Dollhouse: A Look Back – Part Five

21 01 2010

Spy in the House of Love
Not one of my favorites of the first season, but still a really good episode.  A lot of this seems to be set up for events to come.  Topher  discovers a spy inside the Dollhouse while DeWitt is gone.  They send several Dolls to take care of it.  Echo, in another example of her growing awareness, volunteers to be imprinted to help.  Sierra somehow manages to get past NSA security because apparently all Asian woman look the same.  Meanwhile Paul discovers that Mellie is a Doll, causing him to realize in many ways he is no better than the Dollhouse clients.  They soon figure out that Mr. Dominic is the spy and he is sent to the Attic.  Dominic is a rather interesting character, in many ways he was shown to be the villain.  He has attempted to kill Echo on several occasions and was her greatest threat on the show.  But as we would later learn, he was actually trying to stop Rossum.  Some parts of the government must have caught on to what they were planning and tried to stop them.  Dominic is one of the few heroes on the show.  He would later help Echo through the Attic and allow her to escape.  At some point after the Brainpocalypse, he escapes the Attic and confronts DeWitt.  Maybe we’ll see him again.

Haunted
This episode seems like one of the earlier episodes, but it does bring up a great point.  Echo is imprinted with the mind of a dead woman in order to discover why she died.  Most of this just seems to discuss the point of just how dangerous the tech of the Dollhouse really is.  It could be used as an end to death.  But what does that do to society?  These people could continue to acquire power through various lives until they are the absolute rulers of the world.  Civilization as we know it no longer exists.  I find it ironic that Boyd is the one to bring this up given that he plans to bring about the end of civilization.  Did he see this as a threat to his plan?  Or was he trying to influence DeWitt in some way?

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21 01 2010
filmchick25

A Spy in the House of Love really got to me for some reason, because of how sad it would be to find out that someone you loved was really a doll… How would you know if any of it was real?
Haunted is a favorite just because I like the humorous bits and the implications you mentioned- immortality.

22 01 2010
geekorage

Even more horrific would be to learn that you were a Doll, like with Sen. Perrin. The idea that everything you know, believe, or do is the stuff of nightmare fuel.

22 01 2010
filmchick25

That would be awful… I would have gone completely off the reservation, bound and determined to get my “self” back…

22 01 2010
geekorage

From a certain view, your original self wouldn’t be you. They would look like you, but have different thoughts, different ideas, different personality.

22 01 2010
filmchick25

Wouldn’t you wonder who you were before? If you had a family, friends, and a life? I mean, you basically found out that everything you know is either fake or used for the greater purposes of a nefarious corporation. Assuming we don’t have the ability to integrate our personalities like Echo… I’d really be at a loss. I’d almost want to read my chart before deciding, in case my former self was a serial killer like Alpha…

22 01 2010
geekorage

It would be maddening. I probably wouldn’t want to know like Dr. Saunders. Because to become the original you, the current you has to be erased. The current you dies and the old you moves back in.

22 01 2010
filmchick25

Yeah, that would bother me, too. I think it would depend on who they made you- if you thought you could start a new life as that person.

7 04 2010
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