Dollhouse: Haunted   Rewatch 
October 27, 2020 10:44 AM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

Echo is imprinted with the memories of a deceased person, who wants to solve her own murder. Ballard digs deeper into Mellie's past. Topher needs an active to help him with his security check.
posted by Kyol (3 comments total)
On the one hand, it's sort of an interesting conceit - come back to life after death, see your own funeral, etc etc etc. On the other hand, the murder mystery that they hung it on was sort of phoned in?

Topher dorking out with Sierra was cute, and it was nice to see Adelle as a friend and not as a boss. Ballard's treatment of Mellie kind of stung, but he's in a hard place - let the wrong thing slip and who knows what the dollhouse will do to him or Mellie
posted by Kyol at 10:47 AM on October 27, 2020

I remember this one as being a rather unfortunate display of Eliza Dushku's lack of range. I really like her when she's in her comfort zone but this... this isn't it.
posted by restless_nomad at 11:37 AM on October 27, 2020

Dushku's limitations aside, I liked this episode for a few reasons. Mostly, it begins exploring the idea that memory storage = immortality of sorts if there's a body to transfer those memories into.

So... after the "mission," did the new memories get added to the existing memory engram, or did those new experiences vanish into the ether? The performance of the engram suggests that it's equivalent of an 'Alpha level' simulation (in Alastair Reynold's 'Revelation Space' universe) or a cortical stack (Richard Morgan's 'Altered Carbon' universe).

Mellie's continued developing relationship with Ballard suggests that newly formed memories can be maintained/ are downloaded and re-uploaded.

Nice to see a male romantic lead with a little diversity.

Dichen Lachman was a lot of fun. Topher's use of a doll seems... not unhealthy.

In contrast to Ballard needing to maintain the sham relationship with Mellie, knowing that she's a doll.

Rhea Seehorn!

But yeah the middle part of this ep really dragged.
posted by porpoise at 5:24 PM on October 28, 2020

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