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The Road Not Taken - Discussion Post


Original Airdate: May 5, 2009

Episode Summary

Screencaps

Glyphs Code: VISION (source: Fringepedia)

Observer Sighting

Quotes
Walter: It's possible we're dealing with a case of spontaneous human combustion.
Peter: I thought that was just a myth.
Walter: Oh, a myth is just an unverified fact.

Walter: Matter is just energy waiting to happen. The average adult at rest contains enough potential energy to explode with the force of five very large hydrogen bombs.
Peter: You know, theoretically, you're actually right.
Walter: Ho ho ho ho! My son finally agrees with me. Agent Farnsworth, take a note of that.

Olivia: I fell like I'm losing my mind.
Walter: Oh, I don't think so. If you were actually going insane, you'd likely have no idea what's happening. Take it from me.

Olivia: What process?
Emmanuel Grayson: To create super soldiers.
Olivia: Super-soldiers.
Emmanuel Grayson: Yes. Like Khan Noonian Singh.To defend us in the coming war.
Olivia: What war?
Peter: I'm sorry. The Khan?
Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
Peter: As in The Wrath of...?
Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
Peter: Let me guess. This war, it's against...
Emmanuel Grayson: The Romulans. Renegade Romulans from the future, here to change the timeline. The sworn enemy of the Federation.
Peter: The Federation. That would be the United Federation of Planets.
Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
Peter: Hmm. And you know this because?
Emmanuel Grayson: I am the son of Sarek.
Peter: Which makes you Spock.
Emmanuel Grayson: Yes.
Peter: Well, Mr. Spock, thank you for your time. We'll let you get back to the bridge now.
Emmanuel Grayson: Live long and prosper.

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Discussion Questions

1. The alternate universe that Olivia sees in her experiences of "deja vu" appears to be different than the one she visits in Seasons 2 and 3 -- do you think we'll ever see this universe again in future episodes?

2. Why do you think Walter went with The Observer willingly?

3. Star Trek opened in theaters shortly after this episode aired, so it's not unlikely that Emmanuel Grayson, the character who believes he's Spock, was created to promote the movie. Do you think this was just a shameless marketing ploy, or did the scene with this character add something worthwhile to the episode?

(some of these questions were taken from the unanswered questions for this episode at Fringepedia.)

Share your thoughts, favourite quotes, screencaps and theories! Recommend fanfic, fanart, reviews, meta and other fanworks in the comments (and yes, you can even recommend your own fanworks, if you want)...
Tags: discussion post, season 1, the road not taken
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