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.
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!
In the aftermath of the explosion at the desert factory, the Connor crew visit the town where the factory employees lived. They mingle with the grieving relatives in the town square. Sarah meets the wife of the man she killed at the factory, who seems totally oblivious to the fact that he was an evil expendable henchman (all those Austin Powers jokes about henchmen's families coming back now?)
Many reviewers are aghast at Sarah Connor Chronicles, and this episode could be at the epicenter of their irritation. Where last week's episode had Sarah mostly talking for ages to a cross-dresser/transsexual, this week she has endless boring discussion with the woman she unknowingly made a widow.
Four episodes in, and Dollhouse is hitting interesting waters. "Gray Hour" sees Echo tooled up as a bank robber in an Ocean's Eleven style attempt to steal some aready-stolen artworks.
Ho-hum, you say, recycling a recycled Hollywood story for fun and profit? Well, it gets better. Echo's posing as a prostitute among a party of three men, when hotel security ask them to take their party to their room. Fair enough, they accept the bribe of two champaigne bottles and loudly leave the bar. Except five minutes later, Echo's character comes running down the corridor with a bleeding lip to the safety of the security guy. He takes her to a secure room, and according with hotel policy tries to bribe her to keep the incident under wraps. She repays him with a knee in the face and a period of unconsciousness.
Episode in a nutshell
- Sarah's shot in the leg, bleeding badly and halucinating that she's seeing Kyle Reese. She kidnaps a doctor to help her.
- Riley's in hospital after slashing her wrists. John and Cameron are with her, but she escapes to Jesse and asks to stay with her.
- Cromartie has discovered the Internet and has been doing background research on Ellison and Weaver. He finds the design of the human body less than optimal.
- Weaver goes on a killing spree, wiping out everybody at the warehouse Sarah discovered, then blowing it up to dispose of the evidence.
Alright, third episode and a third personality for Echo in Dollhouse. This time, she's a sassy backing singer for the Britney Spears of this fictional universe. Echo takes the guise of 'Jordan', tasked with befriending Rayna, a sexy popstrel who's got a stalker problem.
So, the peeps at the Dollhouse task Echo with being BFFs with Rayna, but give new 'Doll' Sierra (which is a type of Ford car in the UK, by the way - I'm waiting for a Doll called Mondeo) a secondary task of being Rayna's greatest fan. However, as the plot unfolds, Echo discovers that Rayna is actually in touch with her stalker and is, in fact, more than happy to end her career onstage with a bullet in her head.
Joss Whedon's Dollhouse series is an interesting piece of work. What seems to be a mish-mash of sci-fi ideas dating back to when Arnold Schwarznegger's character first got his brain reprogrammed in Total Recall all those years ago.
That's what happens in the Dollhouse. Beautiful people come in and have their brains erased resulting in a seemingly peaceful state that is also unsettlingly like a bovine dumbness. At least that's the look I read from Eliza Dushku's eyes when I watch this. Their handlers hire the 'dolls' out, programmed with a personality to suit their discerning needs. It's kind of like brainwashing meets whorehouse from what I can see.
My failure to spot Being Human as a brilliant television series has had me kicking myself for the last week or so. Just as the series was reaching its tense finale, I was frantically catching up via the BBC iPlayer.
I started hearing good things about the series a few weeks ago on the Unreality Forum, and decided to watch it from beginning to end over a few nights. The idea of a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost living under one roof put the idea of a grown-up version of Rent-a-ghost in my mind. Mercifully, it was nothing like that! Nor was anything like that now-ancient BBC flatmates sitcom, Game On, which also featured a trio of two males and a female sharing a flat.