Here we are at the fourth episode of Dollhouse and I wonder… “when am I going to start seeing some major changes with Echo?” In this week’s episode Echo is hired to steal a special piece of art with a team of specially trained thief’s. Her imprint in this episode may be the worst I’ve seen yet in terms of her personality. It’s not that her character wasn’t believable; it was that she was bad at making me believe it. The peculiar quick liners didn’t really help her case that much either, thankfully the show progresses echo’s fate quickly.
When the team reaches the safe it’s not overly surprising seeing the professor turn on the team and run off with the artifact consequently trapping Echo and the others in the safe. But the plot from here gets better as something I couldn’t predict happened to echo, which admittedly was quite a welcome surprise. You see, Echo gets remotely wiped from a simple phone call with Boyd. This puts her into a blank state right in the middle of a sticky situation. What trails on after this event isn’t the greatest though. What we see is echo try and overcome her vegetable state and understand her surroundings. At first it was amusing, but I believe too much time was spent examining her thoughts.
The nice part about this was seeing Topher freak out. Here we start to see a little bit of magic with him as he struggles to understand how the wipe could have possibility happened. We learn that he has protocols to follow, which he breaks in this episode. I’m thinking maybe in the future when more problems arise we’ll see Topher making a habit of it as he tries to control situations by himself. He also gets to the bottom of things as we find Echo’s wiping isn’t a coincidence – He learns the truth about the rogue active they sent out months ago which was proclaimed dead.
Extracting echo from the crisis ends up being very lackluster and quite unbelievable. I find It hard to believe that a place which holds so much valuable art wouldn’t be covered by tons of cops in the area once the alarm was tripped. Yet, echo seems to get by all the cops carrying her injured teammate through a simple smoke grenade. Lame. Even if they did make it past the first room more cops would be in the halls making it virtually impossible to make it outside. A little bit of creativity would have vastly helped the ending.
Agent Ballard is another story, a little bit of progression in his quest to find the dollhouse appears as he finds Lubov in his apartment asking for protection. At this point in the series though, I’m still trying to wonder why I even care about Ballard. What pivotal things has he done with the story as a whole? We see Adelle talk to someone on the phone about his exposure and how she wants the situation taken care of earlier rather than later, but what does he really know? In the end it turns out he gets all the police forces in the area to prevent Lubov from leaving.
So here we are another episode down and I’m still trying to find a character I can attach to. Echo is always someone new every week, learning little about her past in each episode. Like we see at the end of this episode only subtle hints of her picking stuff up, and it’s all stuff we’ve seen earlier, it’s time to expand on this! We need her to become self aware faster so the audience can connect with her. What is nice is the clear understanding of the villain. This rogue active seems like a doosy, and will most likely only cause more problems in the future. Still, at this rate the show will lose all of its audience before it has the chance to fix the hole they’ve dug themselves in.Dollhouse Season 1, Episode 4 - "Grey Hour"6.9
/10 - Passable( ? ) Click here for ratings guide