because it’s right in our eyes. Also interesting is that Olivia seems to be looking at something — whatever they’re investigating, whatever’s in front of them — while Peter appears to be looking directly at us. Perhaps this is showing a different focus or a different perspective. Kind of like in the pictures we got at the beginning of the season, where they all seemed to be looking off in different directions.

    Goodness… for not having anything to add, I sure managed to say a lot, huh? I really need to work on being more brief…

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      mlj:“It’s no secret that I am particularly mindful of the reflections in this show and I consider them to be intentional and significant, so count me in among the satisfied Fringe masses!”

      :) I was thinking of you when I mentioned the reflections, you’re definitely the expert when it comes to finding them!

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  3. Elaine says

    Oh, I love analyzing photos for hidden and intentional meaning.

    Roco, you had similar thoughts that I did regarding the expressions on each characters faces. Of course, Peters photo is unique in and of itself for a number of reasons which you brought out. However, what I noticed…with Olivia’s especially is, the person looking towards the mirror seems to different than the one facing the camera…as if, and I realize this may be taking things a bit far, the Olivia facing the mirror is from the other side, and the one looking at the camera is our Olivia…sort of the reverse of the other characters with the exception of Peter.

    I adore the idea that alt/Astrid is more hardened, cynical, yet not completely lacking in empathy or warmth much like the Astrid we’ve come to know. Nina’s mirror reflection appears almost worried–which is so unlike the Nina we’ve come to know. Broyles…I don’t know, maybe burdened, but doggedly determined to go foward doing whatever he has to…? Walter…I admit, I’m stumped. It’s hard to wrap my mind around a gleeful Walter right nowfrom either side…unless he’s figment of the imagination Walter from the mental institution.

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      Elaine: “However, what I noticed…with Olivia’s especially is, the person looking towards the mirror seems to different than the one facing the camera…as if, and I realize this may be taking things a bit far, the Olivia facing the mirror is from the other side, and the one looking at the camera is our Olivia…sort of the reverse of the other characters with the exception of Peter.”

      Elaine, I really like that idea! It’s so subtle, but think that may be what the photographer was trying to convey. Maybe it’s because we can’t see ANY of her face or neck?

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  4. LizW65 says

    I’m impressed–it takes real expertise to photograph an image in a mirror without picking up either the camera flash or the photographer him/herself. As many of you have already noted, the images in the mirror don’t quite seem to match in some instances, which makes me question whether an actual mirror was used in all the shots or if some of them were photoshopped.

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    • mlj102 says

      Actually, if you watch the Season 2 photo shoot video, you’ll see several brief glimpses where they’re taking these pictures, and it looks like they were really using a mirror. Of course, that’s not to say that they didn’t photoshop it later (like they did with the black table reflections) but I think it would have been much more complicated if they did go that route…

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  5. says

    mlj102 April 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Actually, if you watch the Season 2 photo shoot video, you’ll see several brief glimpses where they’re taking these pictures, and it looks like they were really using a mirror. Of course, that’s not to say that they didn’t photoshop it later (like they did with the black table reflections) but I think it would have been much more complicated if they did go that route…

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    I would be surprised, no shocked if the two shots were taken separately and photoshopped. It is nothing to do that. It would be harder to have a mirror with them.

    The Peter-Olivia-Walter pic: Peter is looking at “us”, the viewers, and his light shines straight at us. This, to me, means that Peter is going to find out who he is, and that has direct implications on the plot.

    Olivia is pointing her light down, and if you notice, her neck is bent so it looks like she is looking around something as if searching/investigating for the truth.

    Walter refuses to turn on the flashlight, but he clutches it because it points right at him. So, even though Walter doesn’t want it to be about him, it still is–and there is light shining on his face. He also stands a little bit apart from Peter and Olivia cause he really does not want anything to be his fault, even when it is.

    in Olivia’s pic of “herself’ she isn’t looking at herself or at us. Her “eyes” (eyeballs) are tilted to look up.

    Another thing that jumps out at me is the “setting” of the individual pics, which has an “industrial” feel, concrete walls with a window. Walter’s Lab is like this, and in direct opposite to the setting at Massive Dynamics.

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  6. Bailey says

    I think that the ripples on the floor in front of Walter’s feet and the ripples behind Peter and Broyles in the full cast photo are interesting. There also seems to be a pathway between Peter and Olivia.

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  7. Inkblood says

    I loved Peter’s pic most of all. That picture says alot.
    I hate that Olivia only wears her uniform. Please, sister, some primary colors? If you need help, look in the 8 count crayon boxes. Don’t pick black.

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