Dollhouse: Season 1, Episode 12

Omega (8 May 2009)

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Alpha has taken Echo. More secrets of the Dollhouse are revealed. Ballard must work with the Dollhouse to stop Alpha, if he wants to save Caroline.

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Having abducted Echo, Alpha attempts to recreate the "composite event" that resulted in his becoming a mosaic of all the imprints he'd ever had, so as to make her a fitting companion for himself - at a frightening cost. Meanwhile, Ballard must overcome his scruples when Boyd and Adelle ask him to work with the Dollhouse to find Echo and Alpha before it's too late. Meanwhile, there are disturbing revelations about Alpha's background - and that of Dr. Saunders as well. Written by matt-282

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Alan Tudyk being cast as Alpha marks the fourth time Joss Whedon has used members of the core cast of Firefly (2002) as villains for his other shows. Previously he did the same with Nathan Fillion on the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Gina Torres on the fourth season of Angel (1999) and Adam Baldwin in the 5th season of Angel (1999) See more »

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Shortly after Caroline calls the actives zombies, pay attention to the girl in pink. She walks past the man twice. See more »

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Echo: I have 38 brains, not one of them thinks you can sign a contract to be a slave. Especially now that we have black president.
Caroline: We have a black president? Okay, I am missing everything. Yeah, let's do it.
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Deep dialogs, strong performances, oppressing ambiance but poor editing and even worst ending
9 May 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Before watching this episode I hadn't high expectations for it because I knew the show wouldn't change even for the finale. So I shouldn't even mention that Topher was annoying as always and living on his own planet, like an addict who wouldn't be able to see what's happening around him. However it wasn't the only thing that disappointed me. The other problem was the editing. It was so bad that it actually reminded me of Harper's Island. Some scenes were practically butchered and they kept switching between bright and dark ones. When you're just warming up your feelings, they cut the scene. I suppose they just tried to include far too many elements into the finale and it leaded to that poor result. So all the breadcrumbs I mentioned in my previous review found their way to this last episode. However I have to admit that it wasn't that painful and in fact I enjoyed the flashbacks even if they could have been done way better. Last but not least the ending reminded me of bad episodes like True Believer because I disagree with the fact that recurring dialogs can become a trademark. The last word pronounced was just pitiful. The character didn't have to say it.

But beside these issues Omega was a good episode. First it was quite dark and scary even if some outdoor scenes in bright day light ruined the ambiance. I specially liked the room where many scenes occurred, it reminded me of the spaceship from The Matrix. The other great thing was Claire Saunders. Indeed the writers decided it was her time to shine. Before I didn't quite notice her because she was shadowed by charismatic characters like Victor but now I think Amy Acker can be quite proud of her performance. I only knew her as Penelope on How I Met Your Mother and just thought she was an other pretty face but she's also a talented actress. However the gem in this episode was the dialogs. I'm still not convinced by Eliza Dushku but Echo said interesting things about identity. Alpha's lines were also quite interesting and in fact they convinced me to learn more about the topics covered. In fact they reminded me how deep and human they're. I specially enjoyed the references to Nietzsche's work, even if I didn't understand them all, and the discussions dealing with multiple personalities, like if dolls were modern versions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. All these elements made the episode far much more philosophical than the others. It's a bit like The Matrix trilogy, there're many ways to comprehend it. It can be seen as a simple action-packed science-fiction franchise or a deep reflection on human condition and the dangers of technology.

For my last comment I would like to point out how Paul Ballard developed as a character. I always criticized him but now I'm starting to like him. It's probably his arc with November that convinced me to do my best to appreciate what he has to offer to the show. I'm glad I opened my mind because his last scene with her was quite good. However I still believe they made major mistakes when using it but overall he managed to bring something interesting to the show. Let's also not forget the very convincing Alpha. I can hardly imagine the hard work Alan Tudyk had to accomplish to give such a strong performance.


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