Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dollhouse 1.6 "Man on the Street"

Episode 6 of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse has been labeled a "game-changer" in the media. I have now watched it and would wholeheartedly agree with that assessment. The episode reminded me of the last episode of season one of Alias (although the game-changing does not go to quite that extreme a level). The episode was written by Whedon and characteristically contains some sit-up-and-take-notice moments. Revelations concerning the inner workings of the Dollhouse, Agent Ballard's neighbor, and the larger agenda of the Dollhouse all stand out. Throw in some well-shot fight scenes utilizing Tahmoh Penikett's Muay Thai martial arts background (an art that lends itself well to televised fight scenes) and you have the complete package. If you watched a few of the earlier episodes and gave it up, now is the time to get back on board (you can catch last night's episode on-line in several places). As for me, any ambivalence I may have harbored during the first few episodes is now gone.


At 3:36 AM, Blogger Ron Cox said...

I agree. Now I know I'm a simpleton and this stuff is probably easy to figure out to those above the 25 percentile of intelligence, but what I like is that I have no clue who is on what side, who is playing whom. I think Echo's handler has to be in on it - he got the programmer away from his computer. Still, I have no idea. Do you think we've met Alpha yet? And the casting's pretty cool.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Greg said...

I know exactly which casting you are talking about. I think we probably have met Alpha, though it's hard to be sure.


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