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Posted 21 March 2009 - 08:36 PM
Posted 21 March 2009 - 08:39 PM
I think you should've gone with
As picture TBH
Posted 23 March 2009 - 05:35 AM
Posted 28 March 2009 - 12:00 AM
The story is starting to pick up which is good.
Posted 28 March 2009 - 01:34 AM
Posted 28 March 2009 - 11:53 AM
Dollhouse showed lots of promise last week by having one of the most interesting episodes we’ve seen yet. In this week’s episode instead of focusing more on some of the new elements introduced in the show we get to see a closer look at Caroline before she got turned into Echo.
While explaining key elements of Echo the show managed to severely annoy me with less than stellar acting and a very weak engagement involving many of the actives. They are sent to deal with the containment of a college campus building that has released a powerful mind altering drug that is causing students to lose their minds. The drug seems to affect the memory centers of the brain and since the actives aren’t supposed to have any memories (because of the wipes) they are the perfect candidates to send into the building and secure the perimeter while Topher finds a cure.
Since Echo is already out on an engagement she isn’t sent to go, but during her time on the other engagement she sees the problem on TV and starts to recall previous memories of when Caroline went there and decides to go help out. The episode begins to get frustrating as the character she is playing struggles to be coherent. You see her trying to pick up the puzzles, but the way she does it is annoying. “I can get in… I think” we hear echo say; well you do or you don’t make up your mind! If every time she becomes self aware of her surroundings and acts like that I will stop watching this show.
Still, she isn’t half as bad as the rest of the cast in this particular episode. The drug begins to spread through the air and affects everyone including Dewitt. They all turn into a child like state, but watching the characters play this is terrible. What should have been humorous scenes made me angry. It was brutal to watch. The drug was so potent it also started affecting the actives and we get to see them remember some of their past engagements. This wasn’t very interesting as they were small clips of stuff that didn’t hold too much relevance expect explaining the way they are acting.
Shall I quit being stupid now?
Paul tries to patch things up with Mallie since her attack but she doesn’t want that to happen. Even though Paul is officially off the investigation he still is pursing the Dollhouse, and that puts Mallie at risk. Even though Paul cares about her he is determined to bring down the Dollhouse and accepts the fact that he can’t be with her at the time. We didn’t get to see a lot of Paul in this episode, but what we did see was Paul’s determination with his case.
Near the end of the episode we get a small twist that has now been way overused on Dollhouse. What I did like seeing was Echo finally maintaining strong thoughts and using them to win at the end. It was about time, she seriously couldn’t have been less entertaining during most of the episode. Her scenes as Caroline were crucial to her success, but when she was talking with Dewitt we still didn’t get to see the reason why she joined, something we can hope for in the later episodes.
I know the intention of this episode was to make everyone goofy, but I defiantly believe it could have been done a lot better. Watching the characters lose their minds was more frustrating to watch than humorous. Maybe it was too early to pull this dynamic on the show, since many of us aren’t comfortable with the characters we know? The fact remains; this episode was pretty brutal to watch. At least we get to see what Caroline was like before she turned to the Dollhouse, there’s no doubt there will be more focus on this later which has the potential to be interesting. Ultimately, I think Dollhouse should revert back to some of the things that were explored in last week’s episode to grab more interest and attention because what they did this week just greatly hurt this season in my opinion.
Dollhouse Season 1, Episode 7 - "Echoes"
5.0/10 - Fail
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Posted 03 April 2009 - 07:28 PM
Humor saved this episode for me..
"Oh, I did NOT maintain control in that situation.."
"You go check!"
"I am your superior!"
"yea, you go check!"
Edited by ArmoredSandwich, 03 April 2009 - 07:29 PM.
Posted 04 April 2009 - 11:37 AM
Dollhouse is turning into one big roller coaster ride. After last week’s brutal episode we see a pretty excellent episode in its wake. Does this essentially mean that the show will recover and be renewed for another season?
This week’s episode starts off with no delay, the actives wake up as their original personalities before they were wiped. It’s one of those episodes that feels like it could be done way down the line, but is a much needed surprise to viewers. We get to see these characters wake up with no clue of their surroundings formulating a plan to escape.
