“Must you always be a smartass?”

Episode Title: The Arrival
Original Air Date: September 30, 2008
Episode Number: 1×04

Episode Description

Broyles calls in the team to investigate a deadly explosion and its source: a strange cylinder unharmed despite the destruction. Olivia determines that the same cylinder, or a similar one, is responsible for similar events in widely diverse locations.

My Review

Aaaahhhh!!! So many great Easter eggs in this episode that are clues for future episodes! I’m definitely enjoying my rewatch because of these little nuggets. But no worries, I’m not going to spoil anything, just mild and very vague spoilers here and there.

The Observer is finally introduced and we learn that 1) he likes really spicy foods; 2) that he saved Peter and Walter from dying; 3) that he doesn’t seem to age; and 4) that he’s involved in the Pattern somehow.

The last scene with Walter telling Peter what really happened that night was so good because of this line: “A man that shouldn’t have been there at all.” If you’ve watched the whole series, you’ll understand what this means. I almost freaked out when Walter said this.

Another line that made me freak out a little bit was Peter saying “There’s nothing special about me.” Riiiiiiight. Another thing that made me freak out was the green, green, green, red dots that were on the suspect’s black beanie. My inner Fringe nerd is freaking out, hahahaha.

It kinda broke my heart when Walter told off Peter not to be so small-minded and not to be like “her” (Peter’s mother) in judging Walter all the time and treating him like a baby. This was definitely a great Bishop episode for both men and we got a hint of what life was like back then before Walter got admitted to St. Claire’s. Glad to see Peter decide to stay in the end after his meeting with The Observer and wanting to see this whole thing through with the Pattern and what it’s all about.

Walter apologizing to Astrid (in his own way) for drugging her made me a little teary-eyed. We can already see that they have formed some kind of bond in so short a time, that it really affected Astrid to have Walter, a person she most likely trusts, betray that trust and harm her in some way even though he was only doing it to protect her.

Peter getting his official DHS credentials and asking Olivia if it’ll get him out of speeding tickets was very cute. You know, I have never been that much of a Polivia shipper, but watching these episodes, I’m quite charmed by their scenes and think that they are cute together, heh.

Can I just say that watching these episodes again is making me fall in love with Olivia Dunham and Anna Torv again? Olivia is my favorite TV character EVER and I can’t wait to just bask in her awesomeness during this rewatch. And of course, Torv is just glorious in the role. Those green eyes kill me every fucking time she’s onscreen. Really excited to see her on her new show Mindhunter this fall. It’s been too long!

Did anyone else get a kick out of Olivia’s choice of dinner when she got home? Cereal (with no milk) and a glass of rum (or was it whiskey?). That’s our girl, always choosing hard liquor over any other type of alcohol.

John Scott reappearing! Whaaaaat?!


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