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Sci-Fi Dollhouse

Discussion in 'Television & Web Series' started by Azhria Lilu, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Azhria Lilu

    Azhria Lilu Rocket Ranger

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    hey can be anyone you want.

    The Dollhouse is a very secret, and very illegal, place where wishes come true. Clients with the right connections and enough money can hire "Actives", people who have been programmed to perfectly fulfill the needs, and desires of their clients. The Actives are people who have chosen, for their own reasons, to surrender their bodies and minds for a five-year stay in the Dollhouse. Now they can be imprinted with any personality, skill, or even muscle memory. They can be the perfect companion, lover, spy, assassin; and when the job is done they forget everything.

    But something is wrong with the Active called "Echo". No longer just a blank slate waiting for her next assignment, Echo is remembering flashes of the lives that she has lived and the games she has played, and she is starting to wonder just who she really is...

    Dollhouse is a production of 20th Century Fox Television, Joss Whedon's "Mutant Enemy", and Eliza Dushku's "Boston Diva Productions"
     
  2. superintelligentone

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    Has Dollhouse just started in the UK, Lee?

    It finished in America on May 8, 2009 with Season 1, Episode 12: Omega

    Surprisingly, FOX TV is going to show the unseen pilot episode on July 28, 2009 and call it Season 1, Episode 13.

    http://www.seanharry.com/e1/index.htm
    This says the UK is getting a combination Dollhouse & Battlestar Galactica convention.
     
  3. Margo-W

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    i really want to watch this one
     
  4. Azhria Lilu

    Azhria Lilu Rocket Ranger

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    Yes, I think we've just seen episode 5..... where Echo meets the FBI agent and beats the felgercarb out of him in the alleyway.... starting to get verrrrryyyyy interesting.

    I'm a big Joss Whedon fan, so I was bound to love this series anyway.. I love the way he can totally screw with your heads in ways you just didn't expect!

    I hope the unseen pilot gets shown over here too then! I'll give the conventions a miss though.. I not quite that much of an anorak LOL (no offence to anyone who goes!!!)
     
  5. Noble Alex

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    Oh, I thought the show was about dolls that come alive. Hmm, weird to think that now.
     
  6. superintelligentone

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    They are "Dolls" as they are figures that you can play with whichever way you want them to. *Hint, hint. Nudge, nudge. Say no more, say no more* :LOL:

    The show hinted at clients being able to hiring a Doll to recreate a great experience with a loved one who may have passed away, or left them. They didn't say the dolls could be used for sex, but they didn't say that it was out of bounds either. :tongue:

    The show seemed to concentrate on programming abilities into the dolls for special ops in later episodes.
     
  7. Noble Alex

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    So basically witchcraft, right? Hmm, I know just the person who loves that type of show. :D
     
  8. superintelligentone

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    No, more like Hi-tech brainwashing.

    The "Dolls" are the term used to describe the people who've volunteered to have hi-tech mind reprogramming as people-for-hire. When their mission is over, the programmed personality is withdrawn and the person become child-like in mentality. The company is sinester in their motivation; the Dolls reprogramming and deprogramming is a painful process that the Dolls can't remember. They are dolls since they are being manipulated.
     
  9. Azhria Lilu

    Azhria Lilu Rocket Ranger

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    Absolutely no witchcraft involved, it's all science based Alex.
     
  10. Azhria Lilu

    Azhria Lilu Rocket Ranger

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    DOLLHOUSE season 2 will hit UK screens this October,exclusively on the SCI FI channel.



    The series will kick off on Tuesday 20 October at 10pm, with adouble-bill of the first two episodes. It will then continue weekly in the sametime slot.
     
  11. superintelligentone

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    http://ausiellofiles...into-dollhouse/

     
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    http://www.dollverse.com/2009/09/summer-glau-staying-on-dollhouse-alexis-update/
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vows_(Dollhouse)

    "Vows" is the premiere of the second season of the American science fiction television series Dollhouse and the show's 14th episode overall. The episode was written and directed by series creator and executive producer Joss Whedon, and aired in the United States on FOX on September 25, 2009.[1] Vows follows the first season finale, Omega, and takes places several months after the events of that episode. Therefore, it is set in the present as opposed to the unaired thirteenth episode, Epitaph One.

