Fringe "An Origin Story" Review: If You Can't Beat Them, Become Them

Fringe S05E05: "An Origin Story"

One of the scariest clues Friday's HUGE episode of Fringe was right there in the episode title. "An Origin Story" dealt with the difficult mourning process for Peter and Olivia after they lost their daughter Etta, but what/who was it an origin story for? The answer might not be the one we want.

After Season 5 began like a fanfic action movie, continued as a tedious scavenger hunt, and became a devastating tale of loss last week, it found some great footing in "An Origin Story." It was probably the best of the young season so far because it meant so much for what's left to come (unlike "The Recordist," with its inconsequential bark-faced filler) and brought Fringe back to what it is really about—character—while intertwining it with plenty of standalone plot. That's really just a long-winded way of saying things this episode seemed to be the instigating event that will drive the rest of the season.

Sure, Season 5 could have continued with Astrid lasering tapes out of amber and Olivia and Peter shooting pew-pew lasers at Loyalists and Observers until Walter's plan came together, and we'd all sit around in a few years and say, "Yeah, Season 5 was alright, I guess, I dunno I barely remember what happened. Something about tapes?" Except we're here for the characters, and it was looking like Season 5 was going to be a simple good-guys-beat-the-bad-guys story, which just wouldn't cut it.

"An Origin Story" was all about the past repeating itself as Peter and Olivia both handled Etta's death in different ways. The same different ways as before, decades ago when they lost Etta the first time. The same different ways that almost tore their relationship apart as Peter angrily fought to find Etta and Olivia moved on to help save the world because she might be avoiding the "mother" thing she didn't always feel ready for. And each party learned from their previous experience, one by realizing her mistakes and one by going on a raging bender of torture and murder!

Emotional contrast was the play here, and it worked really well. At first, Olivia's reaction (and her attitude this entire season) initially made me sigh. Did we really need to see this once mighty female character resigned to frosty detachment? But you know what? Olivia's always been closed-off with her emotions, only popping her head out of her shell thanks to Peter and his dimples. Girl has mental problems, no doubt. So to see Olivia like this was pretty fair for her character, and the journey she set out on thanks to Walter's concern made it worthwhile. Here's a woman who grew before our very eyes and faced one of her worst fears when she finally acquiesced and watched the tape of young Etta's birthday party. It wasn't anything you'd cry over (but you probably did, didn't you?) and it was a tad ham-fisted, but it worked competently when compared to Peter's outing.

Oh Peter. PETER! This episode was all about Peter. While Olivia sat around deciding whether or not to watch a video tape, Peter gathered all his sadness and molded it into a giant ball of hate and torture. Sure, Walter's plan of unscrambling video tapes and building a better mouse trap with red rocks, physics formulas, and whatever else the tapes said to get (a hollowed-out avocado? A muffler from a '67 Mustang? What will the tapes ask for next!?!?) is the main goal here, but who has time to wait for everything to come together when revenge is banging on the door and asking to be let in NOW? Not Peter, that's for sure. So Peter came up with a plan to really annoy the Observers.

The details of the plan aren't that integral to this conversation, but I'll go over them in brief. The Observers were shipping components for their air-degradation systems through wormholes (cool), so Peter figured he'd close down their shipping lane by throwing some anti-matter into the wormhole—you know, typical Sunday-afternoon stuff. Conveniently, the Resistance kidnapped an Observer and stole a wormhole-opening cube, setting Peter's plan into motion. There was just one problem: The cube wasn't assembled, and it had to be put together as though it belonged to Mr. Rubik! Fortunately Peter had just finished the Season 2 DVD set of Lie to Me and was well-versed in involuntary human "tells," so he read the Observer's eyes for pupil dilation and nervous sweats as he held up pieces of the cube, the idea being that the Observer would accidentally give up the correct instructions through twitches and such. (Okay, maybe that wasn't so brief.)

This sounds like a couple guys playing a board game together, but it was actually very unpleasant to watch! Peter was straight-up MEAN and showed a side of himself we rarely see. The Observer, let's call him April because that would be a funny name for an Observer and it's consistent with the month thing, was just as nasty to Peter, which made for some terrific dialogue as Peter accused April of being an emotionless suit and April likened humans to ants, oblivious to the shoe that was about to stomp on them. If I were scoring the trash-talking, I'd probably have it 10-8 April. That bit about the ants was deep and spot-on and terrifying! From now on, I'm looking toward the heavens, and if I see a Nike logo I'm diving for cover, that's for sure.

But this battle wasn't won with words, and after Peter's plan to close the wormhole didn't work (probably because the Observers can just move stuff around in time or something?), things got dark. With his frustration mounting, Peter declared, "I would be ten times who you are if I had your tech in my head," and then a big lightbulb went off. He tore into April's neck and dug out the tech that makes Observers Observers and creepily let it squirm its way up into his own neck. Totally gross!

And that was the origin story of "An Origin Story," how Peter became THE PETERVER or the THE OBSERVETER or [whatever you come up with that's probably better than those two]! If the scenes from next week's episode are any indication, the neck upgrade will have Neo'd out Peter with all sorts of enhanced abilities, minus the pale skin. But is he a super-powered freedom fighter or a hate-fueled venge-monster? My grandpappy used to sit me down his knee and say, "Timmy, nothing good can come from foreign technology that you rip out of a bad guy's neck and insert into your own brain," and I think he was probably right. The Peterver is going to be a great asset to the Resistance, but at what cost? Probably some semblance of his humanity. Expect a lot less boy-next-door-Pacey in the next few episodes and a lot more PETER SMASH as the Observer update hollows him out (but also allows him to do cool things like catch Observer punches!) and turns him into something he wasn't.

This is going to be particularly painful for Olivia, who just came around to understanding that coping with loss means being near your loved ones. The last time Etta was out of the picture, Olivia left (one could say she moved on, but I think she was avoiding the issue) and Peter stayed behind. This time, Olivia is willing to stay and it's Peter who will be putting distance between them. "Peter, I want you to come home, I don’t want to lose you," Olivia said as Peter felt the juice from the Observer upgrade. I think you're too late, Olivia. The forecast calls for plenty of dead Observers with sustained stretches of heartbreak.

"An Origin Story" played very well off last week's "The Bullet That Saved the World," giving this season the kick in the pants that it badly needed. We can see where we're headed and it's not pretty—but it feels right.



