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An Observer interferes with events by kidnapping a young woman named Christine Hollis, and displays extraordinary abilities such as catching a bullet in his bare hand and starting a car simply by pressing his finger against the ignition. When the Fringe team investigates, they realise that this is a different Observer to the one they normally see during Pattern-related cases. There are other Observers too, who meet to discuss the situation with "August", including "September", the only one seen before this episode, and "December", who appears to be their leader. They conclude that August's interference has changed history, and contract a hitman to take care of the problem. As the team investigate, they learn that August has been observing Christine all her life, and that she was due to fly to Rome later that day.

The team compare notes on the Observers with Brandon, the chief scientist at Massive Dynamic. Brandon believes that the Observers are either time travellers or beings who exist at all points in time simultaneously, in order to observe important events in history. Though appearances were rare throughout human history, there have been dozens of sightings within the past few years, making Brandon, Peter and Olivia wonder what's about to happen that would draw out so many. As they're leaving Massive Dynamic, they learn that a Boston to Rome flight has crashed and everyone aboard was killed: the same flight that Christine was supposed to be on. Olivia realises that in kidnapping Christine, August saved her life.

Meanwhile, August has been keeping Christine tied up in a motel room, but treating her kindly and displaying what seems to be genuine affection. When he shows her a news bulletin on the plane crash, Christine realises that August is actually trying to save her life. The Fringe team use the only things they know about Observer physiology -- they love of extremely spicy food -- to track down August's "home", and they have a run-in with the Observer's hitman, who escapes. August arranges a meeting with Walter: he knows the Observers are trying to kill Christine because she's "not important", and wants to find a way to save her. Walter tells August to ''make'' Christine important.

August sends an anonymous tip to the FBI, alerting them to Christine's location. Olivia and Peter arrive at the same time as the hitman, who fatally shoots August before attempting to flee. The Fringe team chase him and are forced to kill him. September drives August away from the motel, informing him that because she's responsible for the death of an Observer, Christine is now important and will be safe. August reveals that over the course of observing Christine's life, he came to love her and couldn't allow her to die. After shedding a single tear, August dies. At the end of the episode, Olivia takes some time off to visit an amusement park with her niece Ella while September and December observe, commenting on how things are about to get much more difficult for her.

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An Observer interferes with events by kidnapping a young woman named Observer, "August," abducts Christine Hollis, a 27-year-old art student in Boston. Olivia and displays extraordinary abilities such as catching a bullet in his bare hand Peter learn of the events and starting a car simply by pressing his finger against realize the ignition. When assailant matches the Fringe team investigates, description of the Observer. However, after viewing video footage they realise find that this it is a different not "September," the Observer to the one they normally see during known for observing Pattern-related cases. There are other Observers too, cases and who meet to discuss the situation with "August", including "September", the only previously saved Peter and his Walter in 1985, indicating there is more than one seen before this episode, and "December", who appears Observer. Olivia is confused as to be their leader. They conclude that August's interference has changed history, motives, as Observers are known to only observe events and contract a hitman not interfere with them. After questioning Christine's roommate, Olivia learns she was to take care a flight to Rome, Italy. Peter finds a picture of Christine from her childhood before her parents were killed in the problem. As the team investigate, they learn that 1989 San Francisco earthquake, and sees August in the background, indicating he has been observing Christine all her life, and that she was due to fly entire life. The plane to Rome later that day.

The
crashes, killing everyone on board. Because of this, the team compare notes on the Observers with Brandon, the chief scientist at realize August in fact saved her life.

At
Massive Dynamic. Dynamic, Brandon believes theorizes to the team that the Observers are either time travellers or beings who exist at all points in time simultaneously, in order to observe important travelers, as they have been documented during several major events in history. Though appearances were rare throughout human history, there have been dozens They write in an incomprehensible language, and the number of Observer sightings within has increased over the past few years, making Brandon, Peter and Olivia wonder what's about to happen that would draw out so many. As they're months, leaving Massive Dynamic, they learn the team wondering why. Meanwhile, August meets with the other Observers, who are not happy that he saved a Boston to Rome flight has crashed and everyone aboard was killed: the same flight that Christine girl who was supposed to be on. Olivia realises that die in kidnapping the plane crash. To correct his mistake, they send Donald Long, an assassin affiliated with the Observers, to correct August's actions. In an attempt to save Christine, August saved her life.

Meanwhile,
sends a secret message to Walter. During the meeting, August has been keeping reveals Christine tied up in a motel room, but treating her kindly and displaying what seems to be genuine affection. When he shows her a news bulletin on the plane crash, Christine realises that August is actually trying to save her life. The Fringe team use the only things they know about Observer physiology -- they love of extremely spicy food -- to track down August's "home", and they have a run-in with the Observer's hitman, who escapes. August arranges a meeting with Walter: he knows the Observers are trying to kill Christine will die because she's "not important", and wants to find a way to save her. she is not important; Walter tells August that he has to ''make'' Christine make her important.

