Dollhouse 2 Seasons 2009

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The corrupt high-tech designers of Dollhouse make millions as they continually reprogram Echo and the other Actives to satisfy every pleasure or problem of their clients.

Starring:
Eliza Dushku, Olivia Williams
Runtime:
50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction
Director Joss Whedon
Starring Eliza Dushku, Olivia Williams
Supporting actors Fran Kranz, Tahmoh Penikett, Harry Lennix
Network Twentieth Century Fox
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon Shirley on 29 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
Here's a tip for anyone who hasn't seen this show yet. Buy the DVD and watch the "Original Unaired Pilot Echo" first. This pilot is included on Disc 4 under "Special Features". It is is mind blowing and sets the scene perfectly for what follows in the early episodes, which are not slow as some reviewers have said, but are superb flashback driven action packed episodes making perfect sense having seen the pilot. Why the network never aired this pilot is beyond me - it adds immensely to the enjoyment of this brilliant original sci-fi drama. Lastly I must say Eliza Dushku is just superb in the role of Echo with a winning combination of action, beauty and naivete. This is unmissable sci-fi drama - just follow my tip and you won't be disappointed.
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471 of 506 people found the following review helpful By the antiquary on 21 May 2009
Format: DVD
Ok, so the series starts off with Joss Whedon, celebrated writer-director-composer, except no-one wants to work with him, then he has a hit web show, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and he catches the attention of the dark and shadowy Fox Corporation. Fox wipe Joss's brain to make him forget that he worked for them before when they became mortal enemies.

So now Fox can make Joss do whatever they want, everyday they activate Joss and set him to work making a television series for them called Dollhouse. Everything works out fine for them. The show is flashy, cool, sexy, confusing, humourless, disconnected and unengaging. Without the real Joss to complain Fox don't even have to spend much cash on it. But can the technology Fox has used really remove all of a person's memories, their sense of self, their soul?

As he works from episode to episode it becomes apparent that Joss starts to remember who he is, but knowing he shouldn't draw attention to this fact he keeps it to himself and works slowly to improve Dollhouse from within. From episode 6 `Man on the Street' flashes of brilliance begin to save the show, culminating in the superb episode 9 `A Spy in the House of Love', by now Dollhouse has become gripping, funny, dark and touching with an intelligent and complex storyline that has people thinking. Joss is even able to help other people taken over by Fox and makes Eliza Dushku realise that she is an actress.

By the end of the series we have been taken to a place we little imagined in the beginning. I won't give any spoilers but Dollhouse does end with Joss improbably winning renewal for a second series, this time will he be out to revenge himself on the people who did this to him and turn out a flawless piece of work from the start?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
I watched the first couple of episodes on TV and then gave up, not realising that Dollhouse would develop into something quite deep and thought provoking. Based on reviews and comments, I invested in this box set and I'm very glad I did.

The Dollhouse is an organisation that brain wipes individuals and implants them with whatever personality a client may desire. This may vary from a sexual partner to a federal agent. Basically anything goes with very little evidence of morality. The lack of morality does provide the viewer with plenty of Eliza D in skimpy clothes, but as the show settles into a rhythm, there is little of this.

After a superficial start, and a few very average episodes, the show really kicks into something with real depth as layers upon layers are revealed and you find that very little of what you have seen to date was what you first thought.

This is a show about identity in more ways then one, in fact the first few episodes are about Eliza unpeeling, but then the rest of the episodes are actually about unpeeling the Dollhouse itself, and the various characters involved. There are real shocks and twists as the show gains more and more momentum and if, like me, you are a first time viewer, it gets harder and harder not to watch 'just one more episode'..

The DVD had the famous 13th episode that was not broadcast (not sure why it wasn't broadcast, whether it is a DVD 'extra' or a studio decision) which takes a unique view into the future and a world where society has broken down due to the mis-use of the technology used in the Dollhouse. This gives a glimpse of a possible direction that Weedon might have been taking Dollhouse, but then again it could just be a view of what might occur.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Craig HALL OF FAME on 16 Sep 2009
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The very clever creator of Buffy and Firefly has come up with a format that's a cross between The Prisoner and Stepford Wives: what if, instead of going to prison, you allowed a company to erase your personality and imprint you with a different one? This is what happens to Caroline, from then on known as Echo (all dolls have names from the phonetic alphabet, which works surprisingly well, suggesting aspects of their lost personality). She works in the dollhouse, and can be programmed by Tofer (wonderful portrait of geeky Asperger's genius) at the dictates of the sinister Olivia Wiliams.

As a doll, Echo and her companions are totally passive, sexless, child-like creatures who sleep in glass-lidded beds in the floor and exercise mindlessly. When programmed, she can be anything from the passionate girl of your dreams to a hostage negotiator. This offers the star plenty of scope for displaying her acting skills, and is throughly entertaining but it's not until the sixth episode that the series really takes off. Why? Because it links the creation of dolls with slavery; then also puts them in positions in which dolls can do genuine good. There is also a sub-plot developig about how much each doll retains of their memories and real personality, especially as a detective starts searching for the lost Caroline and a psycho slasher, Alpha, interferes with programming.

Like all Whedon's shows, it's extraordinarily addictive, though the theme music sucks (unlike that of the glorious, much-lamented Firefly). As each character becomes more rounded, the nature of identity and freedom get debated through a series of dramatic and thrilling situations. It ends on an unexpected episode of high drama which will make many im[patient for the next series. One question: why hasn't it been shown in the UK?
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