What I Watched Last Night: Dollhouse

DollhouseOh Joss Whedon, I have so much love for you. I mean, when I heard last year he had a new show coming I was beyond thrilled. And of course, if you watched last season, you know "Dollhouse" was good...but not quite awesome, yet.

The thing about any Joss show is that he's a fantastic character/story builder. It takes a little time for it to grow on you. 

I think it's safe to say that "Dollhouse" is officially heading into awesome territory.  What I've loved about it from the start is that the concept leaves the door open for anything to happen.  They can quite literally create any scenario and make it relevant to the show's story line.

Of course, the key is a strong main arc and this is where I think the show is really starting to grow.  In last week's season premiere, they did what I never thought they would be able to get away with smoothly and that was make Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) Echo's handler. 

You know, he was the FBI agent trying to bring the Dollhouse down.

Somehow they managed to make it pretty believable.  Ballard wants to be closer to and save Echo, so why wouldn't he agree to work on the inside, right?

Also loving the mad scientist vibe from Topher (Fran Kranz).  Is it just me or is he getting a little...crazier?

Ok, so last night's episode was pretty great.  Echo's assignment was to be the mother to a baby who's biological mom had passed during child birth.  The dad was having trouble coping with it and connecting with his son, so he hired someone to do it for him.

Topher imprinted Echo with the mom thing, but more importantly, he found a way to make Echo's body act as if she was really lactating.  Even though this went sour (pardon the potential pun) I hope we'll be seeing more of this in the future.  The possibilities are endless here.

So, as expected, nothing really went according to plan.  The imprint of a mother loving a child was too strong (plus on top of that we already know Echo is remembering parts of her imprints) so when they wiped her, they weren't able to get rid of her instincts (hence the episode title "Instinct"). 

My favorite part?  After the faulty brain wipe, the just slightly smarter than a 2 year old Echo jumped into an empty car's passenger seat and said "Go please." Maybe you had to be there, but it cracked me up.

My least favorite part?  I want Dr. Saunders (Amy Acker) back!  She left at the end of the first episode last week and I really hope that doesn't mean the end of her.  Guess I better go catch up on my TV news and see what the deal is with that.

Should you watch? Oh hell yes. It's a blast.  A break away from the everyday.  Plus, Summer Glau is gonna be on later this season, I'm sure you won't want to miss that.

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