Thanks to Hulu.com and Boxee I was able to catch the premiere episode of Joss Weadon’s latest series Dollhouse.
My first thought about the show was that is was a ripoff of the Top Cow 90’s comic book Aphrodite IX that has a similiar premise of a young woman who is a special agent/assassin who has her memory wiped after every mission to protect her as well as the agency. The storyline in Dollhouse seems to follow the same line of thought even with the main character having to have a handler who takes care of her on the missions.
After I calmed down and told myself that it was ok because the idea was still a good idea and I was glad to see it make itself to live action I was able to be more objective.
I thought the writing on the pilot episode was superb. The acting was above par. The character development was well executed.
Character development is one of the harder things to execute well in a pilot episode with so many characters involved. Eliza Dushku, who plays the lead character Echo, does an excellent job jumping in and out of roles as her memory is wiped and then re-uploaded to suit her current “engagement.” Tahmoh Penikett, (Helo from the new Battlestar Galactica) plays Paul Ballard who is trying to track down the Dollhouse and I would have to say has one of the more interesting scenes in the pilot. During a conversation with his superiors we see Paul having flashbacks to a boxing match. The boxing match coincides punch for punch as he fights for a continuation on searching for the Dollhouse. The way Paul responds in the ring is very similiar to how he handles his business relationships and in the end we learn a lot about this character’s determination. The other characters in the show are not as well developed but there is only so much time in a 1 hour show but I did feel like they touched on a few of those characters enough so that I look forward to learning more about them in later episodes.
I recommend this show.