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Dollhouse — Episode 2.6 ‘The Left Hand’

Monday, December 7, 2009

How how how and how?  How has this show managed to continually go, week-in, week-out (or in this case, hour-in, hour-out as this one followed directly after the last one) from one crappy episode to one that’s either decent or good or great?  It’s gotta be down to the individual writers, I would think.  Andrew Chamblis — unfortunate.  Tracy Bellomo — not unfortunate.  Yes — Left Hand is so much better than Public Eye it’s mind-boggling, and Left Hand isn’t even really that spectacular, so that tells you something.

The tone of Public Eye was just completely, completely off.  It felt like a really bad any-other-show (maybe because the main focus is mostly on non-Dollhouse regulars).  Left Hand actually feels like Dollhouse again, which is part of the reason it’s better; the dialogue is there, the somewhat-interesting plot, the ‘someone else is a sleeper Doll’ element going on.  So Caroline betrayed Bennet at some point in the past, and now Bennet wants revenge.  It’s okay, I guess, though it feels forced; my question would be, why would Bennet wait so long for her revenge, and why would she leave it all up to chance (Echo happening to be in D.C.)?

I really liked her and Topher’s flirty/confrontational interactions — that was well done and fun to watch.  And Adele was all ninja-scary again, which was good.

And, of course, Enver Gjokaj kicking some massive ass.

Yes, like Tanya, I’ll miss Topher when Dollhouse is all over, but I think I’ll almost miss Gjokaj as Topher more.  And Gjokaj as anyone else.  God, this guy is good, and he’s been used very well this season.  Sierra, on the other hand, has barely been used at all (she makes nought an appearance in these two episodes).  What’s with that?

As you can see, I’ve already run out of things to discuss.  This whole two-part storyline — and so, by extension, the entire Senator Perrin storyline, and so, by extension, the entire season so far — was pretty much pointless.  If Rossum was just going to win anyway, why bother?  Why bother telling that story and taking six episodes to show it to us when it was just a big empty non-resolution?  It seemed like it was just the way they decided to ‘get Echo out into the world on her own.’  But if that’s the case, there were many other more interesting was they could have done it.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s probably better that Dollhouse got the axe.  They just don’t seem to have energy for it anymore anyway.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, December 8, 2009 2:45 pm

    So you could almost say that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing…

  2. tgjkennedy permalink
    Tuesday, December 8, 2009 7:48 pm

    I want Enver Gjokaj to have his own show. The stuff between him and Topher was just too funny. I laughed out loud. And yes, this episode was much better than the previous episode, but it’s still not fantastic. I’m very interested to see if the next will be awful or not… I’m not really holding out for much.

    The Bennet stuff seems really thrown together. I love Summer Glau, but I don’t like the character at all. She’s too evil? She’s too stereotypically evil? I don’t get it.

    If Cabin in the Woods sucks, I may have to Shyamalan my Whedon fanhood.

    • Tuesday, December 8, 2009 10:30 pm

      I definitely think that Gjokaj will end up somewhere sooner rather than later. I just hope it isn’t some lame sitcom.

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