Boom!! We are finally into the meat of Dollhouse: what is identity? who lives in the body of the doll? who gets to consent, and when? Ballard runs into Patton Oswalt; Echo wakes up more and more, and we learn that there is a spy working through her; and, most importantly, we get a bunch of victor and sierra, to go with a wonderful Topher/Adelle drugged up teamup. The first episode has, yet again, a discussion of rape due to the nature of the first episode: trigger warning there!
As we hope will be the case with the whole season, Dollhouse begins its incline to a truly great show. This week contains discussions of the importance of internal continuity, whether Topher even knows what the fuck he's doing and an extensive chat about man reactions. An 11am beer gets us through the last of Ballard's truly uninteresting plots: spoiler alert, he finally becomes relevant next week. Cheers!
The nice thing about Dollhouse compared particularly to Buffy and Veronica Mars (not enough data on Firefly), is that we're getting the mediocre episodes out of the way right at the top. That being said, we do have to push through a couple of episode-of-the-week snoozers. We get to see Echo as action-girl and Echo as back up singer. Unbelievably, Ballard's plotline devolves into a more pointless spiral than could be expected. Luckily, there are sprinklings of the great Dollhouse to come, and we could not be more excited for that. Cheers!
Alli and Mary discuss our feelings on the Dollhouse characters and actors (shoutout to Enver Gjokaj! sorry about my pronunciation my dude!), as well as what the differing goals of the writers/Joss Whedon and the network. Dollhouse's great strength is its grey morality, and how the characters react to the layered peel-back of corporate shadiness. Yet, Fox seemed to feel we were doing a sexy fun action time. We're pumped to discuss how that push and pull plays out over the course of the series. Also, Paul Ballard sucks. Don't @ us! Cheers.
Alli and Mary discuss Firefly's big comeback into popular culture, the much awaited, eagerly anticipated, loved-into-reality Serenity. Joss Whedon goes all out with the budget he never had on the show, which leads to one of the largest differences between show and movie: is Firefly a western with a hint of space, or futuristic sci-fi with a sprinkling of westerns? What you enjoy on that spectrum probably influences your feelings on the Big Damn Movie. For our part, we love it. ROBOTS, people. ROBOTS. We're pumped to hit you all next week with Dollhouse! Cheers!!