Dan Aughey

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "True Believer"

In this week's Tim Minear-scripted episode of Dollhouse, Echo's imprinted with the personality of Esther Carpenter, a blind religious zealot led by the Lord to a religious compound in Arizona. Unbeknownst to Esther, the Lord who sent her on this pilgrimage is Topher and she's only blind due to the fact that her eyes are being used as cameras in an ATF investigation.

Besides being one of the show's strongest episodes yet, "True Believer" was also extremely topical. No, I don't think it's 1993 and we're in the wake of the Waco siege. I'm talking about the eye cameras. You may have read about San Francisco artist Tanya Vlach. Tanya lost her eye in a car accident four years ago and ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Grey Hour"

Echo's imprinting experiences a setback, Agent Ballard continues his search for the truth about the Dollhouse, and rogue Alpha causes more trouble for the organization that created him. 

Sound familiar? Yeah. I think I could have put that introduction on the past three blogs and it would still work. As vague as it might be, it would be applicable.  

I should really be more specific. What does TVGuide.com have to say about the episode?

"Echo's stint as a safecracker doesn't go as planned, causing Sierra to be imprinted with a familiar persona. Meanwhile, Ballard delivers an ultimatum to Lubov, and Adelle shares shocking information with Topher."

Yep. Another week, another engagement gone awry ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Stage Fright"

Why go on Fox's American Idol when you could become a pop singer overnight by simply volunteering to work at Adelle DeWitt's Dollhouse? That's what happened to Echo in this week's episode when she's imprinted with the personality of Jordan, a wannabe from Southie who wins a recently vacated backup singer position with pop celebrity Rayna Russell, an ungodly fusion of Beyonce, Shakira and Katy Perry with Aisha Tyler's face. Little does Jordan know she's also been charged with the task of being Kevin Costner to Rayna's Whitney Houston.

Welcome back to TVGuide.com's blog dedicated to Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. While you may have seen the show experienced a dip in ratings during its second week, I can't say ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "The Target"

Welcome back! In this week's episode, Echo found herself in an engagement gone wrong that she wasn't prepared (i.e. imprinted) to deal with. Also, through flashbacks, we also learned more about the mysterious past of the Dollhouse and its staff.

More on that in a bit. First I'd like to address a few things ... read more

Dollhouse Episode Recap: "Ghost"

Eliza Dushku, Dollhouse

Over six years after Fox notoriously disappointed Browncoats everywhere by canceling Joss Whedon's space western, Firefly, Whedon returns once again to the network this week with the pilot episode of his Eliza Dushku vehicle, Dollhouse.

I volunteered to blog about this show months ago, and have thought long and hard about the best way to kick it off. Up until I sat in front of this keyboard, I figured the best way to do so would be to walk through the genesis of Dollhouse. It's true that the show went through a few growing pains, but ... read more

The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Mypods and Broomsticks"

After a week off due to the premiere of 24: Redemption, The Simpsons returned to the airwaves with an episode that featured more than a few references to the Fox network's most infamous counter terrorism programming.  No, not Fox News.  24!  That's right.  It seems as though Fox must be really scared their viewers have forgotten about Jack Bauer and all he's done for this great nation after his year and a half absence from the network.  So, where else to find better advertising than in the shows you currently do have on your network? read more

The Shield Episode Recap: "Family Meeting"

When FX launched its first drama, The Shield, the promoted it with the tagline: "The Road to Justice Is Twisted." If you didn't believe the show had a mission statement from the start you can't deny it now. The Shield's series finale, "Family Meeting", contained everything a great episode of the show should: drama, drugs, twists and heartbreakingly awful decision making. Decisions that have cost and irreparably damaged lives. Some of those decisions weren't necessarily made in this episode, but instead were set up years ago. Vic's own road to justice (Did he really get any? More on that later.) began years ago when he had friends, family, and a great opportunity to run an experimental team in the Farmington district of L.A.

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The Shield Episode Recap: "Possible Kill Screen"

In the ultimate penultimate episode of all time, The Shield's final act prepped itself to close out the series in it's typical, unrelenting fashion.  Double dealing, backstabbing, murder, and drugs were the order of the day in Farmington. Oh, and with a  show like this I suppose I should specify I'm talking about metaphorical backstabbing.

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Homer and Lisa Exchange"

There are two ways of looking at my expectation level for tonight's episode after last week's shockingly bad trip into the pasts of the Simpson family members.  You could argue that because things seemed so bleak last week, any speck of creativity or humor would shine in comparison.  On the other hand, you could also say my claws were only sharpened for this week.  Thankfully my praise for this episode is earned and there are few items which I can take my sharpened claws to.

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Dangerous Curves"

I'm invoking the inalienable right of every Simpsons' fan by using a phrase cultivated by writers of the show themselves via the character of Jeff Albertson, also known as Comic Book Guy — Worst. Episode. Ever.

To be honest with you I found the events of this week's episode so simplistic that I was utterly confused.  I realize Springfield needs to be kept in a suspended state of present which always exists in whatever time period it is in our world... read more

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