This episode is clearly Alan Tudyk's show. And Alan? Alan is awesome.
And Dollhouse's freshman season draws to a close, and I think they saved the best for last.
As I said, Alan's the star of this hour, and he gave an astounding performance. It was helped by editing, but it was a blast watching 48 different personalities battle it out in his head. Heck, and out of his head.
Alpha's story was pretty much perfect, and exactly what I wanted, and more. Especially Topher being wrong that the Actives are complete blank slates, and instead they carry baggage with them into their new existance.
Doc Saunders being an Active has been a pet theory of mine since very early on, and that too was handled very well. I like that she seems comfortable in her new role as the new Saunders. Part of that is programming, her reaction to the scars, and the safety the Dollhouse presents, but at the same time, she's safe, and is helping people in her way.
When Omega came into being in Caroline's body, I was half expecting there to be some commentary about how men have been using her, and her getting some vengeance and kicking ass. Well, it was there in the subtext, but I was a little surprised that it didn't come out and drop the sub a little more than they did.
Paul finally got to save Caroline, in a way. Nice catch, former Agent Ballard. =) Also, It made me snicker to see how he got rid of the FBI around Dollhouse HQ. I was grinning like an idiot when he made the deal to get November freed. After what he did to her last week, using her to find the Dollhouse, and planning to leave her behind, it was the least he could do. I'm outright surprised he's not signed on to be Echo's new handler. I've been predicting that since pretty much the first episode. I figure if the show goes on, he'd keep trying to bring out the real Caroline covertly, now that he's working for the Dollhouse. Another thought if the show continues, I'd be willing to bet that we'd explore life after the Dollhouse via November's return to real life, maybe with Paul trying to get to know the real woman, maybe as a seperate subplot.
One other thing, it was a nice touch to see that Topher programmed Saunders to hate him, a telling bit of characterisation, that he made his guilt over the responsibility of what happened to Alpha, and his victims, into a literal externalisation, a constant reminder of his self-loathing. It was great seeing Amy unscarred too, and her life as Whiskey. I loved the reveal of who 'Billy's' girlfriend was. It always come down to a story between a boy and a girl.
I know I'm in a minority on my friendslist, but I want more of this show. There are still some unanswered questions, and damnit if I haven't had fun with this program.
And I know this randomness is even more random than usual, but this episode did that to me. Lots of brain jumpings, lots of jumping around in time, my thoughts are about as jumbled as Omega's right now. Loved Caroline talking to Omega as well. Personal pronouns got shaken around this week.
But really, it all comes down to Alan Tudyk rocking the (doll)house.