*Spoiler Included*Dollhouse Review - 1.08 'Needs' Part 1 - Featured


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.


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Apr 6, 2009 8:23PM EDT

In answer to your earlier question about the dream. He did not have previous relationship with echo, the echo has come to personify his frantic search for the dollhouse and has thus become an obsession. Obsessions tend to cross all lines of emotion including sexual. Not that he dosn't desire echo, i mean come on it's eliza dushku she's too HOT. it's just that echo has become the object of his obsession resulting from his search for the dollhouse.

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Apr 7, 2009 3:19AM EDT

Thank you for the pschology answer marathon110, does her being dead in the dream represent anything too?

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Apr 11, 2009 12:45AM EDT

I think her being dead represents part of Paul's idea of what the Dollhouse does to it's dolls. In his mind, when they're wiped, it's like killing them. So maybe part of him thinks that by trying to save Echo and the other dolls, it's like trying to save people who, in their current state, are already dead. Just a thought. (Psych, Phil, Art History, Business quad major...)
I love the way this episode was put together. The fragmented, "what the hell is going on" style keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat. It's the kind of thing that pulls you in so you can really take a break from a hectic week.
I think my heart broke a little bit when the big reveal comes around and you see how the whole thing was controlled from the start. You get that feel anyway because there is no way it could be that easy for them to escape the Dollhouse, but part of me really wanted them to succeed (I know, I know, they can't just yet...) I think when Echo leads them out was the hardest moment for me b/c I want her to succeed and save everyone...I'm sappy like that I guess... I was right there in the conversation between are Ace Handler and the Doc; seeing both sides and not really knowing how to feel about it.
I think that this episode worked double in giving the actives what they wanted and what we wanted to see. Victor and Sierra getting together was great and made me smile more than I was willing to admit. Finding out what November's deal was. Getting a definite answer to what Echo really wants out of this. All totally satisfying the masses...I really don't have much to say about Mike, I think they either just through him in for the episode or we haven't gotten a chance to bond with him...crazy conspiracy theorists :P

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