Saturday, December 5, 2009

Review - Dollhouse Season 2 Episode 6 The Left Hand

The second episode was a step up from the already great first episode. It was a fantastic episode, with great acting, and superb writing. In terms of story, I think this episode may be the strongest yet.

It was a bit like East Coast vs. West Coast with the D.C. dollhouse and L.A. dollhouse doing all these things behind the scenes. There were fascinating scenes between Lipman, the D.C. dollhouse guy, played by the always wonderful Ray Wise, and DeWitt. They try to gain control over each other, until Adelle quite literally takes it to his balls.

In the end, Rossum succeeds in their goal. Perrin uses his wife's death to put the blame on a conglomerate supposedly conspiring against Rossum. Now Rossum is the victim and can gain even more power.

Summer Glau's character Bennett has a huge problem with Echo/Caroline and is duty bound to mess her up, first torturing her, and then letting her and Perrin run off. We learn that her arm is dead because Caroline left her pinned under rubble a long time ago. Hopefully we'll learn more about this, and get more of an explanation.

The relationship between Bennett and Topher is interesting. Clearly they have a crush on the other but, their other obligations -- Bennett to kill Echo, and Topher is steal data -- dashes any chance they have. They are loyal people that follow a set path, and relationships aren't at the top of their priorities.

Enver Gjokaj. Need I say more? I don't know how it is possible for anyone who watched last night's episodes not to have cracked a smile at Victor as Topher. At first, it sounded to close to Fran Kranz that I had to look closely to make sure it wasn't a voice over. The voice and gestures were so close, and maybe a bit over the top, but that only added to the fun.

There are now only 7 episodes left and I hope there can be a satisfying resolution. Echo is still wandering around out there, and Ballard is still missing for some random reason (it like a financial issue). With Echo interacting with real people without handlers carefully watching her, she may learn more about herself, and if an active is a real person.

Score: 9.5/10

1 comments:

sam said...

Summer Glau was great!

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