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Old November 14 2010, 02:33 PM   #19
saturn5
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Re: Dollhouse season 2; rewatch and reviews

Scrawny71 wrote: View Post
saturn5 wrote: View Post
Oh no, the pedants are revolting!
That they are!
I can imagine Topher saying that, actually; but if it's yours then you should copyright it or something.
Love to take credit but actually it's from Private Eye. And I'm not sure you can actually copyright an bon mot?

THE PUBLIC EYE

The good;
Laugh out loud at the scene where Topher tries out his disruptor only to knock out a random passing doll, sending them tumbling down the stairs. The conspiracy storyline really kicks in and lovely to see Mellie back once again. Masterful bait and switch that Perrin is the doll and his wife is the handler, she seems so threatening to Ballard even when she's a tiny little woman and he's this ripped martial arts expert. .

The bad;
Not much, heck of a good ep. One question, if Perrin is so security conscious how do they dope his drink?

Best line;
Adele; "An emergency measure for when things get hot"
Ballard; "I'd say things are warmish"
plus
Ballard; (pointing to Topher's gizmo) "What is that?"
Topher; (nervously) "It's the thing that if it doesn't work won't get me in trouble"
and
Perrin; "You're a doll"
Echo/Bree; "You're cute too"
also
Echo/Bree; "If you want to do the right thing don't bring your hooker mistress to meet your wife"
not to mention;
Cindy Perrin; "If this plan doesn't work we're going to be demoted to being dead"

Packing heat;
Echo;8
Boyd; 8
Dominic; 9
Sierra; 4
Victor; 3
Ballard; 10
November; 1
Echo kissage; 4

Kinky dinky;
Echo in hookerwear and almost naked Senator Perrin for the Alexis fans. Echo/Bree enjoys it 'a little rough' and whilst she considers Perrin twisted she 'likes that a lot'.

Capt subtext;
Echo/Bree is into the idea of threesomes with the Senator and his wife but charges extra for them. Washington Doll 'Hades' is out servicing a 'closeted' councilman.

Notches on the Dollhouse bedpost; Echo/Bree and Perrin
Echo; 5 definite, 2 possible
November; 1
Ballard; 1
Victor; 1
Adele; 1
Sierra 1
Topher; 1 possible

How'd they get away with that?
Bennet tortures Echo very nastily indeed.

This weeks fantasy;
Echo is an extremely kinky but very likeable nympho callgirl Bree.

What do we think of the client?
Adele's plan for Perrin is rather underhand, seducing and blackmailing him. But compared to robbing him of his free will and brainwashing him into their slave it's pretty minor.

Total number personalitites; Echo is call girl Bree
Echo; 29
Sierra; 12
Victor; 10
November; 3

Total dolls; we meet the petite and lovely Kilo
9-Echo, Sierra, November, Victor, Mike, Tango, Alpha, Whiskey, Kilo

Topher is a bit geeky;
He refer to disruptors and Star Trek (weapons that the Romulans use, right?)

Bondage; Echo/Bree offers to tie Senator Perrin up. She is tied up by Bennet at the end
Sierra tied up; 1
Ballard; 1
Echo; 1

Knocked out; Echo twice by Topher's gadget
Echo; 4
November; 1
Sierra; 1
Victor; 1
Topher; 2

Kills;
Sierra; 3 kills
Echo; 3
November;1

Dolls injured;
Poor Echo get's pistol-whipped then brutally tortured by Bennet.

Happy hookers;
Echo is imprinted as call girl Bree, a very happy hooker who wanted to be a dancer but found escort work more lucrative and likes what she does.

Know the face? It's hot in here, it must be summer! Summer Glau, another hattrick. Also Maurissa Tanchon who in addition to being a Dollhouse writer featured on Dr Horrible
14-Whedon alumni-Mark Shepherd-2 (Dollhouse/Firefly), Amy Acker-2 (Dollhouse/Angel), walking action figure-2 (Buffy/Dollhouse), Eliza Dushku-3 (Buffy/Angel/Dollhouse), Jim Piddock-2 (Angel/Dollhouse), Gregg Henry-2 (Dollhouse/Firefly), Alan Tudyk-2 (Dollhouse/Firefly), Felicia Day-2(Dollhouse/Buffy), Alexis Denisoff-3 (Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse), Kristoffer Pohala-2 (Dollhouse/Angel), Stacey Scowley-2 (Buffy/Dollhouse) Clyde Katulas-2 (Buffy/Dollhouse), Maurissa Tanchon-2(Dollhouse/Dr Horrible), Summer Glau-3(Angel/Firefly/Dollhouse).

Whedon cliches;
Characters with just one arm (like Lindsey in Angel). Rich and powerful famillies who cover up the evil deeds of their wayward sons. Top security installations which aren't secure at all. Loving self-sacrificing mothers who risk all for their children.

Breaking the programming;
Echo can now refuse the offer of a treatment and is aware of her past personalities even when imprinted. She speaks of being able to see the patterns of her past imprints as though they are 'seams'

Questions and observations;
Perrin is an interesting comparison to George W Bush who also came from an influential political family, also went to Yale and was also a drunken wastrel well into his thirties. He got religion whilst Perrin got 'dolled'. Did you notice Bennett's computer keyboard adapted for a user with only one hand? Or the statue of Romulus and Remus (the she-wolf suckling the human infants) in her bookcase. She also get's rid of everyone else before torturing Echo BUT she refers to her as Caroline. So we have history here? No Victor or Sierra at all this ep. So the DC Dollhouse names it's actives after Greek mythological characters? Love to see Hercules, Appollo etc and especially Xena and Callisto.
Central point here is that Perrin might have been wasting his life but it was his life to waste, once again as we saw with Sierra in Belonging, Rossum are quite prepared to take away people's freedom and exploit them if it suits their purposes, slaverly plain and simple.
Marks out of 10; 8/10, very good stuff
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