NOTES

– Ever since the premiere, the action sequences have looked awfully stiff. I suppose if there's one aspect of Season 5 I don't mind struggling through, it's the action sequences. But Fringe should be able to do better. I do think the show does incredible things with effects, though.

– Is Astrid just going to be a lab tech all season?

– Dogs DO smile, you big bald liar!

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Geeeh, thanks for the gif... :/ I really do hope they have a plan. I couldn't stand to see this one go out with a soft pouf instead of the boom it deserves. Or become totally ridiculous like every ending of the Scream Movies b/c they have to scram all the answers into the very last minutes.

Watching Peter is like watching a kitten on top of the shelf. You can't really look cause you're afraid it's gonna fall down but you also know there's gonna be trouble when it starts knocking stuff over.... Gonna close my eyes and hope that the world-saving-version of Olivia will kick in some time soon...
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WHAT AN EPISODE.

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Peter's fatal flaw is that he takes everything too personally and vows revenge until his dying day, until he gets revenge in one form or another and then wanders around looking for something else to do, much like Inigo Montoya on the Princess Bride. Granted, watching your daughter die in front of your eyes after only having spent a combined 5 of her 20 something years with her is pretty brutal.
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"My name is Peter Bishop. You killed my daughter. Prepare to die."
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This was a decent episode. I still love this show but some of the energy that has made the show great in the past seems to be missing this year. Maybe that's what they're going for? But it does feel a bit off... I still love the show but I just wish they could slow it down a bit. I know this is tough being the final season and their trying to crunch as much as possible just wish they could do more fringe cases rather than trying to save the world like some action movie.
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I actually have a question... is it just me, or did Olivia jump to another time/dimension when she was going after peter once their plan fail? I think that this is only possible becuase she was feeling scared, and we all know that we she is afraid, she can transfer to another dimension.
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Okay, good. I'm glad that other people thought this was the best episode this season so far. Good performances from Anna and Joshua. However, when did we find out about the Observer's having... whatever that tech is? If it was before this episode I don't remember.
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I really think that Peter colud be the first!

All Observers came from the future right? So the first one had to be created / born / made sometime before the future. So Peter using the tech on himself could be the event that created the Observers and sometime in the future they came to the past.

So they knew that Peter was going to do that but couldn't stop him or else they would never exist!



Damn time travel make my head spin...
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I had a similar thought... the was the Origin story... of the OBSERVERS. With Peter being the first.

Though... you'd think they would have been a little less eager to disappear Peter from the timeline last season. Even if they somehow insulated themselves from changes to their past.
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How could Peter possibly be the first Observer when he is using the technology THEY invented, therefore they already exist????? it just doesn't make sense.



If the Observers can see past, present and future they must know that Peter has done the implant thing, musn't they?
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Typical Paradox stuff: where you are both the cause and effect. Like: going back in time to save Lincoln from assassination... but in doing so you accidentally GAVE Boothe the idea (and plan) to do it and thus created the assassination you wanted to prevent. You are destined to ALWAYS go back and thus always create it, and as such the whole chicken/egg thing comes into play.

It was used often in time-travel literature.

Though lately, then tend to go with parallel timelines and such.
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that's the butterfly effect for ya(or better them:P )

he "techs" himself,becomes "better,SMARTER,faster,....Peter"...so with tech inside him,surely he knows how to make more of them or learns how to make more. therefore he becomes First of many:D
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What an episode! Absolutely the best offering of this season so far. Sad plots are often the most tangible ones, touching upon the matters of importance. I've seen a prime example of this with "An Origin Story". Yet sad doesn't just have to mean depressing - even if I understand that some people had hoped to get a higher dose of optimism after last episode's painful loss, you could still find the strengths and notable truths in what was shown.

Peter's grief blinding him to many good aspects of his life that still weren't lost to him (primarily Olivia, but also Walter), subtly showing how easily one could slip into the spiralling circle of negative emotions... one that might be hard to get out of. You can get all depressed over that, I suppose, or it can make you ponder on what really matters. Not with a grin on your face, naturally, but not necessarily by being all gloomy, either. There is a fine balance somewhere inbetween, and for me Fringe still carries that message of hope.



The show has also always been about the characters, indeed. So many powerhouse performances help one realise it even better.

When Walter delivered his rousing speech over the birthday videotape to Olivia, I thought that John Noble did it again - left everyone way behind. But Joshua Jackson did not yield that easily, and he did what he had proven himself capable of doing a few times in the past - fueled Peter with a concoction of truly moving, conflicting emotions. And then Anna Torv underlined it all by doing what her Olivia does best: showing subdued, yet overhelming feelings.

No matter what, this is one of the episodes that I'm going to remember - even if it were just for the acting itself.



But of course, it won't be ambered in my memory only because of the finest of performances. The implications for Peter taking that one step further (too far?) seem tremendous. It was shocking, it opened a whole cube of questions (as if we didn't have enough at this point...), and I can't help but wonder if any possibility of going back is still open. Here is hoping that he can cling to his humanity throughout that journey of revenge.
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My main problem with season 5 is that I still have trouble wrapping my brain around the Observers taking over the world and everything that goes with it. I keep getting stuck on the way they see and move through time, as introduced by September early in the series, and their getting involved in the present is still kind of a problem for me. So the wormhole thing made me go a little "what? ...but?". Well maybe I'm just missing/not understanding something.

It was still a really great episode. I'm sad about Etta, but I thought her death was a really good (and gutsy) move for the series. Peter and Olivia were both amazing!

I get what you mean about the action scenes though. I don't find them very exciting.
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Yup, the observers taking over, to me, is a kind of stupid direction they went in this year. The observers were something interesting and mysterious, moved through time, etc. and now they're evil entities, and NO explanation of the fact that Peter disappeared and is in the wrong timeline. And WHAT happened to the other parallel world? It's nowhere to be found. Everything the series was dealing with has vanished this season into something else - it's like the cliffhanger on Dallas where Pam dreamed the entire last season.
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I think (up until this point anyway) a better title would have been "Like Father, Like Son" but I feel that the saddest thing to come from this episode; given the downfall of Peters character here and the humanisation of Walter that we've had over the last five seasons is that (crucify me here) Walter will probably have to die to finally, truly save his son...
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Since The Observers are in the future as well as the present, wouldn't they already know that the shipment was going to be destroyed, and set up another wormhole anyway? Shouldn't Walter have realised something like this?

