I also think that Amber Lincoln's been done a disservice in the last few episodes; I've enjoyed him this season, and I completely understand his sense of isolation, but I think they beat us over the head with it lately. It's kind of ironic to me that Lincoln might (still not sure about this, but it seems possible) envy Peter. After the hell Peter's been through, Lincoln actually envies him? Is it just because he "has" Olivia now? I just don't understand, and to be honest, I wish they'd just let us be happy for Peter and Olivia, instead of having their happiness be at the expense of another character - because I haven't become emotionally invested enough in him to really feel that.
I did like the idea that the two Lincolns' paths diverged because one chose his way in life. Amber Lincoln does seem to have always been a passive kind of guy, and Red Lincoln quite aggressive (and arrogant). Very interesting idea, and one that comes up on the show quite a bit; I love how they find new ways of exploring it.
AltLivia was an absolute hoot in this ep, although I kind of wish - after AltLinc going on about how "tough" she is, and how she never cries - we could have seen a bit of tears from her at the end. I definitely got the sense of loss from her, but I wanted a bit more from Anna there. Still, very nice.
I wonder after this episode - is a possible lesson from last night that everyone is replaceable? AltLincoln had just died, and I just feel that Amber Lincoln is stepping into his place just a bit too quickly.
All that said, I loved seeing Meana in her Louise Brooks/Pandora's Box fabulousness, and Gene in an FBI jacket and hat on her way to a walk and graze, was just marvelous.
I also thought Anna Torv was perfect. Speaking of Linc "not belonging", that opening scene where Olivia clearly remembered almost nothing about Lincoln? And Linc realised that all those emotional moments he had shared with her are now totally forgotten? Everything he had confided in her, about his partner and his loneliness and how he has no family, all those moments, gone? That was heartbreaking and Olivia's reactions to him spoke volumes. She felt terrible for him but on a detached level, like "omg poor guy, it's sad that I have totally forgotten who he is", it didn't resonate with her truly because she barely knows who Lincoln is now. I thought Anna just did a great job with that, showing a small wistfulness at what she may have forgotten but not trully regretting it.
THIS. That was a totally spot on moment for Anna - she showed us so much in that one tiny scene.