"We think we understand reality, but our universe is only one of many. The unknown truth is that the way to travel between them has already been discovered, by beings much like us, but whose history is slightly ahead of our own. The negative aspects of such visitations will be irreversible both to our world and to theirs. It will begin with a series of unnatural occurrences, difficult to notice at first, but growing, not unlike a cancer, until a simple fact becomes undeniable: only one world will survive. And it will either be us or them."
As he speaks, we watch Olivia arrive at the amusement park, and if there's anything more depressing than an amusement park shuttered and abandoned for the winter, I can't think of it. There, sitting on the ground just outside a pina colada stand, is a black metal box. Olivia stands long enough for some dramatic shots, and then opens the box to find a smaller, fabric-covered box inside.
Back at the Fringe lab, while Astrid and Peter unpack the contents -- cards with odd symbols on them, some kind of pop-up book -- Olivia reads the letter inside from Jones, only for some reason I can't figure out why she's not doing it while imitating his creepy accent. He says the items inside aren't children's games but "an evaluation system," designed to test for a set of innate skills found in certain individuals. Wait -- were these designed by Rambaldi?
Jones wants her to pass the first test only to prevent hundreds more from dying. She wants to know what passing a test has to do with stopping people from dying, and Peter tells her, "He's just not that into sanity," and I for one would like to point out to Peter that just because the guy's insane does not make him stupid, and Walter quietly points out that there's only eight hours left until the next attack.
So let's bring on the tests! The first one (of ten, Peter tells us, looking at the instructions) uses a box with an array of little light bulbs. The recruit is to sit no more than twenty-four inches from the device but may not touch it, and must turn off all the lights. Olivia wants to know how she's supposed to do that, and Peter, useless as ever, suggests using her magic powers, like either HELP or GET OUT, Peter. Walter notes that both the instructions for the test and the ZFT book refer to "recruits." In the manuscript's case, "recruits" is how it refers to unwilling people who eventually become warriors fighting this muli-universal battle or whatever. Olivia's all, yeah, OK, meanwhile, I need to turn off the lights with my MIND? Peter cracks another joke that somehow doesn't end with Olivia pistol-whipping him.