Fringe Season 5: 5 Questions About “Anomaly XB-6783746”

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Fringe Season 5: 5 Questions About “Anomaly XB-6783746”

With only four episodes left, it’s time for Fringe to start answering some questions – Starting with the most obvious one left over from last week’s episode: “What’s the deal with the mysterious Observer child?” Well, that and the identity of Donald, of course…

Has Nina’s Death Prevented The “Dark Walter” Coming Out?
Not only did discovering Nina’s body seem to snap Walter out of his unemotional, somewhat assholish self that he was demonstrating for the rest of the episode, but he seemed to be far more warm afterwards, as well. Is it possible that having such a strong shock has snapped him into focus when it comes to embracing his emotions?

The Resistance Couldn’t Study the Observer Tech But Peter Could Just Cut It Out of One’s Head?
Let me get this straight: The Resistance – and Massive Dynamic’s top scientists – couldn’t work out the secret of the Observers’ tech or how to retrofit it despite having at least a couple of Observers to work with, but Peter not only figures it out but then manages to insert the tech into his own head in the space of an afternoon? Am I the only one who found that entirely unbelievable?

Why Has Michael Lost His Empathy?
The emotional intelligence (or lack thereof) of the Observers has become an unexpectedly strong component to recent episodes, and Michael’s remarked-upon loss of empathy feels connected to that, in some way. But we don’t know how or why Michael lost that empathy, and that seems like an oversight. Here’s a theory, though: How do we know that Michael actually lost his empathic abilities? What if he never actually had any, gains them from his current experiences, and then goes back in time to meet Olivia and Peter “for the first time” in another timeline…? After all, we already know that the Observers see time differently…

How Many Other Anomalies Have There Been?
“Like all anomalies, he was meant to have been destroyed” said Windmark, which suggests that Michael isn’t alone in being a child Observer (And is that the anomaly in and of itself, or is there something more?) – So, how many others have there been? Have they all been destroyed? And, of course, why wasn’t Michael destroyed?

So, Michael is Donald/September’s Son?
At least, that’s what I took from the montage of psychic sharing at the end of the episode. That raises all manner of questions on its own – Who is Michael’s mother? being one of the big ones – but even if I’m wrong in guessing Michael’s identity, there is a much bigger question: Was the September with hair and a smile and a sweater the pre-Observer, or a post-Observer? And, if it’s the latter, then how did that even happen?!? Lots of ‘splaining to do in the last few episodes, I think.