    In the episode, Echo is sent on an engagement as a young woman who marries an elusive international arms dealer and Ballard is offered a position as Echo's new handler. Dr. Saunders struggles with the revelation that she is a Doll and gets some surprising revelations from Topher. A U.S. Senator starts an investigation into the Rossum Corporation. The episode was met with mostly positive reviews.

    Plot

    The episode starts with Echo getting an imprint. Paul Ballard is seemingly concerned at whether Echo can handle this, but Topher reassures Ballard everything will be fine. During the imprinting process, Topher experiences glitches with his computer and suspects it is Dr. Saunders who is messing with him and goes to sleep. Adelle and Boyd discuss the dangers of keeping Ballard on staff, but Adelle seems unphased. Echo is then seen on an engagement and is getting married.

    Topher wakes up and finds that there are rats in the cupboard placed in there by Dr. Saunders. Topher calls Dr. Saunders, who accuses Topher of faulty imprinting and Topher quickly rebuffs this saying that his work is perfection and her "mental health" is her fault. Boyd then walks into the room to speak with Dr. Saunders, handing in a report about Victor and his plastic surgery to mend his scars. Dr. Saunders does speak up about how Victor was given the surgery and not her, but says she is fine with it. Boyd asks her out to dinner but Dr. Saunders declines, saying she is scared of open spaces and it is just how she was made. Boyd rebuffs this saying it is an excuse and ultimately we are all a series of excuses.

    Echo returns to Paul after spending the night with her "husband". It turns out Ballard is using Echo as an undercover agent to finally put the people away that he missed during his time at the FBI. Echo is then brought in for a check-up and whilst under examination by Dr. Saunders, she recalls an engagement they had together. Echo calls Dr. Saunders Whiskey and they re-account the details that sent Echo to the number one doll. In Adelle's office, Senator Perin is investigating the Rossum Corporation for with holding medical advancements. Boyd immediately suspects Ballard, but Ballard disregards the accusations. Adelle then offers Ballard the position of Echo's handler given how much he cares for her, despite how unhealthy it seems. Meanwhile it seems Echo has been found out. There have been photos taken of her and Paul Ballard drawing suspicious towards her.

    Dr. Saunders tries to seduce Topher while he is trying to sleep. Dr. Saunders hypothesizes that she was programmed to hate Topher so they would fall in love, in a sense something that is more real than a "love slave". Topher declines Dr. Saunders sexual advancements and in a heated exchange, Topher reveals that he had not programmed her to hate him. He only programmed her to disagree with him so that they would not miss "something" that could potentially hurt the dolls. The decision to hate was made only by Dr. Saunders. Dr. Saunders subsequently breaks down under this information and Topher is trying to comfort her. It is revealed Dr. Saunders chose not to find out who she was in "Omega" because she doesn't want to give the body back to the original personality, thereby "dying" as Whiskey/Saunders.

    Echo's husband confronts Echo with the picture of her and Paul Ballard. She is struck in the head and this seemingly triggers her past imprints. As she is about to talk herself out of her situation she states that she is Eleanor Penn (from "Ghost"). She is subsequently confused about her state of mind. Echo's husband then goes to make his arms deal bringing Echo with her. Ballard follows her and calls Topher who notices spikes in her feed and is alarmed that her handler did not call it. Ballard goes in by himself and then accusses Echo of failing the engagement and strikes her several times, trying to make her recall the "fighter" imprint "Man on the Street". They are able to disable all the guards and stop the arms deal. Dr. Saunder leaves the Dollhouse, leaving only a note for Boyd saying "I'm running out of excuses". Victor's scars have fully healed and he and Sierra and seen holding hands walking together. Echo reveals to Ballard that she can recall her imprints, even hear them, but she knows none of them are her real self and she asks for help from Ballard. He then takes up the offer from Adelle and becomes her new handler.
     
  14. superintelligentone

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    I've seen reports that FOX TV is cancelling Dollhouse. [​IMG]
    http://paralleluniverse.msn.com/features/tv/dollhouse-cancelled/story/

    Hi-Tech Prostitution service? The writer doesn't know what he's talking about. [​IMG]
     
  15. grazze

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    Nice show. But i never watch it regular....
     
  16. superintelligentone

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    Dollhouse - second from last episode.

    A very good episode. It was suitable as a finale on its own.

    So Dollhouse's "Marcus Dixon" turned out to be their "Arvin Sloane".
    I liked the show because of Elisa Dushku and the writing of Joss Whedon. Too bad that FOX-TV didn't have confidence in it. I wonder why NBC hasn't considered putting it into their wide open 10 PM schedule?
     
  17. IllusionRock

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    This show made by Joss Whedon and starred Elizu Dushku (better known as Faith from Buffy). And Amy Acker also made a guest star in it.

    This show wasn't that bad to begin with. The show is about people that have "allegedly" gone missing and that they have their minds erased to this seedy organisation which then "lends" them out (with financial gain of course) and the people who have their minds erased are refereed to as "dolls". And are imprinted with other deceased people minds and abilities, they then take on missions depending on the client as to what they want them to do.

    Echo (Dushku) is beginning to "awake" from the mind erasing procedure and becoming more self-aware of herself.

    Series 1 was a really good intro in to the show. How ever Fox (the shows network) put some really heavy pressure on it to do better.

    Series 2 was seen as a flop (by Fox network bosses) and Fox have now canceled it.

    If you have or are seeing this show what are your opinions of the show and its demise?.
     
  18. Tim

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    I cannot remember when I stopped watching it. I know it was at the beginning of the second season. I remember thinking it was just not interesting anymore and I had better things to do.

    I suppose this agrees with that statement but I cannot adequately explain it any better unless I sit down to a marathon viewing and analyse where I stopped watching it. And like I've pointed out before, I dodn't want to reach that point and feel once more, I have better things to do with my life :) deja vu!
     
  19. Kevin

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    I have to admit... I've never seen a full episode.
    :eek:
     
  20. superintelligentone

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    Spoiler warning

    http://dollhouse.wik...m/wiki/Timeline

    Dollhouse Timeline

    Late 1980s

    Rumors of the Dollhouse circulate in Los Angeles

    1993
    Clyde Randolph, co-founder of Rossum Corporation, is betrayed by his college friend and business partner and becomes the first human node of the Rossum mainframe.

    Mid-2000s
    Carl William Craft's criminal career ends and he is sent to prison. He joins the Dollhouse and becomes Alpha Whiskey joins the Dollhouse Anthony Ceccoli, an Afghanistan war veteran, joins the Dollhouse as Victor to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder

    Three years Before "Ghost" (Premiere Episode)
    Laurence Dominic works with Adelle DeWitt and becomes her chief of security and right hand Topher Brink joins the Los Angeles Dollhouse and significantly improves the imprinting technology

    "A few years ago "Before "Ghost"
    Alpha and Whiskey go rogue on an engagement. Alpha shows signs of growing awareness.

    Two years and three months "Before "Ghost"
    Caroline Farrell and Leo raid the Rossum Corporation lab at Freemont College. Leo is shot and killed. Adelle DeWitt attempts to recruit Caroline for the Dollhouse, but Caroline evades her.

    Two years "Before "Ghost"
    Madeline Costley joins the Los Angeles Dollhouse as November. The Washington DC Dollhouse imprints Daniel Perrin as a modified version of himself to gain political power. Caroline infiltrates the LA Dollhouse and finds files on herself and Bennett Halverson.

