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Monday, May 11, 2009

Dollhouse: Season 1 Review

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Dollhouse group photo

Dollhouse is the most original idea for a show in the current era of television. DH focuses on a single underground house where living dolls are programmed to meet customer needs, at which point their individual handlers (and the cameras) then follow them on their assignments. The dolls are called "Actives" by those in charge, and Eliza Dushku (Echo) is one of them. The thing that surprised me the most about season 1 of DH is how multiple characters were profiled, and basically given their own episodes.

Dichen Lachman of Dollhouse

At the beginning of the season, I was worried, because it felt false to me that Eliza was the focus of all the attention, when you consider the amount of actives inside the house (Presumably 30-40 of them). As the season goes along, Eliza does get tangled up in every scenario, but many of the episodes then place the main focus on lesser characters, such as that of characters Sierra (Dichen Lachman) and Victor (Enver
Gjokaj). Those characters stand on their own, and there are also many more to be explored further within the house - many we've yet to meet. The cast for Dollhouse is tremendous, with many familiar faces, and just as many new ones - they're all realistically portrayed, no matter the scenarios they are put in. This show, while hard to categorize, has laughs, thrills and drama, without hitting sour notes. That's a great combination.

5 Stars

(Full episodes available on Fox.com, and on DVD & Blu-ray)

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