It's The Middleman vs. Echo on Dollhouse
by Mike Moody, posted Feb 16th 2009 3:08PM
I first noticed actor Matt Keeslar in Whit Stillman's 1998 comedy The Last Days of Disco. In that film, Keelsar played a squeaky-clean FBI agent who stood out like a sore thumb among all the coked-up club owners and yuppie partygoers on the screen. His straight man-routine -- and his hilarious dissection of Lady and the Tramp -- is unforgettable, and it's one of the best things about the film. I'm sure that performance helped him land the title role in The Middleman.
Keeslar played the milk drinking, law quoting, straighter-than-straight Middleman to perfection for one season before ABC Family apparently pulled the plug on the show. He's returning to TV this week, but it looks like he's trading the milk for something a little harder. Keesler will guest star on this Friday's episode of Dollhouse as an extreme hunter who likes to hear his targets scream. His latest target, of course, is Echo, played by Eliza Dushku. The first line of Fox's episode description makes this one sound like a Jean-Claude Van Damme flick:
"In "The Target", Echo is imprinted to be the female counterpart to an avid outdoorsman and quickly learns how the hunter becomes the hunted during her wilderness adventure. Agent Ballard receives a clue to Echo's real identity, encouraging him to continue his investigation, while flashbacks reveal the tragic events at the Dollhouse that led to Boyd's arrival and Dr. Saunders' scars."
I don't think I'd bee too excited about this episode If Keeslar wasn't guest starring. Like a lot of folks, I was pretty underwhelmed by the Dollhouse premiere, and watching a TV retread of Human Target doesn't sound all that appealing. I was hoping Keeslar would be playing the "Rogue Active," mentioned in the latest promo, but no such luck. Still, I'm trying to keep an open mind about this show. I have faith that Fox will let it find its groove, and I'm sure Joss Whedon and crew will deliver the goods soon, right? Right?
As for Keeslar, here's hoping his Dollhouse baddie has some of the Middleman's delightful squareness in him, even if it's just a screen to hide his inner killer. Check out some stills from the episode.