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Dollhouse — Episode 2.8 ‘A Love Supreme’

Sunday, December 13, 2009

We’re really motoring now.  Alpha’s back, everyone knows about Echo except Adele, Ballard ‘dies.’  This was a good episode, exciting and relevant and what the hell was it doing here?  See, this should have come at the beginning of the season, like episode 2 or 3; I’ll explain why in more detail in the end-of-series post I’m planning to do.  For now, I’ll just stick to this episode.

But you know what?  I don’t actually have a lot to say.  It was pretty straight-forward: Alpha wants to kill the guys Echo has ‘loved’ out of jealousy, and wants to find out why Echo ‘loves’ Ballard.  He breaks into the Dollhouse.  He uses remote implanting tech to make the Dolls go nuts.  He uploads Ballard into his head and tries to get Echo to kill him, thereby killing Ballard, but she won’t.  There aren’t any twists or turns, really, which is what usually accounts for goodness on this show, but it’s such a strong story within the mythology that it just naturally works out really well.  And actually showing a guy getting blown up?  Brutal.

My only quibble would be bringing Patton Oswald back for no other purpose than to bring him back — that was pretty pointless (unless you like the tiny misdirection they used him for, but I didn’t see it as being that necessary).

And it’s a little annoying how Echo and Alpha keep having these mammoth confrontations, after which Alpha always just dazedly wanders off (this is the second time).  I know the writers can’t do any closure yet, but you’d think they could up with a better way of making him disappear.  So that’s actually two quibbles then.  No more quibbles.

“This must be what old people feel like . . . and Blockbuster.”  More classic.  There could be a whole book of Topher quotes.  Sorry, should be.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. tgjkennedy permalink
    Sunday, December 13, 2009 6:33 pm

    Yeah, this is the third time Alpha has managed to evade capture. Why doesn’t anyone chase him? How far can he really get in like 3 seconds? At least give him a helicopter or some reasonable excuse why it would be pointless to attempt to follow him. “We can’t follow him he’s got that weapon that turns your brain inside out!” or something.

    I think it was good they brought Patton Oswald back. Him telling Echo that he’s glad Rebecca lives on inside her is nice in a way. I think it’s some interesting character development for Echo… like the people who were real people that are inside of her will give her strength down the road.

    • Monday, December 14, 2009 1:30 am

      About Alpha, I know, eh? Especially since this time he’s in the House itself; I mean, isn’t it going to take him forever to get out?

      I know everything was in chaos, and Ballard, the most likely suspect to chase him, was down — but still. Something.

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