Well, as everyone expected, Joss Whedon's new show "Dollhouse" was canceled by Fox after just one season, causing fans to go completely crazy and ... what? Wait, it didn't get canceled? What is this madness you speak of? They put it on the Friday death slot and it barely had any viewers! There's magic in the air, and "Dollhouse" fans were given their biggest Christmas wish: one more season of this increasingly strong show. It had ups and downs in the first year, but by the second half things were ironing out and the return of Alpha was truly delightful. Now it's time to get back inside and see how the Dolls and the disturbed regular humans are doing in that peaceful place of sin. It's good to be back!

Ballard is now working for the Dollhouse, which seems about as weird as it sounds, but he isn't pretending to be anything other than a double agent. He's there until he can find a way to bring them down, and Adelle knows it. Meanwhile, he's contracted Echo to help him bring down a weapons dealers, and omg "Battlestar Galactica" fangirl moment, it's Jamie Bamber AKA Lee 'Apollo' Adama. Squeal. He is playing an evil weapon dealer who Echo has married and is secretly investigating. She thinks she's an FBI agent working with Ballard, and he's trying not to fall into bed with another Doll. And by trying, I mean he's totally making puppy dog eyes at her.

Boyd is not too pleased with Ballard's position in the Dollhouse, but he's a little more interested in what is going on with Whiskey/Claire. She's been fixing up Victor's face and dealing with the knowledge she is a Doll. Couldn't she just have them erase that knowledge, or wouldn't they have done it to her already? In any case she's going slowly crazy and wants to make Topher join her. She plays pranks on him and shows up naked in his bed at one point. It's a very weird scene, especially considering the otherwise geeky, moral-deprived scientist doesn't seem to go for it.

You really think he would, but he seems to have a twisted heart here and admits he didn't make her 'hate' him. He just had her argue with him, but she chose to hate him all on her lonesome. Which seems to hurt his feelings. Aw. Boyd asks Whiskey out to dinner, but she admits she's been programmed to never want to leave. At the end of the episode we see her finally breaking out, and hopefully this won't be the last time we see Amy Acker on the show. She has another pilot to attend to, but Whiskey is turning out to be a fantastic character. It'd be a shame to lose her for good.

Back in Ballard's twisted version of using the Dollhouse for good, Apollo (he's no one else, okay, he's Apollo!) figures out that Echo is a spy of sorts. She almost manages to calm him down, but then she starts remembering all her personalities at once. Nice job fixing that, Topher. Ballard realizes what is going on and manages to save her by pushing her memories until she connects to one in particular: the super agent assassin that attacked him last season. She then kicks butt and saves the day. Adelle asks Ballard to be Echo's handler, which creeps him out at first, but after having a heart to heart with her he changes his mind. She confesses she remembers things, and asks if he will help her. His eyes become giant cartoon hearts, and he becomes her handler.

A few important sidenotes: Victor and Sierra are basically ignored this episode. It's a shame, although they do fix Victor's face and Sierra is a racist dominatrix at one point. The two still seem to have that romantic connection, and hopefully we'll get back to their stories soon. Also, on another exciting fangirl moment, Alexis Denisof (Wesley from "Angel") appears as a politician who is placing himself as an adversary to the Rossum Corporation and the Dollhouse. He should be guest starring for several episodes. This was a great opening overall to a new season: a fresh start, some tight writing, solid acting sequences, and twisted morals. If "Dollhouse" can manage to claim new viewers, somehow, it might just live this year. As it is, the axe is hanging close to this off-beat science fiction show. Cross your fingers.

"Dollhouse" is on FOX Friday nights at 9 PM EST.

Dollhouse Cast: Eliza Dushku, Harry J. Lennix, Fran Kranz, Tahmoh Penikett, Enver Gjokaj, Dichen Lachman, Olivia Williams

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Story by Chelsea Doyle
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