What you see during this time is quite good, with only a few hitches. Watching them fitting in with the other dolls is great. We also get to see the backrooms of the dollhouse which I found pretty interesting (such as the dressing room). I did find this episode to move by pretty quick, but that’s a good thing, since I knew I was invested in what I was watching. This time around I was actually connecting with all 4 of the escaping actives. You will want to see them escape and find the closure they are looking for. This is a good sign for Dollhouse. As I explained in previous reviews the problem with Dollhouse is having no positive characters to connect with (we see how that resulted with last week’s episode).
Near the end of the episode the twist is not as obvious as Dollhouse usually is. It’s actually explained quite early on, but the whole premise of it makes sense and they explore it well. This is one of those times where what they were doing felt right. Still, after this episode everything is back to square one (like it always is with dollhouse), and the way they explained it could mean another struggle for the characters of the show to get interesting again.
There were really only a few shortcomings in this episode, which I found to be more than bearable. I couldn’t help but notice some of the scenes being rushed, one thing happens and then another right after, almost feeling too fast. Also, even with Echo getting turned into Caroline (her personality before the wipe) do we like her? She seems pretty stupid at times and less engaging then I’d like. They need to work on her character and some of the actions she takes, although some of the things she did were necessary to the storyline and do explain some things that needed to get out.
Ultimately this was a great episode of Dollhouse; we get rushed into things that most viewers probably weren’t expecting which is good. During the ride there are some great twists and turns with some decent humor. Like I said before, you’ll be invested in the characters this time around – even if it’ll be just for this episode. The premise of the show makes it hard to keep the characters interesting since they always start back at square one at the end of each episode. I think what Dollhouse could use is a two part episode that really digs into these characters and changes some of the dynamics of the show to keep things moving. After this roller coaster ride of ups and downs Dollhouse needs to find its stride and stay consistent to keep viewers happy. After last week’s episode who knows how many people came back to watch this episode? Let’s hope Dollhouse has some more tricks up its sleeve.
Dollhouse Season 1, Episode 8 - "Needs"
8.0/10 - Great
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Edited by Plasmic Fury, 04 April 2009 - 11:38 AM.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 07:31 PM
Posted 06 April 2009 - 10:23 AM
Posted 10 April 2009 - 11:55 PM
When you watch Dollhouse you never really know what to expect. I’m not talking about what’s happening on screen, I’m talking about what kind of story the show will present you with and if it’s worth your time. If you start watching expecting something great you may end up being disappointed, yet if you expect the vice versa you end up getting blown away. What was I supposed to feel coming into this episode? I hope for the best as always, but for my sake as the viewer I shouldn’t set my expectations too high. Dollhouse needs to break this and this week’s episode could be a step to remedying this.
“Spy in the House of Love” follows the story of 4 different characters throughout the day having each sub story relate to the ending. At the beginning of the episode we see Dewitt leave the Dollhouse for business handing over responsibility to Dominic. Shortly after Dewitt leaves Topher discovers that there is a snitch in the Dollhouse messing with the imprints of the actives. Remember the messages sent through Echo back in “Man on the Street”? Looks like whoever is responsible for this could be in trouble.
From here we see Sierra take on a mission to trace the culprit as she is imprinted with the best spy hunting skills. Watching her story is quite entertaining as her story fills in for most of the action during this episode. Back at Ballard’s place Mellie returns from her “trip” only to find Paul in a stressed state. Ballard explains how he managed to disable the bugs (from the dollhouse) that he found in his apartment. His investigation is getting even deeper now as he has linked several different clients to actives. During this scene it comes to my surprise when Mellie relays another message from the snitch to Ballard. Now that Ballard knows she’s a doll things could get quite interesting with him from here on out.
Serious face is serious!
There’s actually quite a lot of surprises in this episode, including quite an unexpected one with Dewitt. It seems she has been using Victor as her personal lover for some time. When I first saw it I was kind of thrown off. Is this really happening? She makes some good points near the end of her story as she comes to the realization that what she is doing will not last forever. The problem with this story arc is that it in my view it seemed a bit awkward. While I can believe that women of her caliber would have problems having someone to love it seems like an off-putting use of Victor’s character.
