Raked would highly suggest you not read this post unless you’ve seen the penultimate episode of Dollhouse. She’s is still mourning the loss of her show–and a certain favorite character–and she’s not holding back.
DOLLHOUSE: 2.12 “The Hollow Men”
With one episode left and last week’s incredible cliffhanger, you knew this episode would be big. And with Joss Whedon manning the ship, you knew there’d be some carnage before it sailed off into the sunset.
This week we said good-bye to two of our favorites. If you’ll notice in my first line, I call attention to one of them. And I’ll get to that right…now.
I miss Boyd. And you know, after first I thought his demise was just too fast. How could we have seen him develop as the big bad in just one episode? Well, a cliffhanger and one episode. We didn’t get to see it enough. We didn’t get to see him turn as evil as the founder of Rossum really should be!
But then, I realized, that was the point. As the viewer, we were seeing Boyd pretty much as Echo was seeing him. We trusted him. We loved him. How could we suddenly believe that he was the evil one behind the Dollhouse? How could his intentions be less than moral?
It was a sense of disbelieving. We still loved him, even as he was turned to a doll and handed the grenade. We didn’t want him to die. Certainly not in an innocent, clean state. It just made it that much harder to watch. We certainly didn’t feel righteous or happy with his death. It hurt us just as much as it hurt Echo.
But what about Mellie?
Well, to be honest, I wasn’t surprised. We were given that hint in “Epitaph One” that something bad happens to November. I didn’t figure she’d make it out alive.
For some reason, I thought that when they had programmed her as Mellie, they would have removed her sleeper status. Clearly, they did not. But do I really think that Mellie would have had the strength to fight through the sleeper? I don’t think so. But she did, nonetheless, and clearly, she couldn’t handle it. It’s actually interesting to think about how Whiskey handled her discovery that she was a doll and the way that Mellie handled it. Very different. But both very conflicted.
Don’t get me wrong. Mellie’s death was still sad and I’ll miss her. I just was less surprised. And the setup that Ballard thought Adelle was at the right hand of Rossum? That was just fantastic.
Ultimately, I don’t know what’s next. I liked that we finally know why Caroline was picked. I still fully expect some secrets and shockers in the next episode. But honestly, this one was a hard one to watch. I’m going to miss Boyd. I still do. I don’t like that he’s gone.
So what do you think will happen in our final episode of Dollhouse? Do you have predictions? Anyone you think will (or won’t) make it through?
I’m not sure how much more I can take. And now I’m pouting…why does it have to end? I mainly mean the show here, but now that I’m thinking about it, doesn’t it scare you a bit? The idea of a Brainpocolypse?
I guess we’ll just have to see in a couple weeks…