We bring special guest Stevo on this week to talk about Dollhouse's "The Left Hand" or, as we call it, "The Victor Show." Do other important things happen in this episode? Of course. Echo leaves to go on a personal growth journey, Topher cold clocks a cute girl, Adelle is a boss bitch and Rossum's senator gambit pays off in spades. More importantly, though, Victor is imprinted as Topher and we're all graced with probably the peak performance in this whole show, if not all of Joss Whedon's works. Don't @ us, it's amazing!! Grab a beer and appreciate the gift of Victor as Topher. Cheers!
Major trigger warning for the discussion on the first episode, Belonging. We finally get Sierra's full backstory, and it is a doozy of terrible and horrific experiences that continue to the present day. Topher gets a minute amount of "redemption" but as usual it comes at the expense of poor Sierra, who really can't catch a break. In episode two, we get into the politics of Rossum and how they're trying to take down our LA dollhouse. Ballard takes off and Echo is kidnapped by River from Firefly.
For a show that really seemed to learn and grow in season one, Dollhouse has completely committed to plot regression here in the beginning of season two. We speculate for a bit about why that might be. It's a weird thing to say about a show's main character, but is there simply too much Echo? As the second episode features Victor heavily, we're forced think that that may just be the issue. Luckily, Victor-as-Kiki saves an episode that seems to have an unnecessary and likely not purposeful "boys will be boys" vibe. Not cute, fellas. Bring on the beer!
Remember last week when we worried that some of the tension would leave the show post-Epitaph One? Well, not to be all "we thought so" but, well... This week's Dollhouse brings us an episode completely devoid of any meaningful forward progress for the two ostensible leads of the show, Paul and Echo. Luckily, Topher and Whiskey do the emotional heavy lifting, and it's just enough meaty moral questioning to keep the viewer interested. Unfortunately, Whiskey and her interesting plot leave us at the end of the ep. Pour one out for our aptly-named girl!