As many of you may know, hidden in the opening title sequence of Fringe episodes are the words “Observers Are Here”(as illustrated above). Like many fans, we believe this to be a reference to the Observer, who has appeared in each of the episodes so far. Sometimes he’s at a ‘pattern-event’, other times he appears to be watching Olivia and the team as they themselves affect and influence “the pattern”.
It’s widely speculated that the Observer is a time-traveller (I personally think that he could also be some-kind of inter-dimensional traveller, but I’ll leave that for another day) – a future or past visitor who seems to have been recording data (events) for many, many years. Indeed, he was the one who rescued the Bishop’s from the frozen lake, if Walter is to be believed.
OBSERVERS ARE HERE
But let’s look more closely at this clue: Observers Are Here. It seems simple enough in it’s duality – both the Observer and his ‘colleagues’ are watching mankind experiment with fringe science, and we, the viewing audience are also observing events from an almost ‘unseen’ position (or dimension, if you will) – indeed, we are also observers, and we are also here. But what happens when we rearrange the letters to produce an anagram from “Observers Are Here”?
BEHAVE SEER ERRORS
We might be looking at pure coincidence here, but if we change the words ‘behave’ and ‘seer’ into their lateral meanings, the above anagram (or synonym) could be argued to read: “Correct (Behave) Future (Seer) Errors“. As in, the Observer is here to monitor events in our time-line that serve to manifest something very bad in the future. In other words, the Observer is from the future and he’s recording data in a bid to correct future errors as a result of mankind’s meddling in fringe science.
An alternative is that we take the word “seer” in it’s literal form; “prophet” or “clairvoyant”, in which case the Observer would not necessarily be from the future..but be able to see the future. This could help to explain why he is always at a “pattern-event” (etc) before it happens (the elevator disaster in episode 1.05 “Power Hungry” is a classic example).
It’s a long shot, I admit. But if it turns out that the Observer is here to correct errors or that he can see the future, then it’s either great word-play (on the part of the writers) or a freaky coincidence. At some point I hope to delve deeper into this idea, and expand on what these “errors” might be.
’til next time.