Dollhouse 1.02 – “Target”

by admin on February 20, 2009 · 3 comments


Last week’s episode wasn’t very good, even by ‘Pilot episode standards’. Other than Boyd, possibly Topher, and a few residual themes, it was quite painful for me to sit through (no, cost me another sitting of the awesome Fringe 1.14). The very worst episode of “Lost” was more intelligent and more entertaining than “Ghost”. I’m hoping that “Target” will be a lot better, it has to be!

To my mind, Harry Lennix‘s Boyd was the 1.01 stand-out performer (go figure, the least publicized actor on the show turns out to be the one the marketing dept. should have been pimpin’!). So I’m curious to see where ‘the powers that be’  will take his character, and how his relationship with Echo, Topher and Adelle will evolve.

Claire Saunders and Adelle DeWitt are also characters with potential. I get the feeling that a lot of pain and determination lurks within them both – Claire’s scars are surely more than physical. Adelle’s steely exterior is surely a mask. I hope they get the screen-time needed to be fleshed out.

Tahmoh Penikett has probably been the best spokesperson for “Dollhouse” over the past 10 or so months. I’m hoping that his character, Paul Ballard, turns out to be just as good. In the Pilot episode I couldn’t care less for Paul. Hopefully that will change.

Also, here’s hoping for more Sierra and Victor (what the hell he was doing in the Pilot episode I don’t know. Actually I do know, but it was a lame scene).


Echo is imprinted to be the female counterpart to an avid outdoorsman and quickly learns how the hunter becomes the hunted during her wilderness adventure. Agent Ballard receives a clue to Echo’s real identity, encouraging him to continue his investigation, while flashbacks reveal the tragic events at the Dollhouse that led to Boyd’s arrival and Dr. Saunders’ scars in “The Target” episode of DOLLHOUSE airing Friday, Feb. 20 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (DOL-104) (TV-14 D, L, S, 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; Matt Keeslar as Richard O’Connell; Miracle Laurie as Mellie


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bekki February 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm

the first three minutes of target were far better than anything in ghost. and this is just going by the trailer.

personally, i kind of wish they just hadn’t introduced paul ballard yet. like, he’ll surface slowly, not so heavily and seemingly out of conjunction with everything else. battlestar galactica was/is so good at introducing key people slowly as they become part of the plot and then removing them for period of time whenever they’re not essential. why can’t more shows do that?!

Kathryn February 21, 2009 at 3:28 am

I do see your point about Ghost. It wasn’t as good as it could be. However, I think some of these issues have been addressed with the new episode Target, and I personally was very impressed. Better dialogue, more interesting storyline, and definitely more heart and soul. The character interactions were far more engaging, and I was able to relate more to Echo. Boyd in particular was extremely impressive. The active/handler dynamic was fantastic. If the show continues like this, I’d say we have nothing to worry about. 😀

Oh, and Laurence Dominic is surprisingly great as a character. He’s a complete jerk, but a well-acted one. I definitely want him to get more screen time.

bekki February 21, 2009 at 10:18 am


Totally agree. Totally, totally agree. This episode exceeded my expectations remarkabley. This is so much more what I was hoping for. Unlike last episode, I really felt connected to Echo – not just because her ‘character’ was being chased by a psycho, but because of Boyd and how much he obviously cares for her and the awakening that’s starting to happen in her. The constant criticism of this show from pro-critics is that you can’t attach to Echo. I don’t see how that’ll be a problem if they keep her so closely attached to Boyd because just seeing the worry and love in his eyes when handling her is enough to make me care for her. I love me some Boyd. He’s amazing and the best character so far.

Eliza did muuuuuch better this episode. Yes, there was some ass-kicking, which I’m sure she’s comfortable with, but I totally bought her stark fear and confusion. She used her voice and mannerisms extremely well as opposed to the way she acted in Ghost so I was very refreshed to see that.

I also liked seeing more of the other characters – although I still have NO idea why they keep showing what’s his name the male doll. I mean, I totally dig the guy as an actor, but would he REALLY have the same damn cell phone? Is he STILL on his same active assignment with that chick? Would he REALLY answer the phone when Ballard calls and not just hang up? REALLY?

And I do have to say the worst line of the whole show that totally made me laugh out loud was ‘You poisoned me and you shot at me with arrows!’ I don’t know. There’s just something unbelievabley redundant with that comment when dude is standing RIGHT THERE with a cocked bow facing her. Really? He shot at you with arrows? Thanks for that, Echo. I missed that. And again, that’s not Eliza’s fault. Totally the writers.

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