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22 July 2009 @ 03:39 pm
Dollhouse: "Epitaph One" Episode Review + Meta  
I really do miss doing these reviews, so frakking much. Oh summer hiatus, why must you be so slow?

Dollhouse 1.13 "Epitaph One"

It's the year 2019, and the world has gone absolutely chaotic. In this dystopian future the imprinting system had gotten so advanced and taken into the wrong hands that the plan for immortality was taken too far; giving individuals the right to imprint their personalities into as many bodies as they choose, wiping away others and continuing to body hop from one to another. But something went wrong, and many of them are going mad, killing senselessly, butchering and killing, no law and order anymore in the world as humanity is on the verge of ending. There are two dividing sides -- the "Butchers" and the "Actuals", the latter being the ones with their own personalities while the former have been imprinted.

We follow a small group of Actuals who are trying to find refuge from the chaos above ground, where they dig deeper they find the Dollhouse, soon to realize it was the original creation of the imprinting systems they know. Giving flashbacks through memory logs, we see in chronological order the chain of events that started everything via the Dollhouse. Although without much detail of how and why we're given enough to understand the situation and how it had gotten so out of control.

The episode gives us a sense of hope that somewhere there is a place where no imprinting happens, where there is a cure, and only Caroline knows where this location is. The imprint she left behind leads the last two survivors of the Actual group to where this unknown place is, leaving us with this bittersweet hope with an unknown future for these characters and for the rest of humanity, as well.


Dystopian Future: Be Careful What You Wrought

This is very Joss Whedon, even though a stand-alone episode in and of itself this is perhaps incredible when telling the mythology of the Dollhouse and its technology and how it all fits in. While most of the first season of Dollhouse focused on Echo and her gradual self-awareness and having different engagements in having the morality of what is right and wrong with such things, this episode kind of gives the darker aspect of the what could happen scenario which we've already briefly discussed within the show but never really truly explored.

I consider the first season more of an introduction to the world of the Dollhouse; how it looks shiny and bright and wondrous, a place where no consequences for one's actions happen, even though we know it is morally wrong with all this gray area they're putting themselves into. But the aftermath if and when this spirals out of control will bite them hard in the ass, which is what this episode gives us. A sense of forewarning, foretelling what will possibly come to pass if the technology gets into the wrong hands. The wrong hands in this case happens to be Rossum, and possibly other Dollhouse organizations worldwide.

"The Dollhouse deals in fantasy, that is their business. But it is not their purpose."

This is a message relayed by an unknown source contacting Paul Ballard, wanting him to investigate the truths of why the Dollhouse was created and what they intend to do with this technology. Throughout most of the first season we know that Paul has probably been predestined to come in contact with the Dollhouse one way or another, and by the finale we see that he may be of good use after all. In "Epitaph One" we see that somehow he becomes an agent of theirs, Echo's handler in fact, which may give him better access to the ins and outs of their operation and how it connects with the Rossum Corporation. We kind of get bits and pieces of what this truth just might be. We see in this episode that one of the superiors of Rossum wants to take bodies as their own, because the advanced technology, created by Topher it seems, is for their own interest of being immortal, living forever and having all the luxuries they please. Adelle quickly shoots down this very notion, but the superior doesn't see it that way, and warns her of the consequences if she turns them down.

While not clear on the exact details of what happened afterward, but it's very clear on the aftermath of how Rossum treated such opportunities; biting off more than they could chew in thinking it was for the benefit of everyone and everything, and thus creating something they could not control or stop.
Meg: They really thought they were helping, huh? Giving people what they needed. Is this what we needed?
Caroline: No. Kids playing with matches, and they burnt the house down.
It's a typical story of mankind creating something much bigger and more dangerous than they ever realized, and by their own arrogance and greed by taking more than necessary and playing God they brought down their own destruction. It's not necessarily the story of technology gone wrong, but how we as humans sometimes don't learn from our past mistakes and take advantage of it, misuse it and a combination of our greed and what we create can lead to disastrous outcomes, even the end of humanity.


The Advancement of Imprinting Technology

It appears that the imprinting technology enhanced, and not just because it's in the future but because from the looks of things any kind of technological devices can remotely wipe someone or at least imprint them or corrupt them in some manner. We're not given the exact details of how this can actually happen, all we know that it's possible and this is why the Actuals don't use anything of any kind of technology (telling others to through out the "tech", like a walkie-talkie for instance) and are trying to find a place where no technology exists so there is no remote imprinting whatsoever.

