KT wants active politicians, but not quite like this…
DOLLHOUSE: 2.05 “The Public Eye”
DOLLHOUSE: 2.06 “The Left Hand”
I’m going to assume that most of you watched these two back to back, like I did, and treat them as a unit — ’cause if I try too hard to pick apart what happened in the each half, I’ll probably confuse us all. So! Deep breath.
Espionage. I love complex plots, and I love twists, and this one’s a doozy. Rossum’s plan seems to be to get Senator Perrin in place, get him to investigate Rossum and the Dollhouse, then clear Rossum of all charges, having gained the reputation and high profile status that in future will make him able to push legislation that will favor Rossum — possibly even able to make a bid for the presidency. Eek.
And despite the best efforts of a whole bunch of people, I think that’s generally what we saw. By denouncing Madeleine Costley as a mental patient and the Dollhouse as a conspiracy of Rossum’s competitors, Perrin becomes the clever investigator who figured things out and Rossum is seen as the victim of slander. Wow.
The peek into Rossum and Dollhouse’s internal politicking is fascinating and a little bit intoxicating with the wide open spaces of what we don’t know: goals, protocols, past relationships. It becomes very clear that there are some serious trust issues within the organization. If Rossum’s Mr. Harding had trusted Adelle with even a portion of the truth, she and the rest of the LA Dolhouse would have left well enough alone. If she had not clashed with Mr. Harding in “Belonging” over Sierra, Adelle might have trusted him and left well enough alone. I love how such a self-contained episode as “Belonging” sets off a big chain of events here.
The effect is to create a tussle between the LA Dollhouse and the Washington, D.C. Dollhouse — the latter still trusts Rossum, the former doesn’t (at least at the moment, and snippets of “Epitaph One” suggest that this trend will continue). The rivalry between the Houses and the immediate antagonism between Adelle and her D.C. counterpart makes me wonder how much of that is corporate culture and how much might be the result of past dealings between the two.
As usual, Echo and Ballard are wild cards. By the end Ballard is entirely AWOL, and Echo’s statement about her bad guys being less bad than Daniel Perrin’s bad guys is as close as she comes to loyalty. After a lot of running around, we leave her wandering the streets of D.C. without her GPS chip. So Adelle thinks Echo can practically handle herself? That went well. As we well know, Sierra and Madeleine are not the only dolls Adelle has a soft spot for.
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