The episode needed another hour to explain all the changes to the characters, especially Alpha's face turn. In typical Joss fashion, he kills one of the main love interest, so TV would be interesting for that last half hour, I guess. Paul went out like a bitch, but Topher got the hero's death he deserved since the beginning of this season. At least Victor and Serra were kept together. Not as good as Buffy's Chosen, but it didn't make me want punch my TV like Angel's Fade Away.
Interestingly, I had the exact opposite reaction to the Buffy/Angel finales...didn't like 'Chosen,' loved 'Not Fade Away.'
As for Dollhouse, it falls somewhere in between. It felt like the whole series was on overdrive these last 5-6 episodes trying to fit everything in, and Epitaph Two felt a bit rushed as a result. Alpha as a good guy? Victor and Sierra suddenly estranged? Felicia Day and Zach Ward both...well, both really had little to do in the whole show. But still, at least Dollhouse got another season to end (somewhat) on its own terms, so that was appreciated. An okay end to what turned out to be a very good show.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
I concur with Big Bad for the most part...I liked the ramped up plotting when they came back in January, as a parallel to how fast technology can evolve, but in the last few they just didn't have enough time to fit it all in. I'd still like a lot more info about Boyd & Clyde...
The Mad Max stuff was a little goofy, but once they got inside the house I liked it. It was nice to get a "happy" ending after all, instead of the "vaguely hopeful" end of Epitaph One.
Commentors on the A/V Club suggest Alpha's "face turn" was kick-started by when he downloaded Ballard into his brain... Tudyk still got all the best lines.
"Unless you did something unspeakable with a cactus, 'Shaqtus' is not a real word." - Santino Marella
I liked Chosen, because everyone got some nice scenes and it felt like an ending. Granted, I would have preferred Anya to live and the one nerd die a horrible death. Still, it felt like an ending. Angel pissed me off, because it felt more like a middle finger to the fans instead of WB which was the intended result. Now, you have to buy Angel the comic to figure out what happened and trust me its pretty weak after the reset button. They did tease in Epitaph One there were problems with the Vicotr/Sierra relationship, but not to that level as we saw last night. I also agree the last six episodes were amazing and if they had that kinda of break neck speed in season one or to start the year, it may have stayed on.
"Not Fade Away" is an AMAZING finale. It's not about who kills who and who survives and do they beat the dragon, it's about those characters making the choice to take a stand, regardless of the rewards or otherwise once the dust has settled. The open ending is the entire point!
I don't think I ever, at any point, wondered why Cleveland was a black guy that happened to act like a white guy. So I didn't need this origin story. At the very least, we got some decent laughs out of this episode.