When writing about previous episodes of the show, I have been asking a lot of questions: about the Dollhouse as an organisation, about the wider world’s knowledge and awareness of it, and about how it fits into society. Now with ‘Man On The Street’, we finally get some answers about that world in which the Dollhouse exists.
Previously on Dollhouse, Echo played an amnesiac art critic, Boyd Langton became a film noir protagonist, and FBI PAUL was kind of a meanie to Russian Victor. Now Echo’s performing miracles!Read more "RE-WATCH | DOLLHOUSE (2009), 1.05 ‘TRUE BELIEVER’"
We open with a gorgeous establishing shot of a vast, snow-capped MOUNTAIN RANGE, an unknown building complex perched atop it. We hear the sound of a woman’s impassioned moans as the shot cuts to said woman in a bed, somewhere in the building. She is GIVING BIRTH.
Previously on ‘Dollhouse’ we met Echo and learnt about THE ALPHA THING, a recent event which caused everyone to lose their shit. Let’s see what’s next!
1.02 ‘The Target’ starts to explain THE ALPHA THING which we were teased with in the final moments of the previous episode. We open with an oversaturated flashback set 3 MONTHS AGO, alarms sounding throughout the Dollhouse as staff hurriedly usher concerned Actives to their sleeping chambers.
“NOTHING IS WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE” is the show’s opening line of dialogue, and in all fairness, it’s an apt assertion. It’s spoken by Olivia Williams’ character, DeWitt. I think her first name is Adele. Hopefully this won’t be my John Travolta at the Oscars moment.
I’ve decided to re-watch Joss Whedon’s short-lived but ambitious sci-fi television project – no, not that one; the other one (cruel joke, sorry).