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FRINGE: August

November 20, 2009 by  

First of all, can somebody explain to me why this episode was entitled “August”? I’m guessing that the reason is either (a) completely obvious and just escaping my little brain for no apparent reason or (b) a very minor detail that I failed to catch, likely because I could barely hear the TV over the noise of my husband tearing into our latest DIY project. Help me out — PLEASE!!!

One Less Watching
This episode had not one, not two, but FOUR Observers in it! This makes it difficult for us to continue to refer to Walter’s follicallly challenged friend as “THE” Observer. From here on out, I will call him O1…not to be confused with O2, the star of the mysteriously titled “August” episode.

O2 was observing the 1989 San Francisco earthquake and witnessed a little girl lose both of her parents in the bridge collapse. Her bravery touched him and he experienced feelings, an ability which the other observers appear not to possesa. For the next 20 years, he observed her, even though to the other observers she appeared to be unimportant. On the day that she was meant to die in a plane crash, O2 kidnapped her to prevent it from happening. By doing so, he broke an important rule of observing – he altered the natural order of life.

To correct the “irregularity” caused by O2, the other observers call in an assassin to take out the girl. As the assassin searches for his mark, O2 goes to Walter for help. He thinks that Walter might be able to give him an idea of how to save her since Walter was in a similar impossible situation before and was able to find a way to solve it. Walter suggests that O2 find a way to make the girl “important”.

Taking Walter’s advice, O2 anonymously tips off Peter and Olivia as to where the girl is being held. The assassin finds it first and O2 fires his cool stops-you-but-doesn’t-kill-you-gun at him. While the assassin is down and the girl is hidden, O2 runs outside. The assassin follows and shoots O2, who does nothing to stop the bullets (even though he has the ability to do so), just as Peter and Olivia arrive. They jump out of their car and run after the assassin. Peter stops to check out O2, who hands him his weapon, which Peter uses to help Olivia take down the assassin.

O2’s plan worked. His death made the girl “important” because she is now the one who is responsible for the death of an observer. She is safe.

What Does it All Mean?
– Walter and Peter got into a car accident and landed in a frozen river. O1 was there and pulled them out. Peter didn’t survive and, at some point, Walter popped over to the other reality and pulled out Alt Peter. Why was O1 even there in the first place? Was their accident the event that he was sent to observe, or did he just happen to witness it, similar to O2 and the little girl at the bridge collapse? Was he sent to save Walter so that Walter could owe him the favor later (removing the device from the FBI’s possession)?

  • Walter was worried that O2 was going to try to take Peter from him. Is that just because he knows that the observers are from the other reality where Peter belongs? Or is it because he knows more about what they are doing here than we do and some particular piece of knowledge (their purpose/their boss/etc.) gives him reason for concern?
  • What are the observers looking for and for whom are they working? How are they linked to William Bell? He is obviously not their boss or Massive Dynamic wouldn’t need to be trying to interpret their code.
  • Why are things “about to get a whole lot harder for her”? Presumably, this was referring to Olivia…but could it actually be Ella?

For all you code crackers – tonight’s word was BLIGHT.

How well did you “observe” last night’s episode? Share your thoughts below.

Gretchen is a stay-at-home mom of two awesome little girls who has the good fortune of being married to a husband who is completely cool with her slightly out of control television addiction. During her precious few sleeping hours, Gretchen frequently finds herself ridding the world of pesky vampires and demons, as well as taking down fake secret branches of the CIA.


12 Responses to “FRINGE: August”

  1. John on November 20th, 2009 11:58 am

    August was O2’s name. The other Observers said it their meeting about his actions.

    The Observers observe major happenings, which is why O2 was at the bridge collapse in 1989. They don’t seem to just wander around.

    I think O1 was there to observe the Walter/Peter car accident. My theory is the was important enough to warrant an Observer because it led to Walter kidnapping Peter from Alt Earth and this is a (or the) factor in the coming Storm.

  2. Gretchen on November 20th, 2009 1:46 pm

    Thanks..that was really bugging me! Clearly there was no drilling going on while you were watching last night. Did they call any of the other Observers by name?…would be nice to ditch the whole O1/O2 thing…

  3. John on November 20th, 2009 2:36 pm

    I don’t remember any other names being used.

  4. Kimber on November 20th, 2009 7:15 pm

    Your last bulleted point is a good one. At first I assumed they meant Ella, and not Olivia. I also thought the rollercoaster was going to derail, which it obviously did not. Perhaps Ella will have more of a role to play in upcoming episodes. I’ll theorize that it may have something to do with Massive Dynamics, and Olivia being “experimented on” as a kid. Maybe Olivia has some power (seeing as she is “the one”) and maybe Ella has some of this power too?? Just my crackpot theory of the day.

    I liked this episode, and I really enjoyed The Observer(s). August was great, and I loved his drive to save Christine (totally kept thinking of her as Rachel in my head, because the actress reminded me of Lea MIchele, of Glee).

    Oh, and can I mentioned Walter and the milkshakes? Totally awesome!

  5. Katina on November 20th, 2009 7:46 pm

    O1’s name is September. They didn’t use it in the episode, but I remember reading something him being named that early on. I’ll try to find it and link you.

  6. Katina on November 20th, 2009 7:47 pm
  7. Kimber on November 20th, 2009 8:03 pm

    Hmm. So August and September are two of The Observers, then? I wonder if there are 12 in total, named for the months of the year? Or is it a coincidence that two have consecutive month names.

  8. eelizbic on November 20th, 2009 8:16 pm

    Regarding the Observer (September) saving Walter and Peter…I thought the whole frozen lake story was a metaphor. Didn’t we find out that Peter had leukemia as a child and was always sick? I assumed he died of leukemia and then the Observer helped Walter take the Peter in the other world–either because Peter is important, or because Walter is important but would not have lived up to his potential after the loss of his son…

    Does this fit with what others recall of Walter’s reminiscences of Peter’s youth?

  9. Gretchen on November 20th, 2009 8:48 pm

    Holy crap, I am a bad blogger!! — the month thing totally escaped me — thanks, Katina!! But I love Kimber’s idea that there might be 12 Observers/1 for each month.

    eelizbic — I do remember that someone (Walter?) had questioned Olivia about seeing Peter’s “medical history” in the chart but I don’t remember it specifically being revealed that he had leukemia, but that does kind of ring a bell. So maybe September(!!) did save them both, just like Walter told Peter, making both Peter and Walter important…ahhhh, my brain is starting to hurt…

  10. Austinite on November 22nd, 2009 11:47 am

    The observers dont appear to age, but the leader was clearly older in appearence then the others. So how old would that make him?

  11. Gretchen on November 23rd, 2009 11:59 am

    I’m assuming that they are time traveling — so maybe they have appeared throughout many points of time in our world, but have done so within a short timeframe in their own world.

  12. Peter on December 17th, 2009 6:33 pm