It seems, based on the flashbacks, that Topher was one of the contributors to the enhancement of the imprinting systems. We first see him when he's just arriving at the Dollhouse for the first time, and he's immediately correcting and wanting to change the old school version of the imprinting chair, which was definitely not as sophisticated and high-tech as the one we are familiar with in the show. His genius mind knew precisely what was needed to speed up this process of imprinting and wiping personalities, and it's because of his genius that probably led to the downfall in the very end. One of Rossum's superiors even mentioned Topher's help in that department, and we see that Topher went into a complete mental breakdown after realizing what he'd done.

Another contributor, which is just me going on a whim, might be Alpha as well.

Alpha was mentioned only once in passing, though it's unclear which side Alpha is on and whether he's with this destruction or against it. But judging from his mental state and philosophy in the finale there's no doubt he might actually be helping the higher corporations in advancing the technology. We already know that he did a remote wipe on Echo once before, so it's not exactly impossible that he's also behind it as well.

However it was evolved, imprinting seems to be the thing to avoid in the future. There also seems to be something with it that makes people turn into killers, which is why they call them "butchers"; kind of like Reavers from Firefly in a sense. Again, unclear of how all of this happens and how and when, but this episode gives us a taste of what we might actually be getting into in the second season. Which I really hope they do, because this raised so many questions of this kind of technology and how all of this is possible. Even in a fictional world it's a mindboggling concept, but very interesting nonetheless.


The Characters: Moralities Questioned and Refugees on the Run

Perhaps one of the many things that I enjoyed about this episode were the characters and the developments seen, even with the minor characters used for this episode only. I was rooting for them, wanting them to escape, to find this "Safe Haven", to make it out okay. But there were depressing and heartbreaking moments with some of them, as well.

In the flashbacks we see our regular cast, the characters we've grown familiar with over the course of the season, and there is a vast difference with them that makes us wonder what is happening, how it all went down, and what will happen to them in this future. If in fact many of them have survived. We see Adelle DeWitt, once a calculating businesswoman who knew her mission with the Dollhouse losing her way, realizing that everything she'd worked for was crumbling before her, that her job was taken advantage of and that what she believed in was a farce. We see her with Topher, who is hiding in one sleeping pods with all his belongings surrounding the outside of it and trying to make sense of what is happening despite having gone off the deep end. We see Adelle trying to comfort him as he's trying to understand his own mind, questioning his own morality, what is right and wrong? Did he start all of it? Was his ideas genius or arrogance? That was just heartbreaking to watch, especially when Adelle cradles him in an embrace, because we know she's thinking the same thing herself. Did she allow herself to become so blinded by the so-called mission of the Dollhouse that she couldn't see what was happening right underneath her nose? It's just interesting because both Adelle and Topher came off as amoral characters in the beginning, not seeing the wrongness of the organization they were apart of, but gradually we see they are human beings after all, they have a conscience and see the wrong in what they are apart of. I also want to see more of this being fleshed out with both their characters in next season, especially after all what we've seen in this episode.

We have Boyd, who leaves abruptly without any reason given, only that he is running for his life. We see Sierra and Victor trying to make it through together, although not exactly together-together, and either they have their own personalities again or have become self-aware like Echo had become, and this goes for the other Dolls as well (which I'm assuming after what Rossum wanted to do, and what was happening, Adelle wanted all the Actives to have their original selves back, but that's just my guess). We also see that Paul and Caroline are working together, both in the flashback before the damage has started as it seems they are finding ways of discovering the truth behind the Dollhouse and after, when they return after finding that safe place and the cure. There's a sense that Caroline/Echo is the heroine of the story, and she is. But there are other characters now to share this tale with, her friends and those that help her along with passing on the truth and saving what is left to be salvaged of the human race.

But the most heartbreaking story of all was Dr. Saunders/Whiskey. She truly can never leave the Dollhouse, even after all that's said and done she feels compelled to stay there as though she still serves a purpose. In the dark!future we see she does, she leads the Actuals to Caroline's last imprint of where this safe haven is located, and they continue on to complete that journey. We also see that she's no longer Dr. Saunders anymore, but back to Whiskey. Haunting and ominous, like a trapped ghost of the heart of the Dollhouse; she's there to help and guide people, and she sacrificed everything for that purpose alone. It is truly the saddest more depressing character arc ever.