Great episode though, the last two episodes have been pure quality to watch!
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People were talking about Peter becoming an Observer at least 2 seasons ago. Very (very!) cool, but not a surprise.
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Ok, I need some perspective on plot issues that are eating at me. I am having a Fringe paradox existential crisis. The Observers went from being these guys in the background who never, ever got involved, to these alien Invaders who have subjugated a planet of 7 billion human beings and are in the process of instituting what is effectively the genocide of homo sapiens, most oxygen producing plant life and presumably most of the oxygen dependent life on our planet.

If the Observers/Invaders are so almighty advanced and powerful, controlling technology and harnessing time travel and such, why do they need to invade our 2015 at all? Is this all an effort to ensure that, of all possible futures, the one that prevails in this universe is the one that ensures their existence? If this is the case, why then could they not simply go back in time to various points in time closer to their own future and influence or modify events? What is significant about 2015 that made them decide, "BINGO Folks! That is the perfect moment in time to begin our world-killing!"

Perhaps the answer holds an argument in favor of the theory of Peter having now become the First Observer, but if this is the case, why would September not have mentioned this? We know September believed Peter to be of vital importance to the future, intervening on his behalf in numerous instances, but is this the future September fought so hard for, risked so much, and presumably died to protect? It doesn't make sense if we look at how the Observers voted to erase Peter from the timeline completely - wouldn't they know who the first of their kind was to be and therefore would not have run the risk of preventing the evolution of their own species? (Is September truly gone or will we see him again? Will we ever learn what he told Walter? Is the invasion happening only to our universe, or is the Other Side also experiencing their own version of this apocalypse?)

I do not believe Peter was meant to be the First Observer, and it seems unfathomable that in the 16 years since the invasion human beings, as curious and all too often macabre as we can be, have not experimented with Observer biotech. Was April the first Observer ever to be taken by any Resistance group worldwide?

My overarching theory is that the Observers and the Invaders are two divergent factions from the 27th century, the former a group of scientists who designed and initially controlled the time travel tech, motivated by a thirst for knowledge grounded in the scientific method, therefore their policy on non-engagement. The latter, a group of ruthless imperialists who somehow wrested control of the time travel tech from the Observers and decided to make our world their own personal playground via colonization and inevitably, genocide.

I fear I am caught in a mire of circular reasoning I can only hope to be freed from by outside insight or the revelations yet to come. If my theory about the Invaders and their purpose has any merit, I take comfort that in their arrogance they erroneously believe themselves evolved far beyond homo sapiens and as such, to paraphrase Santayana, those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it: empires fail because with few exceptions human beings universally believe themselves to be "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," and do not bear well the yoke of tyranny and oppression. If King George couldn't keep the colonies in line from across the pond, I doubt a bunch of cyborg freaks, no matter how technologically advanced, will be able to maintain control of an entire planet from across an ocean of 600 years.

Viva la Resistance!
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Yeh, if they can do all of the crazy stuff they can... then I find it hard to believe they haven't figured out space-colonization yet. Why bother putzing with the past so you can TAKE IT OVER when you can just instead point your wormhole to some planet / terraform it / repeat as often as you want.

I'm OK with the reveal that this whole time they were biding their time until the exact moment they wanted to start their shenanigans... but "why bother" is my big question.
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Having the same problem. I really like your theory! The idea that Observers, who are supposed to experience past, present and future basically at the same time (that's how September explained it, or at least that's what I got), suddenly decided to go from impartial, well, observers, to evil dictators doesn't sit right with me. Why now? But then, they already knew they would be doing this back in season 1, since they know everything that is going to happen in their timeline, right? So why... going to stop here, I have way to many questions that start with why.

Anyway I'm going to watch the series with your theory in mind from now on!
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Thanks, glad I am not the only one feeling like I have even more questions than answers than I did at the start of the season. I have so much anxiety as we approach the midpoint for this all too brief final season.



On the bright side, there is more than enough material to consider a post-production movie or three (fingers crossed) after the series run.
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Episode review aside for the moment., or not. It was an awesome review. But. Really. You have to stop putting in repeating video clips. They are distracting.
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I believe that that the anti-matter bomb did alter the present day Fringe universe. When Olivia was out and about early on in the episode the posters on the walls were all Observer propaganda. After the anti-matter bombing the posters around town had Etta on them urging the citizens to Resist, or some other lame saying, I cannot recall right now. My theory is that the anti-matter bomb somehow altered the present in ways that will make Peter's implantation of the "Observer tech" turn out to as big a blunder as Walter crossing over to steal Peter from the alternate universe.
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Exactly what I thought! After the bomb went off and Olivia saw the posters, I was thinking "they've altered the timeline again!", especially when the Observer answered that Peter didn't know what he didn't know or something to his question of why the bomb didn't work. That's because it worked! Well it would be a very Fringe move at least.
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It's possible it was a sign of timeline change, but it could've just been the resistance using Etta as a poster-child. Since she was apparently a big deal: teaching them to shield their brains, working on the inside, etc. And now that the secret is out that she was Resistance... might as well use it for propoganda.
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Good point. I wondered where the heck those posters came from. Do you think Peter is September?



Also, was September talking about Etta (not Olivia) when he said "she had to die" back in Season 4?
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No, he was talking about Olivia, and Olivia did die, she was just also brought back to life. But he also said "you have to die" to her directly; maybe you are referring to a different episode than me?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lAWy96tinw 3:38 (or just watch the whole thing, it's pretty great)
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WOW!..so it was always the game plan..??
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Nah, doubt it, this was just a fun video made for Comic Con for the season where the audience didn't know if Peter had been permanently erased or not... If you watch the panel footage you can see he joins the cast a little while into the panel (and the crowd goes wild), dressed as an Observer (okay, he has a hat and a suit, but everyone got the gist of it).
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Thanks for the link! Some fun times, and a solid WHAT THE HELL at the end.
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Lol that was funny :) And very creepy at the end.
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LOL. How disturbing would that be?
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HOLY SHIT! Everyone should watch this. It's scary that it was filmed over a year ago.

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I've got another question for all Fringe fans out there (which many of you might have already asked & answered but I don't know): why was "this" Olivia the one Peter was supposed to end up with? Because he is from the other side, and if September had not interfered then Walter wouldn't have stolen the boy to cure him and he would have grown up on "his" side, meeting Fauxlivia - so I'm confused.

Also: is it a love story included in mysterious semi-scientific incidents, time-travellers from the future, and a battle about the end of mankind as we know it, or is it an epic Sci-Fi story carefully constructed around a story of love that transcends universes?
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It's possible that Walter (A) would have eventually crossed over and the need of "The Machine" would eventually be needed. It appears the REST of the Observers only wanted/needed Peter to use the Machine. September was the one that was big on the 2 of them having a specific child.

