Thursday, February 5, 2009


I'm doing a little film production work the next few days, so forgive me if I'm a little lax in posting. (I've been up since 4am today, and my sleep deprivation will probably worsen over the weekend.) So, in lieu of a real post, I'm offering something you all will probably enjoy just as much as my verbiage: the trailer for Joss Whedon's newest television show, Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku. It looks like it could be an interesting show, and I love Dushku, but I'm a little disturbed by the premise, as described:
Dollhouse stars Dushku as Echo, one of several "Actives" in a super-secret organization. The Actives can be implanted with memories, personalities, and skills, and serviced out to clients for almost anything--espionage, expertise, and even sex. The best part of the business? When the implant is wiped free, the Active has no memory of what just happened…or so people think.
Superagents who can conveniently be used for anything from espionage to sex? Ummm... Since Whedon is somewhat of a complicated feminist, I guess only time will tell if the show holds non-misogynistic water. While we're waiting for the verdict, check out the preview:

Dollhouse premieres Friday, February 13th at 9/8c on FOX.


petpluto said...

I tend to think the show won't be misogynistic, because I see it as a continuation of an idea Whedon seems to play with in most of his works: the woman turned into an object by her society. Buffy, or "the slayer" was described as a "tool" to be used by the council. River was a "weapon" to be used by the Alliance. Both of their stories were about the journeys they had to take and the battles they had to fight to be recognized as people in their own right, "actual and whole" with their own agencies and desires who shouldn't have been violated or used as tools or weapons in the greater good. Echo seems to be a more radicalized vision of that starting point, but I think the journey will follow the same trajectory.

Anonymous said...

I agree with petpluto. From what i've read about the series earlier part of the premise is Echo and others starting to regain their memories and start fighting back. I believe it is along the lines of a more fight the system that uses us for out bodies meme than anything else. said...

That's great to hear, petpluto and mzbitca; I'll admit that I don't know too much about the show, so I'm glad to know that there will be opportunities for resistance and subversion in Dollhouse, which of course I should have expected with Whedon. Still, I'll look forward to actually seeing how the show progresses. Thanks for the information!