Alrighty then. We're now three episodes in and the plot is moving along nicely as we dig deeper into the mysterious Dollhouse. In the opening Echo and Sierra are in their child-like states in the gym and there is a nice little bond of friendship between them and declare that friends look out for each other. Awwww, how sweet. It was an excellent lead for the episodes as what I wished for was happening. We are going to have more interaction from the other Dolls (actives, sorry).
What I failed to feel was any empathy for Echo's assignment this week. She is hired to protect a Diva called Rayna as she apparently has been targeted by an obsessed fan who wants to kill her. Quite shades of the movie The Bodyguard but the good old Dollhouse actives don't know they are bodyguards. Yes, both Echo and Sierra are hired for this one. Echo's personality is about being hired as a backing singer who subconsciously will protect Rayna against threats. Sierra' assignment is a little more tricky as she has been told to divert attention from the assassin away from Rayna and to herself.
I really liked Sierra's acting in this. We've seen her before sporting some lovely shotgun action in the pilot, but here she plays Rayna's biggest fan who is a meek little shy girl called Audra. So far I have really yet to see Echo play anyone too different, I got a sense of Tru Calling last night when I saw Eliza Dushku running around trying to save the day again!
The plot was rather strange in that the Diva had made a deal to die by the hands of her crazed fan, but then changes her mind when she is prevented from dying on stage in the limelight. Echo still takes out the bad guy but in a very unconventional way......by putting Rayna in extreme with her would-be killer. I think really what we have got from this episode is that Echo still remembered her friend Sierra and made it a priority to rescue her after she is kidnapped. It was strange though that Sierra wasn't given any fighting skills and became just bait for the killer so I can truly understand why her handler got a bit angry. He believes that Echo is heading down the same road as Alpha in that she uses extreme methods and could be a wild card if she keeps remembering her missions. At the end i got a feeling that Echo remembered the mission and shook her head to Sierra to not show that they are friends in front of Sierra's handler.
Elsewhere there was a nice little twist as well. Agent Ballard's investigation doesn't go down too well as we find out that his Russian lead is actually Victor, a male active who misguides him into a set up. It is good to know that the Dollhouse are aware of someone on their case but after Ballard is shot and not killed, I'm pretty sure he will become more dedicated to find them. 'This time, it's personal' as the movie cliche goes.
All in all it was a pretty good episode but I preferred the stuff with Alpha last week which really made the show give me goosebumps. I really don't want it to be just Echo saving the day every week but have them develop these characters and the history of the Dollhouse further. But, give it time, it is still is only the third episode.