Or September was being super-sneaky. And lied when he came to the other Observers all scared and saying "Ooops" That he purposely blundered so that Peter and Olivia would meet and have a kid that would turn the tide in the war against the Observers. That he was against them as far back as Peter's childhood.
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To answer your question: Yes.

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Peter's plan didn't work because time doesn't work so simply. So even if Peter succeeded in creating a black hole and sucking all the observers in the area in, and they took YEARS to recover, they can then send stuff AGAIN to the same time coordinates in the past, hence no break in continuity of delivery. Silly of them to not think of it...
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The Observers returned in 2015 because the world was destroyed in very distant future (2609) ... I think it's Peter who destroyed with antimatter bomb ... Walter said "It must've worked." and I think so! It's why the Observers returned in the past (2015)!
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They destroyed the world for humans, not themselves. they breath better in little oxygen, which is what they are doing now in 2036 too.
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I thought they explained why it didn't work... I believe it was because he didn't put the cube together properly. After the failure he went back to the captured observer to which he demanded to know why the plan failed. The observer then explained how he focused on the fly on the window and somehow caused a fluctuation in his dilation which caused Peter to misread him and put the cube together the wrong way.
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They never said the problem was in the way Peter put the cube together. The Observer actually said that Peter did put the cube together properly (just not because he was watching his eye movements, but because of his own skills).
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That's what I initially understood from the conversation, too. But the portal opened and they got the delivery ...so the cube actually did what it was supposed to do.

I like rokmanx3's thought much more. They don't even need to recover. If they witness Peter sabotaging in 2036, they write it down in their calendar /history books and in the year 2600 (or whatever) they already know that the used worm hole will be sabotaged. So they seal it somehow before sending the package (they need to send it to keep the timeline straight) and open another hole for the actual delivery - exactly what we witnessed.
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This episode was the most difficult to watch. I don't want to say it was the worst of this season, but it was the one episode that didn't really feel Fringe-like at all. And I can't even explain why! The only thing I can add is that this is an interesting way to go into the direction of the series finale, because the love between Peter and Olivia conquered everything until now. Even the non-existence of one of them wasn't strong enough to keep them apart. But this time it's not the universe trying to break them up, it's one of them. And this could lead to really amazing and great scenes in the coming weeks. So I hope that they concentrate on the interaction and emotional thing, cause that could REALLY seal the deal and make it better than any other season.
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As much as I sad and shocked for Etta death

I really don't care about Character (That is not why I watch the show. I watch the show for all of the sci fi things especially the alternative universe idea)

I find this all season to be slow boring and depressing

like an old sick man slowly dying

I did find one good thing in this episode that might just put some fuel

to slow season

Peter rage + the all Observer device in his neck that might give him

the Observer's Powers.

I don't really think it made allot of sense that Peter is the first Observer

because you kind of get into a loop like the Chicken and Egg

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That's how good Fringe was. It convinced you it was about the cool sci-fi stuff, when it always was primarily about characters.

Now that it shed it's sci-fi procedural cloak, some of the fans are "Dafuq is this?". Totally understandable.
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No not really since I didn't really like fringe that much at the start but when they introduce the alternative universe and the observers (the good Observers) I was hooked
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What if Peter is September? Mind -Blown.
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What if that made sense? your mind = numb.
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i think we're not all on board with this season of fringe because we don't want to see these people we love in so much pain.

that's what this season five landscape is: nothing but pain

we know what they've lost, sacrificed. we are angry because of what we've been robbed, but i think it's also because we know the characters (fictional though they are) were robbed of that time too.

and that's why this peter episode was the most heartbreaking thing of all for me. peter was always the heart of this show for me. he brought everything together in this intellectual, emotional, morally upright package, one conveniently wrapped in some beautiful pea coat. and i love peter, as a character, so much. to me, he's what pacey witter would have been like if he lived the kind of life peter bishop has (i know - that's a joshua jackson thing maybe? don't care).

i don't want peter to break. i want him to rise up. i want him to fight for etta, but i want him to fight alongside olivia. i want him to survive.

and i don't know if he can survive this. at least, not with fragile yet resilient soul he's shown us in the last four seasons. but maybe that's the point the writers want to make?
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Peter is not that morally upright. Remember he went on a killing spree before with the shifters, but now I'm not sure if it was before or after the redo??
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this is true - and that did happen before the redo. i suppose i am assessing his morality based on the morality of those around him, particularly the walters and fauxlivia.

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So Peter is the original Observer right...right? lol
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Ok, maybe I missed a few episodes or something. I KNOW they are in the future now. And last season I saw this one episode that promise something about all of this. So what happened to Olivia's powers? Were they no longer needed after the two universes were seperated? I mean, she should STILL have them, right? So should Peter? Did they forget about them when they got frozen in the amber??? I know they could sure use them right now...
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Walter said she used up everything by BOTH (A) being the battery for Bell's machine and (B) healing up her gun-shot-wound-to-the-brain. That she would probably be just a normal person now.

However, I believe he said that not 100% of everything was gone and that her powers might manifest in a weaker form some time in the future.
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Just think of Olivia as a battery that can be recharged theoretically but is empty at the moment and no one has a charger.

Also as far as I know it's false to say "frozen" when it comes to amber. Maybe conserved, or trapped. But frozen would indicate a certain temperature (I know, semantics, but it's Fringe so let's try to keep it a little scientific).
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Walter said something about her powers being all but gone after the coretexiphan healed the hole in her brain from the bullet that saved the world. There is a trace amount left in her system, but not enough to cross over to another universe or telekinetically knock someone out.

Although, maybe that trace amount will let her do just one more awesomely mind-blowing feat before it's all said and done. Fingers crossed.
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Yes and no.

Walter said they were depleted, as in drained.

He did also say that sometime in the future, some, if not all, of them might resurface
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I should have asked this a long time ago...Why the heck there are NO FEMALE OBSERVERS???!!

I refuse to believe its because (if) Peter,a male, is the 1st Observer then the subsequent generations are male..How the heck are those "subsequent generations" produced? cell fission? cloning? 3D printing?(they techie!!).....
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Okay... I will grudgingly accept an explanation (from Fringe team) which entail female observers dying out from an accidental environment hazard(s) and this forcing male observers to adopt other means of "reproducing" male observers. ... It will be really stinky if they tell us in the future Darwinism will full blew females out of existence for being a weaker sex or the observers we saw first were scientists, those we are seeing now are soldiers/settlement builders ...which are considered to be males only profession..That will really depress me!