Near the end of the episode we get to follow Echo as she is imprinted with spy hunter skills (much like Sierra) and begins questioning the employees of the Dollhouse to find the snitch. After a few interesting scenes – such as Dr. Saunders investment in the dollhouse -- Dominic gets a call from Sierra with the Intel on the snitch. We are lead to believe that Ivey (a character that we haven’t really seen much of mind you) is the snitch. Now anyone who’s been watching Dollhouse faithfully since the beginning will quickly catch onto the shows style of focusing attention on one character trying to surprise the viewer by making the culprit in question someone else. So obviously it is not Ivey and who it ends up being is nothing extraordinary but will change up how the Dollhouse operates and makes sense. Watching Echo figure it out isn’t revolutionary either, but she does have an enjoyable fight at the end.
“Spy in the House of Love” is best classified as a character building episode as many different things are revealed through the main characters in the show. The twists are enjoyable, but the one with Dewitt may be a little off-putting (even though it does have good reason). Don’t expect to be blown away by this episode, while there are several different revelations during the episode, none of them will strike you too hard. The characters haven’t really grown on us enough to make a strong impact, making an episode like this have less impact then it should. Although this episode didn’t reach the likes of last week’s “Needs” it still manages to keep the show flowing forward and introduces some interesting baggage on some of the major characters.
Dollhouse Season 1, Episode 9 - "Spy in the House of Love"
7.5/10 - Enjoyable
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Edited by Plasmic Fury, 10 April 2009 - 11:57 PM.
Posted 25 April 2009 - 12:09 PM
In this episode one of Adelle’s best friends named Margret is murdered. She is reborn inside of Echo’s body -- in other words Echo is imprinted with her characteristics – granting her what some in the Dollhouse refer to as eternal life. Since she cannot stay in Echo’s body forever it is only a temporary revival. Near the beginning of the episode it becomes apparent that she was indeed murdered by one of her closest friends.
The episode goes through many trial and error stages, watching Margret try to find the person with the motive to kill her. It’s almost creepy watching her talk to her brother and siblings in a different body trying to find out what they thought of her. It turns out many people had a distaste for her wealth and power, so the list of potential killers are high.
Trying to follow who killed her was interesting and for the first time in Dollhouse’s run not obvious. There were actually a few curveballs throw in at the end that were not expected and proved to be quite enjoyable. Although I enjoyed the premise of this episode, the way some of it was told brought it down in my books. Some scenes like when her son started frenching her(echo) was overacted to the extreme. Also, the pacing was quite off as some parts of the episode just felt unwanted and boring. The episode didn’t really pick up off its feet till the last 8 minutes. That’s not to say the middle wasn’t interesting, it just lacked parts that really engaged you into the dialogue.
Dollhouse now provides some lovely incest scenes!
This episode also proved to have some of the cheesiest dialogue with Topher and Sierra. Topher requests a Doll for his annual “diagnostic test” which turns out to be his birthday. He programs Sierra into a nerdy friend that he can be around for his birthday since he doesn’t have many people outside the Dollhouse. That’s all fine and good and what we had to watch them say and do may have provided some nerdy fun, but it really ended up feeling lame.
Also what’s up with Paul? I know he is stressed over Mellie, but he is really starting to get arrogant. He knows she’s a Doll and still ends up sleeping with her. Yes you can say he doesn’t want to break character with her (otherwise she’ll know and contact the Dollhouse), but at the end of the episode he just goes ahead and tells her he’s found a client in the Dollhouse consequently being her. That story arc needs work, because I found it’s not very enjoyable watching Ballard make his own decisions.
This episode of Dollhouse took an original approach and I think the main story worked quite well. It’s cool to see the Dollhouse essentially playing “god” granting eternal life to their clients. The story was interesting and maintained a mystery until the end. Some scenes were overacted, the pacing was slow, the dialogue needed work, and Ballard really needs an overhaul on his attitude BUT amongst all of that the episode still worked. Nothing in the main story really progressed, but I suppose taking a break from it in one episode wouldn’t hurt. Although, if this is going to be the last season of Dollhouse it would be nice to see the storyline with alpha wrap up soon.
