Dollhouse: Season One [DVD]
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The complete first season of the American sci-fi drama created by Joss Whedon. Eliza Dushku stars as Echo, a young woman who is part of a group of people known as 'Actives' or 'Dolls'. The Dolls are people who have had their personalities wiped clean in order to be imprinted with any number of new personas. They are then hired out for particular jobs, which can be anything from committing a crime to enacting a fantasy. Although the Dolls are all volunteers who have agreed to work for a period of five years, the organisation is highly illegal and under constant threat from Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett), a federal agent who is determined to expose the Dollhouse and bring it down. Episodes comprise: 'Ghost', 'The Target', 'Stage Fright', 'Gray Hour', 'True Believer', 'Man On the Street', 'Echoes', 'Needs', 'Spy in the House of Love', 'Haunted', 'Briar House', 'Omega' and 'Epitaph One'.
It’s fair to suggest that there are television series that have sprung out of the blocks with more confidence and momentum than Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. The latest show from the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly centres on Eliza Dushku as Echo, a woman who has different personalities transplanted into her depending on the mission she’s been hired for. It’s a tremendous premise, and one laced with just the kind of threads that Whedon has shown real skill at exploiting. But the first half of the season is a muddle. It takes some time for the show to settle down and find its feet, and the first couple of episodes in particular are more disappointing than anything else.
But then Dollhouse suddenly finds its feet. And while it doesn’t iron out all of the creases, once the show slips into gear, it finally begins to realise some of the immense potential here. What’s interesting too is that this first season DVD set includes the terrific missing episode that was never broadcast when the show debuted in the US.
A second season of Dollhouse is incoming, and given how soundly all concerned recover their footing with season one, that’s something to genuinely look forward to. This maiden season? It has its problems, but when it finally hits top gear, it rewards both your financial and time investment. --Jon FosterSee all Product Description
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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?
Please DO NOT just watch the first 5 episodes and stop watching, i PROMISE it gets better by episode 6. And by the looks of things this show is going to rock in its 2nd season :D
You can really tell Joss is spending time on this show, there isn't alot of TV series out there were it gets better every episode. Most of the time they start off good and begin to go down hill.
The show is about a girl who has been plucked from her normal life by a corporation and had her persoanlity wiped. She can then be hired by people for a great deal of money to perform almost any function they wish such as girlfriend, FBI agent, scientist etc. The employees of the corporation merely implant a new personality into her now blank slate of a brain. She then returns to the dollhouse to be brain wiped again at the end of the assignment. Weird huh?!
The show seems to take on a "character of the week" format for Elisa Dushku, but with a thread running through the whole series of "Can you ever truly wipe a human being's personality?", "Is she retaining some sense of self?". This is without a doubt the more interesting underpinning of the show. Joss seems to sneak in a hint about the answers to these questions with each new episode.
There are a great deal of other aspects to the show, but I think I've covered the most important one.
There are a couple of negatives though. The main one is that the first few episodes are a bit of a "lets see how many sexy costumes we can put on Elisa and let her pose around in them?", kinda deal. I don't mind them dressing her up to look hot but it can get a little soft porny occasionally which cheapens the show. Then there is, as previously mentioned, the lack of humour in the first half of the first season.Read more ›
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It's been a long while since we watched Dollhouse (both seasons) and it has now settled in my mind as to what it actually was! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard
Joss Whedon’s stylish SF television series has an unsettling underlying conceit in which a powerful multinational corporation has created a number of clandestine underground... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Call me Al