*Spoiler Included*Dollhouse Review - 1.08 'Needs' Part 2


As their former characteristics and memories return, Echo, Sierra, Victor and November splinter off after their escape. November's memory leads her back to her child Katie's grave, Sierra goes to confront a man who used her sexually and Victor follows her as he feels affinity with Sierra. Which leaves us with Echo. We know that Caroline was an animal activist who cared about the enslavement of sentient beings and believed people should be free. So, when she sees what the Dollhouse is, she reacts adverse to it in a butt-kicking-gun-wielding superstar. After beating up a handler, cutting the electrical power and holding Topher at gunpoint, Echo demands to Miss DeWitt to know what she is doing in the Dollhouse. She explains in a wonderful way to us and answers the questions regarding the mystery of why people would volunteer to become an active and what happened to Caroline before. It's a classic stand-off which DeWitt tells of how she saves people from their personal pain and that is why people volunteer.


Caroline has had enough of her explanations and gets DeWitt to release all the Dolls. I felt the story taking a little bit of a sharp twist here until she collapses. It was all part of the test. I liked this episode as it explains what the glitches were with the actives. They had inherent needs from their past lives that required closure and by letting them live this out, it fixed the glitch. November needed to grieve for her dead child, Sierra needed to confront a man that hurt her, Victor needed to care for someone and Echo needed to protect and save people. As I mentioned at the start, all of this was coming out in small doses but now they have closure on it, they can let go. I thought this was a very clever story development which made me feel more connected with the actives now and concerned of what will happen in the upcoming episodes. Especially Victor and Sierra.


Well, I'll leave you there for now and feel free to discuss the ending with Paul Ballard. It seems not everything was under DeWitt's control as Caroline got a message out to him. A simple message that was S.O.S.....

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Apr 4, 2009 12:53PM EDT

Great post and I agree with you 100% this ep brought out every thing i love about Josh Whedon's other works has always been the chars development and there story lines

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Apr 4, 2009 5:36PM EDT

For a moment I thought the show was going to die quickly with this episode, but knowing Joss he always have twists in his shows.

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Apr 4, 2009 6:19PM EDT

still my number one show love it and eliza

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Apr 4, 2009 6:36PM EDT

All I could think at the end was "WOW"! Best episode yet , I think. I would have liked to see Sierra do more harm to the guy that got her "dolled". It felt to me like he got off way too easy. And I am sure we will see more about the "mountain house" now that that seed has been planted.

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Apr 4, 2009 11:39PM EDT

OMFG! I thought the episode was brilliant! I agree with purflame...all i could think at the end was wow too! Throughout i was thinking that this is way too soon for this to be happening...A breakout? so early in the game? It just didnt seem right...and when it was all part of a plan to fix the glitches i thought it was fantastic.This show is amazing and i think all the actor and actresses outdid themselves this week. especially eliza and the girl that plays sierra.It definitely made me feel more connected to the characters, understanding a bit more about their pasts and i love the developing relationships between them.Best episode yet...i certainly hope this show contiunes to wow us for a very very long time

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Apr 5, 2009 12:03AM EDT

I personally thought that the breakout of the dolls like that would have ended in a whole mess of badness. Remember Echo in "Gray Hour"? "Shall I go now?" Cue lamb-like trembles. There must be a better way of saving the dolls, so that was a huge indicator the episode wouldn't have ended like that. On another note, I really like the Victor/Sierra storyline also. I wish Victor still somehow managed to "wait" for Sierra to check up on her. I can't wait to see what next week brings, and hope it'll include more of the other actives, not just Echo.

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Apr 5, 2009 2:51AM EDT

I loved this ep too - fantastic! I agree with purlfame that the 'mountain' references have me wondering... funny hummer should comment on 'Gray Hour' - I'm sure Echo looked at a painting of a mountain and sky in that ep and said "when I'm there, I have a different name"... keep it coming!

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Apr 5, 2009 3:06AM EDT

The show just keeps getting better and better...

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Apr 6, 2009 2:07PM EDT

Great episode, if a little sad at the end there.

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