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EPISODE REVIEWS: Dollhouse: “Needs” (Episode 8)

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I dunno. Something about this episode was slightly offputting to me. I can’t quite explain it, I can’t point to something they did wrong, and it was definitely a hell of a lot better than the first five episodes, but even still it didn’t quite jell for me.

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BREAKING NEWS: "Dollhouse" is safe for at least half a season.

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Fox ordered 13 episodes of "Dollhouse" up front. This is a fairly standard half-season order, and if the show is successful they'd generally pick up the "Back 9" to bring the season up to a standard 22 episodes. Despite this, however, Fox has been known to screw with shows before - "Firefly" for instance filmed 13 episodes, but only 10 were on the air. It's not uncommon for a show to be performing so badly that the network ditches it before it bleeds any more ratings from the time slot.

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TV Review: Dollhouse: Echoes

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Nothing like mysterious psychotropic drugs to induce a flashback episode- so here we get to learn more about Echo and company. So what new bits of info did we pick up?

Well, go watch it on Hulu. I'll still be here.

Back? Good!

We knew that Echo used to be a girl named Caroline. Now, through our drug induced flashbacks, we learn that she was a naive anti-capitalist animal rights nut. She and her boyfriend raid a pharmaceutical lab and get a lot more than she bargained for. In the aftermath, Adelle starts to recruit the devastated Caroline.

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TV Review: Dollhouse: Man on the Street

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Okay. Dollhouse got a bit of a ratings bounce last week, and if those viewers returned this week, boy did they get a treat. This 'mythology' (why oh why do they call story arc elements 'mythology'?) heavy episode pays off multiple elements and propels a new status quo forward.

And was it good? .

Yes.
Quite frankly, this episode knocked my socks off, and I was still in my tennis shoes.

We learn a lot of cool things...

Seriously, go to Hulu.com and watch the episode. Really.

Are you still there? You've been warned!

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TV REVIEWS: Dollhouse: "True Believer" (Episode 5)

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This is a quandry of an episode. It's yet another stand-alone mission, yet while it doesn't feel like it's moving the (As yet theoretical) series arc forward, it feels somewhat less random than the spate of sub-par episodes that have come before it.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Dollhouse: "The Grey Hour" (Episode 4)

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Hey, whadya' know? A month in to the run of this rapidly-dying muddle of a show and we finally got a good episode!

We start off in mid-mission with Echo as a midwife helping a couple deliver their baby amidst embarasingly bad dialog ("You mean she's going to be a lesbian?"), then we cut to deprogramming and Echo back at the Dollhouse hanging out with Sierra and Victor. Topher has noticed this, and attributes it to the herd instinct you see when flocks of birds turn on a dime, and not some kind of hidden memory.

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TV REVIEW: Dollhouse: "Stage Fright" (Episode 3)

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Echo is programmed to be an ass-kicking backup singer for a Riana-like singer that someone is trying to kill. Sierra, the blonde Japanese girl, is assigned as her backup. They infiltrate the singer's agency separately and with no real difficulties, until it becomes apparent that Rianna *Wants* to die, and is encouraging her stalker/executioner. Said whackjob kidnaps Sierra, and so Echo endangers the singer to rescue the other active, and save the day. This they then do.

Meanwhile, in the Helo plot, Paul the FBI guy gets set up by his Russian Mob informant, and is shot and hospitalized.

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TV Reviews: Dollhouse: "The Target" (Episode 2)

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This episode is simultaneously much better, and much more disappointing than last week's debut.

We start off with a flashback scene to three months ago when one of the Actives goes whacky and kills a skillion other Actives and guards in the Dollhouse. He leave Echo alive, however.

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TV Review:Dollhouse:Pilot

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Joss Whedon trades on the goodwill he's built over the years making such interesting series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Doctor Horrible, and hands us... this.

So, what do I think of Dollhouse?

I think it's fantastically overthought. And this is from me, the most fantastical overthinker you know. (Hmm. That could be my new supervillian name...) This is obviously a concept that Whedon has thought about and thought about and ruminated on for about a decade, and in most things that have been overthought, all the OOoomph has been filtered out of it.

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