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Dollhouse: Epitaph Two

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Hi Travis,

Well, that’s it: the end, my friend. And what a fantastically satisfying and emotional end it was!

As I think I’ve mentioned to you before, I thought that Epitaph One was the absolute highlight of season 1 and I think Epitaph Two is undoubtedly the highlight of this season. I’ll leave aside all of the details which can be gleaned from the episode (but wow – how cool was it to see a freakshow Victor and a butterball Harding?) and focus instead on trying to understand where we ended up at the end of these two seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 1, 2010 at 10:10 am

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In this last of meeting places

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Dollhouse: “The Hollow Men”

Martin,

So we come to the end of the world as we know it. When we return for one last visit to the Dollhouse universe in two weeks, this world will be gone, not with a whimper but, as it happens, with a bang (to invert T.S. Eliot’s famous line evoked in this episode’s title). Last night was far more straightforward (until that last Battlestar Galactica-referencing denouement) than the extraordinary last few episodes. I didn’t share your misgivings about last week – in fact, I kind of wondered if we had watched different shows! – as the major twists felt very appropriate to me. The show has hinted at a mysterious past for Boyd more than once,  and so the big reveal of “Getting Closer” was, I thought, very satisfying. Likewise, the shooting of Halverson by Whiskey/Saunders (who is after all a doll, and thus infinitely manipulable) was, I thought, executed with perfect Whedon-style abruptness.* In fact, the reveal of Boyd makes his flirtation with Saunders earlier this season far more intriguing – how long has all this been in the works between the two of them? Read the rest of this entry »

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January 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm

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Onwards to the Apocalypse…

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Dear Moth Chase Readers,

Read on for continued conversation about the final episodes of Dollhouse by our two guest contributors, Martin and Travis.

Kathryn and Natalie


Hi Travis,

…so I’m not really sure how I feel about this week’s episode of Dollhouse. First of all, the episode is so disjointed and non-linear that it is difficult to tell any sort of coherent story about it. Second, the episode feels incomplete serving largely as a bridge between two halves, the other half of which we have not seen yet. For that reason, I will largely say a few things, staccato-like about my impressions of the episode. Ultimately, on the one hand, it’s obviously an entertaining episode that gives us more background on not only Caroline, but also Dr. Halverson. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

The politics of forgetfulness

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Read on for more outstanding discussion of the final episodes of the Dollhouse by our guest bloggers Martin and Travis. And don’t forget to check back on Sunday afternoon to read Martin’s response to Travis’ post below.

–Kathryn and Natalie

Dollhouse: “Stop-Loss”

Martin,

What’s the old saw about the fact that knowing the hour of your death focuses your mind wonderfully? Although I never fully agreed with the worries about Dollhouse’s unevenness in the first season (I think the procedural vs. serial debate in particular was a red herring), there’s no question that the bulk of this second, and last, season of Dollhouse has been truly superb in the economy, pacing and overall quality of the episodes.

As for “Stop-Loss.” At first, it looks like it’s going to be a farewell to Victor/Tony – his contract is up, and he’s released, like a parolee from prison, into a world that no longer fits him and in which he longer has a home Read the rest of this entry »

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December 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Alpha’s Echo?

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Dear Moth Chase Readers,

Read on for more excellent, in depth commentary on the soon-to-be-gone series, the Dollhouse, by our two guest bloggers – Travis and Martin. You can read Travis’ earlier post on the first of Friday night’s two episodes here.

Natalie and Kathryn




Hi Travis,

Wow—so many things to discuss this week! What an incredible journey to the conclusion of this season and so the show. I’ll take up just two themes from your post and from this week’s episode: the notion of embodiment and your claims to some sliver of hope. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm

There *is* a me

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Dear Moth Chase Readers,

Read on for a post by our guest blogger on the soon-to-be-gone series the Dollhouse. And make sure to read Martin’s response and commentary on the second of Friday night’s episodes here.

Natalie and Kathryn

Dollhouse: “Meet Jane Doe”

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)*

Martin,

“My name is Echo.” With that line of dialogue tonight, something radical has shifted in the Dollhouse universe. “There’s a lot of noise from the chorus girls,” Echo says, “but they’re not me. There is a me.” Even without the second episode – whose action-packed zombiepocalypse I’m happy to leave to you to try to summarize – “Meet Jane Doe” was clearly bringing us back to the encounter with Alpha, the Dollhouse’s errant Ubermensch. Escaping last week in a doll state, we now find Echo swiftly transforming from renegade somnambulist to something entirely different: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

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No one ever really leaves here

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Dear Moth Chase readers,

Let us introduce our friends, Martin and Travis, who will be blogging with us for the next few weeks on the final episodes of a show they both requested we cover, Dollhouse.  Martin and Travis are both fellow grad students at different programs and great guys, and we’re excited to welcome them to themothchase’s ongoing procrastanalysis!

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

ox,
Kathryn and Natalie

“The Public Eye”/”The Left Hand”

Well, Martin, let’s just start by stating the obvious. That was a pretty insane two hours of television.

I won’t even try to summarize the episodes. Here is the gist. Senator Perrin, we find out, is a homegrown Raymond Shaw (with a bit of a Dubya frat boy backstory), with wife Cindy a slightly less creepy version of Angela Lansbury (some superb double misdirection there, by the way). Rossum has used the Dollhouse investigation as a MacGuffin to set itself up as a corporate savior, and has a Manchurian Candidate in the making. And Rossum is willing to frame its trouble-prone LA office in order to get there. Madeleine/November is in the hands of the DC Dollhouse’s Bennett (I’m not clear on exactly what’s going on there – is she off to the attic?). And Echo is finally on the loose. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 5, 2009 at 4:56 pm

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