    Twenty-one months "Before "Ghost"
    In Tucson, Caroline befriends Bennett and enlists her aid in infiltrating the Rossum lab. Caroline plants bombs, but finds a lab with human test subjects. Despite Caroline's efforts, the bombs go off. Bennett is trapped in the rubble, her arm crushed and paralyzed. Caroline leaves Bennett so that she and not Bennett is captured by Laurence and Adelle. Adelle sends Caroline to meet Clyde 2.0 and the mysterious other head of Rossum.

    Eighteen months "Before "Ghost"
    Caroline Farrell agrees to join the Dollhouse and becomes Echo. (Before November 2008, as she was unaware of the outcome of the 2008 US presidential election. In Vows, Adelle says Echo has 3 years left on her contract, and we're assuming Vows occurs approximately six months AG.) Alpha becomes obsessed with Echo.

    Fourteen months "Before "Ghost"
    The FBI assigns agent Paul Ballard to investigate the Dollhouse Paul divorces his wife.

    Three months "Before "Ghost"
    Alpha slashes Whiskey's face, experiences a composite event and kills his handler, Echo's handler, Dr. Saunders, at least two Actives and several other people, as well as destroying his personality backup. He then escapes the Dollhouse. Whiskey is long-term imprinted as Dr. Claire Saunders The Dollhouse staff are told that Alpha has been hunted down and killed. Boyd Langton joins the dollhouse as Echo's handler (only a few days after the Alpha incident) November long-term imprinted as Mellie and moves in as Paul's neighbor Nolan Kinnard's seduction of artist Priya Tsetsang fails. He induces paranoid schizophrenia in her, has her institutionalized, and arranges for the Dollhouse to recruit her.

    "Ghost" - Premiere Episode
    Main article: Ghost
    Caroline has a meeting with Adelle DeWitt, the boss of the Dollhouse, discussing the problems she is running away from. Adelle offers her a five-year stay at the Dollhouse, and Caroline decides to become an Active of the Dollhouse. Actives have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Hired by the wealthy, powerful and connected, the Actives don't just perform their hired roles; they wholly become – with mind, personality and physiology – whomever the client wants or needs them to be.

    Victor imprinted as Lubov and begins to misinform Paul Priya Tsetsang is sent to the Dollhouse by Nolan Kinnard and becomes Sierra, replacing a previous Sierra. Alpha sends Paul Ballard a picture of Caroline Farrell Echo begins to show signs of growing awareness

    After Ghost

    Victor misleads Paul into being shot by Russian mobsters, but he survives. Alpha arranges for Echo to be hunted Alpha remote wipes Echo in her "Taffy" persona Alpha sends Paul a video of Caroline Farrell Paul tracks down Joel Mynor, a Dollhouse client, and briefly meets Echo Boyd discovers Joe Hearn raping Sierra. Adelle De Witt has him killed by activating November's killer sub-personality. Paul receives a message from the mole inside the Dollhouse via Echo. Echo frames Paul for shooting a police officer. The FBI suspends Paul. Echo exposes Laurence Dominic as the NSA infiltrator, who is sent to the Attic. Adelle promotes Boyd to chief of security. Alpha kills and impersonates Steven Kepler, to mislead Paul Ballard Paul and Alpha infiltrate the Dollhouse. Alpha slashes Victor's face, abducts Echo and steals her wedges. Alpha briefly creates "Omega", a composite of all of Echo's imprints, who rebels against him. Paul cooperates with Boyd to track down Alpha and saves Caroline's backup wedge from destruction. Paul agrees to be a contractor for the Dollhouse in exchange for releasing November and returning her to her original identity, Madelaine Costley. Claire learns of her status as an Active, but does not investigate her original identity. (end of season 1)


