Olivia Dunham The First Female Observer.
How that for a catchy title? "Olivia Dunham, the First Female Observer". A little wacky too, yes? How did I come across such a preposterous concept. Basically, it is all David Robert Jones' fault.
I went to bed Sunday night musing about my wacky theory. Too crazy, I thought. It sounded good after my Fringe re-watch but as the Oscar's wound down and I drew sleepy I was beginning to have my doubts. A lot went on in the last episode of Fringe and a lot more questions need answering. First and foremost to me?
What does David Robert Jones want with Olivia Dunham?
According to the ever enigmatic September, Jones is pursuing Dunham for the same reasons as he did during the other timeline. For what? Well, I would think for her abilities of course. He said as much himself. The twinkling of lights and the arcing power of electricity isn't good enough for him. He wants, "Far more".
What could be better than telekinetic powers? We even saw her catch a falling box in midair during the Yellow-verse future. Handy around the house indeed! But we know there is much more. The old Blue universe Olivia could transport herself between dimensions with just a thought. No need to use the machine, Walter's device or David Robert Jones' contraption. No need for instrumentation at all!
Ah! Perhaps that is the key.
Maybe I can understand now why we have seen all these deft little clues to the classic sci-fi flick, "Forbidden Planet". The basic premise behind that movie was a superior race of beings had built a planet wide device so powerful that they had eliminated the need for instrumentation. All they had to do was use their minds and will something to happen. The ultimate achievement. Sadly for this race, the Krell, they didn't count on their collective subconscious to operate the machine and the mindless beast of the Id tore their society apart. Literally.
I'm thinking this movie and its premise was the inspiration for Olivia's ability. The power of mere thought. The will to do and accomplish anything by just thinking. Why would this be the ultimate goal for David Robert Jones? Well, he is developing an army of Shape-shifters isn't he? He is adept at cloning, DNA mapping and genetic manipulation right. What if he was able to capture and clone Olivia and create a race of Shape-shifters version 3.0 and have them serve at his will? They would be undetectable and unstoppable. He could rule not one but two universes and if things go badly between the two, versions 3.0 would survive the apocalypse and start a new "human" race of their own with you know who as their leader.
So how does Olivia fit in as the first female Observer? Remember when September told Peter while they were traveling in what looked to be the inside of a geodesic dome time machine (ahem!) that his son Henry was born to the wrong Olivia? (I have a bone to pick with that later.) I started thinking that if Peter and Olivia had a child what kind of abilities would it have? No need for two people to work together to exhibit strange powers, the child would possess them all naturally. If this child were to be born in such a way and we extrapolate on this to the nth degree, little Henry may be the evolutionary precursor to what eventually becomes the race of the Observers far into the future.
Makes total sense right?
By seasons end or maybe even sooner Jones will have been able to draw out Olivia's cortexiphaned induced powers. She'll be able to aparate herself through time and space, from the past and into the future all by the use of her mind. No need for clunky Observer machines. She is the ultimate Observer with these abilities!
So there you have it. Do I really think she will become an Observer or at least transcend their power? No on the former but I think yes on the latter. A wild and far flung theory yes but perhaps this is the future time line that September is trying to protect. The time line of his race and humanity.
Scoff all you want, I know I've been wrong before but speculating on the future of Fringe is fun and you never know what elements may be correct. I do know this. Now we know why Olivia is always wearing a stretch knit cap over her head. The writers want us to get used to the idea of Olivia without any hair.