Dollhouse1.3: "Stage Frighte- So once again the day is saved by..Dollhouse girls!

Suicidal popstar, crazy obsessed fan and Echos combat and psychological reasoning skills to the rescue.

For me this episode was really confusing cause I couldnt relate to Diva great problem -she didnt make any sense. First, she wants a beautiful death on stage so people would remember her till the end of their lifes. However, when she is given an opportunity to die like a real heroine saving her Nr 1 fan,a.k.a. Sierra, she suddenly chickens out. So was this all I want to be free talk just a cry for attention? Totally emo.

Anyway, Echos (Jeremys) sollution to the problem was perfect, at least for some time this annoying singer wont try anything stupid, selfish and dangerous.

Second thing I didnt really get - why was Sierra even brought into the operation, not that she was a great help. Did the writers just feel guilty about underusing her character?

Things that I found interesting - Lubov turns out to be an active named Victor -so it means that he is programmed to mess the investigation on Dollhouse conducted by that persistent policeman. This would however be much more intriguing if that detective wasnt such a moron and thought over at least 7 times before he went alone into some suspicious basement. I totally agreed with that russian guy who called agent Ballard an idiot.Did he really think he find the stock of doll-actives in some mauldy basement??? Unbelievebly naive.

I also liked the ending scene when Sierra smiled to Echo, but Echo shook her head signaling that its better not to communicate with each other while the watcher and that angry guy Laurence Dominic (he really needs to chill) are watching. Does it mean that both girls are developing a personality, which is something combined from memory bits which are not thoroughly wiped? Or are that their real personalities waking up? Quite a mystery, dont you agree?

Honestly, I liked previous episode(The.Target) much better - it provided much more suspense and creadability. Still, I'm waiting eagerly for the next episode, and I'm not gonna give up on these series- In Joss Whedon we trust^_^

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Mar 1, 2009 2:04PM EST

yea it seems like she's retaining bits and pieces of personalities/memories. i cant wait to see the "attic."

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Mar 1, 2009 3:53PM EST

As far as the pop star, she was actually depressed and thought she wanted to die. But thinking you do and really wanting to make a big difference. Most people who kill themselves change their minds after doing something they can't take back, like taking too many pills or slitting their wrists. In the case of people shooting themselves, they don't get the chance to realize this isnt what they want. Rayna was lucky enough to be faced with her own death and realize that she wouldn't actually be better off dead. It wasn't about attention...mostly.
Sierra was there for a couple reasons. One, she was programmed as backup. If something had gone down and it looked like someone was going to attack Rayna, Sierra, whom they told us was cleared for "high risk" engagements, would have (as Audra) literally jumped in front of a bullet to save Rayna. Echo was just supposed to protect her and (as Jordan) be street smart enough to know that something was shady so she could bring it to the boss' attention. Sierra (as Audra) was supposed to be Rayna's number one fan. That's what they meant when they said that the last Sierra "got the job done". She made sure the mission was completed, even though she died.The otehr reason she was around is because the overall story of Echo and Sierra is that the two of them, and Victor, are becoming friends. It's a problem for the Dollhouse if Echo becomes more than she's supposed to be. And even more of a problem if she inspires others to do the same. Topher messed up when he told Echo that Sierra was going to be her new friends, because she took that to heart. When they're in the Dollhouse, the actives are children. And children learn and grow. The person they are when they're not on missions isn't reset to nothing every time. It's more like they pull the imprint of who they were before the mission, save it, and replace it after the mission is over. A lot of the problems come from Topher having to much faith in his abilities. He believes that the actives are less than people and that his skills and system are infallible. He doesn't get that you can't actually wipe all the information from a brain. It's like emptying the Recycle Bin on your computer, but not reformatting the hard drive. There's always something there and over time, the brain, which always tries to connect and repair things anyway, will start to put things together.
When Jordan still felt the overwhelming need to help solve this problem, part of it was that she was programmed to save Rayna, but part of it was Echo coming out and feeling the need to save Sierra, because as much as they can be, they're best friends.
And yes, someone at the Dollhouse is messing with the FBI agent. There are also apparently some other factions within the Dollhouse that have other plans than the ones we know of. They're setting up a lot of drama and conflict and because it's Joss, they're going to take this all the last place we could ever expect. God, I hope this doesn't get canceled.

