Turns out that August has interfered with history by kidnapping a young woman who was meant to die in a plane crash (prime directive, anyone? And turns out that August has an emotional connection with the young woman (Christine), having watched her most of her life. But however important she is to him, she must die, as was her fate – unless, as Walter advises him, she is made to be important.
And August manages to do just that.
Small tangent about Christine: she’s from Allston, and I recently read an awesome post about the various associations Allston has with the plot. I will have to find it for you all and post a link to it in my next review. And you have to admit that the way she held herself together during the kidnapping and tried to get away was pretty awesome. Down with the stereotype of the helpless female victim!
We find out yet more about the lovable, eccentric, and now very devious Walter Bishop. We had an inkling that he knew more than he let on from what happened in previous episodes, but this one confirmed it. I have a feeling that Walter is increasingly going to use his reputation as eccentric to his own benefit; his trick to get rid of Astrid was simple yet extremely devious, using his recent obsession with figuring out a milkshake recipe as a decoy to head to a clandestine rendezvous with August.
A little note on the technology used by the Observers: first off, I found it a very nice touch that all their equipment looks from an era past while they actually contain technology from an era yet to come (at least for us common folks). Secondly, I can’t wait to see what is going to happen to the gun August gave Peter; I’m certain that, contrary to what Broyles’ team believes, the gun still works. I am also willing to bet that no one but Peter can shoot that gun; it has to be given to you willingly, and not taken, and that’s why the rogue observer was so adamant about putting it into his hand and pressing his hand into it.
But however great the episode was, there is one scene I found quite sloppy. Near the beginning, we follow Olivia to the Bishops’ place, where we find Walter in a tizzy, trying to figure out a milkshake recipe. Peter warns Olivia that Walter is in quite a state, and yet Olivia manages to snap him out of it without barely trying. It just didn’t work. Or Olivia had to raise her voice, or Peter could have quipped something (for example “If I had known all it took was a woman’s voice, I would have found myself a girlfriend a long time ago”) or, if the point was for us to see the weight of Olivia’s influence on Walter, then his reaction should have been different – a slight pause, a straightening of the back, him holding her gaze, no background noise for a few tense moments – and then the scene would have made more sense. I know, it’s a small thing, but we all know that the devil is in the details.