KT takes a moment to look back.
As you’ve probably noticed, we’re big Dollhouse fans here at Raked, and I’ll be the first to admit that the show has taken up a large enough chunk of real estate in my imagination that it’s easy to forget that the show premiered less than a year ago. Remember this? Aww, how cute and excited we were. And I know I’m waiting with baited breath for tonight’s series finale.
As Dollhouse fans, you could say we’ve had a rocky time of it. Certainly the show hasn’t been perfect, and we’ve met a compelling bunch of character who are leaving all too soon. So before we get our last look at the Dollhouse’s future in “Epitaph Two,” let’s take a moment to look back at our Year of the Dollhouse.
There were moments of glory. Topher’s brand of Joss-speak has been a joy to chuckle over. His awkward romance with Bennett was so sweet and his birthday party with Sierra in “Haunted” was probably the silliest, yet most poignant sequence the series has offered.
Echo was not often a highlight for me in season 1, but I very much enjoyed her in “Spy in the House of Love.” She had developed enough self-awareness to offer her services to Topher, and her investigations as Sherlock Echo were cleverly written. And I’ve just loved Echo since about “Meet Jane Doe” — she’s become deep and soulful as well as badass.
A definite highlight: Enver Gjokaj and his masterful ability to slip in and out of a character. I will definitely be interested in his next projects.
And yet, a person always has some nitpicks. For me, the glimpses of Caroline in season 1 don’t always seem like the same person as the Caroline we seen in season 2. Boyd’s speechifying scene with Adelle, Topher, and Echo in “The Hollow Men,” struck me as… well, hollow. And there’s something distressing about the way the end of season 2 has become a massive effort to prevent “Epitaph One” — to keep the tech from getting out and being abused — when part of the point of the show is that the tech is already being abused right there in the Dollhouse. Adelle’s rationale about helping people is also hollow. Also, despite what I said earlier about Topher’s Joss-speak: “man reaction.” Just not a huge fan of that one.
Lastly (pending, of course, the contents of “Epitaph Two”), there are some things I’ll always wonder:
If everyone in the Dollhouse has compromised morals, what did Adelle do? Or sweet little Ivy?
Who was Whiskey’s original self?
What was the full story on Boyd, really? Season 1 gave us all those “ex-cop” hints, and clearly he’s got the skills (not to mention the resources to cover up Nolan’s murder). But now he founded Rossum in the early ‘90s with Clyde Randolph? Something’s missing from this puzzle.
All that of course only scratches the surface! What are some of your highlights, nitpicks, and burning questions?