Over the weekend, I managed to catch the pilot to Joss Whedon’s new television opus Dollhouse starring Buffy alumna Eliza Dushku. By now, most fans know the premise of the new show: it focuses on a secret organization that employs “actives” a group of operatives who have their memories and personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with new ones, allowing them to take on various missions for hire.
So does it work? Does it pique my interest? The pilot was certainly trumpeted by the Fox hype machine but only 13 episodes have been commissioned, so the future of the series seems questionable. So what else is new right? Well, Whedon has a tendency to deliver well crafted story arcs so at the very least, we might get some entertaining stories out of this before the nextwork pulls the plug for low ratings. FYI, the latest numbers from Geeking Out show that it did better than the lead in show, Terminator The Sarah Conner Chronicles. Will the marketing of both sci fi themed programs do anything to deliver a hit show? Only time will tell. I can’t help but to be reminded of another Fox show starring a hot, engaging female lead character with a sci-fi theme. That one was superior in my mind and lasted 2 short but memorable seasons. One thing I know, it was nice to see the little monster GRRRARGGGHING accross my screen at the end of the pilot episode. Check out the trailer if you haven’t seen it: