Friday night on Dollhouse, less than 20 minutes into the episode “Briar Rose,” Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) turned a corner, knocked on a door, and suddenly, out of nowhere, the show went from amazing Whedoness to outstandingly incredible Whedoness. Because when that door opened, Alan Tudyk was on the other side and with his entrance, the show morphed into something spectacular with as yet unseen promise.
Look, I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been on board with Dollhouse all along and as the episodes have aired, I’ve fallen in love more and more. I want to know what’s going to happen here. I want the show to have a chance to play out. But now, I’m having this small sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that goes along with unrequited love. Why, you may ask, doesn’t Dollhouse love me back? Well, it may come to love me in time, but unfortunately, I’m more and more afraid that we’ll never get a chance to find out.
I’ve watched this last episode over a good many times in the last 40 hours. I’m more and more excited about what we are going to see next week. I’d be happier if I thought that huge ratings for the final ep would be enough to get a renewal. But even so, tell all your friends to watch Dollhouse next Friday. All of them. Cause you never know.
Some great lines from this ep:
-This feeling, it’s very much like pride.
-Carrots, medicinal carrots, personally used for medicinal, carrots that were here when I moved in and I’m holding it for a friend.
-Recycled urine? I’m kidding. It’s not fully recycled.
-I’m not comfortable having people in my home who aren’t delivering Thai food.
-And now there’s a gun.
-I was nurturing a tender, throbbing hope that you’d give up, yes.
-This is clean and enclosed. I’m staying here.
-It’s a small world, I went to grade school with Jenna Elfman.
-Yes, there’s indignation enough for everyone to have seconds.