Fringe & The Theater of the Mind
Would you be upset if this season of Fringe took place solely in the mind of Peter Bishop?
I had a conversation with Fringe fan “lemoneyes” recently where we explored the concept of the unconscious or “sub-conscious” as I later put it. (See that conversation here.) Lemoneyes had pondered if there were some sort of unspoken or unconscious communication going on between Peter and Walter from the other universe. I tried to expand on this line of thinking by adding that the sub-conscious was another way of perceiving things through the mind and that perception is reality.
Are we looking at a new reality born of the human mind?
Jasika Nicole recently told Clint and Darrell at the Fringe podcast that this season represented neither a new universe or timeline. So what is it?
I’m not saying that this season of Fringe is a figment of Peter’s imagination or is taking place in a dream (ala that bizarre twist in the old TV series of Dallas) I’m saying we may be looking at a new reality, one of the mind. You could argue that we are seeing this new reality through the eyes of Peter Bishop, or better yet his mind.
What if this “dimension of the mind” (something the old Twilight Zone used to explore) is something that the Observers can travel through. There have been two intriguing teasers circulating recently, the second of which can be observed here. If you watch this teaser, specifically the end, we see Peter suggest and Walter deduce that Peter wants to enter the mind of September. Will Peter be granted access to this dimension of the mind that the Observers may travel through?
Yes, could it be that the Observers not only travel through time and space but the dimension of the mind also? What if the Observers can access the past and the future the collective conscious of the human mind? Not only the minds of those present in humanity but those that preceded us and those that are to come? This access to the stream of consciousness of humanity may not be confined just to the living, what if this access can be expanded to that of the dead? Isn’t that what we saw an inkling of from the very beginning of Fringe when Massive Dynamic kept John Scott on ice? Is this why we’ve seen so many flashbacks to Olivia in the sensory prevention tank. Fringe is hinting at that dimension yet to be explored by man that of the human mind?
I don’t think it is a coincidence when Walter was talking to the man in the mental institution (this past episode) who was currently orbiting the planet Venus that he referred to his friend “Tim”. Tim being Timothy Leary the famous Harvard professor that experimented on and explored the mind using the psychedelic effects of LSD.
Is it any coincidence we seen so many references to Angels (and making Angels)? If we include the stream of consciousness to that of the dead is that why we get so many references to God on Fringe? Religion and the afterlife play a heavy role at least in subtext to Fringe. I’ve often wondered why. Is this our answer? (And did anyone else notice the white tulips in this past episode? Look to the left of the picture below.)
As Rod Serling used to say, “You unlock this door with the key of imagination, beyond it is another dimension, a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind.” This theory includes all of the aforementioned and it treads where that of the dead and angels walk. It explores the deep recesses of the human mind and comes out the other side.
Is this the Path Fringe is taking us on? Will this be our peek to the other side of the looking glass, the rabbit hole or yellow brick road? Answers are coming.
Your thoughts please.
Just for fun, if you listened closely during the middle of the episode,when Walter is walking about his lab, we heard a song by Karen Elson, “The Ghost Who Walked” you can listen to it with the link above. Another clue to the road we must travel?