August sends an anonymous tip to the FBI, alerting them to The team are later made aware of Christine's location. location at a motel outside the city. However, Donald is on the trail also. August attempts to stop him, but Donald shoots him several times, before Peter and Olivia and Peter arrive at the same time as the hitman, who fatally shoots August before attempting to flee. The Fringe team chase him and are forced to kill him. the assassin. September drives picks up August away from the motel, informing him and while driving, September asks August why he saved Christine. August reveals that he is experiencing "feelings" and that he loves Christine, and asks if she would be safe. September informs him Christine will stay alive because she's she is now important; she was responsible for the death of an Observer, Christine is now important and will be safe. Observer. August reveals that over the course of observing Christine's life, he came cries before succumbing to love her and couldn't allow her to die. After shedding a single tear, August dies. At the end of the episode, his wounds.

Afterwards,
Olivia takes some time a day off to visit spend time with her niece, Ella, at an amusement park with her niece Ella while September park. Two Observers watch the two, and December observe, commenting on how things are they remark that everything is about to get much more difficult "so hard" for her.
Olivia.


* SelfSacrificeScheme: The only way for August to make Christine important in the eyes of the Observer is to make her responsible for one of the Observers' death. His own.

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* SelfSacrificeScheme: The only way for August to make Christine important in the eyes of the Observer Observers is to make her responsible for one of the Observers' Observer's death. His own.



*** Well, this IS post-07/11. [[RunningGag And chances are Massive Dynamic installed those cameras]].

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*** Well, this IS post-07/11.post-9/11. [[RunningGag And chances are Massive Dynamic installed those cameras]].


* WhamEpisode: The Observer is revealed to be one of many who've been observing human history... and they've been increasing in number for unknown reasons.

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* WhamEpisode: The Observer is revealed to be one of many who've been observing human history... and they've been increasing in number for unknown reasons. \n\n<<|Recap/{{Fringe}}|>>


* SelfSacrificeScheme: The only way for July to make Christine important in the eyes of the Observer is to make her responsible for one of the Observers' death. His own.

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* SelfSacrificeScheme: The only way for July August to make Christine important in the eyes of the Observer is to make her responsible for one of the Observers' death. His own.


* ForeShadowing: First clue we get that [[spoiler: the Observers are NOT good guys.]]

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* ForeShadowing: First clue we get that [[spoiler: the Observers are NOT good guys.guys, though some of them are nice.]]



* SelfSacrificeScheme

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* SelfSacrificeSchemeSelfSacrificeScheme: The only way for July to make Christine important in the eyes of the Observer is to make her responsible for one of the Observers' death. His own.


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*** Well, this IS post-07/11. [[RunningGag And chances are Massive Dynamic installed those cameras]].

Added DiffLines:

* ForeShadowing: First clue we get that [[spoiler: the Observers are NOT good guys.]]



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* WhamEpisode: The Observer is revealed to be one of many who've been observing human history... and they've been increasing in number for unknown reasons.

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'''Season 2, Episode 8''':
!August

An Observer interferes with events by kidnapping a young woman named Christine Hollis, and displays extraordinary abilities such as catching a bullet in his bare hand and starting a car simply by pressing his finger against the ignition. When the Fringe team investigates, they realise that this is a different Observer to the one they normally see during Pattern-related cases. There are other Observers too, who meet to discuss the situation with "August", including "September", the only one seen before this episode, and "December", who appears to be their leader. They conclude that August's interference has changed history, and contract a hitman to take care of the problem. As the team investigate, they learn that August has been observing Christine all her life, and that she was due to fly to Rome later that day.

The team compare notes on the Observers with Brandon, the chief scientist at Massive Dynamic. Brandon believes that the Observers are either time travellers or beings who exist at all points in time simultaneously, in order to observe important events in history. Though appearances were rare throughout human history, there have been dozens of sightings within the past few years, making Brandon, Peter and Olivia wonder what's about to happen that would draw out so many. As they're leaving Massive Dynamic, they learn that a Boston to Rome flight has crashed and everyone aboard was killed: the same flight that Christine was supposed to be on. Olivia realises that in kidnapping Christine, August saved her life.

Meanwhile, August has been keeping Christine tied up in a motel room, but treating her kindly and displaying what seems to be genuine affection. When he shows her a news bulletin on the plane crash, Christine realises that August is actually trying to save her life. The Fringe team use the only things they know about Observer physiology -- they love of extremely spicy food -- to track down August's "home", and they have a run-in with the Observer's hitman, who escapes. August arranges a meeting with Walter: he knows the Observers are trying to kill Christine because she's "not important", and wants to find a way to save her. Walter tells August to ''make'' Christine important.

August sends an anonymous tip to the FBI, alerting them to Christine's location. Olivia and Peter arrive at the same time as the hitman, who fatally shoots August before attempting to flee. The Fringe team chase him and are forced to kill him. September drives August away from the motel, informing him that because she's responsible for the death of an Observer, Christine is now important and will be safe. August reveals that over the course of observing Christine's life, he came to love her and couldn't allow her to die. After shedding a single tear, August dies. At the end of the episode, Olivia takes some time off to visit an amusement park with her niece Ella while September and December observe, commenting on how things are about to get much more difficult for her.

!! Tropes appearing in this episode:
* BulletCatch
* BoundAndGagged
* CymbalBangingMonkey
* FedoraOfAsskicking: August's hat
* HeartwarmingOrphan
* SchizoTech: It was nice to see the daisy matrix printer added to the old school technology used for communication (typewriters; Nina's 1980's era computer monitor)
* SelfSacrificeScheme
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: A security camera with a high enough quality screen capture to capture the bullet in flight?
* TimePolice
* TheWatcher
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove

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