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Dollhouse 1.1 "Ghost"

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I gotta say I'm not sure how much I was able to follow in the pilot episode, but I'll try to make a go of it. Our main character, played by Eliza Dushku, is talking to Adelle DeWitt, the head of the Dollhouse. She is trying to sign her to a five-year commitment at The Dollhouse.

Cut to two people racing on motorcycles, one is our main girl, Echo. She's in love and dancing with her best guy. He gives her a necklace and she's touched. He goes off to get some drinks and she feels the urge to leave the party. She gets into a van where her handler awaits. She returns back to the Dollhouse while she goes in for her "treatment."

We find her treatment is really to wipe her memory of her assignment. Topher, the guy who wipes her mind questions the morality of what the Dollhouse is about. Echo's handler tells him that they would all be in jail if they discovered the Dollhouse.

Gabriel Crestejo, a wealthy businessman, is talking to his daughter, Davina, on the phone. She is kidnapped just as he is talking to her. He goes to the Dollhouse for assistance in getting his daughter back. Adelle tells him they'll send an active out to help him and that he should not mention the Dollhouse to the active which will only confuse them.

Dr. Saunders is checking Echo out, who hurt her knee and doesn't know how. She offers to have the knee massaged and sends Echo out to the waiting area. Echo roams around and finds another active being converted. "She hurts," she tells the Programmer. I guess when they wipe your memory, so goes your skills of eloquent speech.

Next, we meet FBI agent Paul Ballard (the delicious Tahmoh Penikett) - he has almost ruined his career investigating The Dollhouse. He has ruined his marriage because of it. He is intent of discovering the secrets of the elusive Dollhouse.

Echo is sent in to be the hostage negotiator for Crestejo. Apparently, she has been given the persona of Eleanor Penn, a star hostage neogiator. Turns out the actives are given actual personas of people - and their handicaps. Turns out Penn is asthmatic and nearsighted. Echo has the same ailments. As Penn negotiates the release of Davina, she sees one of the kidnappers and has an asthma attack. The man she sees is the same man who once kidnapped her (Penn, not Echo) when she was young. We find out the real Penn killed herself. Echo, as Penn, is able to turn the kidnappers on each other and get Davina alive and to safety.
Echo's memories of Penn is wiped when she returns to the Dollhouse.


I felt the Dollhouse looked a lot like the set on Angel and Eli Stone. I'm just saying.

Not sure what I thought of this ep - there was a lot going on. Possibly better served as a two-hour ep to help explain things along. There are a lot of characters to be introduced and a lot of concepts as well. Hopefully, once things are explained and more clear, we can get to the stories and character development that makes Joss Whedon's series so likeable.

Posted by Connie on February 16, 2009 10:45 PM
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I've got my fingers crossed for this show. Like all of Joss' work, it takes some time for the characters to develop -- and as we know, the *characters* are the essence of everything he does; the high concept wrapping is the big shiny lure he uses to rope you in. It's going to take time for the framework to reveal itself, I just hope it gets the time.

One sidenote: I like the addition of Tahmoh Penikett -- nice to see Helo get work, post-BSG!

-- Posted by: mac at February 17, 2009 8:50 AM

I liked, but, I didn't love.

Dushku has an 'every girl' quality about her. But, there is always that underlying - "what is she capable of?" question, that I get a sense of, everytime I see her in a role. That's a plus... I was just underwhelmed with the plotline of the premiere (a minus).

Good to see so many Whedon Firefly actors working recently (Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite & Summer Glau).... If Whedon brings in Morena Baccarin - I will watch religiously, DVR it, you name it... she could really punch things up a peg.

-- Posted by: DocH at February 20, 2009 7:30 PM

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