Dollhouse Season 1, Episode 10 - "Haunted"
7.2/10 - Enjoyable
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 11:49 AM
The episode starts with one of the lesser popular fairy tales “Briar Rose”. The focus is set on one of the children that Echo read the story too, a troubled child that has gone through several bad events in her life. Echo is imprinted with the girls “future-self” to try and relate to the girls problems and fix her lifestyle. What was weird about this episode is that after a short talk with the girl they didn’t focus on that particular storyline anymore. I would’ve liked to have seen it resolved but I can forgive this small mishap because what they turn our attention to is more dramatic and entertaining.
Yes, Paul is the bread winner in this episode. After watching him pack up his stuff and leave Mellie things that you probably weren’t expecting get thrown at you. Paul tracks Mellie back to a mysterious building on Flower Street which he believes is the Dollhouse. I must say it was nice to finally see Paul use some brains and take his approach on the hard edge.
Hey! That's that Firefly guy!
Paul tracks down an environmentalist specialist said to have designed the Dollhouses ecosystems from the ground up, essentially making the Dollhouse “invisible” due to recyclable waste and power systems. The likeable character we are introduced to is a scatter brain – a loner with some serious issues. As the episode rolls on he eventually leads Paul into the heart of the Dollhouse which is something I was starting to think was never going to happen. It felt good seeing Paul finally get his eyeballs on something he’s been working hard to find for so long.
As Paul and his partner infiltrate the heart of the Dollhouse – including the entry to Topher’s office by tazering him – things get iffy as Paul gets to the actives sleeping pen. While it was obvious that Paul was going to get caught the thought of Boyd letting him walk out before he does more damage shocked me. Why would he even consider letting Ballard go? Either way the fight scene over echo was sweet and provided some needed action.
Just when I thought the end was here, there was still another huge shocker that this episode leaves us with at the end, which I will not disclose in this review. I couldn’t be happier with it though, as it will defiantly leave us wanting to watch the season finale next Friday. Things are looking good for Dollhouse as we enter the last episode, and I’m actually excited to see what happens next. This episode drove the main plot faster than I expected, as the show usually only gradually gives us new twists. If you’ve been watching Dollhouse since the beginning this episode is proof that this show can give us what we desire, and could possibly keep more overlying plots in the spotlight effectively keeping the show exciting enough to keep us waiting for Friday nights at 9.
Dollhouse Season 1 Episode 11 - "Briar Rose"
9.0/10 - Fantastic
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Posted 09 May 2009 - 03:44 PM
Posted 09 May 2009 - 05:28 PM
Last we saw Echo in “Briar Rose” she was leaving the Dollhouse with the big bad Alpha. “Omega” picks up right where this left off as Dewitt is managing the crisis. As expected Alpha and Echo successfully broke out of the Dollhouse as we see them driving away presumably far away from where they escaped.
The beginning of this episode in my opinion was very well paced. I was quite curious as too what exactly was happening between Alpha and Echo and the flashbacks describing certain events relating to Alpha’s origin. This was defiantly the highlight of the episode. As this episode unfolds they dig into the past where we get to see Alpha before he went rogue. The events that transpired to Alpha’s destructive characteristics were more than interesting, as I was quite captivated with his plot.
Unfortunately the current situation relating to Alpha and Echo within this episode proved to be less of a shock and more of a “That’s it?” feeling. Alpha is suffering from severe mind alterations due to being imprinted with all of his imprints over his run at the Dollhouse. He cannot keep a grip on his personality and shouts of several different things relating to certain situations though different personality thoughts. He (in a very crazy and well played out way) imprints a poor women with Caroline’s (echo’s real personality) imprint. His plan was to let Caroline’s decision (giving herself over to the Dollhouse) be the last decision she’ll ever make. This was supposed to be achieved by making her own body destroy her having Echo being turned into Omega (giving all echo’s previous imprints into her head to anger her).
I am going to cut you!
This is where it starts getting cheesy as Echo (very obviously) starts fighting Alpha instead of Caroline. The fight between them is cool and fun but leads up to a very lackluster ending. As Echo is chasing Alpha he throws the imprint and runs away. Yes, he runs away and we get to see no legitimate closure between the two or anyone else. I felt extremely disappointed and while watching thought “That’s it?”. They really needed to branch that out better by having a more focused ending giving us a taste of sweet closure.
