Written by Tim Minear
Directed by Tim Minear
Alpha runs off with Echo imprinted as the same girl Whiskey was once imprinted as, because that imprint is the girlfriend of one of his imprints, which means she’ll trust him and go with him. Topher has no idea how to find Alpha, but Ballard thinks he can if he knows what kind of person Alpha was before he was a doll. Alpha imprints a random waitress with the mind of Caroline Farrell, because he wants Echo to murder her as a kind of horrifying rite of passage once he imprints her with ALL her imprints. But after he does that, she whacks him with a pipe, because being fifty people in one body isn’t what makes you a psycho, it’s the person you really are who does that. Alpha is one, Echo is not. Paul’s theory about Alpha’s past self was correct, and it leads him to where Alpha took Echo in time to prevent Alpha from destroying the Caroline hard drive, for which Echo is very grateful. In exchange for his help minimizing the Alpha damage, Paul gets November’s contract ended early, so she’s free to go as Madeline Costley. Dr. Saunders insists that knowing she’s not real doesn’t change anything for her. Victor is on his way to recovering from the horrible slash wounds Alpha gave him. Alpha is still on the loose. Echo remembers Caroline, or at least her name.
This finale is a lot of fun. (Technically it’s the finale, because “Epitaph 1” is a future story arc.) Alpha is mesmerizing to watch, and it was also fascinating to see Echo and Caroline having a conversation. I’m not sure how convinced I was by the other actress’s Caroline performance, but that could be because Caroline isn’t a very interesting character more than because she didn’t do a good job with the material. I like Alpha’s backstory, too, and I’m particularly happy with Ballard’s approach to solving the case. It’s about the souls! Excellent.
Things I Liked
Things I Didn’t
You can see it in Echo’s face that she has more sympathy for “Caroline”/Wendy than for Alpha, before he even gives her the über-imprint He saw her potential for compositing, but he failed to see what an empathetic person she is. She wasn’t going to react to it the same as he did.
The previous episode was all about how Boyd and Paul disagree on how to help Caroline/Echo, but this one is about where they see eye to eye. Adelle and Topher are both very pragmatic, but Boyd and Paul are attuned to more spiritual/emotional nuances. It’s cool.
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