I think it's a shame they dubbed Ballard over the top of Tudyk's performance.
I agree, it would have been more effective to have Alan try to mimic Tahmoh the way Enver mimicked Fran.
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Post by hitnrun017 on Dec 13, 2009 18:20:46 GMT -5
Well Topher has a lot more characteristics than Ballard, who just walks around most of the time with a stick up his ass and no facial expressions. It probably wasn't easy for Enver to mimic Fran, but it was easy for us to figure out who he was mimicing. Not so much with Tahmoh, so I understand why they dubbed it for the audience.
But there was one moment when Alpha was sitting in the chair and asked "too soon" perfectly as Ballard, who said the same thing to Mellie in ASitHoL.
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All I can say about those episodes was WOW! My mouth was wide open during the whole second episode and Alan Tudyk was amazing, as usual. It's so upsetting that it's gotten to Firefly levels of quality RIGHT before we know it's getting canceled, since before, I thought, "Oh, that sucks...but it was inevitable, I guess," but now I'm really pissed that it's ending.
Also, I wasn't a huge fan of Paul, but I am a big fan of Tahmoh Penikett's fabulous abs and bone structure (that scene in the mirror in the first half...MMMM!), so he will be missed if he really is gone for good and, knowing Joss, there's a good chance he is.
Oh, Alpha. I didn't know I could love you more than I already did.
This whole episode was just amazing. Poor Paul, just when I started to like the guy!
Again, Alpha. Wow.
"Hello, lover boy." Just, wow.
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It would be way cool if Ballard dies, but lives on in Alpha. Like... His mind takes over Alpha's body! Could be cool... ;D
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Post by diabeticdude202 on Dec 23, 2009 10:19:52 GMT -5
Did anybody else see Alpha turn into full on joker this episode from the dark knight. Even the backing music of the "joker's reveal" is playing constantly throughout. And the vests!! OMG! Alpha became even more awesome!! XD
This episode reminded me of Dark Knight. All of it. From Ballard and Boyd pairing up to solve the trail of clues; to track down Alpha. The big "Blast" part. It was so clearly seen it was inspired by that movie. I think it done wonders for the character of Alpha. XD
Post by joxerlives on Nov 17, 2010 19:10:17 GMT -5
A LOVE SUPREME The good; Great to see Alpha back (NICE suit! Dominic would approve), also glad they spared Joel, he was by far my favourite of all of Echo's clients. Gorgeous scene at the end where he says goodbye to Echo and she assumes the Rbecca personality for him, one last time, telling him that his dead wife wouldn't want him to be alone. Really is a rollercoaster that kicks in and never stops. Once again a great performance from Enver as the shrink but Alan Tudyk is the unquestionable star. The bad; If Alpha is a Doll why not use Topher's gizmo we saw in The Public Eye to knock him out?
Best line; Topher; (upon learning that Terry Karens is still in Echo's mind) "So she's a serial killer?" Boyd; "Only a little" plus Echo; (as Topher introduces himself) "We've met Topher, don't you remember?" and Topher; (realising the quantum shift in Echo's abilities) "I'm obselete. This must be what old people feel like. And Blockbuster" also like Joel; "It's just this morning I was engaged to a great girl and this afternoon I'm hiding out with my dead wife" not to mention; Boyd; "You have to put it together?" Topher; "It's called the manufacturing room, not the 'It's finished' room!" Packing heat; Boyd and Ballard with their pistols. Bit surprised Adele doesn't have a gun stashed somewhere. Apparently the staff have tranquliser guns but not in the house itself. Echo;8 Boyd; 9 Dominic; 9 Sierra; 4 Victor; 3 Ballard; 11 November; 1
Echo kissage; 4
Kinky dinky; Sierra's personality is naughty and aware of it. She's been done wrong 10 days to Sunday and it's still Tuesday. Capt subtext; Dr Victor wonders if Adele is actually jealous of Echo the virgin/whore, much to Topher's amusement? Alpha is quite the dandy, he cites famous Georgian-era socialite Beau Brummel. One of Echo's past engagements was a lesbian who married her in San Francisco in what Boyd describes as a 'lovely ceremony' (YAY!) but was killed by Alpha (BOO! Why do so many lesbian characters die on TV?). At least one other of her past romantic clients was a woman called Angie Demeron. Alpha asks if Ballard is gay. Echo tells Adele that they'll 'Hug it out later'. Alpha declares one of his personalities was an Eagle Scout and the other a sailor which must combine to some form of dirty joke?
