ohbooth, trinaweena and fresleyforever, I received your Christmas cards! Awww, ilu guys, you're so sweet. ♥
By the way, I'm going to be sending cards out shortly. I haven't had time to because of some real life stuff and what I said above about my outta-whack sleep schedule which has placed me in this lethargic mode. But hopefully they'll be sent out and get to all those who gave me your addresses in time before Christmas. Don't worry!
I missed Dollhouse last night, mainly because I slept through it. But I downloaded the two episodes and here are my thoughts:
Dollhouse 2.07 "Meet Jane Doe" & 2.08 "A Love Supreme"
HOLY FRAKKING SHIT THIS SHOW I SWEAR! :O :O :O
First of all I have to say that I am mostly excited that the show is moving onward with the mythology, which is very dramatically suspenseful and exciting with everything they're doing. With the Rossum Corporation and inter-Dollhouse facility storylines to Echo's self-awareness and Alpha. The last four episodes have flowed really well with the continuity and it's much much better than the stand-alone engagement episodes from last season, something I really wish FOX could have realized that Joss and Co. have got under control but felt like they needed to control the operations, which didn't help anything, but ranting aside I love how the show has really taken off this season despite its cancellation.
What everything boils down to is what we learned from "Epitaph One" and these are the events which bring us to see how everything falls apart to get to that point, which is definitely more captivating.
Adelle Dewitt. I have to say it was an "oh shit" moment when she turned in the opposite direction, going from sympathetic character who was caring for those underneath her house and her care to siding with the Rossum Corporation. It certainly caught me by surprise since I was hoping that she had something else underneath her sleeve, but the fact that she's gotten colder, more distant, was shocking. I love Adelle, I love her character so at first I was like "please Joss, don't make me hate her" because I don't want to. However, I can understand why she did what she. It was a survival technique. She even said it herself that she's gone passed everything and into self-preservation territory; she knew she couldn't take on the higher ups from Rossum, being only one woman and nothing else to back up, she needed to take the ultimate sacrifice to reclaim her position after initially being demoted by her superior, and realizing that she had to do what they want because otherwise she'll have nothing.
It's entirely fucked up and cruel and cold, particularly since I hated seeing the confrontation of Adelle and Topher because he did trust her, and now she's given the most dangerous and deadly weapon to a powerful organization that they all know will use it for their own selfish purposes. "Epitaph One", people. It's the beginning of the end. Adelle turning that cold shoulder, then doing the same thing with Echo, it's like she's desperate to be respected by those above her that she'll give up morality in order to do so.
That's not to say that she's emotionless. She knows what she's doing, she knows the risks she's taking, and we know that, if this future comes true which I'm pretty sure it will, she'll deeply regret it later.
I LOVE ECHO SO FUCKING MUCH, YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW. ♥
Seeing how Echo was surviving out in the real world during "Meet Jane Doe", before contacting Ballard and before three months pass by, was incredible because we know that Echo is just starting out becoming her own person. She's new to the world, her scavenging for food through trash, attempting to steal food, and the seriousness of her comment about the "money tree" was hilarious. That would be something a Doll would ask, lol. Also, her helping out the random woman is something that Echo does. Echo sees people in pain or trouble, she helps them. She didn't steal the food for herself, she stole the food for the girl. That's something that Echo has at her core, which I think is what Caroline is at her core. Wanting to do the right thing, no matter what. I also liked that she can control which personality comes up, search for them at the appropriate moment, since each personality has a set of skills that are useful in certain situations. I'm loving seeing Echo like this, completely self-aware, controlling her imprints, understanding and acknowledging the situations around her. This is why I love Echo, why I adore her character and it still amazes me that some people don't.
As for the implications of Paul/Echo and Echo's ability to love...Echo loves because that's who she is. Echo has compassionate and feelings and emotions, she understand them and I think she does love Paul, in a sense. But I'm glad that Paul doesn't initiate anything between them. That even by living with each other for all those months, he never made a move. I think this says a lot about his character, he cares deeply for Echo but doesn't want to hurt her, doesn't want to cross that line like what happened with him and Madeline.
