Dollhouse: Echoes   Rewatch 
October 13, 2020 8:00 AM - Season 1, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Rossum Corporation asks the Dollhouse to send a large contingent of actives to a college campus to retrieve an experimental memory drug. The drug brings out suppressed memories which affect everyone, including the actives. Echo's origins are revealed.

We learn at least one of Caroline’s background stories. There will be more. We see more of the actives in the field at once. We get some of Whiskey’s origin story in flashbacks.

AV Club: B+
posted by Kyol (3 comments total)
Boy, this background doesn’t _entirely_ square with the end of the 2nd season, does it? Maybe this was just a different Rossum corp infiltration? They left enough room between the opening conversation between Caroline and Adelle and Caroline's escape from the hospital for something else to happen, I guess.

There were some really good examples of the hazards of reprogramming actives, with Echo remembering her past life and Mellie / November glitching back to her amped-up killer mode. It really gave me some Westworld vibes, that no matter how much you think you’re wiping the slate clean, something always remains.

We finally get a sort of an understanding of the tradeoff the actives are making at the end of the episode. 5 years of my life for a comfortable paycheck at the end?
posted by Kyol at 8:02 AM on October 13, 2020

I recall taking the background this ep on face value, but doesn't this is turn out to be a deliberate misdirection? This has to do with the Summer Glau character, right, who messes with Echo on purpose/ revenge?

It would fit well with the core theme; people are their memories, change their memories, change the person.

Too few details of that 5 years of life. What guarantees that the body is still healthy, that one would survive the 5 years, legal liability for what the body did, full recovery of prior memories, etc. To take that kind of gamble and blip (or not) five years down the line, I could see a lot of personality types/ situations where it could be a fair spin of the wheel. But the deal is just super duper sketchy.

That's a cruel game being played on Ballard.

I liked that they wrote Enver Gjokaj a neutral accent, to try to avoid typecasting him.

Topher and Adelle's drugged out scenes is one of my favourites of all time. "You haven't seen my drawer of inappropriate starches?! Come on, come on..."
posted by porpoise at 7:57 PM on October 13, 2020

Errm, sorry, got busy on Friday and missed the post, then ended up binging Helstom on Saturday when I meant to make it up. Regular coverage resumes with a better episode on Tuesday.
posted by Kyol at 11:28 AM on October 18, 2020

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