From all of this, plus the Actuals trying to find answers to their prayers, of finding peace and an end to all this insanity and suffering, character arcs and storylines are what make this show. I wouldn't care about it if there wasn't any character I could like or root for, and in the ending of the episode we have no idea who has survived and who hasn't.

And this is why I'm glad there is a second season because I want to know, and I want these characters to be okay, I don't want it to end like this.


Things I Liked From "Epitaph One":

++ Post-apocalyptic, dystopian worlds/futures is something I'm fascinated by, from 1984 to Serenity and Battlestar Galactica, just seeing the destruction of the world we knew and how it came about from ourselves is something not a lot of shows these days focus on. And Joss Whedon knows how to make an entrance with it, from the moment the episode begins to when it ends there is nothing that indicates the world that we know now. I just love it.

++ Every single actor did amazingly in this episode, but major props go to Felicia Day, Amy Acker and Adair Tishler (Molly Walker from Heroes). They all brought it to the table, and I was incredibly impressed. Adair in particular, the way she played three different personalities in just this one episode, from going as a little kid to the murderous unknown individual to Caroline and messing with guns and whatnot? I think that's awesome acting right there. ♥ It's sad this was a one-shot future!episode though, I really wish she and Felicia could be in season two because they would be amazing additions to the main cast.

++ They said this was filmed on a lower budget than the rest of the episodes from season one, which will extend into season two as well. I could hardly tell. Could anyone else?

++ So much mindfrakking details I think my brain nearly s'ploded, but it was awesome either way.

++ Proof that Joss loves BSG way too much: the imprinting systems in the future where personalities can travel from body to body is almost like the Cylon downloading process, living forever and all eternity, becoming immortal. Of course, instead of your consciousness being downloaded into an identical body your personality is traveled into other people's bodies, perhaps unknowingly and unwillingly?

++ I really want Topher to be fleshed out more, this has been my wish since the finale but this episode has made it abundantly clear we need more backstory on Topher. I was one of those that disliked him in the beginning, but was starting to warm up to him near the near of the season. And this episode? Oh my God, this episode is just perfect in demonstrating there is more to Topher than what we've seen. The same with Adelle, and I really want more of Boyd's backstory as well. Why he was recruited to be with the Dollhouse and so forth.

++ "Home sweet home" I liked how Caroline said that.

++ Unlike some people, I like the notion of Paul and Caroline working side by side. I've had this thought since the very beginning, whether it's Echo or Caroline. Or both. I think they work together as team rather than as a couple, even though I still have this thought of Paul/Caroline because they have the same idealistic mindset. But seeing them together with guns? Me likey, lots. What? I have a thing with hot people with guns, so sue me.

++ Sierra and Victor. I want them to have a happy ending, not the way this episode indicates that they are no longer in that "together" phase. *crosses fingers*

++ I liked how they barricaded the entrance of the Dollhouse, having no way in or out. Being trapped in your own personal sanctuary, or hell depending on how one looks at it. It's probably the only safest place they have after the shit that's been going down.

++ DOMINIC!!!! :DDDDD Just seeing Dominic in those flashbacks made me so giddy. And it seems that they brought him out from the Attic in that future, based on the events happening I couldn't blame them. But his "I told you so" rant to Adelle was priceless.

++ Whiskey. :(((

++ I loved how they left it ambiguous to whether Caroline shoots Adelle or not, leaving it up to us to make that conclusion.

++ The ending was sad, depressing, and bittersweet. They made it out, but where will they go from there? Will they make it? Are the others still alive? What will happen to the world even if they do make it to "Safe Haven" and get to the cure? What exactly is this compound that they were talking about? So many questions, and more questions from those questions, and only season two to start giving us these events which might answer them.


Overall: Fantastic. Brilliant. Absolutely incredible and wonderful hour of an episode which is more of a forewarning of what will happen if these chain of events cannot be prevented. This is the genius of Joss Whedon, and while I'm saddened this never was aired as the original finale I'm also kind of glad they didn't. It's far too dark and beyond what FOX was looking for, hence the changes in the beginning when the show first premiere (have yet to see the original unaired pilot, but judging from others that have that, too, is darker than the one they aired). Nevertheless, it's finally here and I advise all Dollhouse fans to get others to watch this episode, whether they like the show or not. There's a possibility many will get hooked after seeing this, I can feel it. I really loved what this episode brought us, mindboggling and bringing us pieces of a puzzle we have yet to see fully displayed yet, but it's amazing that we can speculate and understand the events even without having all the facts.

