I would really like Doyle to have written the RvB13 trailer message from “Epsilon,” as a final act to keep technology out of Hargrove’s clutches and protect the people who had helped him.
off, he had the capability. He was the secretary to the brigadier
before this started, which implies he had some seriously good
organizational skills. In fact, given Epsilon’s recent failures, I think
Doyle would have been more capable than Epsilon of compiling all the
information available on Hargrove’s activities to send off to someone
Secondly, he had the offscreen time in which to draft the message and compile the data: when he ran off to his quarters to think about his failures at the end of Episode 12. He seemed much calmer after that, almost as if he’d gotten something in order. Hmm.
Let’s look at the text:
“My name is Epsilon. Sometimes called Alpha, sometimes Church. You, of course, already know that, because if you are hearing this message, that means you must be heading the investigation of the incident on the planet Chorus.”
The intro is very specific, excessively detailed, as if someone was reading Ep’s various names from a file and adding AKAs as they read. The correction following that, independent of Burnie’s read, seems nervous, like a person who’s bad at lying and wants to make sure the reader is buying it. (Both of these points, especially the latter, have made me suspicious in the past that the trailer message wasn’t written by Epsilon.)
Specific detail and nervous
corrections are very Doyleish, as is the self-deprecating use of
“maudlin” and “overdramatic” later in the message (which also never
struck me as particularly Epsilon-like).
“[The people of Chorus] were unique individuals. I fought both beside them, and against them, and…against them when I was supposed to be beside them.”
These statements are general, and one could argue that they fit just about any of the characters (especially with the Red vs. Blue and Fed vs. New parallels), but the sentence preceding this one refers directly to “the men and women who fought bravely on Chorus,” which makes me think it fits Doyle better than Epsilon. Epsilon joined pretty late in the conflict; Doyle fought a whole war on Chorus.
And what does the message say about these people?
That they fought bravely.