Please end in high note!
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The observers don't die from getting old which means they don't need to reproduce. Also given their mentality similar to Darwinism, they would've eliminated what they considered the weakest links.



That's just my assumption.
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I guess it's as simple as this: it's the way their society works. Females have other assignments for their everyday-work and being a Observer might be a job only the male Homo sapiens scientificus is allowed to do.
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3D printing! I like it! But we really haven't been given much information to go on, so we are reduced to a guessing game. I just hope we get an answer before the end.
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Some scientists are now earnestly pushing forward with organs 3D printing (Still in research phase)..so, it can happen...
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I think that has something to do with the fact that the observers we see are an exploratory group. The first observers we saw were scientists; these current ones are oppressors. While it's still unclear as to how much these two groups overlap, they are both groups that were chosen to go back into the past. We still have no idea what the future world they come from actually looks like. It could be that only a small percentage of the population have the abilities of the observers we have come to know. It could be that everyone has the tech. Regardless, it looks like the possible future the observers come from is run by a sexist government, as there are no seen female observers. Of course, it could be as XY said and there are no more females, but that begs the questions: why did all the females die off? What would have happened to have caused that?
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If you have the technology, you can of course stop "producing" females which will leave only males at one point. Maybe to eliminate natural birth or sexual interactions? But yeah, it's sexist (to say the least) to wipe out female humanity. Or (more likely) it could be that women died of environmental causes in the future and there's simply no "need" to reproduce them after the Invasion as the Invaders only think about survival. Under these circumstances there wouldn't be an evolutionary or sociological benefit.
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Assisted reproductive technology. Researchers already managed creating sperm and eggs artificially, although it's by all means not perfect. It somewhat equals cloning if you'd to use the same DNA every time. But I think if humanity managed to solve time travel and human enhancement, solving these matters is not much further down the road.
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When did anyone create sperm and eggs artifically? Can you name the paper and/or author please? This must have passed me by somehow... oO
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Please don't make me search the paper but the senior author is Dr. Riejo Pera and he published the study about the germ cells in "Nature" in 2009. But as said - the resulting "material" is not usable for fertilization. At least for now - a gremium claimed in 2008 that it'd take another 5-15 years to achieve that goal and Riejo Pera predicted 5 years in 2009.



The Japanese (of course) already "made" some mice:

http://www.geekosystem.com/artificial-eggs-sperm-mice/
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Thank you! I found it on pubmed.

So they differentiated them from hESCs, I thought they actually somehow had manufactured the cells. Haha, ok I guess I watched too much Fringe lately. ;)
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It's not Astrid, it's Abner. :D



I liked the episode. They're making it work, this season.
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I must confess, I don't frequently notice the title of particular episodes, so my reaction to the whole Peter inserting the tech into his head (besides, ew, gross) was saddness because whatever the Resistance comes up with the destroy the Observers, I imagine has something to do with the tech in their head (this is a sad comparison, but they would just do whatever the people on Revolution did to cut out the electricity) and so it would kill Peter too. But, now as I think about it, this was supposed to be Part 1 of the second chapter of this season...ugh...he is going to be a bad guy. That makes me so sad. Especially because I am pretty sure Olivia is the only one who can face down the Observers and not be read and might be able to turn the readings on them.
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I'M BACK!

Some of you may have been wondering why I didn't write a comment for the review of last week's episode. There is one simple answer:

I was ANGRY!

Etta was like this beautifully blonde representation of everything I loved about Fringe. I thought she was the key. The beacon of hope and resistance. The lone dandelion in the rough that thrived in a future so bleak. And when I saw Windmark emotionlessly shoot her, with every shot feeling like a punch in the stomach, I'm pretty sure my mind became disassociated with reality. Guys, I lost it.

Of course, I tried to deny it at first. I just kept on saying "She can't die, she can't die, she can't die , she can't die..." like repeating that mantra would somehow make it true. But despite my ardent protestations, Etta died. Peter and Olivia's baby girl DIED! And after the shock wore off, all that was left was this primal ANGER!

I was angry Fringe would do this. I was angry with the writers. I was angry at the world. I was angry with myself. For the first time in my (TV.com) life, I questioned my fanaticism for this show.

That's right. I, FringeFanatic, had a serious crisis of identity.

I realize admitting this fact may cause some of you to lose respect for me. How could I, off all people, lose faith you may ask? All I can tell you is I'm sorry. I never claimed to be the perfect fan. I have my doubts every episode, just like the rest of you. But I've become such a cheerleader for this show, any negative thoughts I had about Fringe were always washed away by the tidal wave of good this show has consistently produced.

But not this time. Not with Etta.

The next step along my grieving process were the questions. Why? Why would they kill Etta off? What purpose did it serve? How could they?! How dare they?! I had never been so disillusioned about my favourite show. And it hurt. Like being betrayed by your best friend without knowing the reason.

Then halfway through last week a funny thing happened. I wasn't angry anymore. It was an epiphany, and all of a sudden I trusted my friend again. I have no concrete answer for why this happened. It was just a feeling. A feeling that Etta's death would not be in vain. A feeling that the writers had a reason and a plan for this most horrible of character deaths. A feeling that the greatness of Fringe would endure. My faith was restored stronger than ever.

I have heard many complaints about this fifth and final season. Some don't like the futuristic invasion plot with the Observers. Others think the fun Fringe they knew is dead and has been replaced by a dystopian melodrama. There are even a few who think Fringe has abandoned its Sci-fi roots and has devolved into pure fiction. I understand these complaints. I really do. But I also whole-heartedly disagree with them.

In my opinion, the best television is character driven. Character motivations should shape the plot, not the other way around. Fringe has always adhered to this fundamental principle. I think many "fans" of the show wrongly thought Fringe was a fun, sci-fi procedural show FIRST. This was never the case. The Fringe EVENTS were always secondary to the Fringe TEAM. This show has been masterful at provoking heartfelt emotion through its characters. Everyone that is disappointed with the serialized nature of season 5 should watch any spawn of CSI if they yearn for plot-driven procedurals.

