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On Friday: Dollhouse

DollhouseEp. “Echoes”

This week a new memory drug gets dispersed into the college campus and a team of actives have to take over the campus, treat the aflicted students and find the stolen vile of the drug. However, Echo was assigned to another client during the outbreak but she begins to remember her past, prior to becoming an active, and ends up getting involved in the mess. She goes to the campus with flashes of her past as Caroline when she wanted to expose the research company for unethical testing on animals. It was very interesting watching all the “non-actives” get infected by the drug and act like absolute idiots. Topher in his underwear…priceless.

The one very important part of the episode, however, concerned the process of acquiring the actives. It was believed that these people were being kidnapped and trafficed to become these dolls, but it turns out that they are somewhat coerced to sign a five year contract. I am curious to find out if these contracts are upheld but that isn’t really known. Also, next week’s episode is titled, “The Awakening” and it seems like it will be a really good one. Watch and find out.

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On Friday: Dollhouse

DollhouseEp. “The Man On The Street”

So this is the first episode where the “active mission” was not the main focus. It circled around Agent Ballard making major headway on uncovering the Dollhouse and finding Caroline/Echo. I really liked how the episode worked around the lore of the Dollhouse rumor, it was interesting to see the people’s knowledge of the Dollhouse and what it implies both socially and scientifically.

In the episode, Agent Ballard comes in contact with Echo as she is portraying an Internet mogul’s wife, but he gets distracted by security and Echo is extracted before he can talk to her. Later on, however, after Agent Ballard attacked one of the Dollhouse’s clients, Echo is sent back in to eliminate him. What the agency doesn’t know though is that one of the people within the Dollhouse added a little bit to her imprint…it was a message to Agent Ballard about how he needed to go off grid and investigate the Dollhouse on his own. That the insider will help him along the way and how the Dollhouse organization is much larger than he ever thought.

“There are three flowers in a vase and the third one is blue.” Mellie is an ACTIVE?! What!?! And she kicks ass?! I was totally and completely surprised by this new twist, and it looks like she is going to be a big focus of next week’s episode. I can’t wait to see how she is used in the future. “There are three flowers in a vase and the third one is yellow.”

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On Friday: Dollhouse

DollhouseEp. “True Believer”

This week’s Dollhouse episode revolved around Echo infiltrating a creepy cult to rescue a woman being held against her will and to find out if there are any “unsavory” operations going on inside. To do this, Echo is imprinted with a blind, religious woman and was given an “upgrade.” Upgrade: a pair of cameras surgically placed in her eyes so that although she is blind, the agents outside the compound can see what is going on. Echo ends up finding an arsenal of weapons locked inside the complex.

Also, Agent Ballard gets closer to finding out about Dollhouse when Alpha sends him a DVD showing footage of Echo prior to her becoming an active. On top of that, Ballard sees Echo on the news when footage of the raid on the cult compound is broadcast. Of course, he arrives a few minutes too late and Echo is returned to the Dollhouse.

Now one of the funniest parts of the episode was when Topher and Dr. Saunders have to figure out what is going on with Victor’s apparent “man reaction” problem. The question is what are the implications of this “condition” for the actives? It seems that as the show progresses, Echo isn’t the only one malfunctioning.

What happens in the Attic?

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On Friday: Dollhouse

DollhouseEp. “Grey Hour”

There is an aspect about this show that I really find fascinating. Basically, just like real life experiments, the Dollhouse organization truly doesn’t know the long term effects of their process on their “actives” and that they are learning about their patterns and behaviors while we, the audience, are.

This episode was a pretty good one. In it Echo is turned into a master burglar in charge of an antiquities heist. The part that made the episode interesting, however, was when Echo is remotely wiped and enters her “tabula raza” state while locked inside the vault. I have to give Eliza Dusku props because she did a great job at shifting acting personas so easily. In the end, she obviously gets out of the vault (thanks to a smoke bomb) and returned to the Dollhouse wiped clean of her robbery exploits.

It turns out that Echo’s wipe is traced back to the rogue “active,” Alpha. The upper management of the Dollhouse told the other workers that Alpha was taken care of after he massacred a number of people and then broke out of the complex, but as an audience, we have know that it was a lie for a while. Topher realizes Alpha’s involvement in the incident and, as such, receives a higher security clearance. Only time will tell if we get to learn more.

I think as the show progresses, there is going to be one big problem. As of now, the only characters the audience care about are Echo and her handler, Boyd. Characters like Topher, Victor, Peter and Sierra are not seen enough to really make anyone care if something happened to them. Although after this week, I think they may start working on this.

Great episode. Great show. Great end to the long week.

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On Friday: Dollhouse

So Friday is kind of my break from TV. If you have been following me through the week, you would understand it’s a break that’s truly warranted. But even with it being my break night, I still have to watch something…

DollhouseEp. “Stage Fright”

So I like this show. I don’t love it, but I like it. I think the concept is pretty intriguing and I have historically been a Whedon fan. Buffy. Firefly. Stardust. He just seems to have a knack to write the fantastical story with a strange twist on normalcy. Dollhouse is no exception: a mysterious private company who’s contracted to provide a person to meet the clients every need; the imprinting of memories into “actives” to create the perfect product; a police investigator, Ballard, attempting to uncover the ethically-questionable organization; and an active, Echo, who might be malfunctioning slightly (which Dollhouse doesn’t like to see). It’s just strange enough.

This week, within the music industry introspective we witnessed, we were made aware that Lubov (Ballard’s informant) is actually an “active” being used by the company to throw his investigation off track. Apart from that insane plot twist, not much else happened. The “mission” of the episode, where Echo worked as a back-up singer with a bodyguard twist, was all a bit contrived and emotionally lackluster. The overarching story got a bit more complex (which I like), but apart from that, episode 3 was not the best.

The other thing I like about this show is that it is the second experimental subject of FOX’s revolutionary, “Remote-Free TV.” Its a commercial media strategy where FOX can charge companies premium prices for commercials during their more popular programming. FOX can do this because have reduced the number of spaces significantly (which also give us about 6 extra minutes of our show), but it’s just supply-and-demand bitches. Now the break is short enough that it isn’t worth the effort to reach for the remote and fast-forward through to the commercials. Genious.

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