I enjoyed this episode more than I enjoyed episode six. But there's a reason that this episode still gets a B instead of a B+ or an A- and that lies within the realms of the choppy acting that we get week from week depending on which actor is being counted on to deliver. It's a bit obvious that the young lady playing November is having trouble committing to her role. Perhaps she isn't used to being a badass in a human shell. Can't say I blame her, but her non-existent tears bother me less than her level of believability. Next to her, Eliza's acting is just inconsistent. This week, she was everything from a dominatrix to doll to a spy hunter. I loved her this go around. She wasn't as good as she was when she went on her crusade as a blind woman on a pilgrimage, but she definitely came back to her upper echelon of acting chops.
Sierra, A-: Loved the costume she jumped in and out of. Her scenes seemed like an homage to Alias or a classier wonder woman. The asian woman she drugged with her syringe/pen was kinda clueless and looks like she gets mugged often or something.
Victor, B: Loved his story in this one. I liked the fact that he got involved with Dewitt via Doll blazing and still reminded her of her past honey whoever it may be, if it is anyone at all.
Mrs. Dewitt, A+: Her charm in this episode just skyrocketed and I appreciate every scene she held. She was a great fencer and it seems like something she may have to do in later episodes (here's to hoping). Her emotional range was also something I didn't expect the writers to give her this go around. I'm glad we got a chance to see her feign lack of remorse and feel remorse in the scene with Victor. It was charming. Didn't expect her to be so needy, but her command is definitely solidified with this episode. "Did you expect me to show you mercy? Or better yet, Anger?" She is definitely someone I want to root for. She's slowly becoming my favorite character.
November, C-: A plus sized girl is finally getting some spotlight. It's about time someone took the reigns aside from Patricia Arquette (who suffers from the same delusional tears file lately). What I love the most about November is they introduced her doll as a commando killer. Her Mellie is only half annoying, but her big reveal to Paul was lacking.
Paul, D-: Talk about a step down. They're turning him into a psycho stalker. For one thing, they took away his hotness this episode (Shave you poreless monster!). For another, they're trying to make us believe that he's just going to go crazy under all this pressure? Please. Next!
Echo, A: Loved her this time. Her little lash to Victor's handler was cute. Her fight with Dominic was believable. I liked everything about Echo this go around. Especially the fact that her character keeps expanding and her doll form is becoming more inquisitive and free will like :]
Topher and Ivy, B+: These two make a cute team. But did I miss something when Topher ran to Echo's handler and asked him if he wanted to leave? Something I need to watch again. It seems there's a little rivalry going on between this duo, but I'm enjoying it thoroughly.
Dominic, B: Got his ass handed to him. Loved his sinister patronization of Echo and the dollhouse at the end. It was exciting.
All in all, this episode was charming. I think the best thing about it is that it's starting to establish the dollhouse as a good entity while not yet revealing the bad guy. With Dewitts line, "And what about the people we've helped? How would they feel about that?" I seriously thought she was going to slit his throat which would have also been awesome, but witty dialogue is always welcome.