Dollhouse: Season 1, Episode 1

Ghost (13 Feb. 2009)

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A wealthy backer asks the Dollhouse for help when his daughter is kidnapped. They send Echo to negotiate the release. One of the memory imprints used to prepare Echo for the mission causes some complications.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Crestejo
David Doty ...
Sam Zimmerman
Tim Kelleher ...
Mr. Sunshine
Davina Crestejo (as Haley Alexis Pullos)


Echo is one of several "Actives" in the elite and illegal criminal organization known as the Dollhouse, which is run by the shady international entrepreneur Adelle DeWitt. Through different personality downloads, Echo plays the role of a lovestruck girl on a romantic weekend, and then a ruthlessly efficient kidnapping negotiator when a wealthy client hires Dollhouse to look for his missing daughter. With the help of her handler Boyd Langdon, and "programmed" by tech specialist Topher Brink, Echo goes out to rescue the girl, but her memory imprints cause some complications. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Paul Ballard is struggling with his assignment to uncover information on the Dollhouse. The chase has destroyed his marriage and is wrecking his career when both his superiors and colleagues refuses to believe in its existence. But it doesn't seem that he'll stop until he uncovers the truth. Written by matt-282

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When Gabriel first meets Echo, he reveals that he had expected a fatherly character as the hostage negotiator, someone like Edward James Olmos. Olmos plays Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica (2004) which Tahmoh Penikett (Paul Ballard) also stars in. See more »


[first lines]
Adelle DeWitt: Nothing is what it appears to be.
Caroline: It seems pretty clear to me.
Adelle DeWitt: Because you're only seeing part of it. I'm talking about a clean slate.
Caroline: You ever try and clean an actual slate? You always see what was on it before.
Adelle DeWitt: Are you volunteering?
Caroline: I don't have a choice, do I? How did it get this far?
Adelle DeWitt: Caroline, actions have consequences.
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Deja vu?
17 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

No doubt a lot of people will tune in on the strength of Joss Whedons major hit "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and no doubt they will be largely disappointed as they were with most of his other post-Buffy efforts. There seems to be more things wrong with this show than there are right. I knew very little about his new project before I watched it other than it was some sort of sci-fi brain swaparama. My initial thoughts were that this could be something new and innovative. Having watched it, I felt I had seen most of it all before. The secret do-good organisation I have seen countless times, most recently in "Bionic Woman" and not so recently in "The A team". The brain manipulation reminded me of "Total Recall" and "Strange Days" amongst others. There is a Fox Mulder type character who is hellbent on uncovering the organisations existence. Once you get past all this, it seems like each storyline to be inserted each week after the personality implant could be lifted from any one of the plethora of mediocre crime dramas that seem to be in vogue at the moment. Im guessing there will be a predictable love interest as well as a love/hate relationship. Another thing that annoyed me was the sound effects of the Ducatis being totally wrong during the chase scene- that reminded of "Terminator II" when young John Conner has the bike throttle pinned wide open yet the bike revs up and down and settles at idle. A minor thing but still a poor attention to detail and annoying! Overall, I would describe this as a weak sci-fi meets the A team and Mr Ben (for those not familiar with 1970s children's TV, MR Ben was a character who tried on a different outfit each week in a magic clothes shop, which led to an adventure based on his differing guise...)

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