I thought this ep was a HUGE improvement over the first ep. The organization seems much more sinister, Echos handler is more callous, and the altrusitic attitude is gone. This is a more mercenary organization, combo brothel, spy org, and assasination squad, not "Highway to Heaven" with boobs.
I think the show was sold with the idea there can be virtually limitless "engagements"; tacked on, Burn Notice style, is the over plot with Alpha and Echos "relationship". So I expect a lot of one off engagements bookended with other stuff, whihc hopefully will be interesting enough to carry the show.
I'm not convinced that any imprinted "Handicaps" are not purely psychological in nature with physical props. The line about altering the optic nerves or whatever was just bad technobabble. I fully expect Echo to eventually "break programming" and discard an imprinted handicap at a dramatically important time. I think the glasses and inhaler are just to reinforce the imprint. Anyway, no point arguring about it as they are the least important aspect of the show, IMHO.
Amy Acker is still listed as a guest star, so I expect her to kick the bucket soon
Her scar make-up is probably needlessly expensive to apply, but her character seems to be an important one, so I bet Alpha will catch up with her and she will be replaced. Seeing how beat up Echo gets, the house doc must have their hands full. I wonder if they bother to imprint the drones with memories of training accidents or just to ignore their brusies and cuts. Though Echo seems to pop out of the memory chair pretty healed up, if you ask me.
Did anyone else think she slipped off the cliff because her body wasn't up to the demands of the imprint? Perhaps it was just a joke, as she seemed to laugh it off. I wonder if they will address the idea that just because a brain has the memories of a master martial artist doesn't mean the body has the muscle strength and coordination to pull off the moves. Probably not, as the drones seem to nothing more than Tai Chi and swimming, not weapons training and stunt driving :P
So, is the consensus that Alpha set up the entire thing, or was he somehow just following Echo around and saw an opportunity? The bowhunter guy seemed willing to go through a LOT of trouble just to get a girl to kill, since he was willing to hire a hit man to kill her team and a park ranger, I gotta think that simply plucking a girl off the street for this scenario was well within his ability. So he must have wanted a particular girl, hence the use of a doll. Was Echo programmed with some of the memories of his father (he seemed to have some daddy issues)? Her use of the shoulder slap was either imprinted or something she remembered from him.