I want season two to focus on how all this comes about, which is probably why this is a good reason for this to be the lead-in for season two, don'tcha think?

LOVE YOU JOSS WHEDON, THIS SHIT ROCKED MY SOCKS LIKE WHOA. BRING ON S2 BB, BRING IT ON! :D


I love this show, seriously. While this episode was unaired it will be screened at this year's Comic Con, for all that are going to the Dollhouse panel. There has been some talk that FOX might also be airing it after all, though it's unclear about when and where or if this is actually true at all. Either way, this episode really adds more of the mythology into focus for all those that stopped watching way too earlier into the season. So if you haven't yet, download the episode and watch for yourself. Same with the unaired pilot, too. All I can say is, this is pure Joss Whedon, through and through.
 
 
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Robyncakesbitterbird on July 23rd, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
It certainly didnt feel lower budget at all to me either

I love your recap, as usual, your way of putting things is always awesome <3
JOSS FTW!

Amy Acker broke my heart so much!
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 23rd, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
I really wasn't worried about the budget thing, since there are many amazing quality shows that don't have a huge budget at all. But really, I saw no difference. It was just another awesome episode as far as I'm concerned. :)

Thank you, bb. Joss is so awesome, isn't he?

I loved Amy in this episode. She was so haunting and heartbreaking and just, oh my God. Simply amazing.
♛ part-time maenad: dollhouse; echoesradon_ on July 23rd, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
I love that they give Joss a low budget to work with and he comes up with this awesome awesome shit.

I like that the episode broached the idea of what Rossum wanted the imprinting for (ie, 'resurrection') and they actually returned to that topic. The first time they brought it up, it was done for soap-opera (which I had felt then was a total waste of the entire idea of 'resurrection' altogether) and now they're talking about the implications of such a technology/move and OMG IT WAS FAB. ILU JOSS.

Topher broke my heart. And then Amy Acker tore it out and squashed it. Both of them gave terrific performances in this episode and just, wow.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Forgiven.rogueslayer452 on July 23rd, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Certainly proves that budget, while good at times, doesn't always mean everything.

I thought that too. The whole idea of immortality is something many people crave and for corporations like Rossum to have that opportunity at their grasp with the creations and technology used inside the Dollhouse? What more could they ask for? It's the perfect way of self-destruction and madness and chaos, and when they introduced it I was so glad and had hoped they returned to the thought. Turns out our prayers had been answered, and it worked out perfectly. Now I want more of this explored thoroughly in season two, of the hows and whys and all of that.

Many gave excellent performances, but yeah Amy Acker just did it for me. Such a heartbreaking story and I just, my God. Joss Whedon knows how to pull on our heartstrings doesn't he? And then rip them out and tie them into knots and stomp on them.
Moryssa: dollhouse-echomoryssa on July 23rd, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Two quick notes... I think Felicia's character is actually named "Mag". I thought it was "Mac" at first, too, but later it sounds like they say "Mag", and that's what it's listed as at IMDB, too.

Second thing, about Saunders/Whiskey: I got the impression that she wouldn't leave because she was waiting for Boyd to come back for her, rather than because it was "her job" to stay there and help. Maybe that's just because I loved the earlier scene between the two of them and I want to believe in their love.

I couldn't figure out who Adair was until I looked her up on IMDB, then I was like "Ah. Makes sense!" She really is a fantastic little actress! Franz and Amy are the ones who blew me away in this episode, though. I was just glued to the tv screen for the entire thing, more than I had been for any other episode.

I also thought that the original pilot was interesting, but I can't tell if that's because it was interesting on its own merit or if it's because I already know the characters and the premise of the show. It's different, though, because you learn more about the dollhouse and its purpose from the very beginning, and you also learn more about Topher and Adelle and their motivations and opinions of their jobs-- which we didn't get until MUCH later in the series without this intro.
rawthorne on July 23rd, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hijacking, but yes to the Saunder/Whiskey. I hadn't considered it like that before, but it makes sense. And it makes her storyline even more heartbreaking because she gets left behind in every sense of the way.
Renée: Echo/Sierra. Anticipating.rogueslayer452 on July 23rd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense now, since I think I heard her pal in the end say "Megan" near the end but I wasn't too clear on that. Thank you for the correction.

