***Spoiler Included*** Review - Dollhouse 1.01 - Ghost - Featured

OK, a new show from the creators of the Buffyverse would certainly cause some stir as Dollhouse hits our screens. So what did we think? Is this going to be a fateful Firefly fiasco or manage to maybe last a few seasons like Tru Calling? We'll see.


The pilot gave us the layout of the character Echo from the very beginning as she is recruited to the Dollhouse, which in itself seems a little strange as her first task is to be some dude's girl at a party. Hmmmm. Why so secretive? That answer is obvious as we later learn that the technicians of the Dollhouse are stealing peoples personalities so they can be imprinted onto others for use in hiring them for special tasks. Who runs this organisation I hear you say? Well it seems some british woman does but we have still to find out her motives.


So in this episode we have Eliza Dushku become a hostage negotiator to smooth out the dealings of a kidnapped girl. Her personality is the best equipped for this situation so Echo becomes Eleanor Penn and gets to work. Not a lot of explanation has been given so far behind how the team at the Dollhouse are able to do this, but I'm sure that will become evident in the next few weeks. To be honest, I don't thnk too much explanation is needed how they are 'imprinted' but I feel a little depth into how the personalities are extracted from people would be good. We have already learned this week that Echo's personality of Eleanor Penn was being used after the woman had died. Confusing yes, so when are they extracted? Before or after death?


Well, the whole hostage situation goes wrong when the personality remembers one of the kidnappers from her former life. Lo and behold, the girl is rescued but all the kidnappers are killed by the mystery blonde Dollhouse agent Sierra. That was actually my favourite part of the episode.


A lot of set-up was done for the upcoming episodes. We have a guy (FBI?) trying to tack down the Dollhouse and in the final scenes we have another mystery person who I think is trying to track down Echo herself. Probably some delicious back story to go along with it there.


All in all, quite an enjoyable piece from Mr Whedon and Miss Dushku. But the worries are still there. Can Eliza Dushku be someone different every week? Is the main plot going to be too vague as it just tries to be quirky and mysterious without real substance? I really feel the other Dollhouse agents should be main characters as even though the show will be focused on Echo, I don't think it should constantly be about her. This has the danger of just being the same thing every week as in 'She gets a personality, there's a hitch, she saves the day. End credits'.


So to sum up, it was entertaining and it was just the first episode so maybe let it get going and it'll be a great addition to the week's viewing. By the way, of course I saw the obvious connection with Alias but let's forget about that.

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Feb 15, 2009 4:15PM EST

I think the extraction must happen while living because the programmer said he looked the donator up and than found out she was dead. So he wouldn't have been surprised when the donators were always dead.

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Feb 15, 2009 4:19PM EST

It doesn't have the spark that whedon usually puts in his shows. Something is missing.

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Feb 15, 2009 4:57PM EST

I agree. Something is amiss with this. Perhaps there should have been a longer (two hour) pilot introduction to the series, what it's about, and it's characters.

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Feb 15, 2009 6:52PM EST

Well as I remember well Whedon's begining pilots are very "By the Book". Which means that they try to give the main idea of the show and aren't so mysterious and cliffhanger types like for example Prison Break's pilot which I have to say was very complicated and intrigueing with a lot of things happening. If you've ever seen Prison Break. But as Whedon Tradition his shows tend to get a lot better with plot and character developement.

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Feb 16, 2009 3:03PM EST

I think it's more like My Own Worst Enemy than Alias. Which I'm worried about, since Worst Enemy did not last long. I am a total Whedon fan, so I hope that this show can last. I do agree with the poster that more involvement with the other 'dolls' would be interesting. They've tried a show with Dushku as the star, and it didn't work. Here's hoping.

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Feb 16, 2009 9:41PM EST

I think what Whedon and Co. should have the episodes from a different person's perspective (sorta like Lost?). This would take away the worry of whether Dushku can still keep viewers interested as different personalities and maybe also let some of the real "Echo" come out every once in awhile as I read that what the premise is?! This way it would be little less about Echo and more of the bigger picture in terms of how the people who are running the company are, that way Whedon can actually play around with character development more and the show won't be more about what personality is going to be imprinted but about how everyone fits into the multi-dynamics of the overall story.

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