Watch out Peter there is a universe creeping up behind you.
It is difficult to know what to make of last Friday night's episode of Fringe, "Welcome to Westfield". In a recent interview with "Give Me My Remote", which is linked here, Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman hinted at an answer to a "large mythological question". So, what was that question again guys, specifically?
I guess the best way to attack this conundrum is to examine the major mythological events that happened in the episode.
- There was a merging of the two universes centered in Westfield, Vermont.
- Quantum Entanglement was involved as the victims of the merger started sharing memories, thoughts and physical nature with their other universe doppelgangers.
- The "Bleed Through" phenomena was present as Olivia started accessing memories with her blue time line counterpart.
Notice I made mention of the "Bleed Through" phenomena. I think this is an important distinction to make especially in light of what the people of Westfield were experiencing. The townsfolk were melding with their opposite number from the red universe as evidenced by the doubling of their chromosomes, the two sets of teeth and the replication of pupils in their eyes. However this is not what was happening to Olivia as her chromosome count was normal. She did access a memory with her recollection of the Endina case but that never happened in the red universe it happened in the blue timeline. That is an important distinction. Accessing a memory from a different time line is what I am calling the "Bleed Through". Accessing a memory from another universe is "Quantum Entanglement". The worst case scenario of quantum entanglement is when the two universes begin to merge (soft spots) or actually merge (Westfield).
So I ask again, what was the large mythological question that was answered?
Was it that timelines and universes are two separate entities? (Although I can't see you can have one without the other.)
Was it that you can access the consciousness from your altered time line as Olivia seemed to do?
I've been arguing recently that Peter isn't going anywhere. That he is already home and there is no need to find his way back via the machine. However, I was also arguing that Peter would adopt this new reality (time line) and content himself with these new iterations of the people he once knew and loved. But with the mind altering ending with Olivia taking on the personality of her blue universe self, it looks like I wasn't wholly correct.
David Robert Jones was directly implicated in the machinations surrounding the fate of Westfield. Broyles specifically noted that they found devices containing Amphilocite; the same ingredient he needed to "blow a whole in the universe" as Peter mentioned. So one can surmise that Jones conducted an experiment in universe merging with Westfield as his subject. Does this explain what happened to Olivia?
It does not.
At first I thought the electromagnetic effect of the merging somehow linked Olivia with Peter and she was somehow accessing her memories through Peter. But as we saw at the beginning of the episode we saw Olivia dreaming of her relationship with Peter completely independent of any quantum entanglement or physical proximity of Peter. (Peter acting as a constant ala "Lost".) You could argue this was just a lustful dream but you may recall Olivia was dreaming of Peter to open the season as was Walter seeing Peter in reflections. Peter also manifested himself as some sort of electromagnetic blue blur as the season started.
Peter was in approximate vicinity of Olivia when the shocking ending occurred but not the immediate vicinity. We all saw Olivia walking around with a drink before Peter arrived at the apartment so we can't directly connect Peter's presence with Olivia now possessing her blue universe personality.
So, can we surmise that the "large mythological question" that was answered was that the blue universe timeline has not been eliminated? That it is running concurrently with the orange time line? The coloring of universes was a major component of understanding the differences between alternate universes. It delineated the existence of parallel realities. But the absence of Peter has formed a new timeline so why is it colored orange? So confusing.
The definition of time line and universe has been central to the core question of what we are experiencing here with our viewing of Fringe. If we take into consideration the aforementioned evidence there is a definite blurring of that definition. Something I'm not sure we are going to get an answer to because I am not entirely convinced the people at Fringe know what they are saying.
I included the the top most image of Peter with the geodesic dome because the dome seemed representative of another universe existing outside the one Peter is standing in. But it could represent a timeline also running independent of Peter's current one. By the end of this episode it seemed to represent the past where Peter no longer existed but is quickly catching up to him because of what happened to Olivia.
So what are we to expect? Will the current orange timeline (universe?) evolve into the blue one again? Will it happen to one person at a time or to everyone all at once? Will this occur because of the machinations of David Robert Jones or is trying to achieve something else? If the blue time line reappears does that mean the orange time line will run concurrently with it yet remain unperceived?
Oh, my aching head. I'm going to need a little help with this people, answers and ideas please!!!
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