History Series / Dollhouse

28th Jan '17 5:28:36 PM Wyldchyld
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* SexSells: Echo frequently appears in sexy outfits and situations in the first few scenes of the show. Even though she's often a glorified prostitute and the show tries hard to drive this home, the timing seems like it's also a deliberate attempt to snag viewers. The most obvious offender is "A Spy in the House of Love" (1x09), which features Echo in a [[FetishFuel dominatrix outfit]].

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* SexSells: Echo frequently appears in sexy outfits and situations in the first few scenes of the show. Even though she's often a glorified prostitute and the show tries hard to drive this home, the timing seems like it's also a deliberate attempt to snag viewers. The most obvious offender is "A Spy in the House of Love" (1x09), which features Echo in a [[FetishFuel dominatrix outfit]].outfit.



** When Echo goes undercover as a hooker as part of her "Taffy" persona in "Gray Hour" (1x04), she has [[FetishFuel thigh-high leather boots, with a leather skirt.]] Once the disguise is no longer needed, she changes into something more sensible (and better suited for robbery), but still keeps the high-heeled boots.

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** When Echo goes undercover as a hooker as part of her "Taffy" persona in "Gray Hour" (1x04), she has [[FetishFuel thigh-high leather boots, with a leather skirt.]] skirt. Once the disguise is no longer needed, she changes into something more sensible (and better suited for robbery), but still keeps the high-heeled boots.
22nd Oct '16 2:27:04 PM Xtifr
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* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "The Target" (1x02). [[ShoutOut Subtly]] {{Lampshaded}}, since the baddie's fake name is "Richard Connell," the author of ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame''.

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* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "The Target" (1x02). [[ShoutOut Subtly]] {{Lampshaded}}, since the baddie's fake name is "Richard Connell," the author of ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame''."Literature/TheMostDangerousGame".



** Richard Connell is the name of the guy who wrote ''TheMostDangerousGame''.

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** Richard Connell is the name of the guy who wrote ''TheMostDangerousGame''."Literature/TheMostDangerousGame".
14th Sep '16 6:55:50 PM gewunomox
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** Stage Fright shouts out to BritneySpears, basically, her entire life, singing for the (Mickey) Mouse, having a ''Show your junk'' breakdown, and ContractualPurity via MadonnaWhoreComplex , being sweet and down to earth but having street cred, and even, to a degree, the feel trapped/seek for freedom issue pop stars like her have had, the pop star herself is a mesh of Britney, dance moves/outfits, and another generic pop star, and Beyonce.

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** Stage Fright shouts out to BritneySpears, Music/BritneySpears, basically, her entire life, singing for the (Mickey) Mouse, having a ''Show your junk'' breakdown, and ContractualPurity via MadonnaWhoreComplex , being sweet and down to earth but having street cred, and even, to a degree, the feel trapped/seek for freedom issue pop stars like her have had, the pop star herself is a mesh of Britney, dance moves/outfits, and another generic pop star, and Beyonce.
6th Jul '16 3:36:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* CopsNeedTheVigilante: The Dollhouse is once hired to assist a DEA operation. As the Dollhouse is already an illegal entity, everyone involved is up front about the iffy nature of this operation.
10th Jun '16 6:44:18 PM darkchiefy
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* FiveYearPlan: the Actives are meant to be released with their original personalities after five years.
6th Jun '16 5:52:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "The Target" (1x02). [[ShoutOut Subtly]] {{Lampshaded}}, since the baddie's fake name is "Richard Connell," the author of ''TheMostDangerousGame''.

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* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "The Target" (1x02). [[ShoutOut Subtly]] {{Lampshaded}}, since the baddie's fake name is "Richard Connell," the author of ''TheMostDangerousGame''.''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame''.
4th Jun '16 9:38:30 PM gewunomox
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** Adelle [=DeWitt=], resident [[TheStoic stoic]] and [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] is possibly a shout out to ''AllAboutEve'' and the character Addison [=DeWitt=].

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** Adelle [=DeWitt=], resident [[TheStoic stoic]] and [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] is possibly a shout out to ''AllAboutEve'' ''Film/AllAboutEve'' and the character Addison [=DeWitt=].
21st May '16 1:00:40 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: [[spoiler: Alpha. Daniel's "wife" Cindy is a BlondesAreEvil female example]].
20th May '16 3:46:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* BigBad: We always knew Rossum was bad news, and as of "Getting Closer" (2x11), we know just who is in charge: ''[[spoiler:Boyd Langton]]''. [[{{HSQ}} Holy shit.]]
20th May '16 3:45:23 AM Morgenthaler
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** As Echo said to Daniel Perrin in "The Public Eye" (2x05) about [[spoiler:Daniel's wife/handler]], "I think her bad guys are badder than my bad guys."
** Even the leads are morally compromised: Ballard's obsession with the Dollhouse leads him to do some morally questionable things, while Caroline (before she became Echo) was portrayed as a reckless, shortsighted activist/terrorist whose obsession with the Rossum Corporation led to [[spoiler: her boyfriend being murdered and her best friend losing the use of her left arm.]]
** See also Topher and [[spoiler:Whiskey/Saunders]]. He seems to be rather conscience-stricken with regards to [[spoiler:her]] condition once [[spoiler:Saunders realizes that she is a former doll]].
** Adelle [[spoiler:used Victor for several "romantic engagements" and ultimately would have allowed Sierra to be permanently given to the man who had put her in the Dollhouse as his personal revenge, but eventually takes a stand against Rossum]].
** On the other hand, Rossum and Alpha are clearly evil, so they could be seen as the "black" part of the show's black and gray morality. [[spoiler: That is, if you forget about Alpha's role in Epitaphs One and Two.]]

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** As Echo said to Daniel Perrin in "The Public Eye" (2x05) about [[spoiler:Daniel's wife/handler]], --->'''Echo:''' "I think her bad guys are badder than my bad guys."
** Even the leads are morally compromised: Ballard's obsession with the Dollhouse leads him to do some morally questionable things, while Caroline (before she became Echo) was portrayed as a reckless, shortsighted activist/terrorist whose obsession with the Rossum Corporation led to [[spoiler: her boyfriend being murdered and her best friend losing the use of her left arm.]]
** See also Topher and [[spoiler:Whiskey/Saunders]]. He seems to be rather conscience-stricken with regards to [[spoiler:her]] condition once [[spoiler:Saunders realizes that she is a former doll]].
** Adelle [[spoiler:used Victor for several "romantic engagements" and ultimately would have allowed Sierra to be permanently given to the man who had put her in the Dollhouse as his personal revenge, but eventually takes a stand against Rossum]].
** On the other hand, Rossum and Alpha are clearly evil, so they could be seen as the "black" part of the show's black and gray morality. [[spoiler: That is, if you forget about Alpha's role in Epitaphs One and Two.]]
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