And in all of that she lost a better match in Damien, to boot! Honestly, the Reza tracking in Dreamfall was so much a part of the story, that for it all to be resolved the way it was is kinda maddening. Sure, he was more a McGuffin in the sense that he just acts as an excuse for Zoe to start her journey, but alongside his 'brainwashing' not being explained fully, there's also the fact that in Dreamfall, there's more than one hint he's actually been dead for a while. When she's on his trail, there are signs of a struggle, and blood in one location, and near the end Peats states he's dead. I think it honestly would have been a better ending for him. It explained Zoe's comment at the end of the game, and him being alive in Chapters always just jarred. In part because of everything mentioned.
Ignoring the fact that RTG decided he's not dead afterall, I agree that the brainwashing was somewhat... Odd. It'd have made more sense to have him solely stick to stories where he could affect nothing at all or else start a different job so he's more effective in keeping an eye on Zoe. Not to mention the fact that she dreamed herself to Propast and into a life with Reza. I'm not entirely sure how that happened.
What I mean by that is: I get that Zoe projected herself into Propast, and it sounds like all of it was a defence mechanism. But in turn she fabricated this new life, including with Reza. There doesn't seem to be an explanation for how or why her imagining this was supported by Helena with a brainwashed Reza. As I say, he was more or less thought dead. Then he's back after the infamous ''That's not Reza'' then suddenly he's alive and well, and living with her, and yet there's no sense of connection.
Did Zoe dream herself into Propast, and they then sent the brainwashed Reza to keep her in this delusion, or was he always there and she somehow knew and dreamed herself to his side?
I just can't find a way to make them being together at the start of the game make sense when to all intents and purposes Zoe just 'blinked' herself into Propast or somewhere else. Though the game only suggests she appeared in Europolis with the coma, the beginning of the game has her seeing herself in a hospital bed with Reza watching over her. How does that fit into it all? Was it because of that incorrect image she had of her situation that they were able to send Reza to her? Where exactly was she when she woke up, as surely the hospital staff would have been unwilling to release a person they had no record of admitting? Or did she stagger her projection and that's why her initial moments when 'awake' are so staggered?
And still I come back to 'That's not Reza.' Gaaaaah!