Wow, there was so much info packed into this one episode! Walternate isn't evil(?!) and shapeshifter Brandon and Elizabeth and Peter and Broylenate is a bad guy(??!) and DRJ and Olivia has to WHAT???
A couple of observations before I start messing with the rest of the website ( ):
Someone on Twitter pointed out that the zombie Brandons in LSD were foreshadowing for shapeshifter Brandon. Brilliant observation!! Wish I could claim it.
Suddenly I'm understanding what the producers meant when they said that Peter has gone back to his original, season 1 self. "It's not my fight" was very much something the old Peter would have said, and I was a little surprised to hear it. Not that I blame him, poor guy; I think it illustrates that it was the people in his life he was willing to sacrifice everything for, not the world at large. And I love that. The messiah figure who sacrifices him/her self to save the world is a common element in many sci-fi/fantasy stories, and when the chosen one is surrounded by friends and family, the motive to give it all is clear. Taking this "chosen one" out of his context and confronting him with the same battle has an entirely different result because his personal stakes aren't the same. That Peter doesn't sacrifice for just anyone makes him fully human, fully fallible, and fully identifiable. It's another reflection, another examination of the question "how far would you go for someone you love," only this time it's reversed: "how far would you go for someone you don't?"
I love the way this show makes me think.
And finally: September, when you say Olivia has to die - for how long exactly? I've seen prophecy fulfilled to the letter where the "death" was simply technical- a little CPR and everything turns out all right...
That's totally what's gonna happen, right?