Fringe: Dream Logic
by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 16th 2009 3:52AM
(S02E05) "Whether you admit it or not, your life is something of a nightmare." - Bowling Alley Guy to Olivia
For a minute there, I thought maybe we were in a True Blood crossover with the horned guy in the first few minutes of this episode. But no, it was the usual twisty-turny Fringe-isms involving mind control, computer chips and dream states.
And it appears that something many of us assumed had happened to Peter actually did happen -- though with this show, you can never be sure until it all plays out. It wouldn't surprise me if it's something completely different from what I'm assuming it is. All this, and Mysterious Bowling Alley Guy after the jump ...
Let's talk about Mysterious Bowling Alley Guy. So as part of Olivia's rehab, he has her collect business cards from people wearing red, and then pick letters from the cards and play word-jumble and voila! She gets a message she's been needing. In this case, "You're gonna be fine," which is what Charlie told her the first time they met and she was a scared newbie.
So is Bowling Alley Guy a magician? Super intuitive mind reader? Clairvoyant person from the other universe who can tap into Charlie from beyond the grave? Freelance contractor for Massive Dynamic? Once again, back to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Who IS this guy?!
And it occurred to me that the Charlie that Olivia visited at the cemetery isn't really Charlie. It's the shapeshifter, right? Unless they cremated the body or something. Who knows, that thing could possibly rise up at some point.
The whole storyline with the creepy dual-personality doc and the mind-control-dreams was good, though I sort of knew the doc must be involved from the beginning. I also wonder how it fits in with the alternate universe. Maybe just the fact that it's weird and Massive Dynamic has been tracking him for a while.
And speaking of Massive Dynamic, when did they become the good guys? Now it seems like they're sort of partnering with the Fringe team, but when the show first started, they seemed more nefarious. I'm not convinced they're good guys, especially with William Bell out there in the ether doing who knows what.
We're learning a little more about Peter's childhood as this season moves along. Many of us have speculated that perhaps the Peter from this universe died, and Walter crossed over and stole the other Peter and brought him back (or vice versa - mindfreak). Tonight seemed to confirm that theory, as the ending scene had Peter flashing back (via nightmare and talking in his sleep) to a childhood experience, where it appeared that Walter may have taken him.
But didn't it seem weird that Peter was sort of yanked out of bed? Walter is many eccentric things, but I would think he'd be gentle if he was taking the alternate Peter from his bed to bring back to this universe, don't you think? Maybe Peter was recalling the exact moment when he and Walter traveled from one universe to the other -- and that can be a brain-rattling experience, as Olivia knows.
Peter also told Olivia that because of his childhood nightmares, Walter had Peter say a mantra to condition himself not to remember his dreams. As a result, Peter doesn't remember any dreams from age 8 to 19 (and the boy in Peter's nightmare appeared to be about eight years old). So in addition to stealing Peter, maybe Walter was experimenting on him, either so he wouldn't remember things from the alternate universe (in reality or in his dreams), or maybe he was doing things to Peter, as he and William Bell did with the other children, including Olivia. Or maybe Peter died during one of those experiments, and that's when Walter stole the other Peter.
Just jumping ahead, I can imagine that if and when Peter figures all of this out, it's going to cause a major rift between him and Walter (and Walter knows this, because he seems anxious and guilt-ridden whenever it comes up). Maybe Peter will even try to cross over and find his parents from the other universe. Tell us your theories in the comments below.
- Walter promising to wear his shorts to bed, in case Peter brings home "a young lady" during the night.
- Walter continuing to call Astrid Astrix.
- Walter being giddy over Astrid's housewarming gift of Italian Ciabatta bread
- Walter experimenting with the chip on the FBI guy (extreme?).
- Walter being afraid in Seattle, because it reminds him of the mental hospital, and asking Peter if he can return home
- Peter telling the FBI guy that it's best if Walter doesn't drink, since he usually has a half-dozen psychotropic drugs in his system. Oh, and he has things in his backpack to occupy him on the trip home.
- "Don't be such a grinch. I told you science should be fun." - Walter to Astrid
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