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.
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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.