Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fringe 5.9: The Boy Observer in the Age of Aquarius

Fringe 5.9 was off-the wall tonight, with an episode that harkened to Monty Python and Yellow Submarine for its drug-drenched imagery, and retrieved that Boy Observer from episode 1.15 for its storyline, which moved with the speed of an hour hand on a cracked analog clock.

Walter had to drop some acid - that golden oldie expression - so he could eventually recall a password necessary to take the Boy Observer from his adoptive parents and put him to cause of beating the adult Observers who are still besetting and ruling our world.   Peter thinks the Boy Observer comes from another timeline.  Olivia says the Boy remembers her because Observers experience time in a different way from us.  That may be true, but I still think we're currently in the original universe of Fringe Season 1, which Peter re-triggered when he came back into the show last year.  See my reviews of last season for a more detailed explanation.

Anyway, the motif of the whole current season of Fringe has been to reinsert elements from earlier seasons, especially the first season.  It's a pretty smart plot strategy, with lots of possibilities, because the first season characters here in the final season have repurposed significance that goes far beyond what they had the first time we encountered them.   Clearly the Boy Observer will play some crucial role in our attempt to defeat the Observers.   He'll fill in the gap in Peter's head and our mind power that was made last week, when Peter gave into love and removed the chip he had implanted in his brain.

Come to think of it, The Beatles "All You Need Is Love," was one of the high points of the psychedelic era, but also vacuous in comparison to the penetrating, mind-expanding lyrics of Sgt. Pepper.   This was much like tonight's show, which as I said was at once high psychedelia with all the ruffles but really didn't advance the show more than a whisper or whisker or wisp of whiskey from where it was last week.

Love continues to be ascendant in this brief Age of Aquarius for Fringe.  My favorite scene, though, was not psychedelic at all.  Peter tells Olivia that he doesn't deserve her.  She touches his face.  All of this in a clearing in the woods with Observer skeletal corpses, with only the tattered remains of their clothing and their implants in view, withering on the ground.   Is this the happy fate - happy for we 21st century humans - that awaits the Observers and us?  Bones and implants on the ground for them, true love for us?  Time - or the next month or so - will tell.

See also Fringe 5.1: Paved Park and Shattered Memories ... Fringe 5.2: Saving Our Humanity ...Fringe 5.4: Ghosts of Fringes Past ... Fringe 5.5: "You Don't Even Know What You Don't Know ... Fringe 5.6: "Dad" ... Fringe 5.7: Father and Son ... Fringe 5.8: Love Triumphant

See also Fringe Returns for Season 4: Almost with Peter ... Fringe 4.2: Better and Worse Selves... Fringe 4.3: Sanity and Son ... Fringe 4.4: Peter's Back, Ectoplasm, and McLuhan ... Fringe 4.5: Double Return ... Fringe 4.6: Time Slips ... Fringe 4.7: The Invisible Man ... Fringe 4.8: The Ramifications of Transformed Alternate Realities ... Fringe 4.9: Elizabeth ... Fringe 4.10: Deceit and Future Vision ... Fringe 4.11: Alternate Astrid ... Fringe 4.12: Double Westfield / Single Olivia... Fringe 4.13: Tea and Telepathy ... Fringe 4.14: Palimpsest ... Fringe 4.15: I Knew It! ... Fringe 4.16: Walter Likes Yiddish ... Fringe 4.17:  Second Chances ... Fringe 4.18: Broyled on Both Sides ... Future Fringe 4.19 ... Fringe 4.20: Bridge ... Fringe 4.21: Shocks ... Fringe Season 4 Finale: Death and Life

See also
 Fringe 3.1: The Other Olivia ... Fringe 3.2: Bad Olivia and Peter ... Fringe 3.3: Our/Their Olivia on the Other Side ... Fringe 3.5: Back from Hiatus, Back from the Amber ... Fringe 3.7: Two Universes Still Nearing Collision ... Fringe 3.8: Long Voyages Home ... Fringe 3.10: The Return of the Eternal Bald Observers ... Flowers for Fringenon in Fringe 3.11 ... Fringe 3.12: The Wrong Coffee  ... Fringe 3.13: Alternate Fringe ... Fringe 3.14: Amber Here ... Fringe 3.15: Young Peter and Olivia ... Fringe 3.16: Walter and Yoko ... Fringe 3.17: Bell, Olivia, Lee, and the Cow ... Fringe 3.18: Clever Walternate ... Fringe 3.19 meets Inception, The Walking Dead, Tron ... Fringe 3.20: Countdown to Season 3 Finale 1 of 3 ... Fringe 3.21:  Ben Frankin, Rimbaldi, and the Future ...Fringe Season 3 Finale: Here's What Happened
 ... Death Not Death in Fringe  

See also reviews of Season 2: Top Notch Return of Fringe Second Season ... Fringe 2.2 and The Mole People ... Fringe 2.3 and the Human Body as Bomb ... Fringe 2.4 Unfolds and Takes Wing... Fringe 2.5: Peter in Alternate Reality and Wi-Fi for the Mind ... A Different Stripe of Fringe in 2.6... The Kid Who Changed Minds in Fringe 2.7 ... Fringe 2.8: The Eternal Bald Observers ... Fringe 2.9: Walter's Journey ... Fringe 2.10: Walter's Brain, Harry Potter, and Flowers for Algernon ... New Fringe on Monday Night: In Alternate Universe? ... Fringe 2.12: Classic Science Fiction Chiante ... Fringe 2.13: "I Can't Let Peter Die Again" ... Fringe 2.14: Walter's Health, Books, and Father ... Fringe 2.15: I'll Take 'Manhatan' ... Fringe 2.16: Peter's Story ... Fringe 2.17: Will Olivia Tell Peter? ... Fringe 2.18: Strangeness on a Train ... Fringe 2.19: Two Plus Infinity ... Fringe the Noir Musical ... Fringe 2.21: Bring on the Alternates ... Fringe 2.22:  Tin Soldiers and Nixon Coming ... Fringe Season 2 Finale: The Switch

See also reviews of Season One Fringe Begins ... Fringe 2 and 3: The Anthology Tightrope ... 4: The Eternal Bald Observer ... 7: A Bullet Can Scramble a Dead Brain's Transmission ... 8. Heroic Walter and Apple Through Steel ... 9. Razor-Tipped Butterflies of the Mind ... 10. Shattered Pieces Come Together Through Space and Times ... 11. A Traitor, a Crimimal, and a Lunatic ... 12, 13, 14: Fringe and Teleportation ... 15: Fringe is Back with Feral Child, Pheromones, and Bald Men ...17. Fringe in New York, with Oliva as Her Suspect ... 18. Heroes and Villains across Fringe ...Stephen King, Arthur C. Clarke, and Star Trek in Penultimate Fringe ... Fringe Alternate Reality Finale: Science Fiction At Its Best

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