I really think "A Love Supreme" was simply the most amazing episode of the season, right alongside "Belonging". I loved how it was filmed, and it was just non-stop action from beginning to end.
ALPHA!!! HOW MUCH DO I LOVE YOU RETURNING BB? ABOUT THIISSSSS MUCCHH! \O/
Seriously, Alan Tudyk is just amazing in this role. Amazing. And damn handsome in that suit, ngl. I was wondering when they would have him back, and this just was amazingly perfect timing. Now all we need is Amy Acker back (since wasn't she contracted for like, three episodes this season? She's got two more to go). He's definitely an evil genius, and his fixation on Echo is very creepy indeed. But does he love her? Or is that just his psychotic brain going "pretty shiny toy that is just like me, I wanna play"? What exactly does he want from Echo, if anything at all, or is merely tormenting her because of his obsession?
Whatever. I still have this twisted thing for Alpha/Echo, heh. ;)
Oh, and how creepy was it to see that dude blow up? Seriously, that was shocking, same with the dead decomposing dude in the house. Creeeepyyy Joss, really creepy. But I love it.
SIERRA! WE MISSED YOU BB! YOU LOOKED AMAZING IN THAT RETRO GETUP AND YOU KINDA KICKED ASS TOO FOR THE LITTLE BIT WE SAW YOU IN. ALSO, YOU ARE AND VICTOR ARE ADORABLE TOGETHER AND YOU BETTER NOT BE SPLIT UP INTO DIFFERENT DOLLHOUSE FACILITIES OR I WILL HAVE TO HIT A BITCH. DOLLS "GROUPING" SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE, NOT WHEN THEY ARE AS ADORABLE AS VICTOR/SIERRA, AMIRITE Y'ALL?
Victor + suit = hot. I love it with the suits recently, go wardrobe.
TOPHER SAVING BOYD! Hitting a psycho!Active in the head with a heavy item, but still. Awesome moment! Also awesome was him asking about whether the dolls have eaten his brains, lol. Oh Topher, ilu. ♥
I was highly offended when the Rossum people were taking over the Dollhouse, running the place. It felt like an intrusion of my home. Is that weird? Since Adelle should be behind the desk, not fetching paperwork and being disregarded for anything she did, and that funky imprinting technology that they had in the beginning (as seen with Bennett and her workplace) definitely was odd, and just, yeah. Adelle runs that Dollhouse, no one else. Though I want the old Adelle Dewitt back, not this Dewitt who apparently is only doing this to save her own ass.
Seeing the effects of Echo channeling different personalities was so cool, and it really shows us the subtly of Eliza's talents by changing from one personality to the other, and then back to being Echo (and people say she can't act, pssh).
I TOTALLY DID NOT SEE THAT END COMING, OMGWHUT. Paul in a coma, braindead. Callback to BSG, I see. Hey, Joss? Your inner fanboy is showing, not that I minded of course. Hearing Topher going "she went all Cylon on me!" was awesome and I lol'd. ♥
These episodes were fantastic, but it does give us an excellent question: does this leave inconsistencies to what was shown in "Epitaph One" in terms of the timeline, and if so could this mean that things can change? For example, in the flashback from EO we see Echo and Paul going off to an engagement, and talking to each other about the headaches in the elevator; there's no indicator that Topher knows about the headaches or even if he knows about her being self-aware (since she was still in her innocent doll-state). Here everyone knows about Echo being more self-aware than usual. There's also the part with Adelle and Topher, in which the head of Rossum relays their intentions with the newly designed imprinting technology which, of course, from these episodes that Adelle gave them the plans for it, not Topher.
I'm still going through the details of things, but it seems like things could change, small things, but the outcome will still remain the same. Which is a scary thought.
Anyway, that's all I have to say for right now. I have many thinky-thoughts with this show, as you can tell.
God, I love this show.
Also, does anyone else think that Alan Tudyk could have been an excellent Lucifer? It's the suit from the episode, for some reason I see him either being a very fashionable and slightly off-his-rocker demon or Lucifer. Hmmm. What about a Lucifer and Alpha confrontation? Oh, I like that idea. SOMEONE GIVE ME CROSSOVER FIC ASAP OF THIS! ;D