One thought that crossed my mind concerns the level of anger within the Alter-Fringe team, whose reality has been sorely distorted by Walternate to believe amongst others, that Walter is to blame for Altivia’s breakdown. Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) and Scarlie (Kirk Acevedo) are extremely capable soldiers whose anger you do not want directed at yourself. The implications for future episodes and introspections are huge.
It needs to be pointed out that Walternate is only dangerous in the context that there are people who listen to him blindly. If individuals practiced the concept of independent investigation of the truth, there would be many loopholes in his story that would one pause and reflect on its veracity. Unfortunately, there are people that believe him blindly. And so, I’d say that, after Walternate, the most dangerous person right now is Lincoln Lee, who is armed, capable, and who seems to believe almost blindly in what he has been told: “The treatment can be worse than the disease, but we just want you to get better”.
Even in a military state like the alter-universe, it is possible for people to know that there are things wrong. The demonstrations being held in front of The Orpheum are a sign that despite the potential dangers, there are always some people willing to stand up for what they believe in. This also happens in real life, as demonstrations and resistance movements in many military dictatorships show. In this particular case, people were protesting for the release of those who have been ambered. It gives a gruesome twist to a practice we had seen up to now as only being a protective one, as asking for a ‘release’ implies that those caught are still alive.
Olivia’s escape was the episode’s first action sequence – and what an interesting one it was. Did anyone else notice that she used her preferred method of pretending vulnerability as in the Season 1 episode “Bound” (episode 11)? And did anyone notice the similarity of her running through the woods outside the facility with her running through the woods in her vision in Season 2's “Jacksonville” (episode 15)? It also had a bit of a Count of Monte-Cristo feel: anything for freedom.
One person whose opinion on that matter has already starting changing and is bound to change even more throughout the season – if the writers are, of course, planning to keep him around – is Henry (Andre Royo). When he first meets Olivia, it is obvious he deems her insane; but after listening to her and, more importantly, watching her trying to work her way through what was happening to her, he comes to realize that she isn't as insane as she might have initially seemed. Henry has, in my opinion, the potential of becoming one of the seasons’ most interesting characters, one that will bring forth a slew of interesting and thought-provoking questions.