Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 10, Season 3, The Firefly
Posted by Karl Withakay on January 21, 2011
A Blue Episode
As always, an episode synopsis can be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent.
Paging Doctor Brown, Doctor Emmett Brown…
While Christopher Lloyd did a decent job in this episode, his being cast in this role didn’t do much for me, contrary to my expectations.
Just Something For the Search Engines
If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him, is a real book written by Sheldon B. Kopp, a psychotherapist, in 1972.
The Observer (Singular)
“The Observer? It’s been a while since we’ve seen Him”
That’s an interesting way to phrase it, I’m pretty sure Olivia knows there’s more than one Observer. At the time she speaks this line, there’s really now way for them to know if this is any particular Observer.
More For the Search Engines
Violet Sedan Chair, Walter’s favorite band has been mentioned before. The fictitious band apparently has an album out.
Piano vs. Keyboard
Wouldn’t it have been easier to bring a keyboard in for Roscoe rather than wheeling in an actual piuano?
Maybe I’m Out of Practice Due to the Long Break
But that’s all I’ve got for this episode. I’m very disappointed that I found so little to Deconstruct after the long drought. Maybe it was the episode; maybe it was me. Hopefully next week will prove better fodder for Deconstruction. 😦
Do As I Say, Not As I Do
The Observer/ An Observer
“There things that I know, but there are things that I do not. Various possible futures are happening simultaneously. I can tell you all of them, but I cannot tell you which one of them will come to pass because every action causes ripples, consequences both obvious and unforeseen.”
Considering the Observer is admitting that due to the butterfly effect, even they can’t precisely determine the future, it’s interesting the degree to which they are willing to intervene in this episode, potentially upsetting the balance of the universes even further. I would think that from their perspective, the better option would be to avoid any further invention and let the universes find a new equilibrium on their own. Perhaps every current future without intervention they see results in the destruction of one or both universes, and they have determined the risk of intervention is warranted.