Dollhouse Review: Walking, Talking, Living Doll

April 28, 2010 by  
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As much as I want to defend both Dollhouse and its creator Joss Whedon, I have to admit, the programme is pretty damn confusing.

The concept behind the show is that people have their minds wiped clean of a personality so that new ones can be imprinted, turning them into ‘actives’. Rich clients pay to have these people act out whatever fantasy they desire and when it’s all over, the active’s mind is wiped clean again.

This has lead to all kinds of kinky shenanigans in previous episodes and the second season premiere is no different. Fans might be able to follow the plotline much easier than newcomers, so if you’re thinking about tuning in (and I would definitely recommend it) then you should probably watch as much of season one as you can first. The beautiful lead active, Echo (Eliza Dushku), is hired out to be the blushing bride of an elusive arms dealer. Former FBI agent Paul Ballard jealously watches over her as she plays the part of a newlywed a little too convincingly on the wedding night.

After Alpha’s attack on Echo last season, she’s still struggling with the multiple personalities that he imprinted on to her which also put her current assignment in jeopardy.

Back in the Dollhouse facility, Dr. Saunders (Amy Acker) is dealing with the revelation that she’s actually a former active and is having a major identity crisis. She begins to question who she is and during Echo’s physical examintion, Echo has a flashback to an assignment they both worked on where it looks like they could have had some sexytime together.

Deciding that she needs answers, Saunders tries to seduce them out of Topher, the loathesome computer genius who created her personality. Though the character of Echo is a fascinating one, this is Saunders’ episode and Amy Acker really gets to show off her chops as the deeply emotional and confused Doctor.

Though this isn’t really the episode I had in mind for a season opener, it does admittedly have some nice action scenes, romantic entanglements and dramatic tension, but there seems to be something key missing here.

Overall, the issue of multiple personalities can be confusing at times – trying to remember who’s who and who knows what, but the concept is so intriguing that it should grab your attention enough for you to tune in next week. Whether or not you’ll tune in for the rest of the series is a different matter altogether if this is how they mean to continue.