Brave New World (Part 1)

Brave New World (Part 1)

Season 4, Episode 21
Aired: May 4th, 2012
Written By: J. H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner, Akiva Goldsman
Directed By: Joe Chappelle

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In this episode, citizens are beginning to spontaneously self-incinerate as pawns in a larger game to alter mankind's destiny. The Boston Metropolitan Area faces immolation as the power of the sun is focused on the fossil fuels below Eastern Massachusetts.

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This episode's glyphs spell:


The various fringe events in this two-part season finale were engineered to bring out the strongest aspects of Olivia's powers for William Bell to use.

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The Observer can be seen behind the ambulance prior to Walter and Astrid being given access to the crime scene.



Previous Episode Clue

A sign for "Liberty Wind Chimes" in 'Worlds Apart' contains the Liberty Bell in its logo, hinting at the return of William Bell in 'Brave New World' (Part 1)'.

Previous episode clue

Next Episode Clue

Signage saying "Eden" on the exterior of Bell's waterfront warehouse in 'Brave New World (Part 1)' foreshadows his mission to create a new, pristine universe with new creatures in 'Brave New World (Part 2)'.

Next episode clue


  • Jones is working with Bell, who is alive. (Image 1)
  • The new mental institution administrator, Dr. Benlo, was played by John Noble's daughter. Benlo is an anagram for Noble.
  • Walter called Astrid 'Athos' and 'Alex'.
Item of interest: Jones and Bell
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Jones and Bell


Walter made a lemon cake for an experiment and recognized the taste of Chilean almond oil.
Walter's Food: Lemon cake
Lemon cake
Walter's Food: Chilean almond oil
Chilean almond oil


Walter called Astrid 'Athos' and 'Alex'.


A visualization of all the ways this episode connects to other episodes. Scroll down to see the actual connections.
Connection chart: Brave New World (Part 1)


S1E01 - Pilot

  • In "Brave New World (Part 1)" Walter sat in his old cell at St. Claire's from "Pilot". (Image 1)
Connection: Walter at his old desk
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S4E21 - Brave New World (Part 1)
Walter at his old desk

S1E17 - Bad Dreams

  • In "Brave New World (Part 1)" Olivia made the officers on the rooftop throw down their guns when she threw hers down, and she controlled Peter's movements as he fought Jones, just like Nick Lane could control others with his empathic transfer ability in "Bad Dreams".

S1E20 - There's More Than One of Everything

  • Nina said that Bell was a father figure to Jones in "There's More Than One of Everything". They finally worked together in "Brave New World (Part 1)". (Image 1)
  • Jones got 'electrocuted in half' after fighting Peter in "Brave New World (Part 1)" similar to how he got sliced in half in "There's More Than One of Everything". (Image 2, 3)
Connection: Jones working with Bell
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S4E21 - Brave New World (Part 1)
Jones working with Bell
Connection: Jones sliced in half
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S1E20 - There's More Than One of Everything
Jones sliced in half
Connection: Jones electrocuted in half
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S4E21 - Brave New World (Part 1)
Jones electrocuted in half

S2E04 - Momentum Deferred

  • Bell was unwell and needed oxygen in Olivia's memories in "Momentum Deferred" which could be because he had lymphoma as Nina revealed in the alternate timeline in "Brave New World (Part 1)". (Image 1)
Connection: Bell taking oxygen
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S2E04 - Momentum Deferred
Bell taking oxygen

S3E19 - Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

  • The nanites in "Brave New World (Part 1)" have an "X" on them that matches the "X" on the shirt worn by the man Peter freed from Olivia's mind in "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide", suggesting that "Mr. X" from Olivia's mind may have been William Bell (who was ultimately behind the nanites). (Image 1, 2)
Connection: Mr. X
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S3E19 - Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
Mr. X
Connection: Nanites with 'X'
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S4E21 - Brave New World (Part 1)
Nanites with 'X'

S4E20 - Worlds Apart

  • Walter (about David Robert Jones in "Worlds Apart"):
    "This man... I'm afraid I underestimated him. Jones must have a remarkable mind to have devised a plan like this."

    In "Brave New World (Part 1)" Walter learned that William Bell was really behind everything. (Image 1)

Connection: Walter and Bell
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S4E21 - Brave New World (Part 1)
Walter and Bell

S4E22 - Brave New World (Part 2)

  • William Bell (to David Robert Jones in "Brave New World (Part 1)"):
    "The art of chess, the art, is knowing when a piece is most valuable, and then, in that very moment, being willing to sacrifice it."

    Walter sacrificed Olivia, the most valuable piece in the game, in order to save the world in "Brave New World (Part 2)".