Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 13, 2009 on FOX

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    The good;

    More involving plot, more drama and excitiment and more realistic depiction of the reality of the Dollhouse.

    The bad;

    The bike ride is stupid, such a Hollywood cliche that they turn out to be racing. Boyd is the worst sniper ever, demonstrating why you should always use a semi-auto rifle. Her client is also way to handsome as Joss and ED comment but if she'd turned up with an ordinary looking guy would we not know something was up? Plenty of pandering to the studio frankly. How does Sierra fire 3 rounds from her pump action shotgun without working the action?

    Best line;

    Addy "Nothing is what it appears to be" (how true that will turn out to be!)

    also like Tophers

    "Everybody who's running to something is also running away"

    Packing heat;

    Sierra with a shotgun and pistol (although she has a carbine in the chopper?), Boyd with a pistol and sniper rifle.

    Kinky dinky;

    ED dancing is always a treat. especially in her 'decent by half an inch' dress. She also does a twirl around the stripper pole move when she gets into the van (check out her film The New Guy for more in that vein). We also get to glimpse her having bondage sex with her client. On the other hand her sexy librarian look is also quite something. Giles says he has a thing about libraries/librarians, wonder if Tony Head knows?

    How'd they get away with that?

    All the stuff with the kidnapped girl and what happened to Echo's personality as a kid is horrific. Sierra's first treatment is hard to watch.

    This weeks fantasy;

    Sierra is a SWAT team commander, Echo is a bike-riding party girl and hostage negotiator.

    Total number personalitites;

    2 for Echo making a total of; 6

    1 for Sierra making; 2

    1 for Victor

    Total dolls;3

    Echo, Sierra and Victor

    Addy is a bit British;

    It's the tea again

    Topher is a bit geeky;

    Subverting the Hollywood cliche


    Echo ties up her client during sex

    Knocked out


    Sierra kills 2 of the kidnappers

    Dolls injured;

    Echo slapped around by the kidnapper

    Capt subtext

    Dr Saunders offers Echo a massage. One wonders how she danced so wonderfully after dropping a motorbike on her leg?

    Happy hookers

    This time Echo explicitly does have sex with her paying client

    Know the face?

    Recurring Joss Whedon stars 3 ;Amy Acker, Eliza Dushku and Ballards sparring partner was the 'walking action figure' Spike had to fight in season 6 of Buffy to get his soul back. Also look out for Tim Kellehen who was also in Dark Skies, another conspiracy-fest series where he played a similar character (his Dark Skies co-star Conor Farrell also turns up in Buffy as the soldier who takes over The Initiative)



    Plenty of bondage sex in fanfic

    Missing scenes

    Reminds me off;

    Adele is very Lilah like whilst Dominic is very Marcus. The relationship between Active and Handler very reminiscent of Watcher and Slayer. Ballards FBI contact is called Loomis which may be a Halloween reference.The boat sequence was so Miami Vice I had to check that Boyd was wearing socks. The kidnapped girl stuff is reminiscent of the Angel ep 'Damage'.

    Questions and observations;

    Caroline remarks 'Like she always said', is this Mrs Dundee whom she refers to in her video? Obviously it's not ED doing all the bike work but can she ride at all? You wonder what the Faith on a motorcycle spinoff would have been like especially with ghost-Spike as sidekick? The first time I ever actually heard Lady Gaga was watching this ep. Caroline says 'Hello mom' in her video, is her family still out there? The kidnap victim's dad refers to 'That reality crap', Joss putting the boot in? ED refers to her first movie with period cars which was presumably 'This Boys Life'. Joss is a fan of BSG AND Millers Crossing, he sure has taste! Obviously the budget is pretty tight to judge by their comments. What does Echo mean when she babbles 'Is it bigger than your thumb?'

    7 out of 10, combine this and Echo and it would be much better

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