Man On The Street is the episode Dollhouse watchers have been waiting for. In between interview footage of people talking about the urban legend of the Dollhouse, Ballard finally tracks down Echo at her latest assignment (that was easy, wasn't it?) and Langton exposes a handler interfering with Sierra. Oh yeah, and there was that little bombshell about there being a Dollhouse in virtually every major city.
I laughed out loud when the interviewer described the Dollhouse as "a Big Foot for the big city". The idea that this urban legend is real, and the Dolls are running around amongst 'real people' incites a range of emotions from the public. Some are disgusted, others are outraged at the human trafficking, others like the idea of ordering someone to perfectly fulfil their fantasies and a few want to know how they can sign up!
Sarah Connor is having trouble sleeping. Which is funny, because if she had to sit through the monologue she gave at the start of this episode, she'd nod off within minutes. That rambling intro could match one of Mohinder Suresh's duller introductions in Heroes.
To get some rest, she checks into a sleep clinic. But, in the tradition of Plugin <em></em> Not Found, she walks straight into a SkyNet experiment. The sleep center which is monitoring the sleep states of its patients is also surreptitiously recording brain data for some strange reason.
In between times, Sarah returns to the nightmares she's been experiencing. Except they play out in a linear pattern, giving a story within a story. Here Sarah confronts the man she shot in the desert factory a few weeks back.
There's no doubt that Dollhouse is improving incrementally with each passing week.
In True Believer, Echo is imprinted as a blind woman and sent to infiltrate a religious cult that's under investigation. She has a potentially dangerous operation to redirect all her visual inputs to the Government agency monitoring her, which has the unfortunate effect of blinding her for the duration of the assignment.
Oh, and by the way, the irony of the Dollhouse doing work for the Government while the FBI are trying to confirm the existence of the Dollhouse did not escape my attention.
In other news, Victor/Lubov is getting a boner for his fellow Doll, Sierra. Unfortunately, it's Topher who discovers this, resulting in a whole lot of juvenile crap about him not being able to say erection and substituting 'man-reaction' instead. Seriously, this guy rewires people's brains?
I had to laugh: The winner's wife on Chris Tarrant's quiz show The Colour of Money, saying how she was 'so proud of him' and she 'knew he could do it' etc. And I'm thinking - hang on, it's a game of pure chance isn't it? He hasn't put in years of training to stand in front of a glorified fruit machine and shout STOP!
For the real deal, it was an emotional catch up with the group on Beyond Boundaries. Seeing Adi leave his wheelchair behind to literally drag himself up a Nicaraguan volcano, an awesome display of guts, determination and bravery - nothing to do with luck. Now that's something to be proud of.
Okay just thought I'd give Irish viewers a round up of my opinions on the Top 50 Singles Chart in Ireland as of 20 March 2009.
50. Breakeven-The Script: Okay, clocking in at number 50, we have The Script with Breakeven. Nice ballad we have here with some smooth vocals from Danny O' Donohue as usual. You can actually hear the emotional anguish in Danny's voice when he sings and I think it's one of their best singles yet. ****
49. Thinking Of You-Katy Perry: To be honest, I thought this song would do much better but it has so far only peaked at 38 and will probably fall of the chart within the next week. It's a shame cos Ms. Perry actually shows she has talent under all the attention seeking garb. She wrote this song by herself and has this longing emotion running through it. Many people have commented that she sounds like a strangled cat in this song but I disagree, I think her voice is very rich and distinctive. ****
I've never watched anything with Dave Gorman before and wasn't completely sure this show, moving from Radio 4, would change that. How wrong can you be? I was laughing out loud quite early on (just at the unfurling the email address - I'm easily pleased) and the addition of Catherine Tate as the 'expert', with her anecdote about cutting off an alcoholic ex-boyfriend's hair while he slept (and telling him in the morning that he'd come home like it! Genius indeed.)
I’m working my way through series 6 of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer at the moment, and it suddenly occurred to me - where is she, the third slayer? There has to be one - Kendra replaced Buffy when she died in the first series, Faith replaced Kendra when the awesome but bad bad Drusilla killed her - so who replaced Buffy when she snuffed it again in the fifth series? And why did this other slayer never make an appearance in Sunnydale, even for the finale?
We're onto the last disc - hubby's in for a shock; he knows nothing about Wicked Willow!
The second week of American Idol live rounds and the theme this week is Grand Ole Opry. Just as Michael Jackson week clearly tripped a few people up, singing country is going to be difficult for a few of the contestants.
Michael Sarver tackles a trick Garth Brooks tune - Ain't Goin' Down Til The Sun Comes Up. Having actually listened to this song a few days ago by7 the original artist, it was quite a middle-of-the-road rendition. I certainly spent a bit more time trying to work out if the harmonica player was Anoop. All the same, it was a lively stage performance.
Michael is followed by Allison Iraheta, a fearsome, ballsy performance that I wasn't totally expecting. Kara said: I'm starting to think that you could sing the alphabet. You really made that song your own and that's not easy to do. Paula said: Another rock solid performance from Allison. Simon said: I thought it was good, it was a little bit tuneless in parts, and it looked like you were struggling with the words. Randy said: I thought it was dope.
So I heard this song one day on my way to school, and I instantly fell in love with it.
The lyrics make you think, but connect to you at the same time. "I love you! I hate you! I can't get around you! I breathe you, I taste you! I can't live without you!" It's like a modern rock break-up song for those of us that don't want sappy love songs that just make you angry and upset. This song really helped me get through a major break-up, and actually another situation, that had nothing to do with men.
I absolutely love the song, the beat, the lyrics, and the whole thing. It was one of the first songs I've heard by Saliva, and now I'm hooked. I see good things in store for this band! They've got talent!
They say The Dice Man can change your life, break you down and remake you in countless different incarnations.
It’s safe to say that reading The Dice Man affected me profoundly. The narrator and protagonist of the story, Luke Rhinehart begins by detailing his malaise: the humdrum routine of daily life, the predictability of married life, and his growing panic that the best of his life has already passed.
I get that. Those are the nihilistic traits I’ve been struggling with myself recently. I actually took comfort in the fact that this book was written some 40 years ago: I was surprised how easy it was to relate to this intelligent character thoroughly bored rigid by society and the predictable patterns that people’s lives follow.