I recently watched all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for a project that I am working on. I started tweeting my responses so that I could have an interactive conversation with others. On my blog Fangs for the Fantasy, I posted a review of each season. When Buffy began to wind down, people on twitter asked if I would consider doing the same for Joss Whedon’s Firefly or Dollhouse series. I was resistant at first, because neither really fall into the category of urban fantasy. but since so many expressed interest, I have decided to review Dollhouse by the episode here on Women’s Eye on Media.
The first thing I noticed is that Dollhouse stars Eliza Dushku, who played Faith on Buffy. My first thought was that Whedon was switching out the blonde for the brunette. Hey, does Sarah Michelle Gellar show up to play her sidekick? No don’t answer that. No spoilers please. I suppose what it says is that Whedon likes to work with White actresses who have large doe eyes that he has worked with in the past. The better disarm the viewer I suppose. I know that it has only been 1 episode so far but I have only seen one man of colour that I think will be reoccurring character. So I suppose it is whitetopia once again. At this point there also has not been an LGBT character but considering Whedon did the whole death by gay sex in Buffy, perhaps it’s better that there aren’t any.
Okay, please keep in mind that thus far I have only watched one episode as you read this review. From what I can understand, there are women that are housed in a secure location that I presume are called dollhouses. These women have had their personalities completely scrubbed in order to have new personalities imprinted on them based in the situation that they are placed in. In the first episode, we see Echo riding a motorcycle, dancing and even engaging in sex with ropes. She is whisked away to her treatment where her memory of the incident is completely scrubbed.