"Did I fall asleep?""For a little while."
Joss Whedon's Dollhouse is about a young woman, Echo (Eliza Dushku), who is a member of an illegal organization, has her memories and personality wiped clean and imprinted with new ones in order to fulfill assignments catering to the wealthy and powerful.
The show is coming at us in February and fans are a bit concerned about the show since it was relegated to its newest time slot on Fridays. But for now, we await its premiere. Now WE haven't seen this yet, but Eric Goldman over at IGN.com got himself a preview copy of the first episode of Dollhouse (I'm so jealous) and gave his take on the episode, which we'll summarize for you here.
Roughly speaking, he says it doesn't feel like any of Whedon's previous shows but he is creating a completely new mythos, or world if you will. This first episode lacked the Whedon wit we've come to expect from his previous efforts but has a strong underlying concept that makes one think of Alias meets The Matrix. It has elements of a thriller but didn't have the action-oriented angle that FOX reputedly asked for, at least from Echo. FBI agent Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) doesn't seem to be a real part of the first episode, but the presumption is his role will grow as the show develops.
Bascially, the first episode layed out the foundation for the show but didn't grab the viewers attention as it plodded along with a mellow tone even as they presented two scenarios that demonstrated the active's assignments.
Eric reminded us in his article that "... the circumstances under which this episode was made, as part of a decision to re-tool the series, have to be taken into account."
I agree that we need to keep that angle in our minds for this first episode. I fear that with viewers worries about the perceived ill-fated Friday night time slot, combined what some might consider a low-energy drag of an episode could doom the show. Even though Whedon said the rewrite of the first episode was his idea, I'm suspicious. It's a terrible, nagging habit I have, but there it is. Is it a political move to show he can play well with others, IE: the networks? Or is it exactly what it is that he says it is?
With Joss Whedon's track record on his previous shows, I think that once the show gets over the premiere hurdle, it will probably take off just fine.
In the meantime, check out a scene preview of the upcoming show, courtesy of EW.com.
Dollhouse premieres Friday, February 13th on FOX.