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Dollhouse 1.4 "Gray Hour"

Gray-Hour.jpgI'm not sure I see the need to hire an active to be a midwife - would a real one be much cheaper? Perhaps the parents are friends or family of an employee at the Dollhouse and they received the "Friends and Family" discount.

Echo and Sierra and Victor (or whatever his "in"active name is) happen to sit together during their meal - again, Topher points out. Even with their memories wiped, something instinctual puts them together.

Adelle assures an unknown caller that they will get down to the matter of Agent Ballard.

Next we see Echo on her next mission as Taffy - who is working her Pretty Woman vibe "I got a runner in my pantyhose!" The hotel concierge asks them to move the party upstairs. She goes upstairs but her john has smacked her around some. The same concierge takes her to the back office and offers her hush money. She refuses to take it, but then thinks again. She ends up knocking the guy out. She's in. Turns out she's not pretending to be a 'ho, but instead a slick cat burglar. Not sure I get the "blue skies" comment she keeps making, but maybe it's part of Taffy's persona.

She and her cohorts break into a vault for an art heist. One of the guys takes one of the antiques and busts out of the vault, locking Taffy and two others in the vault. Taffy calls Boyd for backup but some static over the phone wipes her mind, resetting her persona. She's little orphan Annie now, all lost and confused.

Topher is flipping out, he can't understand how the impossible just happened. To counteract the problem, they put Sierra in with the same persona as Echo - so they know what Taffy would be thinking in this situation. Taffy Squared tries to help Echo escape from the vault but Echo can't get the job done.

Dominic tells Adelle that he'll let Boyd know he might have to neutralize her but Adelle tells him to get two other agents ready to do the job.

One of the thieves turns on Echo, but she attacks him. Boyd comes to the rescue as she helps the other injured thief out.

Meanwhile, Agent Ballard is on medical leave, it looks like, a fresh new prescription of Percocet from CVS by his side. Victor sneaks into Ballard's apartment. He wants to go into witness protection. Ballard grills him about Echo/Caroline. We learned Ballard lives in West Hollywood and has pretty much put an APB on Victor so he can't leave town (not that he would anyway since his refuge is the Dollhouse.)

Topher re-wipes Echo's mind. Adele gives him higher security clearance to deal with Alpha. Turns out he's the one who most likely reset Echo.


I'm thinking Topher's mad skillz isn't so mad. Someone was able to reset Echo remotely and the actives are retaining memories, instinctual or not. Clearly, he did not road test his software!

So far, not too impressed.

What did you think?

-- K. L. Connie Wang

Posted by Connie on March 9, 2009 10:51 PM
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All and all I think it's a descent show with some potential. I wouldn't rate it up with Chuck and Sarah Connor but at this point I think it is just under the Heroes level. It has a vibe that a lot of the older sci-fi/fantasy shows had. I will say that I like it better than Fringe which I do not even watch any more. Episode 1.2 has been the best imo.

As for this episode, I thought it was pretty good. There were a few things I didn't understand like the mid-wife active and the Blue-Sky comment but as you say they may have just been using that as a way to show Taffy's persona. I did like the fact that in the same episode they showed two actives with the same persona, that was neat and I enjoyed the acting on Fran Kranz's (Sierra) part. In my opinion she is the best actor/actress on the show.

I have hopes for this show for some reason. Maybe it's because I've always like Eliza Dushku. At this point my biggest hope is that they do not rush the Alpha plotline. My thoughts is he is much like the Smoking Man from X-files, always there.

-- Posted by: Lance at March 10, 2009 8:37 AM

I'm with Lance on this one...watching Eliza is always a pleasure.

I have two observations on the show:

(1) Topher is the weakest character on the show. I am not buying into him...and he needs a twist (or be killed off) soon. Move Amy Acker into the main scientist role.

(2) If Joss follows the formula, we are only seeing the 'little bad' right now (which is presumably Alpha). The big bad should be revealed later in the season.

Oh....and "Blue Skies" is basically the same as "Shoulder to the Wheel" from an earlier episode. They need a tagline so that you can recall the old persona when they come up in her fused together memories later in the series. (At least, that is my theory) :-)

-- Posted by: Fred at March 10, 2009 2:06 PM

Not liking the series that much, until this ep. Simple plan foiled = much easier to understand the mechanics and sublteties behind the players. Much better than them running around the woods doing the Dukes of Hazard thing with the bows/arrows. Still a big Terminator fan... I see myself leaving the remote alone, not flipping to Flashpoint - staying with D'House.

-- Posted by: DocH at March 10, 2009 3:44 PM

Victor is his active name. Their names are all from the NATO phonetic alphabet.

-- Posted by: Jen at March 10, 2009 7:08 PM

I agree that Topher is by far the weakest character on the show. In my comment above I obviously meant Dichen Lachman as Sierra was the actor/actress I enjoyed. I was going to but a comment in about Fran Kranz's (Topher) weak character and acting but it seems I missed a few steps.

-- Posted by: Lance at March 11, 2009 8:11 AM

Personally I need more gratuitous shirtless Agent Ballard scenes. We've seen enough skimpy outfits on Echo and others - let the ladies have some eye candy!

-- Posted by: Connie at March 12, 2009 1:31 AM

I think a twist would be if the FBI agent was actually part of the Dollhouse and he didn't know it. It would be funny if he was "Alpha."

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