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Dollhouse — Episode 2.7 ‘Meet Jane Doe’

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thank God (not literally — just the vernacular).  I was worried the rest of the season was going to be Echo wandering around in her ‘Doll-esque’ state, living and learning and growing blah blah; and who knows, without the cancellation, maybe that is what it was going to be, although I think this one was filmed before the axe fell, which shows the creative team was smart enough to know that would have been really slow.  But still, it shows the baffling, paradoxical nature of this show — how it does some things so wrong and some things so right.

Looking at it now, the whole Senator Perrin thing was absolutely pointless and useless, not to mention boring; turns out it had nothing to do with the real meat of this season, which is we start to only get now in Meet Jane Doe.  This is the same problem that plagued the first season too, but I think I’ll do a full dissection later, once the whole series has wrapped — right now I’ll focus on where we are . . . now.

I had been apathetic about the show after the last two episodes because of the direction I thought it was going to take, but after seeing this, I wish it was sticking around.  What they seem to be setting up for at the end of this season looks like it’s going to be spectacular.

There was actual not-obvious misdirection here (something they failed so spectacularly at earlier) in the form of Adele losing control of the House and then the way in which she gained it back; this of course also possibly plays into her and Topher’s massive guilt-trip in Epitaph One.

The idea of Echo resisting Caroline, that Echo might want to try and transcend Caroline to become someone better, is both interesting and great since I remember thinking back in Omega that Composite Echo was a more interesting character anyway (hey, do think Joss reads these posts?); plus, having her be able to access all her old imprints in a Matrix-y sort of way makes those older episodes, and by that I mean some of the annoying and pointless stand-alone ones, less annoying and pointless.  So that’s all good and smart thinking.

This was a great episode after the mush of the last two (Left Hand was good but it was dealing with mush so it can’t help but be mushy), and a good start for the show’s upcoming ‘burn out in a blaze of glory.’  Well, we hope glory, anyway.

Oh, one thing though — having the Spanish woman go from speaking no English to being conversationally fluent in English?  Umm . . . that was lazy.  Don’t do stuff like that.
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  1. tgjkennedy permalink
    Sunday, December 13, 2009 6:26 pm

    The spanish woman did learn English pretty fast.

    The only thing that bothered me about this episode is that the plot seems to move a lot quicker than I would have expected from a regular TV show… But then I assume that’s just because there’s a lot more story to pack in fewer episodes.

    The Topher/Adele stuff is great. I wondered why she seemed so different in Epitaph One… I couldn’t think of any reason why the end of the world would make her more compassionate. You’d think it would be the opposite. But now it’s becoming clear. Can’t wait to see how it all wraps up!

    • Monday, December 14, 2009 1:29 am

      As I said, though, I liked how it moved fast. I think it would have been really boring if we got even one episode of Echo wandering around in Doll state. That sort of story has been done to death.

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