Warning: spoilers follow!
The "Fringe" episode, "An Origin Story," was all about remembering Etta (Georgina Haig). Walter (John Noble) remembers her by sniffing something that reminds him of her. Olivia (Anna Torv) remembers her by sulking and begging Peter (Joshua Jackson) to stay home, safe and sound. Peter remembers her by implanting alien tech in his own brain so he can figure out how to blow all the Observers to smithereens. Astrid (Jasika Nicole) remembers Etta by thinking about her silently, while focusing on work, so she can stay out of the way of the whole mess.
A new plan
The next tape could take a long time to reach, so it becomes a waiting game. That is until Olivia gets a call from the Resistance member, Anil (Shaun Smyth). The Resistance has captured an Observer (David Stuart) after he took a cube that had been in a long container, brought through a wormhole linked to the future.
Peter and Walter decide on a new plan that involves collapsing the wormhole on their side, which is supposed to create a black hole on the other side. The only problem is that the team must figure out how to use the cube in order to help them complete the plan, and they must act quickly. Peter believes that the only way to get the information is to interrogate the captured Observer.
Peter observes the Observer
Peter feels that Etta dedicated her entire life to helping freeing humanity, and he wants to do his part so she didn't die in vain. He does his part by interrogating the Observer using any means necessary to get the information he wants.
The initial interrogation is fairly friendly and involves putting the cube together while observing the Observer's eye. We get the sense that things will not go according to plan when the Observer simply says to Peter, "You don't even know what you don't know."
Yet, the entire plan seems to work brilliantly. Peter gets the cube put together, they turn it on, and they collapse their side of the wormhole. There's only one quick detour to kill an Observer when he spots them lurking. The first part of the plan was completed! They could go home and have the luxury of time to find the next Betamax tape! Not so fast. The hole reopens only a few moments after they had closed it.
Peter becomes a better Observer observer
Peter is surprised to realize the the Observer was entirely correct when he said, "You don't even know what you don't know." In his next Observer interrogation, Peter begins by suffocating him with a plastic bag for a short while. The Observer then reminds Peter of something told to Peter, which the Observer reads from his mind: "Before going on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." The Observer has been calm and correct the entire time. Perhaps Peter should begin digging.
In the more peaceful interrogation, the Observer had compared humans to an ant colony. Observers don't care what humans have to say to one another or what plans they may have. Like an ant, Peter was oblivious to his own limitations, just as the Observer had said. The Observer also mentioned, however, that the ants believed the "black overhead" was "dark sky," when it was really the "shoe" of the Observers. On that point, the Observer was wrong.
Anil had mentioned that the Observers get all their abilities from tech. So, Peter decides to steal it. He kills the Observer by removing a piece of technology from the back of his head, then implants it in his own brain. Is this new implanted piece Peter's way to escape the ant farm? We'll have to wait and see.
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