Dollhouse - Episode 1x13: Epitaph One Jul 31, 2009 17:21:40 GMT -5
Post by weredog on Jul 31, 2009 17:21:40 GMT -5
I mean this with all due respect: what was this episode about? Are they going to reveal these flash forwards in the next season? If so, are they going to expand the contexts of those scenes?
Oh, boy, I am sadly disappointed...
I just had to respond to this quote...you do realize THAT WAS THE POINT, right? To explain what was happening in the future enough but not too much in order to keep the viewer interested in the show.
Anyway, my thoughts. I just finished watching it. One word: incredible. From the acting, to the storytelling, to the filming, to the flashbacks. Excellence. Pure excellence. This is the one episode of Dollhouse I can safely say that would make me recommend the show to someone. I always had an "eh" feeling in the back of my mind when watching Dollhouse, but if the show soon turns into this (and by soon I mean like Season Three) I would sure be recommending it to everyone I knew.
I have to say, it was sorta weird, because I was watching it...I almost felt like I was being spoiled. Like I shouldn't know this is what happens in the future...but I guess, if Joss doesn't have a plan, he wouldn't have shown so much of the future of the Dollhouse series in one episode...he wouldn't have even written it down.
Perhaps I'm mixed feeling-y about it because it's not Joss' most conventional way of presenting his stories. He delivers a linear story with boatloads of questions before reaching its climax. "Epitaph One" felt like it was backwards. Or rather, it felt like the middle... See, I'm confused while explaining why I'm confused!
I find it strange that Joss decided to take this "Lost"-like route. ("Lost"-like route being a story where the characters are in a surreal situation before/while explaining how and why they got there in the first place). I find it strange because Joss has often teased that particular series as mediocre television (though, perhaps not for this reason).
And I totally understand your sense of being spoiled when watching this episode. I too felt that. Like I said, it was like watching an episode before watching the development beforehand. For instance, Boyd and Saunder's declaration of love was not a complete surprise to me; I did see sparks in "Needs" and was hoping there would be a nice development. While watching "Epitaph One", that scene felt like it was spoiling me. I wanted to know how they got there before they got there.
I think that's why I feel disappointed about it....