    Start of Season 2
    Senator Daniel Perrin targets Rossum for investigation. Adelle orders the reconstruction of Victor's face. Whiskey/Dr. Saunders flees the Dollhouse. Echo can remember her other identities. Paul becomes Echo's handler. An unknown source gives Perrin information about the Dollhouse. Topher develops an early version of remote wiping/imprinting technology. Nolan Kinnard attempts to purchase Sierra permanently from the Dollhouse. Topher imprints Sierra with Priya's original personality. Priya kills Kennard in self-defense. Topher and Boyd cover up the murder and return Priya to the Sierra imprint. Boyd secretly gives Echo an all access security pass. Perrin presents Madeline Costley to the media as a victim of the Dollhouse Echo is used to frame Perrin for adultery, but instead Perrin is revealed to be an Active, with his wife Cindy Perrin as his handler. Perrin and Echo are taken to the Washington DC Dollhouse, where Bennett Halverson tortures Echo and imprints Echo with some of Benett's memories. Benett then lets Echo and Perrin escape. Benett remote imprints Perrin as an assassin to kill Echo, killing his handler Cindy Perrin along the way. Topher shuts down the assassin imprint. Perrin tells the Senate that Rossum is being framed by its competitors, that Madeline is delusional, and there is no Dollhouse, as was planned. Echo, in doll state, flees into the Washington DC area. Madeline Costley is captured by the DC Dollhouse. Echo and Paul meet secretly. Echo develops a high degree of control over her ability to access her imprints. Matthew Harding demotes Adelle and takes over direct management of the LA Dollhouse. Topher constructs a prototype remote wiping and imprinting device, but keeps it a secret from Harding. Adelle gives Topher's plans to Harding to regain control of her branch. Echo and Paul return to the Dollhouse. Alpha kills most of Echo's romantic engagement clients, then infiltrates the LA Dollhouse. He uses his own technology to make the Actives turn on the staff, then scans and wipes Paul, then imprints Paul into himself. Echo is unable to kill Alpha, who escapes. Paul is left comatose. Victor's contract expires and he returns to his former identity of Anthony Ceccoli. He is recruited by Scytheon, a private military company subsidiary of Rossum, and absorbed into a military group mind. Boyd takes control over the Dollhouse from a drunken Adelle, and sends Echo and Sierra (imprinted as Priya) to rescue Anthony. Adelle sobers up. Topher and Ivy repair Paul's brain, though the a cost of his love for Echo. Adelle sends Echo, Anthony and Priya to the Attic. In the Attic, Echo meets Laurence Dominic and Clyde Randolph, one of the two founders of Rossum, and learns the purpose of the Attic, and sees the predicted collapse of civilization. Echo, Anthony and Priya escape the Attic, and join Adelle in her conspiracy against Rossum (along with Boyd, Paul, Topher and Ivy). Topher, Paul and Anthony abduct Bennett from the DC Dollhouse so that she can reconstruct the damaged wedge containing Caroline Farrell. Paul also rescues back Madeline/November. Boyd brings Claire back to the Dollhouse. Clive Ambrose attempts to arrest Adelle, only to be shot by Boyd. Adelle orders that all the Actives be given their original identities back, then prepares the Dollhouse for lockdown. Echo sends Anthony and Priya away for their own safety. Laurence escapes the Attic, but can't survive long outside of it. Adelle sends him back, to help their plans from inside the Rossum mainframe. November is imprinted as Mellie. Claire kills Bennett. Topher recovers from shock, sends Ivy away, and finishes work on the Caroline wedge. Rosssum troops invade the Dollhouse just as Echo is imprinted with Caroline. Boyd returns to the LA Dollhouse and drugs Echo so she seems insane. He and the others head to Rossum headquarters in Tucson, Arizona to destroy the mainframe. They also meet Whiskey imprinted as Clive Ambrose. Boyd manipulates Topher into completing a hand-portable remote wipe-imprint gun. Echo recovers and exposes Boyd. Boyd explains his plan to expose Caroline Farrell to multiple wipes so that she would develop an immunity, and that would be the basis for a vaccination-like treatment. Tony and Priya return to the abandoned LA Dollhouse. Tony is imprinted with Topher and then upgrades himself with combat skills. Rossum scientists attempt to harvest Echo's spinal fluid. Tony and Priya infiltrate Rossum headquarters and rescue Echo. Paul and Mellie attempt to destroy the mainframe's cooling system. Boyd uses a recording of Adelle to activate Mellie's killer programming. Mellie resists for a moment and shoots herself. Echo fights Whiskey/Clive. Topher uses the wipe-imprint gun to wipe and imprint Boyd as an Active. Echo orders imprinted Boyd to take a bomb into the chamber containing the Rossum mainframe.

