One thing that I have realised from watching JJ. Abrams shows, is that there are rarely any coincidences. People don’t just ‘show up’ for no good reason (Paulo and Nikki aside, although JJ. had flown the nest by then). Which brings me to this interchange between Olivia and the ‘newbie’ on the scene, Sandford Harris – the man she had prosecuted for sexual abuse, years earlier.
Olivia: “Why am I cuffed to the bed?”
Harris: “Because this is the kind of authority that I have here. You see, my conviction on sexual assaults, that you so ably prosecuted, is overturned. Homeland security, for whom I consult, has assigned me to review Fringe Division.”
Olivia: “Just like that?”
*Harris nods smugly
Harris: “Which gives me the prerogative to question your sanity, your loyalty, your worthiness to serve. It seems to me the people you have surrounded yourself with have failed those tests at every turn…”
Now perhaps I’m being overly cynical; looking for something that isn’t there? But he seems to be repeating the rhetoric of those already familiar to us. The timing of his ‘overturned’ conviction and his assignment on Fringe Division, makes me believe that Sandford had help. But help from who? I could be wrong, but I think that he’s secretly working for another entity – someone with influence on the legal system and a vested interest in Olivia and the Fringe Division.
The obvious answer would be Massive Dynamic. It was only recently that Nina Sharp questioned Olivia’s ‘sanity’, when she suspected their involvement in the death of Mark Young. A far more complicated alternative would be ZFT and David Jones. Another one who has an active interest in Olivia (he had her abducted no-less), and the very man who questioned the ‘loyalty’ of Olivia and those whom she surrounds herself with. Although, why would Jones hire Harris? After all, he did, with some persuasion, approve Olivia’s investigation into the ‘human cell virus’ – which eventually led to the capture of Jones’ disciple, Mitchell Loeb. Unless that was all part of the plan?
I don’t have all of the pieces just yet, but I don’t think Harris’ resurrection happened by chance. Someone is playing with Olivia..question is; who likes to play games? ..or rather, who doesn’t?