I am trying so hard not to read everyone's comments. I got real sick last night with a super migraine that I just couldn't bring myself to watch it.
But I am going to have a little marathon and watch a few episodes into 5x07 and then I will come back in the morning share thoughts and let myself finally read everyone's comments! (My mom watched it and told me it was freaky!
OK Some trains of thought...
Still think these things are allusions and metaphors for the multi-functional aspects of "realizing" what the machines does...
Videos --> [lost] missing pieces -->Walter's Brain Matter---->Walter's tapes found "out of order" (adharma = break downs in dharma) video tape. "course correction"
Asian women at restaurant -->eastern philosophy reminder/Observers China Town
Peter in the car - "white" light (death) --->time travel--->flashes before your eyes
(various ways to conscience time travel -Lost Desmond - multiple corporeal universe + FS)
David Bowie "directly" referenced "The Man Who Stole the World"
Note: s4 episode title: "Neither Here nor There" and thinking about "The Day We Died" + "Peter and the Machine"
We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and whenAlthough I wasn't there
, he said I was his friend
Which came as some surprise I spoke into his eyesI thought you died alone, a long long time ago
Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You're face to face
With The Man Who Sold The World
I laughed and shook his hand, and made my way back homeI searched for form and land, for years and years I roamed
I gazed a gazely stare at all the millions here
We must have died alone, a long long time ago
Who knows? not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the Man who Sold the World
(Other David Bowie References in Fringe: David Robert Jones is David Bowie's birth name, Film: The Man Who Fell to Earth - Oliver Farnsworth-Thomas Jerome Newton- Northwest Passage car asks Peter where to? Peter says, "Mars" Thomas Gerome Newton's Space suit = bald looking, psychedelic drug culture,
Man Who Fell to Earth bit form wiki:"Throughout the film are brief sequences of his wife and children back on his home planet, slowly dying, and by the end of the film they are dead and Newton is stuck on Earth, broken, alcoholic, and alone. He creates a recording with alien messages, which he hopes will be broadcast via radio to his home planet. Bryce, who has since married Mary-Lou, buys a copy of the album and meets Newton at an outside restaurant in town. Newton is still rich and young looking despite the passage of many years. However, Newton has also fallen into depression and alcoholism and the film ends with an inebriated Newton passing out in his cafe chair."
The transceiver waiting to receive message = "Ground control to Magor Tom" ---> TV Show named for Bowie's album/influence "Life on Mars" (British version = purgatory, US version 'trip' while on a space ship)
Two beacons = two "machines"
Beacon tie back to "The Arrival" ---September n'sync with Peter's thoughts = Peter n'syn with Olivia's thoughts
Juxtaposition from "hiding" the beacon to "finding" the beacon(s) + green and red lights motif (may also play to loss, gain, loss, gain effect in this time line)Be Better Than Your Father
thesis continues --->Peter is slipping more than Walter,Walter can still admit to being wrong, helps ease Nina's pain with photo (memory) in "safe" as proof of love.
Everyone in time line = fear of loss, fear of change -->death
WINDmark "marked" on WINDow --> Johari Window (like I cheng, except boxes instead of lines)
Outlines of time lines + Observer named "Royce" = Roscoe Joyce (Violet Sedan Chair = Time Machine) -->"The Firefly" ----> can not see "all" variables = can not always see which future will come to pass = mirror Peter (also girl with yellow ball
on park bench = "Peter in the machine" comic: Peter sits on park bench traveling in time with September. Peter unknowingly interacts with an older version of his son, Henry, by giving him back his ball...)
The "missing variable" (missing piece) is the "com" (communication device) = radio receiver.
Speculation: may hear a message from the other time line to come home or just hear what they are doing "there" and may play to confusing non matching situation here....or it's William Bell (see comic: Ghost Written)
Observer named "Mueller" = Alias Mueller Device (Bee hive mind + behavior modification)
That's it for now...