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TV Shows we love: Dollhouse

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Would you rather go to prison or sell yourself to an underground corporation for five years? Still contemplating? What if they promised you that you won’t remember anything?

A number of underground establishments, or ‘dollhouses’ get their hands on people, wipe their minds clean, only to programme them and sell them off to those willing to pay the price for the ideal partner, great sex, a skilled thief or a precise assassin.

What happens though when the programming goes wrong?

Broadcast for only two seasons back in 2009, Dollhouse follows Caroline (or Echo) who ‘voluntarily’ signed a contract with such an establishment. That is after she and her boyfriend (don’t get too attached to him) uncover the corporation’s illegal operations.

With a very exciting storyline, the show keeps you interested although some episodes might seem a bit slow. Instrumental music is predominant in most episodes, which succeeds in raising the hair of the viewer.

Based in Los Angeles, writer and director Joss Whedon (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has put Dr Moira from X-Men in charge at the Dollhouse. Echo is portrayed by the talented American model and actress Eliza Dushku.

Dollhouse flirts with the concept of free will and existentialism, while according to the director it is a kind of celebration of perversion. It shows “the sides of us that we don,t want people to see,” Wheldon said of the show.

“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity… We need equality. Kinda now,” Whedon said in his Equality speech in 2006. His views are demonstrated in other parts of his career but heavily so in Dollhouse, his fourth TV series, that shows the total and complete exploitation of human beings, both in body and mind.

Although the series was cut short, fans may wish to read the Dollhouse Epitaphs comic book, written by Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen in 2010. The limited edition book features a novel storyline, unravelled between the last episode of season one and the last episode of the series.

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