To begin, just a minor note that bothers me about Fox's Dollhouse promos. It's clear they are just airing back-to-back episodes of Dollhouse to get rid of it faster. So, why make the promo say a "Special 2-Hour Event"? It's not special -- at least according to Fox. They are the ones canning it, so why make it something it's not? It's a minor detail -- but nonetheless bothers me. Dear Fox, just say "2 All-New Back-to-Back Episodes." Don't make it something special. Fans will watch regardless -- don't patronize us.
Now -- on to two plot happenings that merit a discussion.
1) This whole Echo/Ballard Romance. I am one of the many that think the Dushku-lite episodes are better than those centering around Echo's plight. While I think Echo is an okay character -- it's the rest of the Dollhouse that I'm actually hardcore about. With only a handful of episodes left, I'd rather the writers not mix it up with an awkward Echo/Ballard romance. I prefer that Ballard just want to look out for Echo because he thinks she's special (there's that word again...) or important. The pair's "chemistry" is a little predictable and downright weird (or even useless) to watch. Leave that drama on the cutting room floor -- and just delve into the deep, dark insanity of the house.
2) Adele's gone bad. Aw, man... first let me say, I really, really like Adele DeWitt. It gets me all excited when she sticks up for her Dolls' safety. Yes, she's basically a Madame. But still, she's cool, cold, cutthroat and calculating. I love that. But when she gave over Topher's how-to instructions for building the most dangerous, technological doo-hickey, that made me a little mad. I don't like not liking Adele and that made me scream a little inside. I like Adele when she's totally bitchy -- but looks out for the good of her dolls. Adele: Turn back. Turn back now. Please?
So, there you have it. Please feel free to comment and so forth.