The search and retrieval of what turns out to be the Observer child, Michael, turned up some interesting information and moments. We find out that Sam Weiss, in this timeline, was as involved in the lives of the Fringe team as he was in the previous timeline. There is a good chance that he and Donald were working closely together. We find out that Donald has not contacted the couple that adopted Michael in years, which means either he is in deep hiding, or dead.
Now that we know what the technology that make an Observer such, I can’t help but wonder if Michael has it, and what would removing it do to him. I also wonder if the Loyalists who were at the waterfront, who intercepted the Fringe team as they were trying to get to the island where the signal was coming from, were there out of coincidence, or if they were told that the fugitives would be at that location.
Of course Walter’s LSD trip made way for some funny moment, such as his opening line, addressed to Astrid: “Your hair. Your hair is beautiful.” The animated sequence that jogged Walter’s memory at the end of the episode was out of the blue, artistically amazing and no doubt filled with clues and hints. Particularly noteworthy is the umpteenth Wizard of Oz image in the series. There was also one particularly creepy moment, when Carla tells Walter that “You’re burning up – and I know how that feels.”
There are only four episodes left, and things seem to be shaping up pretty well for a pretty amazing show finale, which leaves me both looking forward to and dreading 18 January.