    Future Events
    (Order of events is unclear)

    Rossum begins selling "full body upgrades", copying wealthy clients into Actives permanently. Adelle objects to this and turns against Rossum. (Possibly a distorted memory or fantasy belonging to Topher or Adelle.) Topher devises a way of transmitting wipes and imprints via phone lines. Laurence Dominic is re-imprinted to his original body and confronts Adelle DeWitt. Mass wipes and imprints convert most people into "Dumbshows" or "Butchers", causing society to collapse. Topher goes insane from guilt over the use of his technology. The Dollhouse becomes a shelter and community for the Actives, including Anthony, Priya, Adelle and Claire. Caroline/Echo, along with Paul, return to the Dollhouse to make multiple backups of herself to guide others to "Safe Haven". Whiskey is wiped, or reverts, to her Active state and remains alone in the Dollhouse.

    2019
    Events of special "Epitaph One". A group of refugees (mainly "actuals") stumble into the abandoned Los Angeles Dollhouse and meet Whiskey. Caroline/Echo is imprinted into a young girl, Iris, and they leave in search of "Safe Haven."

    2020
    Finale http://dollhouse.wik...aph_Two:_Return
    An evolved, peaceful version of Alpha reconstructs the Dollhouse, inhabited by doll-state Actives.

    Iris the child imprinted with Echo's personality, Zone and Mag are rescued by Paul and Echo in a Rossum Compound in Tucson called Neuroplolis. There, Matthew Harding lives on in a series of bodies along with Clive Ambrose, the last of Rossum's cabal of leaders.

    Paul's true mission: to rescue Topher. Topher has been kidnapped by Rossum in order to amplify his tech to complete a global mind-wipe. For each day that he failed to accomplish his task, a new innocent victim was murdered in front of him. As a result, Topher has fallen into apparently irreparable schizophrenia. However, he reveals to his friends that he has secretly forced himself to design a way to restore the world to its true order.

    Echo, after assassinating Harding once more (despite his taunts that backup copies of his mind remain), leads the group to Safe Haven, where Adelle DeWitt and Priya Tsetsang are living together with a young boy named T, who is Priya's son. After introductions, the group discusses the implications of what Topher is capable of, and they realize that if they used the tech, it would mind-wipe all with Active architecture, so that they would forget. In order to keep their minds and to get Topher the tech they need, they must all go underground and return to the Los Angeles Dollhouse. Caroline reveals to Paul that Echo is still in love with him, even if she won't say it.

    Anthony Ceccoli and a group of fierce tech-head warriors arrive in order to transport them to Los Angeles, which is now a war zone. Priya reveals that Tony's addiction to self-improvement by the tech has led to their breaking up, and that T is Tony's son. Tony and Priya agreed to keep T away from any and all technology, and thus away from Tony. T has no idea that Tony is his father. Zone and Mag argue about what to do, and Zone finally gives in and agrees to go with them. Mag reveals that she is a lesbian and begins flirting with Kilo, who has joined the tech-heads.

    On the road trip, Priya and Tony fight about what he gave up in order to continue down the technological path, and she tells him that he did everything for her but the one thing she asked him to. He tells her that he's been fighting the war for her, and for their son, and they can't come to an agreement. Adelle continues to try to coax Topher to calm down, but even with Caroline's help she can't. It is revealed that the tech-heads can't download any new skills without taking one away, and that only Echo can retain all of her imprints at once. Paul mentions that Echo now has at least 100 imprints living within her, in her complete control.

