Even when they were supposed to be (semi) good guys, the Observers were fairly creepy characters on Fringe. But they're not good guys anymore in season 5. This video, featuring one of the leaders of the Observers, shows just how far from good the strange, bald men are.
Honestly, the Observers are terrifying in Fringe season 5. Watch the video to see for yourself.
If you watched the Fringe
season 4 episode, "Letters of Transit," you will recognize a lot of the context for this strange little bit of Observer propaganda. The man we see is the Observer who met with Broyles at Fringe Division in 2036. He seems to be a leader of some sort. Of course he would appear in a video directed at the "natives" of Earth.
Is this a believable message? Or just a scary enough message to keep the peace?
Based on the message of the video, this seems like something that would have been released quite awhile before the events of "Letters of Transit." In that episode, everyone seemed to be used to the Observers' dictates. Mind wipes were well-known. The concept of the Natives, kept in line by the remains of the Fringe Division, was familiar to Etta, Simon and all of the rest.
This video, on the other hand, seems to be introducing the Observers to the world.
But not everything in this Observer video is what it seems. If you watched carefully, you may have noticed that there were a few glitches in the video itself. What were those glitches? They passed by so fast that even pausing the video may not have yielded a clear image.
Assuming your pause button worked really, really well, this is the message you could have seen.
This does not seem like an Observer message. Rather, this seems to be a Resistance message, slipped into the video in some way. Could the heroes of Fringe
-- Olivia, Peter, Walter and the rest -- have done this? Or is it part of the wider Resistance movement?
Hopefully we will get some answers when Fringe
returns for season 5 on Friday, September 28 at 9pm on FOX. After all, we only have a few episodes left to get the answers we need!(Images and video courtesy of FOX)