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Mar 1, 2009 6:24PM EST

nicely put

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Mar 2, 2009 2:20AM EST

I agree with T_andrews. The pop star's reaction made total sense to me, because it's a huge leap from the concept of dying to staring death right in the face. I've known people who attempted suicide only to call for help a minute later because they got smacked with the reality of it and realized they didn't really want to die.

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Mar 2, 2009 2:45AM EST

what i don't get is, how come the cop can't just 'pretend' to be a customer?? i mean even if he dollhouse ppl already know about him, why can't the cop just HIRE someone to work for him n pose as the customer?? there's a huge hole that that isn't being explained...like is the cop really that stupid?

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Mar 2, 2009 6:03AM EST

I think you have raised some interesting points ketrikken, which T_Andrews explained very well. If I were Ballard, I may have presumed that the ruined old building was a facade, and the real Dollhouse was underneath the building or something like that. However I see your point, it does seem very naive for such a savvy cop like Ballard. I liked the twist with Victor being a doll, I think they could have held off in revealing that but hey who am I to judge the great Joss Whedon!
I imagine posing as a customer is not that easy as they said in Target that they do extensive background checks. However, they can clearly be fooled-as Target demonstrated.
I loved the scene where Echo passes Sierra! I think they are retaining some of the memory, because in the scene where Echo rescues Sierra she says 'friends help eachother out' which was (pardon the pun) an echo of a line in the scene at the Dollhouse gym earlier.
So Alpha used to be the best Active in the Dollhouse before he went Awol. Thats pretty interesting, and I guess would explain why the watcher is so cautious about Echo demonstrating independent thought.
All in all I think the season is off to a good start, and think that the best is yet to come.
Not to go off seriously off topic, but I heard a rumour that Joss Whedon is casting a familiar face from another show as Alpha? Any ideas as to who that might be?

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Mar 3, 2009 4:20AM EST

Each engagement costs the client a couple million dollars... There is no way that Agent Ballard could afford that, and even less chance of him getting any funding for it as well. On top of that, he would still have to find out how to hire an active... Which is his problem in the first place. You have to be really, really, really rich to have any chance of meeting the correct people who know about Dollhouse. Plus they'd check all the background of the guy Ballard hired and never work with him. They talked about how meticulous their checks are in Target.

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Mar 3, 2009 7:34PM EST

I heard somewhere that they were going to cast Alan Tudyk (Wash, from firefly) as Alpha, but (as much as I like him as an actor) that really doesn't make sense to me.

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Mar 3, 2009 7:54PM EST

yeah but in Target also, they also said that the guy who 'rented' out Echo, his background was forged. as in it was made up. i just think somehow the cop could've used that as well to weasle his way into meeting those ppl who know about Dollhouse. or maybe even having the cop somehow following Victor back to the Dollhouse.....or something to that effect u know?

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Mar 3, 2009 11:58PM EST

I agree with vcw86- there is actually quite a good chance to fool the "dollhouse". And by the way, doesn't FBI have connections with some decent rich people, who can pretend they are clients and thus give Ballard all the information he is seeking for?One more thing -maybe someone can explain- why did agent decide that Lubov is connected to Dollhouse?

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Mar 4, 2009 11:04AM EST

i had assumed that alpha had forged the background in Target. If that's the case, then he would knew how the dollhouse works and what they would be checking, whereas Agent Ballard would not. I would also assume that the dollhouse has bought itself some friends in high places (i.e. law enforcement officials).

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