"Spy in the House of Love", Grade: B

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.

Comments

4 comments

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Apr 14, 2009 7:09PM EDT

Wow, great review. I agree with you about missing the Topher/handler moment, as well as most of your comments, especially about Ms. DeWitt's character growth.I think that making Echo's handler be the new head of security was a good move. I hope her new handler has an interesting storyline.Dollhouse is doing a fantastic job layering the doll's capabilties. I liked the reveal last episode that Victor waited until Sierra had gotten into her pod to make sure she was okay before he went to bed, and Echo is showing exponential growth in retaining memories and abilties from her field work.I also agree about the Paul/Mellie storyling fizzling.I will definitely be tuning in next week.

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Apr 15, 2009 2:19AM EDT

DeWitt: "I'm sure they've asked me to come in to tell me what a crackerjack operation I'm running here. Perhaps there'll be cake."
Classic!

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Apr 15, 2009 8:04AM EDT

Cherub: LMFAO! I love cake! And I love that line.
Cloudy: I'm actually a bit intrigued by Echo's handler getting the job, but what the hell!? I can't remember his name for some reason. It seems like he's been used as a throwaway or time filler for the last three episodes.

Picture?type=square&height=200&width=200
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Apr 24, 2009 1:39AM EDT

takakupo--I dunno about the handler assessment. (I can't remember his name either right now) I think while he was in the background, there was this anxiety over the new job. He's grown attached to Echo and he's done an excellent job in protecting her and being able to work with her uniqueness. So there's this sense that no matter who's her new handler, they're not going to be up to the job and this might put her in perpetual danger. I don't know if I was the only to pick up on that, but I definitely felt that.
DeWitt was fantastic and this gives me a new love for her as my new favorite tv HBIC.
While Paul was looking crazy and stockerish, I definitely felt his sense of loss and pain when he found out Mellie was a doll. She didn't do much for me, but I think he was believable.
I was rooting for Echo during Dominic's fall from grace. Someone needed to kick that man's ass.

Want to comment on this? First, you must log in to your SideReel account!