I would also like dispel any notions the Observer invasion plot wasn't always planned by the writers with a quick history lesson. Some of you may not remember, but the Observers were here since the beginning of season 1. They were watching, planning, calculating. The first wave of Observers were the scientists. Their job was to study the evolution of the Observers by witnessing key moments in history. But these observations had another purpose. They were documenting our weaknesses. Finding out where we were vulnerable for the invasion that was always coming.

Now Peter is one of them. Losing Etta has compelled him onto a journey of revenge, and we know not if it will end with him in a grave. I must say, where Etta's death left me numb, this episode turned me into a blubbering mess. The phone conversation Peter had with Olivia was a perfect example of the emotionally poignant punch Fringe possesses. Olivia, after watching the tape of her family together, pleading with Peter that she didn't want to lose him, while Peter is already falling down a rabbit hole of vengeance he may never climb out of.

Olivia: "Etta would want us to be together. She would want us to survive this. I just ... I love you."

Peter: "I love you, too."

SOMEBODY HAND ME THE TISSUES! Another superb acting performance by Anna Torv.

But what pray tell is the significance of the episodes title, "An Origin Story"? I agree with many other commenters here that it is referring to the origin of the Observers. This development has very interesting implications. We must ask ourselves why on the night that Walternate discovered the cure for Peter, September, wanted to witness the moment he discovered the indicator for Peter's cure? Why did September deem this event to be so significant to the Observers' evolution? Because Peter was the first Observer.

Of course, September distracted Walternate which set off a chain of events that never should have happened, Walter fracturing the universes, the war between the universes, the Olivias being swapped out, and Peter's love affair with Fauxlivia, culminating in the birth of Henry Dunham, a child that never should have been born. In the proper order, Henrietta would have been born. The Observers deemed this deviation too severe and wanted to make sure Peter stayed erased following the creation of the Alternate Timeline by The Vacuum in order to correct this mistake.

I understand why Henrietta needed to be born and not Henry. Her death was the catalyst for Peter's decision to become the Peterver. But if Peter is indeed the beginning/origin of the Observers, why did they want him to stay erased? Do they know this timeline is a deviation from the others and can't predict how it will turn out? Do they think Peterver could be their downfall?

All this speculation reminds me of "ants under my boot" April, and his words in this episode: "You don't even know what you don't know."

Chilling. But I'll tell you what I DO know. The Fanatic in me is back, and he's not going anywhere!
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I agree with almost all you said. Especially about others' complaints about this season. I am really enjoying it.

However, September distracting Walternate was necessary, or else Peter would have never ended up in the blue universe and known Olivia. No war between universes, no Etta, nothing.

By the way, was it really September one of the Observers who erased Peter? I can't remember if he was, or the other ones did it. If Peter is in fact September, then he actually would have needed to distract Walternate.

Glad to have you back FF! :)
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You're absolutely right.

We thought September was in Walternate's lab to witness history. I'm fairly certain he thought that, too. Whatever history the Observers had documented, September distracting Walternate was obviously not a part of it. But it seems September wasn't there to witness history, he was there to create it.

I guess we'll have to chalk it up as a Terminator-eque time paradox. Since September distracted Walternate, he had always done so.

This reminds me of a line Douglas Adams wrote in his "Hitchhikers" series: "The past is a puzzle. You can't change it, you can only add pieces."

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I don't think there was one specific Observer who erased Peter. I know September was tasked with ensuring he stayed erased, but I'd say the initial erasing was a concerted effort.

I also don't yet know if Peter is in fact September. Right now, it doesn't really make much sense if he is. Observers became the way they are through tech and 600 more years of evolution. Peter has the tech, but unless he's descended from Methuselah, I don't see him living that long. And there's several more contradictions to this theory that XY has generously outlined in a comment below.

Thanks for the feedback! And it's good to be back! :
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If everything that has happened has an influence on Peter doing what he did in the last episode (and of course it does), then this includes September's "mistake" as well as the erasing of the old timeline as it shaped Peter's character and had an effect on his relationship with Olivia. This is the thing which makes me unsure about the theory that the (observing) Observers went back in time to get Peter exactly where he needed to be (which in the end involves an insanely complicated journey for the sole purpose of creating a "hybrid") as they really did make mistakes and had to impovise. After this episode I'm sure though we'll get a satisfying resolution in the end which will make sense.
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Haha! Yeah, the whole thing does seem pretty convoluted. I guess we'll just have to trust the writers have been keeping track of all the temporal paradoxes they've created.

By the way, I'm loving your reasoned thoughts on all the theories being thrown out there. Way to infuse some logic into the discourse!
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Tim, it actually seems relatively simple as to why the anit-matter plan did not have the desired effect. The weapon would have put them back years but because they're in the future its irrelevant to the present how long it would have put the future back as well.. everything in the future is in the future, even if the observers were put back 50 years, they would still be sending the shipping equipment back through time to 2032 or whatever year, it makes no difference from what point in the future it comes from as it's always sent back to the same point in time in the present.



As for the Observers going back.. and controlling the humanity they came from.. is that not in turn going to wipe themselves our by changing their own time line? Or have they been super clever and come from an alternate universe to re-arrange the history of this other universe.
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Totally what I was thinking when I watched it (really, they could be sending stuff from thousands of years later but since it's timetravel it would still arrive at the same time in the past). Thumbs up! ;)

And about the Observers going back: First I thought they had to correct things because Peter screwed up the timeline (with the whole existing, not existing and then existing again) so they came back to "reclaim" it. By now I figured that the resistance is about to win in the future so they travelled back trying to prevent them from building and changing the timeline so they can continue to exist. It's all about survival of the species now.
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Ooooh! I love your last thought. Fringe is one of the only sci-fi shows I've seen that clearly differentiates between universes and timelines, so it's definitely possible.

I've always wondered if the Observers considered the implications of their forays into the past.

We've been told several times that the Observers come from one of countless possible futures. But if they're from an alternate universe, than altering the timeline means nothing to them.

