Since Fringe is still a couple of weeks away from returning, I thought I’d take a few minutes to share my personal observations of the possible eastereggs and clues from the latest Fringe comic – Issue #3. As the comic contains two separate stories, I’ll start with “The Escape”, and post my observations from “Run Away” at a later date.
Clue #1 – Scanners
Dr. Matheson uses a biometric hand scanner similar to those that are prevalent throughout Massive Dynamic. Matheson even looks a little bit like a younger Nina Sharp. Although, I suspect that this parallel might be more to do with the possibility that Massive Dynamic are the modern day incarnation of the Fresh Start Soap Company, than Matheson and Nina being the same person.
Further to that, the scanner seen in the comic, the events of which take place during the 1970’s era, might also allude to the idea that the ‘Fresh Start’ company were way ahead of their time.
Clue #2 – The Root(beer) of Walter’s Senses
“It’s just…I smell popcorn” – Walter displays a confusion of his own senses; smelling things that are seemingly not there. This suggests that Walter’s synaptic transfer with Dr. Matheson was the cause of his random cravings, and confused state of mind. The mind-meld that he experienced could well have been the first of many explorations which left a piece of another person’s senses inside of Walter’s consciousness (and vise-versa).
Clue #3 – Whatta Spectacle
The comics continue the depict early Walter as a glasses wearer. Yet in the show his eyesight appears to be fine, and we have no evidence of him wearing contact lenses. Which begs the question, how did his eyesight improve enough to abandon the round spectacles? Did he undergo early laser eye surgery prior to being sent to St. Claire’s? Or..is our Walter actually an Alter — one who never wore glasses in the first place? Despite being a long-time theorizer of the multiple reality idea, I think that the former is more likely.
Clue 4 – “Heart & Brain”
William: “This is the teleporter’s heart and brain all rolled into one”
Walter: “It’s fantastic!”
William: “It ought to be, it’s our design”
This conversation adds further fuel to the suggestion that Walter and William, on some level, share the same consciousness (“heart and brain” being symbolic of two separate organs which are part of the same whole). There is also a prominent image of this “heart and brain” device (inset C) which powers the teleporter — a tube in the shape of the infinity symbol. I feel that this is an intentional reference to the show, specifically episodes 1.09 “The Dreamscape” and 1.10 “Safe“, where an infinity symbol can just about be seen on the blue vans (A, B above, or seen more clearly here).
The infinity symbol has several meanings, however I would guess that in the context of “Fringe”, it will have the following connotations: “endless” (elixer representing eternal life?), “boundless” (science as THE frontier?), or “many” (the Multiverse/realities?).
It’s presence in both the show and the comic might say something about the sides in the war alluded to in the ZFT manuscript. If the “heart and brain” of the teleporter (represented by the infinity tube) was based on Walter and William’s design, and stolen by the Fresh Start Soap Co. — who are possibly an early incarnation of Massive Dynamic, then what does that say about the infinity symbol being on Mitchell Loeb’s van? Perhaps it gives us further insight into where Mitch, David Jones and ZFT stand in this war, particularly in relation to some of the other known players?