Dollhouse: Season 1
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In the beginning of the show, what we learn is that a woman named Caroline (Eliza Dushku) has agreed (or was coerced) to download her personality into cyber storage, and some shady organization rents her body out to the highest bidder for various "engagements." We see that these engagements can involve sexual fantasy (hence the dubbing "cathouse" by the critics), or perhaps something that requires personality-combo platters in order to complete some sort of high risk, spy-type mission. A lot of negative reviews here refer to the first five episodes. And, yes, the first five establishing "mission of the week" episodes are surfacy and disconnected, but it's really the journey of the series arc (and character growth) that will ultimately make for some passionate tv. (And though these first five episodes were not the highlight of the season, there are some gems of ideas in there. For instance, one episode pays homage to Cornell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game", which is based on quite a chilling concept.)
Now that we've got the darned hype out of the way, let's talk about the show, as it evolves in Episode 6.Read more ›
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?
Yes, true that the first half of the season is much slower in terms of action and suspense than the latter half but do we really expect to go into a brand new show with mysteries and action coming at you from all directions? It would have proved to be a little overwhelming.
With that said, I'm one of the rare few that appreciated the time given to adjust to the concept of the show and to understand and develop a care for the characters. Many viewers went into the show with this expectation of what the show should be simply because it is a Joss Whedon creation.
With that level of expectation, it of course resulted in major disappointment and in turn created this whole frenzy about the show's survival which ultimately hurt the enjoyment of the show.
Refused to stress over the fate of the show, I decided to watch the show for what it is and am truly satisfied with it. Both the writing and acting has been nothing short of being superb and like any Joss Whedon show, it is inevitable for you to fall in love with the characters.
Not only do you find yourself falling in love with the lead character - Echo, you soon find that you can't help but care for those around her as well. Like her fellow doll, Sierra played by the incredible Dichen Lachman who has this coolness about her that makes it really enjoyable to watch every time she takes on the character of a under cover agent as well as the "cold hearted boss woman" Adelle played by Olivia Williams. Adelle is easily the most complex character on the show.Read more ›
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The show starts off only ok, But by the 3rd episode I couldnt stop watching. Theres the constant mystery about echo combined with the very real consequences of human psych... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by nick
I like this show. The Sci-fi factor (personality imprint) makes this show highly interesting to watch!Published 1 day ago by Wai Yu Jacobs
I never saw this series when it originally aired as I worked evenings, but I had heard about it from a coworker who was enamored with Ms Dushku. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Soemus Tarr
Expected more.... "Did I fall asleep.... Can go?" Becomes annoying after an episode of two.Published 3 days ago by Juan A.
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Paul, you've seriously become my new best friend! Couldn't have said it any better!!
Reviews are to critique a show; if you don't like Dollhouse, fine.. but elaborate on your reasoning of why you think it's a bad show. Saying that it "sucks" and pretty much blatantly stating that the... Read More
May 22, 2009 by Courtney A. Walters | See all 6 posts
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I LOVE this show!!! It's awesome!!! Episode 9 was amazing!!!! I can't wait to get it on DVD!!!!
Apr 12, 2009 by angelus0901 | See all 15 posts
French and Spanish subtitles are available!
Jun 13, 2009 by Kenny_Chisholm | See all 6 posts
I was thinking the same thing, but both a friend and I bought the Blu-Rays and neither had an insert. Interestingly, the run time on the DVD is listed at over 600 minutes while the blu-ray is listed at 540 minutes, but there does not seem to be a difference in features.
I think it was just... Read More
Jul 30, 2009 by D. Houston | See all 2 posts
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English, French, Spanish
Oct 2, 2009 by M. Titho | See all 2 posts
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