So ... Many ... Possibilities ... Brain ... Hurts.
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Odd grey and sour show this has become... oooh how I miss the times with the two alternate worlds and all that! :(



The "observers" are us in the future, so we are now fighting our own future (which we know is most likely going to fail to be anything other than observers as we know them, since these bold pale guys spent so much time looking and "observing" every version of the past and pretty much decided there is no way to save the future, except for jumping to the past. So here we are, fighting very future versions of ourselves in a closer future, all for nothing. Loose-loose. If we win, we will one day become them, and head back to the past to fight ourselves. If we loose, that's that too. All in grey colors and everybody depressed. Now, to accelerate the process, Peter becomes sort of an "observer". So why do we keep calling them "observers"? And why did they have to make them our enemy? I dont find this any fun or new or original or nothing. Did we go through all the Massive Dynamic and Fringe Division investigations to end up here? From all of it to this? Seriously, what a pitty. I'm glad to see that there are so many of you still enjoying this, because for me this is just some penitence I have to pay for some bad I did in a previous life (once you watched 4 seasons, you have to watch it die). Depressing.
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You spoke as I feel, Elisa. Here we had our precious Seasons 1-3 that were unbelievable, then a change with Season 4 but I dealt with it and accepted it all. But this is just some Orwellian type world Fringe style that's nothing new.
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It reminded me of those good post-apocalyptic "Dollhouse" episodes. Remember the guy (who played Victor in this season of "Dexter") and he became this tech-human to be a leader for the resistance?
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yes he had sierra implant "improvements" inside his head. Love seeing Dollhouse actors on other programs, like Victor on Dexter and Sierra on Being Human last year
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I've been mostly content with this season, I loved Etta and I'm loving the writers' decision to move forward like this. Fringe has been holding out on it's sci-fi mythology for most of it's run, until Season 4 overloaded us with information. Season 5 is 100% sci-fi, it seems diverged from the previous seasons, but I'm happy the are taking their long-term visions for the show and throwing it all into this small mini season, because I had 4 seasons to get to know these characters, I know them, now I just want to know how the story ends and where these characters end up.



So, I'm loving what Peter has decided to do, because now it's like okay, we have a Fringe Team member that's on The Observers' level now!



and that scene with Walter and Olivia when he was giving her the video tape was incredibly well written and executed. I loved Walter line's about "the pain is her legacy to you both, it's proof that she was here" really had me captivated. MY EMOTIONS! MY EMOTIONS (community reference)
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This episode is the best I've seen so far in this season. It "makes sence".
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At least the observers are using euro pallets to move their stuff around ...

So we still don't know anything about the observers, right?

Are they us from a distant future,or/and are they synthetics? Is Peter the first of their kind? Can't they use that giant machine again, the one Peter used to erase himself from time? Why do the observers change our air?
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At this point who they are is up for speculations...So who/what hyprid Peter is now...use the machine to do what?erase us?... Our air is too Oxygen-rich for them, they have to reduce the air quality by pumpin in carbondioxide (so they can breathe easier i think!!)
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I like the idea that Peter might be the first of their kind! Nice thinking!
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They are from the 2600's, they're one of many possible futures for humanity, evolved humans with tech that allows them to read minds, see time differently, move between universes and timelines with relative ease, and go back (and forward?) through time. I'm not sure if their "biological evolution" makes the difference in the air they breathe or if the tech that's "infused" within them change the way their lungs work? Hopefully the gaps will be filled in the next 8 episodes.



I want to know what's going on with the Alternate Universe, and why the observers chose this one
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Didn't read all of the previous posts, but I'm calling it now:

Walter's plan to get rid of all the observers will probably involve targeting the tech in their heads. So, now that Peter has the head-tech, the series might end with him being a tragic sacrifice.

Thoughts?
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Solid hunch!.Need to check if there is a way to remove the "head-tech" without killing a person (human or hybrid-observer). If not then Peter will be "shot circuited!" too. Which will be sad.
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I like it!
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worst episode of the entire series. I'd say more if I wasn't responding 48 hours after it aired and at 4:30 am.
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are you high!?!?!?!?! or are you watching this show from other universe? episode was awsome!!!
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Haha! He must have gotten into Walter's stash.
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It was so nice to see "OUR" Olivia show some emotion, albeit sad emotions, but emotions nonetheless.

Remember Peter has an IQ of 190+ and was always good at reading people from his shady days as a con man. So to me, it wasn't too hard to believe Peter could pick up on some unconscious reactions in the observers eye and body language.

When Peter was in front of the mirror I kept thinking, "Don't do it! Don't do it Peter!!". Even though I thought Peter would probably receive some extraordinary observer skills, I couldn't help but think, at what cost?

One thing's for sure, this is going to be one hell of a season.....

Oh and my name for Peter as an observer is "OBSERVERETER" as in Peter the Observer Eater.
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The plan to blow up the transport wormhole was a bad one. Even if it had taken the observers years to mend their future-to-past-highway, what is to stop them from reopening it, in 2030, a few seconds after Peter blew it up. Unless the wormhole has a fixed time span.



Also, is Peter the first observer, and to stop, or undo, the invasion, he has to die?
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The idea was to turn the other end of the wormhole into a black hole. This would destroy their entire planet, unless they have a way to *move* black holes.
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No necessarily. I'd imagine a species as advanced as this could 'contain' its effects. Not to mention the size of the BH matters. BH's don't generally grow in size unless they combine, so a small hole the size of a car would be a nuisance but would have a relatively minor negative effect after it had eaten its initial fill of the surrounding area.. i'm sure if it evolved in the US, the effects would not be felt outside of there but then i'm no expert!
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Small black holes (i.e. black holes with a small mass) radiate crazy amounts of Hawking radiation, so they will destroy everything around them. Maybe someone like Galactus can handle it, but I think it would be an enormous disaster for the observers.
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Fringe at it's best !



What will be the conciquences for Peter after instet the Observet tech in his brain/neck? Will that tech change him and have in his relationship with Olivia( I surely don't want that).



Olivia is afraid of losing more than any other time.
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Oh, and yes, dogs DO smile...
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Do they actually smile though? They may 'pull the face' but is it the same thing? Humans smile as a bodily expression of joy, satisfaction etc... do dogs do it as a muscle flex or to symbolise something from the positive emotional spectrum?



There is smiling and there is smiling, which is what the Observer was pointing out.
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I like to come here because Fringe has such an intelligent fanbase and much of the speculation even though it doesn't always turn out that way is kind of like having just a little more Fringe to enjoy. It will be over all too soon and I love to come here to hear what Tim and all of you have to say. I sometimes read the review before I watch the episode because sometimes its quickly available but I am not bothered by spoilers because they never seem to diminish the actual episode. So good job Tim and all you Fringies, I will miss you when it's done...
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I couldn't agree more, Muderboy! I've come up with countless theories and 99% of them have turned out to so far gone they were in another universe. But that doesn't diminish the fun of sharing them with fellow Fringies. These forums are an extension of the Fringe experience, and when Fringe is done I will miss them almost as much as the show itself.

