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TV Review: DollHouse: Season 1, Ep. 1: Ghost, Ep. 2: The Target

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I thought it was time for me to chime in on Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse now, especially since the Dollhouse Grindhouse trailer kicked ass. I have seen Dollhouse Season 1, Ep. 1 : Ghost and Dollhouse Season 1, Ep. 2 : The Target. The first ten minutes of the series’ premiere, Dollhouse Season 1, Ep. 1 – Ghost, were ordinary and a bit of a let-down. We have all seen a bike race on a city street before and done far better than what was presented. There was a nice piece of dialogue after the race though: “Oh my god, you’re a sore loser.” “I wouldn’t know, I’ve never lost.” “That’s okay, the first time you’re always a little bit sore.” What was interesting was when the series star, Echo (Eliza Dushku), had her personality wiped and she was virtually a child afterward. A child with no experiences to fall back on and no past. The storyline that evolves out of her imprinted personality later in Ghost was surprising, especially the last scene involving the three kidnappers. It was well scripted and well acted. I have got to give Whedon credit for how that scene ended then transitioned to Echo’s wiped self in the Dollhouse.

Dollhouse Season 1, Ep. 2: The Target, amped the back story ante of Dollhouse as well the blood factor. We got to see how certain characters came to the Dollhouse and the result of a breakout from inside it by an “Active” codenamed Alpha. The best part of the episode for me was the serial killer and the hunt in the woods. Even after the episode’s ending I was thinking: “Shoulder to the Wheel. Make your own way. Do the work.” When Echo, nicknamed Special Needs by her handler, Boyd Langton (Harry J. Lennix), is standing in Dollhouse after getting her stones broken by Dollhouse’s head of security, Laurence Dominic (Reed Diamond), and not knowing how to respond to it, I knew she was going to tap her shoulder with her hand, “Shoulder to the Wheel”, when Dominic walked away. Great ending. I guess there is a residue of the imprint that does remain. What would be fascinating is if Echo builds a new personality from the residue of all of her imprints, one that supplants even her old personality. We will see. What did you think of the first two episodes of Dollhouse? What do you think of the human trafficking aspect of the show and how the “Actives” in the Dollhouse get whored out?

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  • I think the show has some issues that need to be worked out. As a huge Joss Whedon fan, I believe they will be worked out if given a chance. The first episode wasn’t very good in my opinion but the second was much better…I do wonder if Eliza Dushku will really be able to carry this part, though.

    As far as the human trafficking aspect, I don’t think much about it one way or the other. I try not to psychoanalyze the socio-political elements of fiction too much or it takes away from my enjoyment. Very valid questions, though.

    grottogirls last blog post..Dollhouse: The Target — Stronger But Still Flat?

  • I think the show has some issues that need to be worked out. As a huge Joss Whedon fan, I believe they will be worked out if given a chance. The first episode wasn’t very good in my opinion but the second was much better…I do wonder if Eliza Dushku will really be able to carry this part, though.

    As far as the human trafficking aspect, I don’t think much about it one way or the other. I try not to psychoanalyze the socio-political elements of fiction too much or it takes away from my enjoyment. Very valid questions, though.

    grottogirls last blog post..Dollhouse: The Target — Stronger But Still Flat?

  • I think the show has aspects it needs to work out as well.

    I’m a huge Whedon fan as well.

    The socio-political elements make the show richer, better. The Dollhouse administrators are basically mercenary barterers, caretakers and pimps. It’s fascinating.

  • I think the show has aspects it needs to work out as well.

    I’m a huge Whedon fan as well.

    The socio-political elements make the show richer, better. The Dollhouse administrators are basically mercenary barterers, caretakers and pimps. It’s fascinating.

  • I totally get that about the show. By your question, I assumed you meant what was a person’s own personal and moral views about human trafficking and how it relates to their opinion of the show (for instance there are those who refuse to watch the show for these reasons). So, that was my mistake there, no doubt fueled by all the negative commentary I’ve been reading.

    grottogirls last blog post..Dollhouse: The Target — Stronger But Still Flat?

  • I totally get that about the show. By your question, I assumed you meant what was a person’s own personal and moral views about human trafficking and how it relates to their opinion of the show (for instance there are those who refuse to watch the show for these reasons). So, that was my mistake there, no doubt fueled by all the negative commentary I’ve been reading.

    grottogirls last blog post..Dollhouse: The Target — Stronger But Still Flat?

  • You made no mistake. I meant that as well and I hope this question occurs to Whedon when he is writing the scripts so its incorporated into some of the characters on Dollhouse.

  • You made no mistake. I meant that as well and I hope this question occurs to Whedon when he is writing the scripts so its incorporated into some of the characters on Dollhouse.

  • I really like this new show. I watch it every friday after Terminator Sarah conners.

    Bills last blog post..Perpetual Smiling Blogger Award

  • I really like this new show. I watch it every friday after Terminator Sarah conners.

    Bills last blog post..Perpetual Smiling Blogger Award

  • I have not seen the latest ep. yet Bill. Just parts of it.

  • I have not seen the latest ep. yet Bill. Just parts of it.

  • truebloodfree

    very interesting

  • truebloodfree

    very interesting

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