The pilot episode of Dollhouse aired tonight and already I’m hooked and seeing some good themes. As a feminist, Joss Whedon is big on the empowerment of women, which is why he created Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s no surprise that will continue to run through the series by way of Echo (Eliza Dushku), whose self-awareness will grow along with the will to claim back the life that she doesn’t remember. Based on the show’s premise and the viewing of the first episode, I’ll take a stab that one’s right to play G-d will also be a constant. Already there’s some questioning and dissention in the ranks. Power dynamics were visible through business associates, a father and daughter, the kidnappers and the victim, between the sexes, and of course, within the Dollhouse. Greed was also brought up, that no matter how much someone has there’s always something else desired, if not more. I’m looking forward to seeing what food for thought (and entertainment) arise from the series.
I’m hoping Joss will keep a pretty tight rein on Dollhouse‘s writing, stories, and portrayal. I’m sure the creative team is quite good, but I like Joss’s writing and directing. It can be hard to clearly portray one’s creative vision when interpreted through others. The saying that too many hands can ruin a pot comes to mind.
I’m also hoping that the series goes on for awhile. There have been problems with networks in the past. To the dismay and anger of numerous fans, Fox canned Firefly after one season. A lot of Joss fans wonder why he went back to Fox for Dollhouse. Some say he would have been better off going to one of the cable channels. Possibly, but then I wouldn’t be able to watch it.
Overall, Dollhouse is/will be a worthwhile show with a good cast, storyline, and Joss’s brilliance. This is the first show of his that I haven’t been introduced to through DVD. For the first time I have to wait a week instead of hitting next on the remote to watch the next episode. Well, next Friday night at 9 it is.