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Other than the explanation that Walter seems to be attached to older technology, as evidenced by his rather large vinyl collection (seen in a few episodes, eg: 4x08), there could be another reason. From a purely technical standpoint, tapes like Betamax (Walter explains it's a Betamax, not VHS in 5x02) could've been a better medium to store this than a DVD ...


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There isn't a technical explanation. The use of 1970s technology is just a quirk of Walter's character. The 1970s were Walter's hayday, and he's somewhat stuck there. That's when he was young and made the most of his scientific breakthroughs. That's why much of his equipment dates from that period.


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They were not cruel in the sense of "enjoying causing pain". They were apathetic: their capacity to have empathy with other human beings was removed. They would commit acts that seem cruel to us, but only because they were logically necessary to achieve their goals. They didn't seek to harm the past humans, the just didn't care if that's what happened. You ...


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No, it's definitely a John Noble thing, not a Walter Biship thing. It's also shown up in his narration of Dark Matters, a series completely unrelated to Fringe, and according to some places it was visible in works older than Fringe. (No reference here yet, as I have not seen the vast majority of what he's been in. I'll check the Stargate episode at some ...


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Yes, there is an Observer in every episode. FringePedia provides an Observer Appearance guide with photos of each appearance and time stamps of where the Observer can be observed from the episode. You can also search for the episode reviews on the SFX website, every review has a section called 'Observing the Observer' that tells you where to spot them.


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Stepping off the monorail causes Olivia to get injected with cortexiphan so that she can travel to the other universe and rescue him. The cortexiphan means that Olivia survives when Windmark attacks her and that she can crush Windmark between the vehicles. In the final episode there is a scene where Olivia asks Michael why he did what he did and what should ...


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First, remember that Peter didn't come from the time-line where Season 5 takes place, he come from the time-line of season 1-3. In the season 4-5 time-line, he dies from his disease, but reappeared in the season 4 time-line somehow (see almost all the season 4 for the how and why). The events of the Season 5 finale created a third time-line that originate ...


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All of these are in the background and have nothing to do with the main plot, which is why I've not bothered to spoiler them. Among the oldest known differences: Andrew Jackson isn't on the 20-dollar bill. This occurred in 1928 Over Here. However, the Fringe team Over There didn't recognize the name, either, so Jackson also likely didn't become president ...


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I almost asked this same question, but I think I figured it out while trying to form the question. All it requires is good timing on the part of Walter. The plan was being put together from 2013 through 2015, if I recall correctly. The invasion (and the scenes with Etta in the park) happened in 2015, which is also when Walter ambered the lab and the team. ...


12

Because the condition of the planet in their time is seriously unsustainable, Walter answered it in first episodes of the final season.


11

Yes. Actor Leonard Nimoy had retired shortly before that episode, and didn't want to go back on it, so the character of William Bell would otherwise have to have been written out. Instead, voice-acting the animated version of Bell was used as a compromise. He seems to have since partially gone back on the retirement, however, since he does later reprise ...


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Their technology allows them to move "super-fast" in short intervals, by accelerating their experience of time. This does two things: Allows them to be fast enough to catch the bullets. The anti-observer guns (first seen near the beginning of 4x22, Brave New World, Part 2) were simply said to "shoot faster". Bullets are lethal in part due to the physics ...


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I have a theory regarding this. My theory is that the Observers are originally from the alternate universe. The reason we don't see them invade the alternate universe in the show is because invading your own past is silly and could cause all kinds of trouble. See below for a more detailed answer with reasonings and even a picture: I think that the observers ...


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tl;dr: They didn't know about the war until after 1985, because Bell is the one who created the war in the first place. Before that, they were just doing an unconventional drug trial. Because most of this is told in flashbacks, the timeline is a but fuzzy, but Bell and Bishop were not preparing the children for "war" prior to the Zero Event. They originally ...


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There are 2 universes, this has been consistent throughout the entire series (so far). There are three universes, but one of them was only seen for a couple of scenes in 1x19, The Road Not Taken. Olivia witnesses the activation of the spontaneous-combustion twins in another universe, but not the one commonly referred to as "Over There" - in this one, the ...


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Season 3, Episode 8 (Entrada). From Walter Bishop's Wikia page: "It's perfectly understandable, son. In the 'Seventies', I innocently wandered into the wrong home and it was three days before I realized my mistake. And unlike Olivia, the woman with whom I was sharing a bed didn't look like my wife at all." - (to Peter, consoling him on the ...


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In "The Boy Must Live," when September is describing what happened to him, he says: As punishment, they removed my device. Now, I’m no longer able to move through time or do the things that I was able to do. They experimented on me. They called it biological reversion. Now, I am no different from you. That is, turning him back into an ordinary human wasn'...


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I think this is explained by Walter's initial alternate-universe infodump from "The Road Not Taken": WALTER: Each choice... leads to a new path. To go to work. To stay home. And each choice we take creates a new reality. Do -- do you understand? OLIVIA: Yes. But what does it have to do with deja vu? WALTER: Deja vu is--is--is simply a - a ...


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No one placed parts of the device in our universe. I'm not sure how much of Fringe Season 3 you have already seen, and so I will use spoiler blocks liberally. You are making two incorrect assumptions: that the device was created some time before the present; that the device, or pieces of it, were placed in our universe by agents from the parallel universe....


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4x19, Letters of Transit, is very important, considering Season 5 is a direct sequel, but there is something even more important: In the middle of 4x14, The End of All Things, Peter goes into September's mind and gets some extra information about the timeline. Given the lengths the Observers have gone to in correcting September's mistake in 1985, and the.. ...


8

In the last episodes Windmark wanted to do that, but the chief administrator didn't let him, because they are very careful about changing something in the past. Also it is a TV series, that happens.


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Truthfully, the entire show is a paradox. First, under the old adage of Back to the Future, Walter and Michael going to the future won't change anything as they'll be going into the future of the alternate timeline. A timeline in which the observers have control, so who's to say that the creation of them will occur in Oslo in 2167, making the observers ...


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If your really want to take a huge shortcut, it's imperative that you see Letters Of Transit, the 19th episode of the fourth season. The first episode of season 5 is a direct continuation of this episode, and as I noted here, it drops must plots point that where currently going to transport the story in 2036. I think it's too soon state anything for the ...


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Just watched this episode, and I don't think DavRob60's answer makes complete sense, even though it's probably what the writers meant. Why doesn't it make sense? Because of two problems: One issue is timing: even if the shapeshifter had prepared this ambush beforehand, and hid the nurse's corpse in the right place, correctly guessing one FBI agent would ...


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It made me recall the logo of the game "Return to Castle Wolfenstein".


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At the end of 4x20, Worlds Apart, In 5x04, The Bullet That Saved the World, Peter makes an annoyed remark to Walter:


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This noise does not appear to be real as it was never previously seen when September read the team or anyone else in the first few seasons, or when August read the girl he rescued from the plane crash. It seems to be have added recently to help us notice when the Observer is trying to read someone.


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