I got the impression that she wouldn't leave because she was waiting for Boyd to come back for her

Perhaps it could have been that too, since I definitely got the Boyd/Saunders vibe from the flashback and it was sweet and tender and heartbreaking. But I also would like to think that, because this is Claire, she seems to have nothing else outside of the Dollhouse and it truly is her home, and she's the heart of it. But the notion of waiting for Boyd after all that time? Heartbreaking and sad. :(

I haven't seen the original pilot just yet, but I've heard people say it makes much more sense to some of the characters and who they are than what we were originally broadcast with, and knowing Joss he has this way of making his characters grow naturally with each progression of episodes. I felt this one in particular gave us a look at certain characters in a different light than how we've seen them before, and it works.
rawthorne on July 23rd, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
It didn't feel low budget at all. It felt like a right treat and while I agree that it's darker than what FOX is going for in that slot, it's nevertheless really good TV and really good storytelling. And it could've worked as a pilot: it makes you want to ask how all this began.

I definitely saw BSG fanboying in the 'To Remember' wall. So touching.

Felicia Day owns my soul after this. And Topher/Adelle were heartbreaking.

My reply is this disjointed solely because I just finished watching the episode myself.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 23rd, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
You know what, you're so right about that. It could have definitely worked as a pilot, too bad this wasn't written or thought of before otherwise it would have been an amazing intro to the show.

Ah yes, the remembrance wall. Oh Joss. ♥

Hee, don't worry. I'm still disjointed myself. It's a brilliant episode.
pointedviewpointedview on July 24th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
I loved this episode.

I wonder if perhaps Claire volunteered to stay behind, or perhaps volunteered for the Whiskey wipe. Either she was waiting on Boyd, or she knew somehow that he was never coming back. Maybe she saw this as her last way to be useful -- a way to help the others escape when she had no reason to continue.

Thank you for the recap. I felt so happy over this episode (well, you know what I mean). It's so identifiably Whedon.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 25th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
I'm wondering that, as well. She wanted to stay behind, we don't know the real reason (yet) but from what we've seen, Whiskey just has the most heartbreaking story here. Aside from Topher that is, seeing him in that state in this episode made me want to be Adelle and cradle him in my arms. :(

You're very welcome. It was very Whedon, I was left stunned and impressed.
pointedviewpointedview on July 25th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
You're so right about her having the most heartbreaking story, and Amy Acker really delivers. Joss really knows how to make the most of her talent.

The end, with the song playing ... got me right in the solar plexus. Whedon gives good poignant.

Perhaps the wipe, the choice, was a strange sort of gift, the sort of benefit that Adelle maintained the "volunteers" received all along: the gift of not having to be who they really were (like Mellie/November's background), with their own memories of pain, though that gets especially convoluted in Claire's case.

We have a Doll who knows she's a Doll. She knows that the personality that loves Boyd is not her own, yet she's making decisions for the body she's occupying. We know that at the end of S1, she chose not to learn her true identity. So, we have the personality of a dead man occupying her body, and that personality loves Boyd, unless Whiskey has had a composite event like Echo. Does Boyd know he's in love with a Doll? Did she ever tell him?

So, then, Claire makes the decision to revert to Whiskey's state, possibly so she won't have to feel the pain of losing Boyd and, in so doing, aiding the others. Is the body's real personality somewhere in the data banks? She's made a choice to do that to a body that, technically, doesn't belong to Claire Saunders. If the gas at the end was toxic, rather than a sleep agent, we can assume she's killed that body. Murder? Euthanasia? What does it mean on a philosophical level to finish the death that arguably occurred in the chair when she was first wiped?

I said in a recent post that I thought this was Whedon's most intelligent and thought-provoking show to date, and I meant it. I love the questions it raises.
Renée: DH. Echo. Blank slate.rogueslayer452 on July 25th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
So, we have the personality of a dead man occupying her body, and that personality loves Boyd, unless Whiskey has had a composite event like Echo. Does Boyd know he's in love with a Doll? Did she ever tell him?

