Eight episodes into the season and I finally get what I 'need'; more participation from the other Dolls. To quote Spike from Buffy "Well, come on people. This isn't a spectator sport!". Truly wonderful episode of Dollhouse last night which saw Miss DeWitt with the help of her staff try and solve the problems and glitches that have been occurring in our beloved actives in the previous weeks. Sierra's sadness and fear, Victor's longing for love and Echo's need to save and protect people were surfacing more and more from last week's exposure to the toxin that jolted their memory to whom they were.
The opening of the episode, I must say, caught my attention instantly. I don't know about you other Doll-fans but I always steer away from promos or adverts that give hints to what each episode is about. So to my utter aghast, Paul Ballard opens his apartment door to find Echo/Caroline before him and...ahem....trying to have him. It quickly came apparent that it was a dream sequence. Ah yes, that faithful old writing tool! Though it did show us the inner workings of Paul's mind and what Caroline means to him. Paul saw her dead and because of the sexual nature of the dream, were they former lovers or just someone he desired? All psychology students/professors feel free to answer that at the end of this review.
Back to the 'meat' of this week's episode. Miss DeWitt is fully aware of the problems and she wants it stopped immediately without some long drawn-out process. Clever writing in this week and we, the audience, are to think that everything which happens next is not under her control (until later) so the excitement and gripping of a new Prison Break for Fox is simply delicious.
As I mentioned before, I really hoped from the beginning of the series that it would develop more and more into a 'cast' show and not just have Echo week after week saving the day and the other actives simply playing bit-roles. So when, they wake up from their pods I felt Joss Whedon was uniting the other actives we were slowing learning about straight into the forefront as a group. We are to believe that they have awoken without memory of their active work or their own personal memories, but they still remain their original selves with the same thought processes and instincts that they possessed before becoming actives. The five former Dolls (Echo, Victor, Sierra, Mike and November) all leave their pod room to see the Dollhouse in all its glory and try to blend in to escape. Unfortunately very quickly Mike is found out and taken back for treatment and returned to his Tabula Rasa state.
From what we saw last week, Victor was a soldier and his military skills certainly come out while they engineer the escape. After a quality humorous moment where he has to name the Mets starting line up from 1986 to keep his mind off 'other' things. DeWitt reveals that this is all part of her plan which leads us to believe 'Does she want these four to escape? And for what purpose?'. The episode was completely stolen for me by Sierra and Victor. His memory is still fuzzy but he can remember caring for Sierra and there is some sweet moments between them. I really like the Sierra/Victor story and hope there'll be another twist in the remaining episodes for us.