February 3 – 11, 1984 — STS 41-B; Challenger; crewed by Vance D. Brand, Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson, Bruce McCandless II, Robert L. Stewart, and Ronald E. McNair; carried Westar VI, Palapa B-2 and SPAS-2 recoverable satellite; first test of Manned Maneuvering Unit. (USA)
February 8 – October 2, 1984 – Soyuz T-10; crewed by Leonid Kizim, Vladimir Solovyov, and Oleg Atkov; mission to Salyut-7; crew returned in Soyuz T-11 spacecraft.
February 21, 1984 — Progress 19; unmanned resupply mission to Salyut-7. (USSR)
Walter explains that every time you make a choice another branch forms on the ‘reality tree’. And with every choice after there is another fork and so on. The reality that Olivia visits, the reality where Bell is and the reality that Jones is trying to get to are all the same one. But shouldn’t there be an infinite number of realities? So maybe there was one single event, one choice that connected a particular reality to ours. One main occurrence that built some sort of bridge between this universe and one single other universe.
So what was that one occurrence? Here’s my theory…
We see Walter standing over a tombstone that reads ‘Peter Bishop 1978 – 1985′. Walter has mentioned on a couple of occasions about Peter being very sick as a child, and Peter doesn’t seem to recall any of this. What if Peter died from that illness when he was seven, and Walter grabbed himself a new son. Walter spoke of bringing back a Doctor to save Peter. What if Walter was actually traveling through dimensions to bring back a Peter from another reality? This would explain why Peter doesn’t remember the same things as Walter.
Walter expected Peter to be chubbier, maybe the original boy carried a few extra pounds. Walter immediately checked Peter’s eyes when they met at St. Claires, was Walter worried that this Peter might also catch the same illness that killed his Peter? Peter doesn’t remember his toys being the same way, like the scar on G.I Joe. What about Peter’s medical records that Walter referred to. Would it be a dead giveaway? Perhaps this Peter had his tonsils out, and the Alter-Peter didn’t, or something to that effect.
Maybe this is why the Observer saved Peter from drowning…he knew his importance to the other world and to this one. Or, maybe the Observer helped Walter bring Peter through, and in exchange, he would call upon Walter for a favor someday. It’s possible Walter couldn’t do it on his own. Perhaps the car accident was a ruse to cover up what really happened, and help explain Peter’s ‘memory problems‘. A little amnesia is common for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
What about the Walter in that universe? ‘How far would you go for someone you love? ‘ Is it possible that he is flashing back and forth between the two worlds trying to get his son back? Maybe this is the Alter-Walter that Walter saw in St. Claires. Maybe, without the Observer’s help, the most he can do is slip in and out for a moment or two at a time, Much like Olivia at first. That would definitely be enough to drive me insane.
OK, I’m rambling now. My point was that perhaps it was the kidnapping of Peter from the other world that set in motion a chain of events that led to the catastrophy that Olivia was witnessing in that world. I’m not sure how, but you know what they say ‘…step on a butterfly…’. I think Peter is much more important than we realize.
Only two episodes left, and I feel I must add a new mystery that I’d like solved by the end of the season. What the heck is that thing Peter is building and why is he building it? We first see the machine in “Unleashed”, as Peter talks to Rachel on the phone, so he’s been working on it for a while.
Background: Criminal activities, including, falsifying an MIT degree to become a College Chemistry Professor and publish some papers. He is also bi-lingual (speaks Farsi). He owes money to a guy named Big Eddy. There are people watching him and people trying to find him…who, we don’t know.
When Peter was a child, he was traveling with his father, Walter, to a family Thanksgiving dinner. Their car slipped off the road onto a frozen lake. The ice broke and the car began to sink. With their fate apparently certain, Walter and Peter were saved by the Observer. As a result, Walter owed a debt to the Observer;, which he repays in The Arrival, by hiding the beacon from John Mosely.
When he was a little boy he contracted a very rare disease similar to Hepia, a form of bird flu. Trying to find a cure, Walter discovered a Swiss physician named Dr. Alfred Gross, the only man to ever successfully cure a case of Hepia. Unfortunately, Dr. Gross had died in 1936 so Walter designed a device to reach back in time and bring Dr. Gross back. But the device was apparently not used as Walter said Peter got better on his own. This, of course, is probably not true. We see Walter standing over the grave of Peter, who apparently died at a young age. Walter mentioned that “back then” when he and Bell took LSD, Walter lost something very precious to him and went to an alternate reality to get it back. The Peter we know, may not be Walter’s son.
After Walter was institutionalized, Peter moved to Allston with his mother because she could not afford the mortgage of their house in Cambridge.
Nina Sharp told Peter that she knew him when he was a small boy, that she and his father, Walter, were once quite close and that she and Peter spent time together at the equestrian center where they are now sitting.
Peter seems to have many connections: Kyle, some sort of genius who worked for a phone company- tapped into Mitchell Loebs’ home phone. The man at the bookstore, who found them the ZFT manuscript. Mako, the owner of the biggest chop shop in Boston.