It was pretty stellar.
Dollhouse is finally doing what good sci-fi should: asking tough questions. How wrong is it to have a fantasy, and how far are you willing to go for it? How dangerous is knowledge to those we wish to keep naive? And an all time favorite, who can you really trust?
The last episode involved a man who only wishes to be with his with for that one surprise he never got to show her. Echo was suppose to be that woman for that job until FBI agent Paul figured out what was going on and dropped in hoping to get something out of the encounter. He sees Echo, which falters his focus and then talks to the guy who rented Echo out.
This conversation was where I actually gained interest. Patten Oswalt's character, the "renter" of Echo, legitimately lost love at exactly the point where his wife would've been paid back for all her faith in him. He never got to surprise her with the dream home he bought for both of them due to her dying in a car crash when she was driving on her way to the surprise. That's horrible! There's nothing illegitimate about wanting to give her that surprise. This isn't some twisted rich pervert who wants a sex toy for a weekend. This is a guy who has an unrealized dream, and will do anything to have his wife back, even if it's only for a brief time.
I started thinking about it. The Dollhouse is a twisted sort of prostitution, but if I lost the boyfriend in a horrible crash right before everything went right for us, I would be tempted to do the same thing this renter did. Does that make me a bad person? Maybe, but I never said I wasn't one.
This, along with other questions about trust and power, were asked numerous times. And don't forget about the questions you have for specific characters. What the hell are Adelle's motives in the long run? Are Sierra and Victor falling in love, and is that dangerous? Will Paul ever feel satisfied if he ever finds out about Dollhouse? If the 1st episode was more like the 6th episode, I wouldn't have had doubts about Dollhouse like I did before. Joss Whedon is finally showing us the quality programming he knows he can produce.