Monday, April 06, 2009
This episode's joke is brought to you by caffeine and the glee of knowing SHARDS waits in my agent's inbox.
Ok, it's about to degrade into mythos/endgame ponderings...
1) How can you not love an organization that stages an escape to test their employees? The House thrives on its god complex.
2) Yet another example of how this show is fueled by the duplicity of characters—and there being more beneath the surface of what we're shown. This is why I keep insisting we are headed for serious mindf***ery as the season ends. You don't write this kind of a show and not go for the brain-stabby twist.
3) Dr. Fred's cleverness places her as sneaky spy suspect #1. Sneaky spy suspect #2 is still Ivy, Topher's assistant. (On the TV basis of why did you mention a character by name who's only on screen twice for no apparent plot reason?)
4) So Escape From the Dollhouse isn't our endgame. I say this because it seems contradictory of the show to claim it has given the characters (and us) closure only to re-open the possibility of escape. Then again, if you wipe the memories of the characters, can they really have closure? Or are we getting into one of those CLAMP-esque "the body remembers what the mind cannot" themes?
5) For the fun of "Topher's a Spy!"—we agreed didn't work, but it's still interesting to explore—I pose a question: Topher knew this was all a test, but was the gun that Echo carried actually loaded? I ask to determine how good of an actor Topher is. If he wasn't in danger, then there's a higher possibility he could be the spy.
Remember: the preview shows the spy chip thingie is found in his equipment. (Cuz Ivy put it there, no doubt.)
6) Dr. Fred said, "I'm not your friend in here." Where are you Echo's friend? Tell us!
7) Why was the file on FBI Paul in Dr. Fred's office and not Adele's? Was it planted there, or is there another reason that the caretaker of the doll's health has a file that it seems more logical to store with the caretaker of the Dollhouse's health?
7.5) If the file is planted, please tell me, what does the Dollhouse gain from further engaging Paul? What have they gained from survalliance and engagment of him in the first place? Previous to being shot, what was the motivation that kept him investigating the dollhouse when the first thing we see is his superiors telling him to back off?
8) Is Paul on the fast-track for recruitment... or he is a doll already? After all, how much do we know about him beyond his relationship with Mellie and his job? Have we seen any photos of family? Met friends? For a secondary protagonist, his personal life is suspiciously sparse.
9) Topher had a glow pen. Glow pens are way more awesome than flashlights.
8) I love Victor more and more with each episode.