Fringe Discussion: August

Fringe finally gives us some background on their most enigmatic and original characters, the race of bald guys who observe events. Do the answers constitute a leap forward or a shark-jump?

And what’s with the trend of popular genre franchises where really, really old quasi-humans fall for attractive young women? Is Zeus that appealing a role model?

7 replies on “Fringe Discussion: August”

  1. So now they have two major plot lines. William Bell and his alternate universe war and the Observers.

    Why did the observers save Walter, but had to make a deal to save his son Peter? What was their mistake? Are the observers Time travelers? Outside Time? Aliens? Another universe? What powers do they have? Catching bullets, Regeneration? He is still alive after being shot multiple times. Seeing the future, but not accurately? Are all observers Men? Bald? bad dressers?

    • I found it odd that the Observer

      was seemingly bulletproof for the policemans gun, but vulnerable to the assassins. It makes sense that the assassins gun would work, but it seemed odd that it just seemed a regular silenced pistol. Maybe he is only semi-bulletproof. As for their origin they clearly know the future quite well though I’m not sure if I buy the “outside time” argument. Their fixation on observing and not interfering makes me think that that they’re working for someone. I get a feeling they’re heavily genetically engineered people like the shape-shifting soldiers, maybe they’re on the same side as William Bell? Also wondering about the assassin, a hired thug seems a strangely mundane choice.

      On a side note what kinda security camera has a framerate high enough to catch several clear shots of a moving bullet? :)

      • I thought it was quite clear…he caught the bullets from the policeman, but allowed himself to be shot by the assassin. That’s the reason the girl is now special…she is associated with the death of an observer. He sacrificed himself so she could live.

        • Well he certainly let himself be shot. But the assassin knew that the observer was a potential target, he wouldn’t have shot if he thought that the bullets were useless. Also the fact that him dying is important implies one of two things. One the observers are calling their own shots, so would obviously consider themselves important. Or two, that whoever built the observers considers them important and not expendable (like the shape-shifters we previously seen)

  2. WOW! I just checked out the trivia section of Fringe on IMDB !
    “The Observer” can be spotted in every episode: Episode 1.01: Walking past Massive Dynamics in the intro shot to that corporation. Episode 1.02: At the counter in the Hospital. Episode 1.03: in a couple of shots (one is a reflection) on the train. Episode 1.04: Featured several times. Episode 1.05: Getting off the doomed elevator as it fills up. Episode 1.06: In the Country Club watching Dunham’s conversation with {bad guy}. two shots, one long, then he crosses directly behind the two as the converse. Episode 1.07: In the German Airport near the ticket counter. Episode 1.08: Outside, under a tree when Dunham takes a cell call outside the house they’re searching.
    Throughout the first season, ‘The Observer’ could be spotted on other FOX programming such as in the audience of American Idol, or on the sidelines of NFL and NASCAR events.

  3. Does anyone remember the name of the old SF short story that the whole “observers” conceit is riffing on? It was about a group of time travelers who spend the summer in a boarding house overlooking Johnstown PA waiting to watch the Great Flood of 1889 as it destroys the town. I vividly remember the story but not the title or author.

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