Victor’s scars are healing. Echo is back at work; her composite event is seemingly fixed. There are new opening credits which are all about Echo. Echo marries an arms dealer (the bland Jamie Bamber). She has a nice wedding dress and lingerie. Ballard pulls faces of moral indignation.
Senator Perrin (Alexis Denisof of ‘Angel’) rants against the Dollhouse and Rossum. Sierra gets a bizarre imprint. Topher whines and is vermin. Saunders is cracking up.
Bamber and Denisof’s real accents are on display and that is the only real highlight of this ep. It was okay but nothing special.
“How many more today?”
“Well the Jonas Brothers are back in town.”
“Say no more. Voracious little nippers.”
“You’re working an angle.”
“With the exception of the very special and the comatose, have you ever met someone who wasn’t?”
Echo is imprinted as a mother. Nate the idiot who hired her displays massive bad judgement. Echo grows too attached, becomes afraid of Nate and runs away with the child. Adelle visits Madeline (aka November aka Mellie) in her fancy apartment.
Perrin’s investigation into Rossum goes on, was Dominic giving him info? I miss Dominic. This was okay, but again noting special.
Why would Madeline set foot back in the Dollhouse? Why is Ballard such a jerk? Madeline’s tale of her recruitment by Rossum reeks of creepy manipulation. Why did Nate act like such an idiot? How did Echo escape from the Dollhouse again? Doesn’t Nate have an alarm? Did the writer of this ep see ‘The Hand That Rocks the Cradle’ one time too many?
“I have this irrational fear that if I say one wrong thing, men in suits are going to throw me in a black van and take me away.”
A wannabe creepy croquet playing serial killer is run over by a car. So his personality is imprinted onto Victor on the orders of his Rossum share owning uncle (Michael Hogan). Meanwhile the uninteresting Echo is imprinted as Kiki a bimbo student.
Victor is helped escape and goes on the run. Echo hangs out with a pervy teacher, how can a teacher afford to hire an Active? Topher suggests a remote wipe, it goes wrong. Adelle needs shooting. This was boring, just a collection of morally bankrupt pimps running around. I’ve seen more melodrama on ‘Hollyoaks’ with Ste being beaten up by nutjob boyfriend Brendan who looks like a circa 1970’s pimp.
Why does Ballard never mention his previous interaction with Victor when he thought Victor was Lubov?
“We’ve imprinted an Active as a serial killer and then blindly let him loose upon the streets.”
“He’ll be an empty headed robot walking around Hollywood, he’ll be fine.”
“How is it that I get an F, when this guy that we’re reading, Chauncy, can’t even spell?”
“You know what that means? I have no idea but it’s wicked filthy.”
Sierra’s back-story is revealed. Back when she was Priya she was an artist who was stalked by the crazed Nolan (Vincent Ventresca). He stole her life and had her made into an Active so he could hire her.
When Topher and Adelle become aware of this, they are outraged. Adelle is a hypocrite; she’s a slave merchant just like Nolan. So when Nolan wants Sierra forever, she tells Topher to hand Sierra over.
Topher takes a break from treating people as playthings and being flippant and decides to help Sierra. It gets bloody. But on the upside we get scenes of Sierra and Victor being cute together and the final image of them curled up in a pod together is sweet. This was very good.
Nolan has an MD and a PhD? In what, evil? How did Echo etch all that info onto the lid of her pod? Wouldn’t Nolan’s drains clog? Didn’t Topher wonder just how Boyd did what he did? Why did Sierra choose to go back to the Dollhouse? Why did Boyd give Echo the key card? Why is Echo shoe horned into every scene?
“Nothing in this world could ever make me love you.”
“You wouldn’t like the retirement plan.”
“Some people are not reedy to wake up.”
“I don’t care. Something bad is coming, like a storm.”
The Public Eye
Perrin holds a press conference about the Dollhouse. Madeline joins in. Rossum big cheese Harding (Keith Carradine) sneers. Ballard hunts a suspected sleeper Active. Denisof cannot act.
Rossum turns out to be playing a long game. Echo ends up in the Washington DC Dollhouse where the bland Bennett (Summer Glau) works. She’s nut with a grudge against Caroline. This was okay.
“Once a sleeper Active’s protocol has been triggered, the thing you’re facing will neither be reasoned with nor stopped.”
“No-one ever really leaves here do they?”
“Paul Ballard. LA Dollhouse’s latest idiot hire.”
“Before he washed out at Yale, he was voted Most Likely To Wake Up In A Pool Of His Own Sick.”
“It’s my mind.”
“Not for some time now.”
The Left Hand
Adelle and Topher end up in the DC Dollhouse. Stewart Lipman (Ray Wise) is wasted. Topher acts like a moron. Why do TPTB think Topher is adorable? Adelle annoys. Cindy Perrin is played by a dreadful actress. Rossum’s latest long game comes to fruition. This was dull and Echo is on the run.
Season 2 is kind of a let down. What is Bennett up to? When was Perrin imprinted again? Why does no-one care about Madeline?
Meet Jane Doe
Ivy hangs around doing nothing. Topher blathers. Echo and Ballard hang out in Texas. How did they get to Texas from DC? Adelle wants Echo back, but doesn’t care that Saunders ran off back in ‘Vows’. Harding has taken over the LA Dollhouse. Adelle sulks at being demoted.
Echo and Ballard bore. When did Echo get a personality? Echo and Ballard kiss, all his pervy season 1 fantasies are coming true. Topher unveils his remote wipe/imprinting tech, the moral lesson he learned in ‘Belonging’ is forgotten. The future seen in ‘Epitaph One’ is set in motion when Adelle steals the info and gives it to Harding.
Topher is a moron and Adelle is her usual cartoon villain self with OTT cold callousness. This was boring.
“Find Echo, even if it is in a ditch somewhere.”
A Love Supreme
What is the obsession everyone has with Echo? Alpha returns in all his prancing non-glory. Echo flops around like a fish in solitary. Adelle annoys. Topher is his usual oafish self and the low budget shows.
Sierra is dressed up in silver lame and looks like a tinfoil wrapped turkey. Alpha breaks into the Dollhouse and imprints all the Actives to attack. He then gets rid of an annoying character (or does he?). This was very good.
Where is Harding? Why don’t they just shoot Alpha? How does Alpha keep getting away? How does Alpha get into the Dollhouse? Why doesn’t Echo let Adelle die?
“This must be what old people feel like.”
Adelle tries to shag Victor one last time before his contract is up. Victor aka Anthony is freed. Anthony listens to Lady Gaga sing ‘Bad Romance’ and sleeps in his bathtub before he is carried off by men in black. He joins Scytheron, Rossum’s private military arm. Scytheon has a sub unit called Mind Whisper which links its members in a Borg like hive mind.
Echo and Sierra head out to save him. Adelle and her hideous haircut screeches. People end up in the Attic. This was okay.
What about those scenes in ‘Epitaph One’ of Ballard being Echo’s handler? Boyd going on the run? Saunders being back in the Dollhouse? How can Echo open her pod? Isn’t it locked? Did the Dollhouse security vanish after Dominic ended up in the Attic? Why is Echo wearing that stupid hat? Why are the hive-mind soldiers so useless? Why does Ivy keep working for Rossum? How do the people in the Attic breathe under the clingfilm? Where did Perrin go?
“There’s nothing left in Ballard’s head.”
“You leave a wake of destruction wherever you go.”
“They say it’s whatever hell you imagine. But I think it’s something far worse.”