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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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 »

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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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Quite a good start, with potential to stay that way
23 February 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

As usual, after just seeing one episode, many people here are too quick to write a new show off. I thought the first episode did a very good job of laying out the plot and introducing the concept of 'actives' such as Eliza's role 'Echo'. Many seem to agree that Buffy and Angel were Joss Whedon's best work and something he hasn't been able to top, but even those 2 shows (which I'm a huge fan of) failed to capture me from the first episode the way Dollhouse did. Instead they started to grow on me far into the second season or even further, until I one day realized I really loved them. As far as I'm concerned, Dollhouse kicked off with far better episode than they did, so I'll stay optimistic.

Also I'd have to disagree with a comment made earlier that the following episodes can only deliver a single-episode story with a new character, without being able to relate to 'Echo' or having a greater story-arc. It was quite obvious that 'Echo' is having flashes of memory and seems to be remembering fragments of things that were supposed to have been wiped. While there probably will be many single-episode stories like the kidnapping in this pilot, I can easily see a story-arc forming over the whole series, which Joss Whedon has done successfully before (again Buffy and Angel, with the single-episode creepy crawlies to dispatch and a bigger story forming over that).

Anyway, all over I think it's a great start, and while it's a wait and see to how well the story will develop, I'm still giving this an 8/10, just for that.


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