1.05 “True Believer”

by admin on March 13, 2009 · 3 comments

DOLLHOUSE 1.05 TRUE BELIEVER

“Did I fall asleep?”

I guess I did. Because despite an improvement in last week’s “Gray Hour”, I’m a lot underwhelmed at the prospect of sitting through another hour of “Dollhouse” on a precious Saturday morning. At a time when I should be having a lay in, sleeping off the rigours of the night before, I will force myself to watch Eliza Dushku attempt to act her way through another episode. In her defence she was a lot better last week — at one point I found her believable as a ‘bare bones’ Echo scratched the surface.

I guess a week is a long time, and that’s one of DH’s problems — there’s not enough hook for your dollar, no punch for your pound (or whatever currency you deal in..euro, ratings, whatever). In other words, there’s not enough of a reason to return, even after an upturn. And isn’t that a glaring weakness; even in a week where my two favourite shows are on breaks, my anticipation for DH is still paltry. I’m sure I am not alone in becoming disinterested with DH. The show has to find a way to hook non-Whedonite’s in, and fast. All this talk about “wait til episode 6, blah blah blah” is ridiculous, IMO. Sure, I’ll wait, but don’t expect me to hang my hopes on the words of creators who start a show badly, only to suggest that the real stuff comes 6 episodes in. Sorry, but they had a year, people. They told us about this amaaazing actress who was simply incredible. They told us to judge the show once it started. They told us that they had “mad skillz”. As far as I’m concerned DH is just another average show right now — and that’s real.

Am I being harsh, or am I simply being honest? Maybe this blog is just a piece of the collective truth.

That said, I do want the show to succeed. It has a good premise, but a complicated one. This is the challenge that DH has before it — can it stop running away from it’s own potential, and finally make more steps in the right direction? If the show can do that between now and episode 13, then the (blue) sky is the limit, because at the very least it would have found it’s voice. And isn’t what this show is all about?

My hopes for this episode? Let’s see Dushku show more light and shade — more subtlety and less ‘tough girl’ boring, blah. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve received a few emails asking why everyone is focusing on Dushku’s performance. The reason why her acting is under so much scrutiny is because she’s the ‘lead actress’ failing to connect with the characters. Not to mention the fact that Whedon talked her up as this diamond performer, and because she’s the lead actress in a show that is about imprinted persona and identity. Duh.

Let’s see more Boyd. Please. He was the stand-out character of the first two episodes. Since then he’s been surfin’ the Internets, drinking coffee, half-running and generally staying out of the loop. Let’s bring Langton back into the loop shall we? Topher’s good, can we have some more of him too? Let’s see what really makes him tick, tock. Sierra, Sierra, Sierra. Far more interesting than Echo. They need to find better ways to tell her story though. So far she’s been an after-thought in a show crying out for a decent female character to make us true believers. Claire — she’s been up and down so far, but at least she’s interesting, which is a lot more than I can say for…

Ballard. Adelle. Dominic – blah. My interest in them is waning. Can we have creepy lasagna girl back?

Ultimately, I just want to be entertained and to have some interesting themes and mythology to play with.

“Did I fall asleep..”

1.05 “TRUE BELIEVER” – ECHO INFILTRATES A CULT TO RESCUE A WOMAN HELD CAPTIVE ON “DOLLHOUSE” FRIDAY, MARCH 13, ON FOX

Imprinted as a visually impaired woman, Echo must infiltrate a heavily guarded cult in order to rescue a woman held against her will in the “True Believer” episode of DOLLHOUSE airing Friday, March 13 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (DOL-107) (TV-14 D, L, V)

Cast: Eliza Dushku as Echo; Tahmoh Penikett as Paul Ballard; Olivia Williams as Adelle DeWitt; Fran Kranz as Topher Brink; Harry Lennix as Boyd Langton; Enver Gjokaj as Lubov; Dichen Lachman as Sierra

Guest Cast: Amy Acker as Dr. Claire Saunders; Reed Diamond as Laurence Dominic; Miracle Laurie as Mellie; Brian Bloom as Jonas Sparrow; Aisha Hinds as Loomis; Rebecca Field as Kris; Angus Sutherland as Lilya; Mark Totty as Agent Lilly; Sam Hennings as Senator Boxbaum; Brad Hunt as Jesse Dillard; David Alpay as Seth

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Bad Mouth March 14, 2009 at 11:09 am

Well, your post is exactly on the mark Roco, it is hard to imagine how ANYONE could be passionate about this show anymore. However, there seems to be good buzz about this episode and (finally!) the series *MIGHT* be starting to go somewhere. However, I saw that Fox replaced Peter Liguori (Fox Entertainment Head) this week, so this could spell the end of Dollhouse and demonstrate the price to be payed for making such disastrous corporate decisions such as have been made with Dollhouse and the Sarah Connor story arc in season 2 of TSCC. Dollhouse is clearly not working in its current format and unless some major changes are made (quickly!) it is difficult to see how this series even making it to a second season. Oh, and the ratings are pretty terrible and getting worse by the week, so both Dollhouse and Terminator could find themselves pulled off the network and the remaining episodes might only be watchable on DVD, as if anyone cares at that point…

LeParisianFrog March 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I am somehow leaning towards BM’s point of view. For the same exact reasons. Wasn’t aware of the Liguori storyline but this smells coffin for DH and TSCC. Maybe it isn’t important who is the Entertainment Head afterall, those shows risk getting the axe simply because Fox is a company making money not a sponsor.

What are the chances of DH improving though? Hopefully episode 1.05 will continue bringing up good surprises like GRAY MATTER did. And the show could finally raise up to its expectations.
For that we indeed need to ‘see’ more. More of Dr. Saunders (who is she anyway? and what was her relation to Alpha? Did i fall asleep during one episode?). More of Sierra and others. But defo more of Sierra, she is the perfect counter-point to Echo, and the two actresses go well together. More of Boyd, at this point he could be in Sahara following the missions of Tango and Charlie that we wouldn’t care. Still he is a VERY important character and giving the viewer the impression that he is useless is a little blah as you say.
More of the DH. The fake mystery of this organisation is annoying. More of Adele interacting with Dominic. I feel the latter is not adoring having to obey the orders of a stiff upper lip brit (and quite a remarkable one at that i have to say). And it could turn in Alpha’s advantage. Bring havoc by raising one against the other.

Let’s hope for the dawn of the show…

K Macgregor March 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I have to say I disagree. I’m a little surprised to see people talking about how this show isn’t going anywhere – it may not be laying out instant gratification, but it’s continually and smoothly building and leaving the viewer wondering after every episode. As to the characters – I find Topher a little irritating, Sierra boring (of course, she doesn’t have a personality so you can’t fault her for that). Agent Ballard is my favourite character, followed by DeWitt, Victor/Lubov and Boyd. I think lots of people (particularly women?) like to see Echo as a “tough girl” character- especially in roles where she’s being ‘tough’ without promoting that image through imprinted martial combat skills. I think they’ve done a great job of showing how Echo is different and retains a certain consistent character that we can associate with her core self even in her various roles. Great strong female character.

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