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Dollhouse 1x02 thoughts

February 24th, 2009 (04:18 pm)

As may be guessed from the fact that I couldn't be bothered to watch the second episode until Monday night, the pilot did not impress me very much. That said, this episode was a big improvement.

I think my major problem with the show is that I just don't care about the Client Of The Week. I find the whole background story of the Dollhouse, its Dolls and the way it operates much more fascinating. Unlike early Buffy, I find the various storylines take me away from what I want to see and learn more about. Some of this distaste may be due to my disliking of the major premise, but I suspect from things set up in this episode that we may not have this status quo as long as we think we will.

So no surprises then when I tell you that I loved all the flashback scenes this week. Alpha's breakout, the deaths of what I assume to be B, C and D (Baker, Charlie, Delta?) and the mystery of why Echo survived. Still want back story on just what Echo's handler did to end up with the House, but loved his first day in the office and the bonding procedure between him and Echo. Really nice to hear that Alpha had a composite event, which opens up the door to solving one of my main problems with the concept : that Echo is too Tasbula Rasa, and needed a regular set of personalities for us to learn to recognize. Hopefully that problem can be side-stepped by Echo and her inevictable composite event.

Of course, the whole Doll concept leaves us open to hidden Dolls already being shown in the story. Certainly Victor the Russian mobster seems obvious and possibly what the Dollhouse boss refered to when she said Agent Ballard was being taken care of. Though I strongly suspect Ballard's too-good-to-be-true neighbour is to good to be true and Mellie is also a Doll. The other main suspect I have to be a hidden Doll is the Doctor; we never saw her before Alpha's rampage and her scars do resemble the knife marks on the other attacked Dolls. If the Doctor hadn't survived the attack but had information the Dollhouse needed, I can can see them somehow copying the Doc's brain into a Doll to keep them around. Last possibility might be that the lady in charge could be using a Doll to run the place, while staying in the shadows.


Posted by: JG (jgracio)
Posted at: February 24th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
BX by dothestarswyou

It's one of the problems I'm having with the series.

Why would the Dollhouse have anything but completely loyal employees? They can easily have the "perfect" employees, at least as far as an employer is concerned.

The brain imprinting technology is too powerful. When I first heard of the series, I could buy it, maybe, if the Dolls were people paying for a crime or something, helping other people, but that's not what we got, at least if you consider unwitting prostitution as being bad (and who doesn't?).

As it is, you've got people who want money, who have the ability to get all the money they could ever want by getting to the people who already have money and changing that people. Instead they "waste" the tech with prostitution and custom made specialists? Why?

I can deal with illogical stuff in a series, but give me a reason for it. Or make me like the characters enough that I won't care.

It might improve with time. I'm not sure they'll get the time though.

Posted by: MoragMacpherson (moragmacpherson)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)

I liked this episode a lot better too. Alpha seems to be a good hook, and I continue to really love the handler guy. But I don't want to be doing BSG style "hunt the cylon" "hunt the dolls" either. For the moment, I'm going to prefer to think that one of the limitations of the technology is that the imprint breaks down after more than a week or so. We've never heard of her holding an imprint for longer than three days so far.

Posted by: Spectacularly Adequate Empress (empressvesica)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)

I've felt a tangling ball of things at the end of both our episodes so far, but none of them great. I'm uncomfortable with Eliza in this role - it's interesting and she gets to do a lot but I feel like the only times I'm really engaged is when she's being Faith, or Tru, or some other character I recognize.

I hated the "twist" this episode as I called it right off and was only partially mollified by Joss' fake out with the "extreme sports".

Meh - if were anyone but Joss, this second episode would have been my last. And part of me is annoyed about that. I don't like this show very much, but I keep hoping...

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