Ahh, lateral thinking. Refreshing.
I liked the idea of 'bringing the consciousness forward' as something that originated in the future and was sent back in time only to come forward again
And there it is.
Originally Posted by Lij
[Aside: Could it be possible that Peter(n-1)'s consciousness is cohabiting Peter(n)'s brain/mind similar to the Olivia/Bellie scenario?]
It's actually taken me a long time to figure this out, even longer to admit and come to terms with
- that in order for Fringe to thoroughly satisfy:
One must be completely prepared and willing to buy into the Implausibility of it all.
Science fantasy is a sub section of science fiction but not all science fiction would necessarily be categorized as science fantasy. And there the distinction must be made -
Fringe is science fantasy.
We could, for example, continue ad infinitum with the iterations of 2026 Peter(n) never existing because Peter(n) has been 'erased' further suggesting that this is the last
of an almost
infinite number of loops leading to Peter's now unnecessary presence and therefore no First People.
The loops end here. Or do they?
This video explains the concept really well [though it has been posted elsewhere, it still packs a punch!
And that's where the show's writers trip themselves up. I guess they don't have the luxury of 'time' to figure out various 'plausible' details like we do here at the forum, yet they place themselves under a microscope by incorporating concepts, specifically time travel, into an episodic tv serial.
Ideas such as these do well in a two hour movie, the audience has little time to debate the intricacies of scientific detail, plausibility or implausibility as the case may be, and by the time we do figure out the absurdity of it all we don't care anyway - 'cause we've had a fun ride! It began, it unfolded, it ended all in the space of a hundred and twenty minutes or so. 'The Time Machine' ,'The Final Countdown' ; 'Back To The Future' ; 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure'  etc etc. They were cool movies! Back To The Future #1 is one of my all-time favorites, but stretch it out and it starts to look a little thin.
So, yeah, we have no need to send the BBM back anymore cause 2011 Peter(n) is the last Peter. And he no longer exists anyway... so no future 2026 Peter(n).
September: 'He served his purpose...'
Been nice knowin' ya Pete!
But, of course, the writers have allowed themselves a diversity of options carte blanche which further foreshadows fantasy script treatment and, more to the point, implausibility. Spoilers have already alluded to Joshua Jackson having a contract in Season 4. Whether he returns as flashbacks, apparition, a mind invader in someone else's body, a pseudo-observer, a newborn baby - well we just have to wait and see what Pinkner and Wyman dish up.
So, if one is completely prepared and willing to buy into the Implausibility of Fringe, then the future plotlines and mythology hold much hope. And now that I hold this thought myself I'm pretty much open to anything!