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Ditto, and b/c I'm yet a tad emotional from this and the last episode, I just want to add my own sentiment of how amazing this fan community is, what a privilege it is to discuss and theorize with you all after each episode throughout the Fringe saga and how much I will miss the mental gymnastics the show, Tim's reviews and you all have inspired when the story draws to a close. (Sniff & sigh) You guys are awesome.



And too freakin' funny, some chastising of Tim for not posting the review until Sunday. I admit, I too logged on a few times over the weekend to see if it was up. Unabashed rabid fandom.
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While i understand and am happy for an "Upgraded Peter" ..i draw the line at "A bald Peter". Fringe writers,DON'T YOU DARE!!
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lol....that maybe be one of the side-effects from that tech:P
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Tim You are late!!!



I was waiting to see which name you'll give to Peter-O.10x (Specs not product name) and what this means to the series finale. This was the best episode this season IMO. Emotions didnt help Peter last time he lost Etta, and Cold-Calculated approach wasnt successful for Olivia, so Peter learned from his and Olivia "mistakes" while Olivia (poor dear!!) learned from Peter. While the thought of Peter with fewer-to -No emotions saddens me, i was super happy to see that little-freaky-tecn-thingy go into Peter's neck. I am hoping Peter will be 10x the Obsevers because he will have their intellect and the knowledge of human emotions (the best of both!). I know that maybe a bit idealistic of me, but we cant beat them on our own (heck! even Walter's plan comes from September!). Kudos to the writers..we trully needed someone into the Observers' club. I guess now Peter could understand the "physics" in Walter's plan that Walter couldnt understand."Be a better man than your father."

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Why do you insist on putting major spoilers on the front page? Again you chose a review title that described a *major* event at the end of the episode, and a picture that explained what character the title is referring to. I would have been upset if your review hadn't been two days late. This time I at least had time to watch the episode first.

Why does tv.com need review titles at all? Wouldn't it be better to just write something like "Episode review: Fringe 5x05" or "Fringe S5E05: An origin story". If you need some kind of "title" for the review, just use the episode title. Don't use text that explains what happens in the episode.
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Did you ever think of staying away from a TV review site until you have watched the episode if you don't want spoilers?
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That's a bullshit argument. I should only have to stay away from the reviews of the episodes I haven't seen yet. I shouldn't have to stay away from the front page. By your logic, no one should ever visit any TV web site until they've watched all the episodes of all the shows they might ever be interested in.
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It's not a bullshit argument. The episode review is only up on the main page for a day. Only just reviewed prominent shows go up on the main header. So you don't have to wait until you have watched every episode of every show that has ever aired to go on the site. Stop being so melodramatic.
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In reply to emmy021889's post beneath this one (on which there was no Reply button, presumably due to the depth of replies that were already present), who stated, "Its [sic] not as though these reviews are being put on the site BEFORE the episode even airs", I came here one Friday night just a few minutes after 10PM (East Coast time), almost immediately after that night's episode of Fringe had just finished airing, and Tim's review of that night's episode was already here, with the article stating that it was posted four hours earlier.

I almost commented on how bad I thought it was to post a review full of spoilers so long before the episode's premiere, but decided against it.

To be fair, maybe the site had malfunctioned somehow and miscalculated the age of the post (?). Other possibilities also occurred to me, hence my reconsideration of whining about the premature spoilage. I certainly *want* to believe that the staff knows better than to post reviews before the entire US has had a chance to see an episode of something in real time. Maybe the one time I know I saw it happen was some sort of anomaly, but I do know that it's happened on at least one occasion. Not this time, of course, but the precedent does exist.
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I agree! The episode aired Friday and Tim just put it up sunday! Its not as though these reviews are being put on the site BEFORE the episode even airs! Why should the reviewers have to change the way they run THEIR site for those who cant stay away from a site known for being up to date with tv and their reviews? If you know you are not up to date on shows that you know are reviewed weekley, then just stay away! Go on Tim! You write your creative titles! :)
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This season is kicking ass so far and this episode definitely demonstrated that. From Olivia's heartbreaking meltdown from watching that tape to Peter's transformation into an observer (btw stop with the nicknames, just call him Peter for crying out loud!), this episode was great to watch. I'm also understanding why use tapes. With this future using peak technology, why not hide the answers in relic technology from the way, way past. I love it!!



I for one want the happy ending for all of them, including Astrid, whose brilliance should be mentioned ten times over figuring out the way to decode the notebook. Well done!!!
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OMG! All season long (until this episode) the Observers didn't make much sense to me. They were so different to the ones we knew from all the other seasons. Why did they become so evil? Where did September go? What happened to the *actual* observing Observers?

Now I know that the writers know EXACTLY where they're going. I completely (!) forgot that time for them is not linear! This is what I think: In the 2030's there are no actual "Observers", only "Invaders". When I say Observers I mean the non-hostile future beings who only observe and would never interfere with the past - like September and his buddies. Not the crazy ones we saw all season. What most theories right now think is that "An Origin Story" relates to the Invaders (all future men, emotionless and all). I think this is wrong and it relates to the actual "Observers", like September. Both parties are different, not only in philosophy but also in time.

Peter's transformation will lead to an "event" in the finale (probably a sacrifice or similiar act by Peter). September and other Invaders will be part of that event and this will be the first time (!) September meets Peter. The event must revolve about the Invaders being inspired by Peter to change and coming to a realization. Either about humanity and its values or about their own destructive nature, thus stopping the Invasion, going back in time, swearing never to interfere again and "observing" the human history, including Peter - the man who changed the emotionless, destructive Invaders to the Observers and thus is their origin.
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This goes right along the lines of my theory. I personally think Peter becomes September - or at least that would be an interesting twist.. :)
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I think it doesn't quite work considering the way September explained his actions to Walter and Peter (especially in the early seasons when it was about saving Peter). I believed September that it was truly an accident, interrupting Walter while he found the cure etc. and I don't see the reason to stick around lying and talking to them. There's Pros but also Cons on this theory.
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Another thing which came to my mind: If September is Peter, wouldn't he have visited Etta at some point? She didn't know of any Observer called September when Walter told her about the "plan" and neither did she speak of "friendly" Observers.
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I came to the same conclusion last night...it would explain why September never erased Peter from history in previous seasons.
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Now That was the Fringe I knew and loved....Back with a vengence, baby. YEAH!!!!!!!
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This episode was simply heartbreaking.....I wonder also how will change the relationship between Peter and Walter....Poor Peter...
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