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Review: Dollhouse - Stop-Loss

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 19th 2009 2:05AM
Dollhouse(S02E09) Adelle has really begun her descent into Hell, hasn't she? I haven't seen a turn this bad since Angel lost his soul in Buffy Season 2. I wonder if she feels a twinge of jealousy that Sierra has won "Roger."

Enver Gjokaj should get his own show. Simply his "goodbye" to Sierra when he was about to be released had me in stitches. At the same time, it somewhat broke my heart when Sierra sat at the dinner table waiting for Victor to join her.

Admittedly, the show wasn't clear on the exact circumstances that brought Sergeant Anthony Ceccoli to the Dollhouse. Near as I can tell, he was a soldier in either Iraq or Afghanistan (or both) and he joined the Dollhouse to escape the war. He obviously underwent shellshock or some such trauma. Did he go AWOL? Usually when people join the Dollhouse they're running from something. The exception to this is Priya who was the victim of a scumbag who couldn't take "no" for an answer.

Obviously, a cliche' "evil" corporation like Rossum would have many fires burning in the application of the imprinting technology. Soldiers seemed like the obvious first application. It would be incredibly easy to find ex-Actives, too, since they pretty much provide their residence and all their funds upon completion as an Active. How come there are never any good faceless corporations in science fiction?

Does Scytheon mean anything or is it simply a variation of the word scythe? That of itself seems appropriate since Rossum is using the technology to reap souls.

Topher made so much effort to stand in the correct place when Anthony returned and forgot that he had a new assistant. The best laid plans...

Actually, there are more Buffy analogies that could be given to the show. Echo is the capable female superhero while Victor, Sierra, Topher and Langton are the new Scooby Gang. Topher could be Willow (insert joke here) while Langton is the Giles role (or perhaps Adelle could be, if she weren't evil).

They just imprinted the crap out of Echo, didn't they? It's amazing she doesn't go completely bat-guano insane. To quote the Riddler in Batman Forever, "If knowledge is power, then a God am I." I think they imprinted her with their entire library.

Did anybody else notice that we know all the real names now? Victor's was the last main character whose true nomenclature was hidden (well, unless you count Whiskey from last season).

You just knew that Sierra and Victor wouldn't escape. If they escaped, the series would be over, and we still have four episodes to go as of this one.

Now they're all in the Attic, which apparently involves being dipped in liquid jell-o and shrink-wrapped. Why not just put them in a vending machine while they're at it?

The episodes continue to get better (even if tonight's episode is beaten in the ratings by Frosty). Whedon and company have this incredible skill of creating an ensemble dramedy while still highlighting the lead, whomever he or she is.

[Watch clips and episodes of Dollhouse at SlashControl.]

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ryan

"Enver Gjokaj should get his own show."

Truer words have never been spoken. I hope he plays the central role in whatever Joss cooks up post-Dollhouse.

December 19 2009 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The1337

I thought the episode was too focused on fun, fast action and could have spent more time developing Victor/Anthony. Compared to the episodes of the past few weeks, I think it was one of the weakest ones, but it was a decent episode in context of the whole series.

Review of the episode on my blog.
http://th3tvobsessed.blogspot.com/2009/12/review-dollhouse-season-2-episode-9.html

December 19 2009 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nancy

Victor was in Afghanistan. Enver mentioned it himself in an interview. Liked this, but thought the episode afterwards was better.
We've met Kilo, but don't know her story at all. Hopefully, it will show up in the last few episodes.

December 19 2009 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy

To answer your question about "good" faceless corporations in scifi, there aren't any because there aren't any in the real world either. They have gotten Congress to pass laws that allow the shareholders to sue the corporation for not making as much money as it possibly can. So, any company that tried to pay its workers better than market wages, or to keep the environment around their plants cleaner than is required by law, or to make their products safer than is required by law can have a due diligence suit filed against them by the stockholders. Therefore, they don't do any of these good things, and instead pursue greed at any cost as the law requires them to do.

December 19 2009 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
heyroll

Nice little shoutout to Angel in this episode..."Victor" got put up at the Hyperion Hotel!

December 19 2009 at 4:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

The Network feed was messed up for this show. So It was unwatchable. Anybody have this problem?

December 19 2009 at 3:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ricky19

nope not this week, but last week my show would freeze every once and a while and it pissed me off.

December 19 2009 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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