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Dollhouse — Episode 1.10 ‘Haunted’

Sunday, April 26, 2009

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Still, unfortunately, the number one story with this show is: is it going to survive or not?  The ratings for this episode were the worst yet, which, coming as it does near the end of the season, does not bode well in many ‘internet experts” minds.  I just really hope that the Hulu and PVR numbers are strong enough to convince Fox to take stick with it, because it just keeps getting better and better, this episode being up there as one of the season’s best.

It was basically a ‘monster of the week’ type episode, but one with such an interesting premise, and one that explores another possibility with the Dolls that I hadn’t — and I don’t think most people had — even considered, that I was hooked immediately; and they didn’t waste a lot of time setting it up and ooh-ing and ahh-ing at their cleverness — just gave a quick explanation at the beginning and got right down to business.  And talk about the Dollhouse’s job being to fulfill fantasies . . . isn’t this the ultimate one?  I’d do it, no hesitation.  The plot had enough suspects and twists and turns to keep you guessing right to the end (I especially like how Boyd was investigating and sent Victor in), and I think Eliza managed to pull off the character fairly well; believably, anyway.  So well done, all.

Also — great dialogue.  I have a feeling that was mostly due to Jane Espenson being on board, lending her considerable talents and Buffyverse experience to the proceedings.

Also also — just as interesting and important were the sub-plots thrown in to keep the ‘arc’ moving.  The whole Ballard/Mellie is getting deliciously creepy, and I relished watching every second of it; I don’t recall seeing such a great use of dramatic irony in a TV show in a long time.  And Ballard’s little epiphany at the end was made even poignant by its subtley.

Then there was the Topher and Sierra Fun Fun Fun Gaming Extravaganza, which was simply funny and adorable.  In some ways Topher is like a little kid, and I just loved watching him live out that fantasy, or ‘re-live’ his childhood as a fantasy; and wouldn’t it be great if we could just create the perfect friend like that, anytime we wanted to, even for just a little while?

<sigh>

I’m getting lost in the fantasy of the show.

Please Fox, please — don’t cancel it!!!!
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  1. tgjkennedy permalink
    Monday, April 27, 2009 2:01 pm

    I agree. Great episode… although sometimes Eliza Dushku’s acting isn’t what I’m looking for exactly… I dunno what it is about her, but sometimes it just isn’t quite right. The Topher thing was great, and it makes me love his character more and more each week. I also expected them to eventually lead to something a little more perverse with that part of the story, which seemed obvious, but they didn’t.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for this one. If a show like Cold Case can stay on the air, why can’t we keep something as interesting as Dollhouse around to see where it can go? I hope Fox executives can hear my prayers.

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