After watching episode 4.19 - In Dreams, I'm utterly convinced Joss Whedon is/was a fan of Alias. I remember posting before that I thought the concept of personality imprints from Dollhouse seemed a lot like the Sloane Clone fiasco we saw in season 4. Well I was semi-wrong, the idea isn't "a lot like" it, it's exactly like it. Marshall talked about how the real Sloane had extensive scans done on his brain, how the real Sloane's brain wave patterns match exactly to those of Sloane 2 because they were "digitally imprinted." The Clone didn't just believe he was Sloane, he was him, with the same memories, thoughts, desires, etc...just like a Dollhouse imprint. Marshall even talked about how the technology could be used to create "sleeper agents"...sound familiar??
I guess there's no real agenda in pointing this out, it just amazed me as I kept watching the episode how the technology used was exactly the same. Funny how at that time it seemed utterly crazy that this could be real, and now there's a network show based solely on this idea.
One other little tidbit that I've noticed in my rewatching of season 4: although many identify this season with only stand-alone episodes, there was much more of a serial nature to this season than one would think. I believe one of the reasons for this was a purposeful change made by the producers: the removal of "Previously on Alias..." at the beginning. Over the last few days I've watched the episodes revolving around Dixon going undercover with terrorists to Jack's radiation sickness and delusions, resulting in Sydney portraying Irena to trick him into talking about Dr. Ladell. There's no way you'd have any idea what was going on if you hadn't seen previous episodes, not to mention seasons, yet every episode immediately starts w/ some mid-mission action. I'm positive this was a conscious decision, producers thinking it was sexier to pretend the show wasn't serialized to gain more viewers. I just found it interesting how it was so purposely left out even though the plots continued from one episode to the other.
Ok, that's my ranting for the night. :)