Welcome to Fringe Observations: the comprehensive Clues and Eastereggs Round-up for episode 2 of season 2 – Night of Desirable Objects.
Below the jump we explore the various clues and eastereggs from the episode and try to figure out what it all means.
More blue lights in this episode. Most of them, like the one’s above, could easily be unintentional.
I suspect these blue lights (above) were also unintentional but I found them interesting in light of what we know about Olivia.
Although the blue flashes in the cavern scene appeared to come from Peter’s torch, I suspect they added in some of the more conventional blue lighting, making these official ‘blue light sightings’ for those of us who are following this overarching thematic.
Green + Red
The green, green, green, red pattern was a regular occurrence throughout season 1 of Fringe, and they made a return in Night of Desirable Objects. What do they mean? My far-out theory is that they simply represent the Observer’s company brand.
Particular focus was given to Olivia hearing a fly during her amplified hearing sequences. Considering this was an episode about genetic mutation, I’d have to guess that the focus on the fly was a hat-tip to Cronenberg’s 1986 movie, “The Fly“.
The Writing’s On The Wall..
The shapeshifter is seen by a wall of graffiti at two different locations – after getting off the phone with Olivia and in the backroom with the typewriter. This could just be a directing thing – a way of subliminally reinforcing the shapeshifter imagery, or perhaps there’s more to it?
(As an aside, the top cap looks a bit like a Vincent Van Gough portrait – if the next episode has something to do with a cut off ear or a self-inflicted gun shot wound, we’ll know that this was the 2.03 episode clue).
Observing The Observer
The Observer can be seen in the corn field just before Amy Jessup enters the Hughes household.
Keep The Faith
Amy Jessup makes a point of noticing the Christian imagery in the Hughes household. She pays particular attention to the newspaper snippet (reporting the death of Mrs Hughes and her baby) found inside the Bible. The fact that the snippet was placed inside the Bible could suggest that Mr. Hughes felt guilt over what he had done (creating a genetically mutated baby which resulted in the death of his wife and others).
Also, it’s worth relating Amy’s attraction to this religious imagery to her Bible/Pattern investigations in ‘New Day’. Although this episode doesn’t lend as much meat as to what her investigations mean, other than keeping her story bubbling along until a more mythology-heavy episode.
Hughes Timeline Is This?
Mr. Hughes said that his wife and child died 17 years ago – this is corrolated by the news report Amy found inside the Bible, which is dated 18th
November September 1992. However, the gravestones of Mrs. Hughes and Baby Hughes are dated November 1991. A 1 year difference. Either this is a pretty poor continuity error, or we were looking at alternate realities without realising it.
I’d be surprised if Bad Robot made such a gaff, but would they give an alternate reality peek in such a mythos-lite episode?
“16 Lanes” could be a literal reference or it could hint towards a deeper meaning (the next episode clue, perhaps?). Also the song playing inside was Dear Mr. Fantasy by Traffic. The title, as a reference to Fringe, speaks for itself.
Here are some of the lyrics:
Dear Mister Fantasy play us a tuneSomething to make us all happyDo anything take us out of this gloomSing a song, play guitarMake it snappyYeah, yeahDear Mister Fantasy play us a tuneSomething to make us all happyDo anything take us out of this gloomSing a song, play guitarMake it snappyYou are the one who can make us all laughBut doing that you break out in tearsPlease don’t be sad if it was a straight mind you hadWe wouldn’t have known you all these years
I feel that this relates to Olivia’s current mood – “Mr Fantasy” could be Sam Weiss. Is he the one to take Olivia out of her gloom?
Back in season 1 episode 11 “Bound“, Ella gave Olivia a Magic Ball with the number 8 on it (inset – A). I speculated that 8 could be Olivia’s “lucky number”, and it looks like this was confirmed in “Desirable Objects” when Sam Weiss guessed (knew?) that Olivia was a size 8.
It might be worth keeping an eye out for future “8” references.
(8 is also one of the L O S T numbers).
Communication Station II
The question of WHO the shapeshifter is communicating with is still an open mystery. The typewriter itself could point to either alter-Bell or alter-Walter. Alter-Jones would be a long-shot and someone we are yet to meet would seem the most likely outcome.
- As mentioned in our 2.02 review, the song playing during the opening scene was Poor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson.
- Not sure if this means anything, but it caught my eye – Peter has the word (brand) “Triumph” on his “02” patch, and the cash register has “Prosper“. These two words are quite similar and I wonder whether they were intentionally used to connect Peter to the shapeshifter’s (or foreshadowing his eventual shift in loyalties)? Unlikely, but I’ll put it out there.
- Olivia has a little scratch on her head – resembling that of The Child..her inner child.
- For some reason the paragraphs on the news clipping seems to repeat itself – a clue, or the props department slacking?
- In the sheriff’s office there’s a poster that resembles Robert Fludd’s depiction of perception. Could this relate to how Sam Weiss will coach Olivia to manage her abilities?
As always, if you have any thoughts on the above, or think we’ve overlooked a clue or easteregg, feel free to let us know in the comments.
Our 1.01 Fringe Observations can be found here.