Fringe 5×10 “Anomaly XB-6783746”: Reactions from a First Time Viewer

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On Friday, we had to say goodbye to a dear friend, Nina Sharp. sad She was a hero, a leader, and Olivia’s mom. cryingcrying I was hugely disappointed by the outcome of the Season 4 reset, but one of the things I think it did very well was introduce a new Nina. She was benevolent and motherly. She raised Olivia and Rachel, and even though Olivia chose to be the Olivia from another timeline and lose those memories with Nina, they were still able to rebuild the mother/daughter relationship. Nina was more than just a member of the Fringe team. She was family. The Bishops lost another member of their family that day and the pain emanated from their faces. All they could do was put one foot in front of the other and continue soldiering on, but that routine becomes more and more difficult every time. With only three episodes left, who else will the Bishops lose? Will Broyles be the next person to sacrifice his life to the mission? He’s done it before. And how does September/Donald fit into plan? Was he Donald before he became a baldie or vice versa? It was definitfly comforting to see our favorite Observer return and distract us from our loss in the lab. Yes, I saw what you did there David Fury-take one person away to bring another back. You are a puppet master of our emotions.

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  • Aw, Olivia is trying to connect with Michael. happy It’s so interesting seeing her maternal side shine through in moments such as this.

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  • REALLY?! You just NOW traced the sublimation device?! I don't know I thought you were supposed to be an “advanced being,” Windmark. Took you long enough.
  • OH MY GOSH. They are using the Peter’s technique from Season 1 to translate the grooves in the glass into sound. FRINGE THROWBACK!!!
  • Nina to Olivia: “I am nothing if I can’t be a resource for you.”

  • MOTHER OF PEARL!! Michael Cerveris is a guest star in this episode!! surprise

  • WHY?!?!?! Why must you force me to experience so much pain? Olivia’s look at Peter after staring at Etta’s poster is burning a hole in my heart. cryingcrying
  • This episode is written by David Fury!?!!?!?! My excitement for this episode is growing exponentially!

  • Peter: “You’re thinking about her.” Olivia: “Every time I see one of those posters, my heart jumps.”

  • Oh snap. Windmark is interrogating all of the Ministry of Defense scientists.
  • I’ve always wondered what is in Peter’s backpack. He’s always carrying it. Anti-matter batons? First aid kit? An extra pair of pants for Walter? Condoms for when Olivia is in the mood? winking
  • You go, Hastings! Make Windmark say, “Doctor.” You spent all of those years working towards that title, you deserve it.
  • There’s an app for everything! laughinglaughing

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  • So many numbers and codes in this episode. I feel like I should be recording all of this, because they may be important later.thinkingthinking
  • I love Nina. Even after finding out her life has changed FOREVER, she still manages to tell Michael everything will be okay. broken heart
  • What did Nina see? WHAT DID MICHAEL SHOW NINA?!?! TELL ME. Did she see the plan? Did she see Windmark’s demise?

  • LOL Peter is driving a “mom van.”

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  • Uh oh! Is Nina gonna die? nail bitingnail bitingI don't want to seeI don't want to see

  • Windmark: “You animals.” Oh, that’s rich, coming from you-killer of all that is beautiful and wonderful. Windmark is the anti-Disney.
  • Nina: “because for all your years of evolution, you inadvertently redeveloped and honed primitive instincts that we moved beyond long ago. So in reality, you’re the animal.” BAMF. applauseapplause
  • Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! cryingcryingcryingcryingcryingcryingcryingcryingcryingbroken heartbroken heartbroken heartbroken heart

  • Damn. They’ve lost so much. I CAN’T BEAR WATCHING WALTER IN PAIN.

  • Ah, Polivia offers a glimmer of light in this dark, dark moment. crying  I could stare at this gif for hours.

  • Little dude picked the wrong time to play hide and seek with Olivia.

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  • Michael can cry. surprisesurprise So he hasn’t lost his empathic abilities.

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  • Time to get into each other’s brains!

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  • SEPTEMBER WITH HAIR!!! surprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprise

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Farewell Nina!

Thank you Fringe Fileshellyeahfringe, and Tumblr for providing the screencaps and gifs.

-Mary

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Posted on December 26, 2012, in Television and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. “Was he Donald before he became a baldie or vice versa?”–> must have been before cuz his brain would have been permanently changed once he had the tech in long enough to lose his emotions and hair. So unless Walter did figure out a way to reverse the process after removing the tech, and just forgot, it has to be Donald and then September. Though it is really confusing cuz September had hair sometime before they were ambered, which would imply that he wasn’t an observer then. BUT September helped Walter write up that super advanced script that even Walter couldn’t comprehend so I don’t get it. I really can’t follow non-linear timelines. So in short, I’ve probably just confused you and me even more. :p

  2. Great reactions as always, Mary!
    The best one: I haz feelings too. 😦
    As far as the life sacrifices are concerned, I have a bad feeling that ultimately, Walter be the one who will sacrifice himself. 😦 It has been foreshadowed in almost every episode up till now.
    I believe that the writers are accentuating the motif of fatherhood through the parallel Walter/Peter and Donald/Michael. Michael is probably September’s/Donald’s biological son, an anomaly that shouldn’t exist because Observers don’t have or aren’t allowed to have relationships with women… This is why we saw September watching the boy being taken away to a foster family in 1×15 Inner child…
    I am intrigued with the question did Donald become September or did September deobserverized himself, somehow… I don’t know the answer… But I am going to go with “before”
    Maybe Walter and Bell invented that Observer’s tech because they wanted to expand brain possibilities and their friend Donald was the first one to try it on, like some sort of experiment.
    I also want to know what Nina saw! Some images from her past, no doubt! Or maybe Michael showed her she will have to sacrifice herself. 😦
    So Observers are like lizards! 🙂
    John Noble was incredible in grieving scene.
    Loved Michael Cerveris as a smiling human! 🙂 With hair, he looked like Michael Fassbender a bit!

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