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The People In My TeeVee (part 3)

Previously on Dollhouse: Nothing from the ep I missed last week. (DVR issues. I was going to Hulu it if it seemed critical to the arc, but apparently not.)

Damn them, I've gone and gotten all intrigued. And having thinky-thoughts about identity and illusion, which are probably not going to sound terribly coherent when I try to make words out of them, but oh, well.

I expected the November bomb to drop on Ballard about now. I did not expect it to happen in a way that immediately precluded his having any visible reaction. That's evil. Just please don't make it All About His Manpain as he hides it from her. 'Cause, y'know, plenty of that on other shows, etc. etc. Although I am interested in whether/how he will examine what it says about him. Does he know what Mellie (ostensibly) does for a living? Does he know anything about her life outside of making him "leftover" lasagna and being his sounding board? Has he ever wondered whether visiting her mother was a respite or an obligation? If the answer to any of those is yes, and we just haven't seen it, then he's somewhat off the hook for believing she was the "something real" alternative to the spiraling obsession with the Dollhouse. If it's not, then he's just blindly embraced the fantasy they tailored for him. Confronting him with that is...not gonna be pretty.

Echo's burgeoning autonomy has officially shifted from "elephant in the room" to "ace in the hole." Whether that's an improvement or not really depends on DeWitt's motivations. Which are still really damn murky at this point, mostly due to too many of the players being in shadow. It helps to know now that Dominic is/was an NSA plant, and that they seem to be in opposition to Rossum. But whether DeWitt is loyal to Rossum, or simply to what she thinks she can accomplish from within their organization, is still an unknown.

One of the first things we heard her say, to Caroline, was "Actions have consequences." Yet the very function of the Dollhouse -- as pointed up by some of the interviewees in the ep with the "documentary" footage -- is to facilitate the playing out of fantasies without consequences. Somewhere in that dichotomy lies the key to what DeWitt is about, I think.

Putting Boyd in charge of security says a lot too. She's too keen with people to not understand that he has an ethical code that will, if pressed, supersede "what's good for the Dollhouse/Rossum," and she gave him the job at least in part because of that. The subterfuge with "Roger" was... sad, and an odd sort of parallel to the Ballard/Mellie situation. DeWitt has faced up to it and decided it needs to stop; Ballard has been made aware of it and has no viable choice but to continue.

I wonder, will his obsession shift to include whoever November used to be, as well as Caroline? And what will he find out about her? I suspect not everyone signs up under quite the same duress...

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kjaneway
Apr. 11th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Adelle DeWitt just gets more and more interesting as a character.

Her thing with 'Roger' was sad, yes, (oh, but, she fences... be still my beating heart!), but I think she really needs an outlet for the... non-regulation thoughts she has about her job. Having Boyd as her right hand may help with that, though.

It's interesting, too, that she used to run a different project before she got moved to being the head of a Dollhouse.

Also, Echo is clearly... 'evolving', and DeWitt doesn't seem all that bothered. In fact, she's almost welcoming it.

She seems to need a sparring partner (be that verbal or physical) and, I think, that for a while Caroline fulfilled that purpose. As Echo becomes more self-aware, she becomes more like Caroline was, and that's a good thing in DeWitt's eyes. Or I could just be delusional.

I've got so many more things I want to say, and /so/ little brain power, today, and what little I do have, is dribbling happily in a corner.

Line of the week has to be: "Maybe there'll be cake!"

I really hope they don't can this show, too soon.
wiliqueen
Apr. 11th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
As Echo becomes more self-aware, she becomes more like Caroline was, and that's a good thing in DeWitt's eyes. Or I could just be delusional.

No, I think you're spot-on. And now I'm wondering about DeWitt's autonomy evolving along with Echo's...
studiesinlight
Apr. 11th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
Someone fences in this series? A woman? Oh, my. Now I'm going to have to decide between my squick about mind-manipulation and my fondness for fencing.
kjaneway
Apr. 11th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Someone fences in this series? A woman?

It is just the one scene... you could just watch one episode and fast forward to that point...

From my point of view, it's terribly obvious stage fighting, and with foils, too, which is no fun at all... but, still... people fencing on telly!

studiesinlight
Apr. 12th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
>"and with foils, too, which is no fun at all"

So are you a sabreur or an epeeist? ;-)

I've been fencing for only a year, so I don't yet have the fundamentals down enough to play with anything except foil -- or so I keep telling the sabreurs and epeeists, who say, "Never mind that! Come play with our toys! Our toys are the best!" :-)

If it is only the one scene, then I think I will look it up on the Internet, thank you.
kjaneway
Apr. 12th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
*grin*

I'm mostly a sabreuse. (Certainly, that's the weapon I compete with.)

However, I also know my way around both épées and foils, sufficiently to bout at club level, at least.

No weapon is really *best*, but some suit people better than others. I was a mediocre foilist on and off for several years, until I picked up a sabre for an evening, one quiet night at my club, and suddenly, everything clicked.
mekkasimian
Apr. 11th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
SIMIANS ENJOY EPISODE WITHOUT RESERVATION: IS FIRST FOR SERIES.

(AS TO MELLIE DETAILS, MEK IMAGINE WRITERS SIMPLY NOT DEFINE YET TO LEAVE OPTIONS FOR LATER PLOTS...)

=M=
wiliqueen
Apr. 11th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I'm less concerned with knowing the answers at this point than with whether Ballard is asking the questions. And whether that will change now that he knows she's an active. For all intents and purposes, they just killed his girlfriend. Except she never really existed. Unless she did -- who was she originally, and is there any of that person in Mellie? And/or will there be any of Mellie left if she's restored to being that person? And would she thank him for that?

I want to find these things out eventually, as the story unfolds, but I want to see Ballard wanting to know them now.
mekkasimian
Apr. 12th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
MEK ASSUME BALLARD KNOW ANSWER TO QUESTION, AT LEAST ON SURFACE LEVEL, FROM PREVIOUS NON-SCENE DISCUSSION. HOWEVER, MEK CAN "NOW" (READ: NEXT EPISODE OR TWO) IMAGINE BALLARD GO TO (PREVIOUSLY UNSPOKE) PLACE OF MELLIE-WORK TO INQUIRE TO BOSS AS TO WHEN HIRE ON, IF HAD REFERENCES, AS NEW AVENUE FOR INVESTIGATE.

BUT YES, EXPECT MUCH BALLARD EMOTIONAL WRESTLE OVER HOW TO TREAT MELLIE: MIND-RAPE VICTIM, DEAD GIRLFRIEND, OR CLUE VECTOR.

=M=
unclehyena
Apr. 13th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
You REALLY need to watch the episode you missed. It didn't advance the plot, but it filled in a LOT of cool background stuff that you might like.
wiliqueen
Apr. 13th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Good to know! And it will probably be important later. I was just glad it didn't seem to be immediately, as I don't know when I'll get around to it.

I do love me some background. :-D
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