Monday, March 30, 2009

He's Baaa-ack!

And about blooming time, I'd say!

I just finished watching episode 6 of Dollhouse - this one had been hailed as the "game changer." Let's see where things go, but yes, yes, yes!! At one point, I actually said out loud, "I. Love. This. Show." Some very typical Whedon points - especially with funny lines that mask Truth and a certain amount of misdirection. And a client who doesn't seem like all that much of a bad guy. (And names!! C'mon, the Internet mogul is just a "Minor" character, right?) And the interviews on the street - what would you do if you could have your deepest fantasy with no consequences? That veneer of civilization gets awfully thin, doesn't it?

No one is what they appear to be. No one. And that makes sides very difficult things to choose.

Another lesson of the Dollhouse: Beware quiet women. Like Mellie. Or River Tam. (All together now: "Fruity oaty bar . . . the third flower is green.") I've noticed "safe words" in this show; phrases that are repeated as a Doll is brought back to consciousness after an engagement and as a Doll is removed from an engagement. It makes me think of River being triggered and Simon's "safe word" to stop her by making her fall asleep.

Or is Echo waking up?

Quick side note: I'd have to re-watch a bit to be positive, but I do believe that the doctor who is so easily dismissed by Topher (whose creep-factor continues to grow) is wearing the same flamingo pin as Badger wears in the "Shindig" episode of Whedon's Firefly. I'm not sure, but close enough to sure that I'll mention it. And both shows use Shawna Trpcic as the costume designer and also Mark Sheppard (who played Badger) appears in this episode, so maybe . . .

"It's not finished," says Echo about her childish painting. (Or maybe about something totally else.) The painting which includes a couple with no faces. They could be anybody.

Or everybody.


Bree said...

Hi! I've checked in with your blog over time, but I'm not sure if I've commented before. So, howdy from San Francisco!

I totally agree - the last couple Dollhouse episodes have really elevated the stakes and reeled me in. I knew I'd be watching it from Day One, but I was skeptical about the first two or three installments. There was too much expositiony dialogue, Topher bugged (and still bugs) the bejeezus out of me, and, while I love her dearly, I just wasn't convinced that Eliza Dushku had the acting ability to pull off multiple characters. As of Ep 3, Echo's purpose in the Dollhouse is being more fully utilized, and as of Ep 6, the shifting identities and motivations of all the players are finally paying off in a juicy narrative that has all the complicated emotional, political, and power dynamics that I've come to expect from Joss.

Anyway, I'm glad you're out there, and I look forward to your continued analysis!

Beth said...

Good to see you catching up--and you're giving me some things to think about, too. This coming Friday, since I have NO interest in Prison Break, I plan to re-watch eps. 8 & 9, maybe more.

Adventuress said...

So glad to see you both! Yes, it's taken me a while to warm up to this show, but I think it's going to be well worth it! I've been digging out from a pile of work that's accumulated (or perhaps bred) on my desk at work, but I'm planning to be caught up on all episodes by the end of the weekend!

Anonymous said...

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Adventuress said...

Hey - be kind to me! I'm still several episodes behind! But you've piqued my curiosity. Let me look into this . . .