So this is it, the final episode of dollhouse that we are going to see for a while, or maybe ever. Did it live up to my expectations? Well I can put that in a short answer – No. But let me elaborate on this.
Last we saw Echo in “Briar Rose” she was leaving the Dollhouse with the big bad Alpha. “Omega” picks up right where this left off as Dewitt is managing the crisis. As expected Alpha and Echo successfully broke out of the Dollhouse as we see them driving away presumably far away from where they escaped.
The beginning of this episode in my opinion was very well paced. I was quite curious as too what exactly was happening between Alpha and Echo and the flashbacks describing certain events relating to Alpha’s origin. This was defiantly the highlight of the episode. As this episode unfolds they dig into the past where we get to see Alpha before he went rogue. The events that transpired to Alpha’s destructive characteristics were more than interesting, as I was quite captivated with his plot.
Unfortunately the current situation relating to Alpha and Echo within this episode proved to be less of a shock and more of a “That’s it?” feeling. Alpha is suffering from severe mind alterations due to being imprinted with all of his imprints over his run at the Dollhouse. He cannot keep a grip on his personality and shouts of several different things relating to certain situations though different personality thoughts. He (in a very crazy and well played out way) imprints a poor women with Caroline’s (echo’s real personality) imprint. His plan was to let Caroline’s decision (giving herself over to the Dollhouse) be the last decision she’ll ever make. This was supposed to be achieved by making her own body destroy her having Echo being turned into Omega (giving all echo’s previous imprints into her head to anger her).
I am going to cut you!
This is where it starts getting cheesy as Echo (very obviously) starts fighting Alpha instead of Caroline. The fight between them is cool and fun but leads up to a very lackluster ending. As Echo is chasing Alpha he throws the imprint and runs away. Yes, he runs away and we get to see no legitimate closure between the two or anyone else. I felt extremely disappointed and while watching thought “That’s it?”. They really needed to branch that out better by having a more focused ending giving us a taste of sweet closure.
If we take a look at Paul’s storyline it begins to feel extremely flawed. After having so much hatred for the Dollhouse; near the end of the episode he agrees to work for them on the condition of setting Mellie free. At first we are lead to believe he was going to set Caroline free, but the surprise is Mellie instead. But seriously, what was the point of that? Did anyone really care, and why on earth was that a good reason to work for the Dollhouse? It seemed way too small of a bargain for a man who had the biggest obsession/hate with the Dollhouse in the first place.
Finally, the reveal that Dr. Saunders was an imprint was actually unexpected for me. I liked it, and when they were focusing on her former self “Whiskey” the scenes were captivating and thrilling. For a character that seemed dull and boring for most of the season really impressed me near the end.
So, this could be it. For a show that has been mostly unimpressive and disappointing it really seemed to get a stride going near the very end. The finale had a good startup but failed to achieve the closure I wanted. If you would ask me the chances of Dollhouse returning for a second season I would say the chances feel lower and lower after every episode (as the numbers keep dropping). It will be a shame if this is the end, as this show could have been so much more. As of right now I have mixed feelings when it comes to thinking of a second season. I would love seeing the show really find a good stride and having lots of fun with it, but I feel that this show has dug itself into such a rut that recovering from some of the downfalls of this season will be too much of a struggle. Thanks for reading my season one reviews, I hope you enjoyed them. If season 2 does come you can count on me returning to writing weekly episode reviews.
If this really is the end…
So long, Dollhouse.Dollhouse Season 1 Episode 12 - "Omega"7.8
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Edited by Plasmic Fury, 09 May 2009 - 05:29 PM.