    Meanwhile, Echo and Paul talk about Echo's loneliness, and how she never lets him in, even though they both want to. He indicates that they've been together sometimes when Echo was sure they were about to die, and Echo can't refute his words. They come to an understanding, though it is unresolved. When the group arrives in Los Angeles, they are met by the butchers. A vicious fight ensues as the group struggles to make it to the Dollhouse. When Mag is shot in the legs, Paul goes to help her and is shot in the head by a butcher. Echo takes the rest inside and seals themselves in.

    There, they meet Alpha, who has taken over the Los Angeles Dollhouse and has turned it into a refuge for dolls once more, taking them all in. Apparently in the ten years since he downloaded Paul Ballard's personality within himself, Alpha has grown and evolved into a calm and peaceful person, who helped Echo develop Safe Haven. He and Echo and Victor embrace, and he displays grief at Paul's sudden death, which Echo won't yet face. Topher begins to work on the tech.

    Priya is horrified that she is once more within the Dollhouse and begins to take her anger at Tony out on the imprints. Echo joins her and forces her to understand how important it is that Tony is in love with her, and finally breaks down and grieves for Paul, that her one true love is gone and she is alone once more.

    Upstairs, the tech-heads stage an insurrection, led by Romeo, who wants all of the technology within the Dollhouse for himself. They don't want the world to go back to the way it was, because they have adapted themselves to thrive in this new world. Alpha reveals that he can still call on his imprints and helps Echo dispatch them quickly. Tony renounces the tech. Adelle leads Topher to his bedchamber, still decorated with religious symbols and mathematical books. Alpha remarked that he left it that way because it spoke to "the schizophrenic" in him. Topher, back in his comfort zone, quickly decodes what he must do.

    Topher uses a video recording of Bennett Halverson that she had used as a Rossum instructional tool before the mass-wipe. In hindsight, Bennett in this video not only gives technical instructions but also inspirational advice when she declares identity as being predominantly defined by our momentary actions. Topher is visibly deeply moved by this thought and manages to lapse out of his guilt-induced shizophrenia. He then tenderly touches the recording of her lips and thanks her for the final stage. Topher reveals that a bomb must be activated manually from a high point, sending the signal into the ionosphere where it will cover the world and restore everyone to their original minds. He will kill himself to avoid hurting anyone else, and leaves Adelle the task of cleanup. He remarks that Adelle's job is harder.

    Adelle and Echo say goodbye, and Adelle remarks that it's ironic that the final fantasy the Dollhouse will grant will be Echo's. Echo says that she has no fantasies left, and Adelle hugs her goodbye. Alpha has left, in case he returns to the mind of Carl William Craft, a burgeoning serial killer and Alpha's original human personality. Mag and Zone say goodbye, and Zone promises to take care of Caroline when she turns back into a little girl. Mag reveals that she was a sociology student at Berkeley, and Zone reveals that he was a landscape architect.

    Priya introduces T to Tony, and T reveals that he is named Tony after his father. Adelle, the shepherd of the dolls once more, leads the wiped dolls outside, leaving everyone else inside who must stay for a year to be protected from the wipes. Topher travels to Adelle's office at the top of the building and, after turning to look at the wall of pictures labeled "To Remember," detonates the blast, killing himself and releasing the cure into the world.

    The wiped humans all get knocked out and wake up with their minds restored. Zone takes a confused little girl under his wing, and Adelle returns to the Dollhouse, knowing that there are still by-products of Rossum left to be hunted down and destroyed, such as the original copies of Harding, Ambrose, and Clyde Randolph. Echo finds a gift from Alpha and loads herself into the chair once more to see what the imprint wedge is. She realizes that Alpha has given her the full imprint of Paul Ballard. Since Echo can control the imprints living within her, she and Paul can converse whenever they want, and she'll literally carry her lover inside of her for the rest of her days.

    As Adelle returns to the Dollhouse, Priya, Tony, and T reunite, and the world begins to finally set itself to rights, Echo lies down in her old sleeping pod with a smile on her face and goes to sleep for the last time, dreaming of Paul and a world restored to sanity.

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