“The Left Hand”
Written by Tracy Bellomo
Directed by Wendey Stanzler
Bennett continues torturing Echo with the mind-wipe thing. She gives Echo her own memory of being abandoned by Caroline while her arm was pinned under a boulder, and she also makes Echo’s left arm useless. Adelle and Topher go to D.C. to steal the brain map of Senator Perrin so they can find out what Rossum wants him for. Topher imprints Victor to be a second Topher, and they work together, being twice as much fun as just one Topher. They manage to wake Perrin up before he gets mind-wiped, and he and Echo escape together. Bennett’s people go after them, including Mrs. Perrin. They make it to Perrin’s childhood...estate, where they change clothes and try to figure out where to go next. Bennett sends a sleeper active signal to Perrin, so he goes all Terminator on Echo and the Dollhouse operatives who show up. Before the Tophers can deactivate it, he strangles Mrs. Perrin to death. He can’t handle the responsibility of being her killer, even if it wasn’t something he was conscious of doing, so he lets them wipe him and use him in the congressional hearing. He weaves a fabulous lie about how Rossum is the victim of a bunch of other greedy companies, and Madeline Costley is a crazy woman who’s been tricked by them. Madeline ends up in the D.C. Dollhouse at Bennett’s mercy, and Echo is alone in doll state in an unfamiliar city.
More arc stuff! I love it. The writing is amazing in this one. Awesome dialogue and a roller-coaster of a plot. Victor!Topher is the best role Enver has had a chance to play, I super ship Topher/Bennett even though she’s a bit of an evil mad scientist, and Rossum just gets scarier and more powerful every episode. S2 is on a roll.
Things I Liked
Things I Didn’t
In “Belonging,” Topher had the moral dilemma of helping someone or following orders in a situation with massive consequences behind either choice. In this one, he has to choose between loyalty to his very powerful new crush and to Echo, who needs his help. He chooses Echo! Things are looking promising for Topher’s moral alignment. I think he started out as True Neutral and now he’s leaning towards Chaotic Good.
Echo’s getting better and better at overcoming her programming. Her being out in the world without a current imprint should be really interesting. And it’s fascinating that she’s developed enough autonomy to be afraid of Caroline. I wonder if that’s how amnesia patients feel if they’ve lived without their old memories long enough to feel relatively comfortable with who they are. Remembering could change everything.
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