Dollhouse Season 2 Episode 12 – The Hollow Men


Well, we have finally reached the end of the linear narrative of Dollhouse – we still have Epitaph 2 to go, but if season 1 was anything to go by, this may never be shown on TV.

In The Hollow Men, Echo and the gang finally get to Rossum HQ and after much posturing, hand to hand combat and downright fibbing, the truth comes out. Boyd is the ‘other’ founder of Rossum and he realised that Caroline was special even before she became Echo. To that end, and to further Rossum’s evil plan, Boyd wants to harvest Echo’s spinal fluid to create a vaccine for the remote wipe technology that Topher invented, and presumably, make more money for Rossum and create the apocalypse that we glimpsed in Epitaph 1 at the end of season 1.

In the end, Topher’s remote wipe gun is turned on Boyd and he is reduced into Doll state and used as a suicide bomber to blow up the mainframe. Except, the problem here is that we have already been told that the mainframe is all the people who are kept in the Attic in Dollhouses around the world, and not, as is shown in this episode, a super computer. Maybe Echo and the gang forgot this, or maybe it was somehow preordained to allow the future we see for 30 seconds at the end of the episode, and in Epitaph 1, to happen.

All in all, it is a fairly decent end to a fairly decent season. All secrets are revealed and the bad guys get a decent ass whooping. Most satisfyingly though, even though Echo has been imprinted with her original self, Caroline, she does not revert back to her and her annoying tough girl act. Instead, Caroline is absorbed into Echo and becomes one of the many imprints that she has access to.

It seems fair to assume that when Dollhouse started out, this wasn’t the direction that the show was meant to head in, but Joss Whedon has made the best of the news thathis show was to be cancelled and brought the apocalypse forward, instead of allowing it to be dragged out, as it was in his previous shows – BTVS and Angel.

It all comes to an end in Epitaph 2, let’s hope that Whedon et al come through with the goods and we get a satisfying end to Dollhouse.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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