Dollhouse: Season 2, Episode 1

Vows (25 Sep. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Echo enters an assignment as a newlywed who is undercover trying to bring down an arms dealer. The Rossum corporation becomes a target of a senator. Dr. Saunders and Boyd discuss Dr. Saunders' personal conflict while she takes out her frustrations on Topher. Ballard gets in deeper with the Dollhouse.



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Six months after Alpha's reign of terror and with him still on the loose, Echo is still randomly picking up flashes of past engagements, especially under stress. This hampers her latest assignment, wedding a British businessman who has ties to one of Ballard's open FBI cases. Meanwhile, at the Dollhouse, DeWitt tries to convince a reluctant Ballard to become Echo's new handler, while facing a new threat - a senator intent on investigating the Rossum Corporation, the Dollhouse's parent company. And Dr. Saunders has difficulty coping with her new awareness that she is actually a former Active named Whiskey, torn between anger at Topher for creating her, and Langton's urging to accept herself and live like a normal human. Written by matt-282

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Jamie Bamber (Martin Klar) and Tahmoh Penikett (Paul Ballard) both starred on Battlestar Galactica as Apollo and Helo, respectively. See more »


When Echo is at the airplane hanger after her concussion, she slips into different imprints, including the ditzy girlfriend from the finale of last season. She asks to see Alpha's "character", but she calls him by the wrong name. His name was "Bobby", she's asks for "Donny". See more »


[first lines]
Handler: Big day.
Echo: Is it?
Handler: Trust me.
Echo: With my life.
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Old episodic format, dusty story and unexploited secondary characters but emotional Dr. Saunders's arc and Amy Acker's charming talent
9 January 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Even if season 1 finale, Omega, convinced me that Dollhouse had potential I hesitated a long time to give its second season a chance. In fact the summary I read of this episode sounded boring and episodic when Joss Whedon said the new format would be arc-y. Now that I have seen Vows I'm sure of one thing, that the show deserved to be canceled. First the format was as episodic as in season 1. Echo had a new engagement and that arc was boring and unoriginal. We had already seen her as a beautiful bride and the story was as old as the one from episodes like True Believer and Haunted. I'm surprised they picked such a predictable and linear plot for a season pilot. However even if I was generally disappointed by it I have to admit that Vows had its own share of pros. Of course Topher was annoying but I found his scene with Dr. Saunders quite interesting thanks to Amy Acker's convincing performance. So for once the writers focused more on some secondary characters and it was a pleasant surprise. However it only lasted a few minutes and the story went back to the engagement. The other element I relatively enjoyed was the relationship between Paul and Echo. It's far from perfect but it could lead to some interesting scenarios. But in the end what ruined the episode, and probably the whole season 2, are the cons imported directly from the first. Victor and Sierra were only featured for a few seconds when their performers are good and the characters intriguing. How could we forget them after Spy in the House of Love ? The ending was predictable even if I found Dr. Saunders's decision quite inspiring. Dollhouse could be so much more if it didn't focus so much on Echo, the episodic engagements and Eliza Dushku's sex appeal. It's like if Joss Whedon decided to cook his old Buffy recipes instead of following the new books to direct his show.

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