We finally enter the mysterious Attic - the secret vault where the Dollhouse keeps damaged actives and problematic employees unconscious and in a perpetual state of terror. Adelle has had ... See full summary »

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We finally enter the mysterious Attic - the secret vault where the Dollhouse keeps damaged actives and problematic employees unconscious and in a perpetual state of terror. Adelle has had Echo sent there, along with Victor and Sierra, on the grounds that her multiple imprints and their growing self-awareness are making the three a danger to Rossum. In the dream-world of the Attic, Echo and her friends forced to face their worst nightmares repeatedly, and their only ally is former Dollhouse security head Laurence Dominic, sent there earlier when he was discovered to be a spy for the NSA. Together they must confront a mysterious predator bent on killing the Attic's prisoners, as they try to uncover the mystery of the Attic's true nature and purpose. Meanwhile, Adelle forces Topher to find a way to restore Ballard's damaged brain in order to revive him - at a terrible cost. Written by Anonymous

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As Topher is trying to figure out how to fix Ballard, he says the situation is like have a great new set of plays, except the quarterback is in jail for dog fighting essentially comparing the situation to Michael Vick. See more »

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Adelle DeWitt: You didn't come to the Dollhouse because of Echo. You came because you work for Rossum. That means your option tend to slim to three: carry out Rossum's work without question, the attic or death. The moment you stepped into this house, you, in effect. gave us your life. And you must decide if that is to be put to good use, or laid to waste. I have see the future, Mr. Langton. And it is not for the weak.
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Trippy, but does not fully live up to its own hype
2 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Ah yes, the notorious Attic. The place where the problematic Dolls are sent to, the place that fills with fear anyone who even hears its name, the place from where nobody has returned. We've been hearing about the Attic since early season 1; when Dominic was exposed as an NSA spy he tried to commit suicide rather than being sent there. With so much hype built throughout the series this episode - where we finally get to find out what the Attic is - had a lot to live up to. And, IMHO, it did not quite live up to it. Sure, it's trippy and weird and crazy and stuff, but doesn't really offer much that we haven't already seen in, say, the "Nightmare On Elm Street" films (or, to use a more obscure example, the season 3 "Alias" episode "Conscious" - one of the best of that entire series). And what's more disappointing is that it takes Echo & co. relatively little time to figure out how the Attic works AND how to escape from it - which makes it look much less fearsome a place that it was hyped up to be. As for the big twist at the end, we already knew it had to happen sooner or later, to set up the series' endgame. My favorite scene in "The Attic" actually happens outside of it: Paul Ballard awakens after Topher's extremely challenging operation on his severely damaged brain, and for a while he can't walk straight and he only speaks in gibberish - possible Frankenstein homage? *** out of 4.


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