Dollhouse: Season 2, Episode 9

Stop-Loss (18 Dec. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Victor's five-year contract with the Dollhouse elapses and he goes back out into the real world under his old personality of Anthony Ceccoli. But his past as a soldier fighting in ... See full summary »


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Victor's five-year contract with the Dollhouse elapses and he goes back out into the real world under his old personality of Anthony Ceccoli. But his past as a soldier fighting in Afghanistan (whom he was running from the first place) threatens his present with Sierra who remains behind at Dollhouse and is conflicted over Victor's absence. Meanwhile, Echo continues to keep an eye on the comatose Ballard, while Adelle slips into hopelessness over recent events. When Victor/Anthony is captured by a rouge military unit with ties to Rossum Corp. Echo is forced to recruit Sierra, under her real personalty of Priya, to help rescue Victor/Anthony while Boyd and Topher monitor and keep Adelle in check to avoid her finding out what is going on behind the scenes. Written by matt-282

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Probably the weakest episode of season 2
1 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

As a Victor-centric episode, "Stop-Loss" had a lot of potential, but unfortunately it comes nowhere near Sierra's centric earlier in the season, "Belonging". It begins well, with Victor's last engagement and release from his Dollhouse contract, his discomfort in adjusting to a new world after 5 years (which, for him, felt like 5 seconds), and his abduction by a mysterious group of....ninjas? But then Echo's rescue operation takes over, and frankly it's quite ridiculous: I don't care how many army skills she already has and how many more they upload into her brain, an entire bunker full of supposed super-soldiers who exercise perfect group-think should not be so easy to defeat. And as fit as Eliza Dushku is, the amount of stunt doubling in her fight scenes is beginning to reach later-day Steven Seagal levels! Also, this episode missed a perfect opportunity to launch Adelle's redemption (since we already know, from "Epitaph One", that she ultimately changed sides). At least we're finally ready to explore the hugely hyped Attic next time! *** out of 4.

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