A continuation from Meet Jane Doe. Alpha presumably dead from last season is still alive and comes back to raise hell. His mission this time is to kill Echo's past clients and her current love interest of Paul Ballard. Echo is still undergoing her mind warping at will giving the Dollhouse a lot of problems.
A fairly straightforward episode but done well. Alpha is a formidable opponent for the Dollhouse. Not too many surprises here except for what happens to Ballard. Still the performances are great.
As far as this talk about Terminator and why it was canceled and why not Dollhouse. It's been covered many times already but Terminator didn't deliver this season the big ratings FOX hoped it would. Same thing with Dollhouse. The big difference is Terminator had a far bigger budget and Dollhouse did not. In the end, Dollhouse having the lower budget and lower expectation was easier to renew. In the end, both shows were canceled so it doesn't matter.
I liked this episode. It's a way to put an end to the Alpha storyline and progress the story with Ballard and Echo who clearly have strong feelings for each other that goes beyond him simply being her handler.
It was fun to see Olivia squirm when Alpha had control. Seeing all the active lose control temporarily is exactly the type of scenario that the Dollhouse dreads.