TV Review: Dollhouse – Echoes


Dollhouse, Fox, Airs Friday 9/8c

Episode: “Echoes” (Season 1, Episode 7)

Synopsis: When a memory super-drug is released into the general population of a university, an army of dolls is sent in to contain its spread and solve the mystery of its release. Meanwhile, Echo’s routine engagement with a familiar face is rudely interrupted when a television bulletin causes memories from Caroline’s life to surface.

Review: Whilst not quite as good as last week, purely because the standard is now so much higher, this week’s episode definitely keeps the bar high and continues to prove that it deserves to be saved from the chopping block. This week sees memories from Echo’s supposedly lost life as Caroline begin to emerge, proving that her life before the Dollhouse isn’t completely lost, just locked away behind man-made memory blocks.

Unfortunately for Sierra, this also holds true for the memories of her rapes, memories which were difficult to watch her reliving. Chalk one up for the acting of Dichen Lachman here, she went from confident CDC agent to traumatized victim in the blink of an eye and very convincingly. In fact, all the dolls gave strong performances when showing their trauma, from Victor glitching back to his war torn memories to November reliving one of Mellie’s memories.

Ah, Mellie. You’re far more interesting now that you’re a doll and not just a needy neighbor, but just as you get interesting, you leave. Hopefully you’ll return, though in the mean time we’ll keep an eye out for this Debbie person, as she’s bound to be a doll too. Could this be the start of a weird and wonderful love triangle? Happily, we were kept out of Mellie and Agent Ballard’s romantic side of things this week, and it sounds like this will be the case for another couple of episodes. Huzzah! Now he can get back to mooning over Caroline and trying to work the case without FBI backup.

We finally got to see more of Caroline than a video yearbook piece and her induction into the Dollhouse, and it appears that there’s still more to come. Where did she go after she disappeared from the hospital room? Was that directly after her boyfriend/husband died? It looked as though she was physically fine but mentally a wreck, which appears to be the Dollhouse’s perfect candidate. That and having a killer body, of course. There’s a lot of mystery still remaining in Caroline’s life, not least of which is why Ms. DeWitt has such a strong attachment to her. Even before she was brought into the Dollhouse, DeWitt seemed to know Caroline and her likely actions, so what’s the tie there?

Speaking of DeWitt, her scenes with Topher this week were fantastic, a great bright point to lessen the tension. It was refreshing to see her be let out of the prim and proper British character and into that of a whimsical (and comical) child. She has not only a sense of humor, but a sense of self-ridicule! Also, after weeks of disliking Topher or being on the fence about him, he’s finally won me over. I didn’t really need to see his briefs, though. The sequences shared by he and DeWitt are among the funniest so far on Dollhouse, so I hope that we get the chance to see more of that side again soon.

One last thing, after such a strong episode last week, how on earth did this week’s Nielsen ratings slip back downwards?! Dollhouse lost 250,000 audience members and 2 tenths of a point in the 18-49 market share. Maybe DVR numbers will bump this up, but c’mon people! You saw a killer episode last week and you don’t tune back in? Words fail me. Hell, Sarah Connor Chronicles retains its audience. Here’s hoping that we do better next time around.

Up Next Week: “Needs” – After the events of “Echoes”, the dolls awaken back in the Dollhouse with memories they shouldn’t possess.

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