I would think eliminating the Henry, Tom and Ellen personalities would create more problems, because they have families and lives and people who would notice their absence. Which does make me wonder about the purpose of the whole project. Why have agents with a split personality when you could just have an agent, or even an agent with a fake-to-him/her life? Though, I confess there may have been an explanation to that in the premiere, but I missed it through all the Christian Slater squee.
If memory serves, they did briefly touch on this subject during the first episode. However, now that we have seen more episodes, I need a better explanation.
The way I am understanding this (and I could be wrong) is that the agents have the alter ego's to better hide them from any problems and/or keep them occupied until they are needed.
On a personal note, I feel having the alter egos helps the agents NOT bond with anyone. The agents could become liabilities if they had emotional attachments to anyone especially a family. Within the first two episodes, I felt Edward looked at Henry's family as strangers. A family who he could care less about. To me, it was the scene between him and Ruthie when he mention that she had his mothers eye that a realization began to take place that she was really his daughter. Granted I don't feel he really cares at this point.
I do believe that there will be an episode in which he will have to protect his children and this will be when Edward has his reality check.
This is an amazing show and I really do hope it gets pick up. If I am correct, they are scheduled to do 13 episodes. I hope they are offered a full season.
And Mike O'Malley continues to amaze me. Christian Slater always has.
You are so right. I still laugh about the first episode. I had no idea Mike O'Malley was going to play a duel role also. I nearly fell out of my chair when they revealed him as an agent. Loved it!!