Mini Review: 2.11 Getting Closer

by admin on January 29, 2010

Mini Review - 2.11 Getting Closer

As regular readers will know, I’m attempting to catch up with the episodes of Dollhouse that I have missed, or not yet reviewed, by posting mini reviews before the series finale, bumped to Jan 29 (where I plan to post a full review, thus bringing closure to my WD journey). Below the jump I post my ‘quick and dirty’ but always honest thoughts on episode 2.11, “Getting Closer”.


  • The origins story of how Caroline and Bennet came to meet was useful and added extra context to present-day events.
  • Glad to see Summer Glau back on the show. I can’t help but wonder what could have been had she played the lead role from the start? (I know she was working on another show, but I’m just saying). Anyway, I enjoyed her scenes with both Topher and Caroline. I was surprised that they killed her off – didn’t see that coming, especially not the way it happened!
  • Shocks and reveals. This ties into my point above. Firstly, I thought the Whisky turn was one of the most impactful moments of the season. I’m pretty pissed that she killed Bennet (more pissed than Topher, it would seem), but this was outdone by a moment that truly left me reeling. BOYD is the man behind the curtain!?? I am stunned but also worried. The direction they go with this could go a long way to defining my opinion of the show because they’ve muddied the two best characters in one full swoop.


  • Up until the last 10 minutes the episode felt like set-up – barely reaching the level of previous episodes.
  • How contrived that the one part of Ballard that Topher had to cut away to bring him back was the very part that drives his love for Echo. Sappy and bad..
  • Caroline. The writers once again try to make a bad character good in the blink of an eye by showing that in actual fact Caroline ‘sacrificed’ herself rather than betraying Bennet. I have a hard time buying these parlour tricks when they have little context with what we’ve already seen.
  • How exactly did Ballard get Bennet out of the DC Dollhouse without anyone trying to stop them from leaving? Come to think of it, does anyone apart from Bennet and a couple of randomers actually work at the DC Branch? Do they have security?

Other Comments

  • It made me laugh when Adelle called for security. Now she knows how I’ve felt watching the show! 🙂

Best Character: Bennet

Episode Rating: 7.5 (an extra half point for the shocking reveal at the end)

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