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In reading some early reviews of the first few episodes, I'd heard alot about how Joss' witty dialogue would be missing. And it wasn't till this episode that I've started to notice. The problem is that even though we see Echo with her handler over and over, they can never establish a relationship. I mean, its clear that he cares for her, but there's a part of me that wants them to be another Buffy-Giles, and maybe it will get there someday, but the complete lack of comraderie between everyone is strangely offputting. But I like it.

Topher has the overly-intelligent, bored, slacker arrogance down. I don't think he fully realizes just what he's doing, and I feel like he's going to need to pay for that in the long run. Which is fine cuz he's kind of a douche.

Is Paul Bellard Alpha? That wouldn't make sense since presumably the Dollhouse heads would know what Alpha looks like and they had a picture of Bellard in his dossier, right? But the few glimpses we've had of Alpha sorta look like him, don't they?

Is there an anti-Dollhouse somewhere? The fact that the Dollhouse was caught off guard by the false background-check on O'Connell is interesting. I wonder if maybe they've programmed Bellard. He didn't take the lasagna!!! That chick was okay. (I how when trying to get his attention she was saying she's always free and then trailed her thought when she saw the picture of Echo (Caroline?) and wound up saying she's always ... pretty.) If Bellard was even half normal, he'd at least have taken the lasagna...

How much input does Dushku get into suggesting scripts. I wonder if she's like "I feel like running through the forest dodging arrows." and then Joss makes it so.

They're still setting up the chess peices, but when the game starts this show will be VERY interesting.



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I have to agree with the early reviewers that this was a much better episode than the premiere (as necessary as doing things the way they did it in the premiere was). The scenario was much more interesting and offbeat, and it was nice to see them fill in the gaps in the backstory of Alpha and the relationship between Echo and Boyd. It's also great that they are trying to tie the episodes together (with Ballard showing up at the scene of the standoff from last week, and pointing out the obvious issues with the other agents' non-Dollhouse explanation of things).

    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    In reading some early reviews of the first few episodes, I'd heard alot about how Joss' witty dialogue would be missing. And it wasn't till this episode that I've started to notice. The problem is that even though we see Echo with her handler over and over, they can never establish a relationship. I mean, its clear that he cares for her, but there's a part of me that wants them to be another Buffy-Giles, and maybe it will get there someday, but the complete lack of comraderie between everyone is strangely offputting. But I like it.

Thing is, we'll almost surely get there someday, Eddie, and sooner than you think. The process of Echo retaining her memories is already beginning, and I'd be shocked if by the end of the season, she isn't recalling enough to be able to clearly remember Boyd (beyond the "active-handler" imprint we saw this week) from engagement to engagement. And as far as Joss's trademark dialogue is concerned, I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of it once all the chess pieces are laid out (as you put it) and we begin to see more of a team effort on things (which will have to come as the dual forces of Ballard and Alpha close in on them).

    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    Is Paul Bellard Alpha? That wouldn't make sense since presumably the Dollhouse heads would know what Alpha looks like and they had a picture of Bellard in his dossier, right? But the few glimpses we've had of Alpha sorta look like him, don't they?

I guess it's not out of reason that Ballard and Alpha could be one and the same. Lord knows that Alpha probably got enough imprints over the years to composite more than one personality for himself. The thing that makes me say no is that after all the brain fries he went through, logically it'd be near impossible for Alpha to manage said multiple personalities with any level of control, which would make maintaining normalcy really difficult for the Ballard half. So my inclination is, no, they're different people.

    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    How much input does Dushku get into suggesting scripts. I wonder if she's like "I feel like running through the forest dodging arrows." and then Joss makes it so.

Considering that Eliza has a producer credit, I'd say she has a significant amount of input.

    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    They're still setting up the chess peices, but when the game starts this show will be VERY interesting.

Indeed. Let's just hope that Fox gives them time to get to the game. The overall ratings have been meh, but the 18/49 numbers have been encouraging - and it's definitely been getting a lot of attention on Hulu and such, so I'm hopeful.



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This was a better episode then the first. I think we know how Amy Acker's character got her scars. I don't think Alpha and Ballard are the same people. I also don't think there is anti-Dollhouse, it is probably Alpha screwing with them. The Attic must be where they put their psycho members and probably where Alpha escaped.
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