Episode 1.0 Spy in the Love House

Dollhouse rocks. It's a fast-paced mix of intrigue, emotion and action.


The way this episode was laid out was fantastic. It sort of broke up the time line. Instead of a steady chronological showing with each character's plot interjecting in turns, this episode chose to follow each character's "side" of the events. So we got to go back in time to explain what was happening for each person. The cherry on top was that the episode showed the discovered spy being programmed for the attic and then waited until the end before revealing who it actually was.


It was an old trick but a good one.


This episode was great. It's clear that the "Dolls" are really talented actors. They really can sell the personalities. The accents are pretty damn good. In the beginning, I had wondered why the producers chose such unconventional-looking side actors. I guess they must have been really impressed with "Victor" and "Sierra." Plus Topher has regained some acting chops as he wasn't the least bit annoying in this episode.


I think the revelations in this episode were just thrilling too. When Ballard realized that his girlfriend was actually a sleeper agent! So emotional especially when he realized he'd have to pretend to feel for someone who he already did (and keep using a victim of a system he is trying to bring down). Also when we got to see DeWitt's LonelyHeart story arc, I was so surprised to see her let out her conscious and then push it away even harder. The most chilling and awesome moments I have to give to the Head of Security, Dominic. His little speeches to DeWitt and Echo were really revealing. Plus the part where he had to get zapped for the attic...ouch.


There were too many good moments.

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Apr 11, 2009 8:34AM EDT

Tottally agree! I kindave like the head of security. Anyway ive noticed the fight scenes in this are so diffrent than buffy and angel! In buff and angel it was more organised and superhuman in this its more like brawling. You know?

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Apr 11, 2009 12:02PM EDT

Nice review, rosaleen!I have to say...I had my doubts, but this show is now consistently entertaining me.In terms of the structure, if any of you watched Firefly, this reminds me of the "Out of Gas" episode. Joss Whedon is so good at that backwards-episode sort of structure!Loved that we finally found out exactly what being sent to the Attic meant (it was a little vague before).Also...who found themselves not rooting for Dominic as he was fighting Echo/getting captured?! Honestly, until they were pulling him away and frying his brain, I was like "get him!"...and then I realized...we should be rooting for him!..he's the NSA!

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Apr 11, 2009 3:42PM EDT

He's the NSA, but his job was to keep the dollhouse up and running.

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Apr 11, 2009 6:41PM EDT

I didn't understand that at all. Keep it running...by sticking little like help crys in the dolls like echo and novmeber...or was that not him? Pssh, he was probably working for Alpha and that Doctor too...
Sidenote: DeWitt has an ugly cry. I couldn't help but laugh.

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Apr 12, 2009 11:52AM EDT

While Dominic was part of the NSA and may have personally not cared for the Dollhouse operation, but he still worked to keep people like Ballard from uncovering the Dollhouse (remember, there is still a spy at large within the Dollhouse and it is this person who is imprinting the secret messages to Ballard within the dolls). The whole situation is messed up in the fact that we wanted to see him brought to justice, but for the sake of the Dollhouse's secrecy he probably should have been left in tact, AND we (at least I) continually want what's best for the Dollhouse even though we shouldn't as it is an illegal and dangerous operation.
Now that Dominic is in the Attic, it should be interesting to see what Ballard can do. Although it will be tough as he can't openly confide in Mellie anymore and will have to keep his work secret from her. Plus, now he knows she is a doll but he will still have to maintain his relationship with her as if nothing were wrong.
Wow, I love this show! :)

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Apr 12, 2009 5:43PM EDT

love the show dont get it but hey its got hor chicks in it oh and they finally got rid of dominic never liked him can we see him get his brain fried in the attic

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Apr 13, 2009 10:42AM EDT

You know, I don't care that Dominic was kind of a good guy. I wanted to see him go down and hard. Part of me wanted to scream out "kick his ass!" when he and Echo were fighting. I love how his job was to keep the Dollhouse running to keep the technology out of the hands of the government; which the NSA believed would exploit the technology and use it in far worse ways....
I think that the idea that the government could turn into the bad guy b/c of abuse of doll technology effects how I want things to play out. At first I wanted there to be this big expose of the Dollhouse as part of it's take down, but I now that I see Dominic's point, I think the only option would be to destroy the technology and pull a silent take down. All the while, the Dollhouse would remain an urban legend and the technology would forever stay out of the wrong hands (that means everyone in this case).
I agree with the love how this episode was shot. I've mentioned before how the cut and paste to the big reveal is one of my favorite TV/Movie tricks. It also gave the episode the spy feel that it needed. Also a sense of Ocean's 11 :)
I think that the actors they choose to play Victor and Sierra go in line with the fantasy aspect of the Dollhouse. The idea that the customers want dolls that are more exotic and unique; making their experiences even more unique.

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Apr 13, 2009 1:12PM EDT

also blew my mind how joss whedon slightly makes us cheer for the dollhouse. also it did blew my mind see dewitt crying, so yeah the spy still in the dollhouse.
i personally wanna see topher fear of a cheerleader that knows kung fu

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