I don't think the dead male Dr. Saunders' personality is inside of her body, that would be kind of confusing with the gender issue. I'm thinking Topher took Saunder's doctor skills and used different parameters in creating Claire Saunders the way she is, only without realizing it. She did say that Topher had her having more skills than what was necessary for a doctor, so she has the knowledge and skill set as the first Saunders did (assuming the first Saunders was the real Saunders or if they continue to recycle the same personality), just fitted for Whiskey and what happened to her.

But yes, it makes the situation more difficult and complicated if there is something going on between Claire and Boyd, whether she ever tells him or if he figures it out or what.

If the gas at the end was toxic, rather than a sleep agent, we can assume she's killed that body. Murder? Euthanasia? What does it mean on a philosophical level to finish the death that arguably occurred in the chair when she was first wiped?

Excellent questions. This is why I love Dollhouse, while although it's been overlooked it does raise up a lot of interesting and thought-provoking questions such as these, to really evaluate what is happening and whether it's ethical or not, whether we can really be sure if the ends justify the means, etc. Not that Joss didn't have such questions in his other works, this is much darker with dealing with the subject matter.
pointedviewpointedview on July 26th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree, you're wholly right about the "dead man" bit -- I was entirely unclear about that (what, you mean you didn't read the thoughts that were in my head while I was writing that? :) ) -- yes, you're quite correct that Claire is comprised of quite a few different Frankenstein bits -- a large chunk of Dr. Saunders' knowledge modified for gender; some significant computer skills, and, very intriguing, that bit that suggests there's some history with Topher -- the part about why he made her dislike him so much. Is it some sort of self-inflicted punishment on his part? Did he know her previously? Does he believe himself to be somehow responsible for her time as a Doll?

From the very first episode, I've thought she was the most interesting character on the show. Yes, I suppose the metaknowledge that Joss loves working with Amy Acker didn't hurt my expectations on that, but even if that weren't the case, out of all the plot lines, I'm most interested in her story.

Not that Joss didn't have such questions in his other works, this is much darker with dealing with the subject matter.

I think you hit the nail on the head. The subject matter is dark, and the framework of Dollhouse doesn't provide a lot of room for comic relief, short of imprinting one of the Dolls with the personality of a standup comedian. With Buffy, we had teen Joss-speak; with Firefly, we had Wash, Jayne, and plots with plenty of humorous potential (YoSaffBridge comes to mind). Nothing bad about any of the above - Firefly is, in my opinion, Joss' most entertaining work - but Dollhouse has a different focus in its writing, and there's nothing at all wrong with that, either. The quest for identity and knowing that a character will be unknowingly raped again and again by the man who forced her into the Dollhouse doesn't exactly provide a whole lot of yuks and chuckles.

I just wish I could somehow convince people who dislike the show because it isn't a laugh a minute that, despite the darkness, it's worth watching. That, as you say, it raises a lot of interesting and thought-provoking questions, and is a work that has merit in its own right.


pointedviewpointedview on July 25th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
One more thing ... maybe I'm being Captain Obvious (and I apologize if so, but it needs to be mentioned if we're to discuss it, right?) :), but I've thought from the beginning that Joss deliberately named that character Claire. If most naming sites state that it means clear; bright, then I'm willing to go ...

(Spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen the end of S1)

... with the idea that Claire has a clear sense of the situation, who she is, and her role in it. I think it's part of why she made the autonomous decision not to look at her profile. She knew she was a Doll, and had perhaps chosen to work within the Dollhouse in this role to take it down, or maybe she already knew some things about her original identity and chose not to learn more. Had she already had a composite event before Alpha hurt her?

I think Claire has a clear purpose. We might not know what it is for a while, especially given that they were only able to get Acker for three episodes of S2, but I hope we'll know eventually.
Renée: Six. It's good to be a Cylon.rogueslayer452 on July 25th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Knowing Joss Whedon, nothing with him is an accident. I'm pretty sure he did it deliberately, unless it was a happy accident. ;)

I think Claire has a clear purpose. We might not know what it is for a while, especially given that they were only able to get Acker for three episodes of S2, but I hope we'll know eventually.

My thoughts exactly. She seems to have more of an important role than what we originally thought in the beginning and it's clear there's more purpose for her to play in these character's lives and with the Dollhouse. I'm just hoping they can get into it more even though Amy will be taking on her other job full-time, we need more answers to her involvement, especially after this episode in particular.