Is there any point?

in imprinting the dollhouse "agents" with the personalities of other to tailor them for a specific assignment? They are wasting money, resources and time when they could just directly recruit the person whose personality them are imprinting upon others.


The only useful reason would be if the person with the desired personality was dying and so the personality may be lost forever...that or the person is unwilling to cooperate with the company itself.

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Feb 24, 2009 2:38PM EST

Actually, i think you have either misunderstood what they are doing or you havent actually watched the episodes. what they do is imprint the best pieces of several different personalities in order to make the 'actives' not 'agents' perfect for each specific task. ie. they take the relevent parts of each different personality for the task and leave all the rest of the baggage and drama behind.

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Feb 24, 2009 2:50PM EST

I actually think LabRat makes a decent point. Because...on both of the first 2 episodes...the "active" personality did not exactly strike me as perfect...or worth all that money. I too wasn't convinced that they couldn't have just paid a normal person.I think perhaps the better rationale is the memory wipe afterwards...since they are seemingly being recruited regularly for illegal and shady activities.

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Feb 24, 2009 3:21PM EST

@StrawBerryCutie- ahhh, you caught me. I actually skim watched the first eppy and perhaps should have done my homework lol. Actives it is...but from the 1st episode, it seemed as if all of the personality was imprinted, not just the best bits. The active that helped negotiate kidnapping, was good at what she did, saying herself how she had handled several similar situations with expertise. She could do so because she was also abducted, her memories and experiences shaped who she was now. So it would seem necessary to have all the personality imprinted...because how would they be able to gauge what will help her during the task and what will not?
@RachelL, your rationale seems the perfect solution actually, it'd prevent the need for 1st wiping the initial personality, then imprinting it and then wiping it again. Just use the person and wipe out their memory. I guess I'll have to keep watching to make more sense of this.
Thanks for your replies guys...

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Feb 26, 2009 2:29AM EST

I think there's plenty of point to the imprinting process. If you take away the whole immoral aspect of what they're doing, it actually makes perfect sense. Because they rent out actives to do a wide range of activities, they can imprint the personality that's desired for any given situation, rather than having to have a huge catalog of "real people" to subcontract out to for various jobs. Also, as much (all?) of what they're doing is illegal, they don't have to convince someone to take the risk, or to pay the amounts of money it'd take to get someone to take those risks, nor do they need to worry about someone blowing the whistle on them for their activities.
Because the actives are essentially blank slates until they're imprinted, they don't ask for anything, make any demands, or require anything other than basic human needs (plus whatever fitness/training the Dollhouse wants them to have). You don't have to rely on their schedules, morals or desires. They are there when you need them, and all you have to do is imprint a personality off of your hard drive. And hey, if they were to die, well, you don't lose those skills or personality (I assume), and can just imprint them onto another active for future jobs.
Also, yes, the personalities have faults... I disagree with Strawberry's assessment of leaving the baggage behind (think of the kidnap negotiator with the faulty vision and psycho trauma), but that's what personalities are made up of-- good traits ands bad, good experiences and bad. If you don't have that wide range of emotions and experiences, you've got a robot, not a human being, which is why the Dollhouse is so coveted. You can get what you want, pretty much made to order, but yet... there are still surprises, because it IS a true personality, not just a robot programmed to like Chinese food and be a good dancer and enjoy tennis. Okay, maybe your active is all of those things, but maybe she also has a really dirty sense of humor, which could be a nice surprise, one that you wouldn't have thought to ask for.... you know? Humans are flawed. That's the beauty.

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Feb 26, 2009 2:32AM EST

Also... if you're going to imprint sometimes-- to keep the personality of a dying person, or someone who can't be swayed to hire on for the job directly, as you said-- then you're already putting the time and money into paying for the technology, so you might as well use it each time and keep things simple. It'd take more time to got out and look for someone who'd fit the bill and persuade them, not to mention the money they'd want.
I'm overthinking this, aren't I? :)

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