If we take a look at Paul’s storyline it begins to feel extremely flawed. After having so much hatred for the Dollhouse; near the end of the episode he agrees to work for them on the condition of setting Mellie free. At first we are lead to believe he was going to set Caroline free, but the surprise is Mellie instead. But seriously, what was the point of that? Did anyone really care, and why on earth was that a good reason to work for the Dollhouse? It seemed way too small of a bargain for a man who had the biggest obsession/hate with the Dollhouse in the first place.
Finally, the reveal that Dr. Saunders was an imprint was actually unexpected for me. I liked it, and when they were focusing on her former self “Whiskey” the scenes were captivating and thrilling. For a character that seemed dull and boring for most of the season really impressed me near the end.
So, this could be it. For a show that has been mostly unimpressive and disappointing it really seemed to get a stride going near the very end. The finale had a good startup but failed to achieve the closure I wanted. If you would ask me the chances of Dollhouse returning for a second season I would say the chances feel lower and lower after every episode (as the numbers keep dropping). It will be a shame if this is the end, as this show could have been so much more. As of right now I have mixed feelings when it comes to thinking of a second season. I would love seeing the show really find a good stride and having lots of fun with it, but I feel that this show has dug itself into such a rut that recovering from some of the downfalls of this season will be too much of a struggle. Thanks for reading my season one reviews, I hope you enjoyed them. If season 2 does come you can count on me returning to writing weekly episode reviews.
If this really is the end…
So long, Dollhouse.
Dollhouse Season 1 Episode 12 - "Omega"
7.8/10 - Enjoyable
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Edited by Plasmic Fury, 09 May 2009 - 05:29 PM.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 10:40 PM
Epitaph One takes place in an apocalyptic 2019; A time where the streets are run rampant with crazed lunatics imprinted to fight and kill – except for a small group of healthy survivors (Which this episode focuses on). The premise of this episode is excellent, at the very start you’re wondering if you’re even watching Dollhouse (which is a good thing, believe me). One of the reasons this episode really shines is the fact that the main focus is not on the usual characters, but that of the (in my opinion) ‘no-name’ actors. They did a good job enforcing the team survival aspects of post apocalyptic warfare.
Who the hell are you two?
Not only is the acting up to par, but the episode also feels extremely fresh. This contrast on the typical Dollhouse episode is beyond recognition. You cannot predict this episode; it’s a huge plus for this episode. I’ve never felt creeped out before while watching Dollhouse, but this episode had just the right pitch to put me on edge for a good half of the episode. The atmosphere is so dreary and dark it’s an approach I would’ve loved to see earlier on in Dollhouse. This episode focuses on a lot of action which helps keep you entertained throughout the entire episode. They also manage to suck you in with many flashbacks to the past that led to the human’s demise. Each flashback was captivating and slowly revealed the pieces of the puzzle leading up to some might say an epic climax.
Now I might have spoken too soon about Epitaph One breaking free from all of Dollhouses typical twists and turns, as in this episode there still ends up being a revelation near the end that you just feel could have been played out a LOT better (and may seem familiar!) I think Joss needs to realize not every ending to an episode needs to have this type of conclusion related to specific characters (trying not to spoil it!). Some other cheesy parts include Eliza’s acting – which by the way seemed extra sloppy in this episode. I’m finding it somewhat difficult to take her role seriously when I see a 10 year old play her character better than her.
If you’re the least bit curious as to what this unaired episode has to offer go watch it now. It’s hands down the best Dollhouse episode yet. This shows great promise for season 2 of Dollhouse. The ‘no-name’ actors, atmosphere and story (excluding a small revelation at the end) are all great.
Dollhouse Season 1 Episode 13 - "Epitaph One" (UnAired Episode)
9.2/10 - Fantastic
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Edited by Plasmic Fury, 19 August 2009 - 10:42 PM.
Posted 21 August 2009 - 01:33 PM
it was fucking awesome 10/10
edit- FUCK ive had this recoreded for weeks and plasmic fucking beats me by ONE DAY!!
Edited by shunted, 21 August 2009 - 01:35 PM.
Posted 22 August 2009 - 08:53 AM
Im really interested into where that leaves us for season 2.
Good review w/ no spoilers me likes
Edited by Vorrik, 22 August 2009 - 10:01 AM.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:50 PM
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