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Dollhouse season two

Two episodes in, I'm really not enjoying it. Lisa says, "It's like they painted themselves into a Stupid Corner."


* Ballard's character has become totally unbelievable to me. I don't know what his motivation is supposed to be anymore. They say he still wants to bring down the Dollhouse, but there's nothing stopping him from doing that. He knows where it is now, and he's got the run of the place -- if he's free to wander into sensitive areas like Topher's lab and push random buttons, it should be the simplest thing in the world for him to gather incriminating evidence. If the feds won't listen to him, he can post video on YouTube.

* Last week's mission made no sense. There must be a million easier ways to bust an illegal arms dealer than to have Echo marry him. I mean, come on -- if you know the guy is guilty and you aren't particular about obeying the law yourself, why not just plant some rocket launchers in his car and then phone the ATF tip line? Surely that would be a lesser evil, from Ballard's perspective, than programming Echo to seduce the guy. And it would work.

* This week's mission made no sense. Lisa wonders, "Assuming she hadn't developed postpartum psychosis, how long was Echo supposed to pretend to be the baby's mother?" Also, maternal hormones protect you against memory erasure? Did somebody rent The Forgotten during the summer hiatus?

* Cute baby, though.

* Topher's douche factor has been turned up to eleven. I like him with Amy Acker (more on that in a moment), but when he's on his own, he seems to have lost much of his endearing nerdiness.

* The Amy Acker bride-of-Frankenstein subplot feels like the one remaining shred of the cool show that could have been. But she's still billed as a guest star, so there probably isn't going to be enough of her to make me want to keep watching. I missed her this week.

* Here and there are some other neat flourishes that make me wish they were in service of a better show. For instance, there was the bit of business last week where Sierra had been imprinted with a racist personality who was vocal about her dislike of Asians. This isn't original -- Dave Chappelle did a superior version of the same schtick -- but I did like Ivy's reaction.

* This week's episode had the lowest ratings ever. I wonder how much longer before FOX pulls the plug.


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Oct. 4th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Amy Acker has a part in a show starting in mid-season, so she was only available for three episodes (either out of the entire season or the first production batch, I'm not sure). Which is presumably why her character took off at the end of the premiere, though why Adelle hasn't retrieved her and doesn't seem concerned about her absence is anybody's guess.

I'd be shocked if the series made it past a second season, but then its renewal last year was a bit shocking in itself.
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
I couldn't make it past the first five minutes of the season opener, and have had no urge to watch them on the DVR.
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I feel good about my decision to stop after three episodes. I.e. the pilot, the one with the guy from 'The Middleman,' and the rock singer one that made it clear things would never get better.

Oct. 4th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
I only started watching towards the end of Season 1, but even I can tell the definite downturn in the series. About the only remotely interesting storyline *could* be Madeline Costley (nee November), but they really do not seem interested in doing too much with her storyline.

Oct. 4th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I really liked last week's episode, actually--character development ahoy!--but this week's was sad and dumb. At least they could pretend to know something about science. Glandular changes are NOT more difficult than changing a person's entire being!
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