Notches on the Dollhouse bedpost; Frank Pierce, Echo's repeat romantic engagement Echo; 6 definite, 2 possible November; 1 Ballard; 1 Victor; 1 Adele; 1 Sierra 1 Topher; 1 possible
How'd they get away with that? Somehow Alpha's knife is all the nastier for having that fish-gutting mini-hook at the front. Poor Matt Cargill (motorbike/bondage guy from the very first episode) get's blown to smithereens with Boyd and Ballard picking their way through his viscera.
This weeks fantasy; . Frank Pierce who wants his sister-in-law to fall in love with him
What do we think of the client? .Once again, if you lust after your sister in law it's probably quite a moral option to hire a proxy so you can live out your fantasies without wrecking your brother's marriage.
Total number personalitites; Sierra is a glammed up Ava Gardener style film noir femme-fatale, Victor is a psychiatrist, Echo is Rebecca for Joel and Susan for Frank Pierce Echo; 36 Sierra; 13 Victor; 11 November; 3
Total LA dolls; There are now a couple of hundred Dolls in the house and Echo is the most popular active they have. 9-Echo, Sierra, November, Victor, Mike, Tango, Alpha, Whiskey, Kilo
Addy is a bit British; Alpha says he loves Addy's British knack for understatement, Monty Python and uses the hunting call 'Tally-ho'
Topher is a bit geeky;
Subverting the Hollywood cliche; Adele confesses to Alpha that she's scared out of her mind and tries to bargain with him, offering Echo and Joel. She says her chivalry has been overcome by her sense of self preservation.
Bondage; Echo in a straightjacket and Ballard tied to the chair Sierra tied up; 1 Ballard; 2 Echo; 3
Knocked out; Topher and Ballard by Victor Echo; 6 November; 1 Sierra; 1 Victor; 1 Topher; 3 Ballard; 1
Kills; Sierra; 3 kills Echo; 3 November;1
Dolls injured; For once it's the Dollhouse staff who get the stuffing beaten out of them, at least one being killed.
Happy hookers; Dr Victor states that Echo is a virgin/whore and is celebrated for the fact. Ballard describes himself as Echo's pimp. Alpha wants to tally Adele's ho's.
Know the face? 15-Whedon alumni-Mark Shepherd-2 (Dollhouse/Firefly), Amy Acker-2 (Dollhouse/Angel), walking action figure-2 (Buffy/Dollhouse), Eliza Dushku-3 (Buffy/Angel/Dollhouse), Jim Piddock-2 (Angel/Dollhouse), Gregg Henry-2 (Dollhouse/Firefly), Alan Tudyk-2 (Dollhouse/Firefly), Felicia Day-2(Dollhouse/Buffy), Alexis Denisoff-3 (Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse), Kristoffer Pohala-2 (Dollhouse/Angel), Stacey Scowley-2 (Buffy/Dollhouse) Clyde Katulas-2 (Buffy/Dollhouse), Maurissa Tanchon-2(Dollhouse/Dr Horrible), Summer Glau-3(Angel/Firefly/Dollhouse) Glenn Morshower-2(Buffy/Dollhouse)
Reminds me of; Victor does a great Woody Allen and rather reminds me of Dr Joel Fleischman from Northern Exposure. Topher makes reference to Return of the Living Dead and Harry Potter whilst Alpha refers to Stephen Sondheims epic 'Send in the Clowns' and 'Nothing more than feelings' , maybe he spent the summer on Broadway, hence the suit? He also refers to Yogi Bear and sounds a little like Snagglepuss "Who doesn't love a pun?". He describes Echo as his 'immortal beloved' which is a reference to Mozart.
Whedon cliches; Maimed characters. Rich and powerful famillies who cover up the evil deeds of their wayward sons. Top security installations which aren't secure at all. Loving self-sacrificing mothers who risk all for their children. Corporate politics literally played with deadly seriousness. Monty Python quoting villains. Offices full of zombies.
Breaking the programming; Even Topher doesn't know what Echo is any more. She can resist Alpha's signal which sends the other Dolls crazy.
Questions and observations; You always figured people would get addicted to the Dollhouse and like all addictions lead them to ruin. A truly stunning ep, easily the best of season 2 and possibly the best so far. I'd never actually watched Firefly until after I'd watched Dollhouse Season 1 so I had actually no idea of who Alan Tudyk was or his performance as Wash. Amazing how effective you can be with the simple device of taking an actor everyone associates with funny and heroic characters and casting them as absolute villains, as Nic Brendon recently proved with his amazing performance in the rapist story arc on Private Practice. Some great dialogue, this ep co-written by Joss himself . Nice music too. Marks out of 10; 9/10, excellent ep, Alpha always ups the game, the first ep I went back and watched again straight after