D is for… Dollhouse and Dead Like Me #AtoZChallenge
D is for… Dollhouse and Dead Like Me
The main character in this is the ‘doll’ Echo played by Eliza Dushku (Faith from Buffy and Angel).
The basic premise of the show is that dolls or ‘Actives’ are people who have had their minds and memories wiped so that they can be imprinted with new personalities and skills to become people for hire, girlfriends, assassins, etc. In their wiped state they are very docile and childlike.
My top five Dollhouse episodes are:
True Believer – Season 1 Episode 5
Echo becomes Esther a blind woman who joins a freaky religious cult as a true believer – but do the people wanting to shut down the cult have honest intentions?
The Target – Season 1 Episode 3
I’m sure there is an episode similar to this in Criminal Minds. The Dollhouse need to vet their customers better because Echo’s camping trip turns sinister. Boyd her handler comes to the rescuer – we like him.
Ghost – Season 1 Episode 2
This week Echo plays a kidnap negotiator whose imprint happens to have a traumatic past that threatens the negotiations.
Gray Hour – Season 1 Episode 4
Inconveniently Echo’s imprint gets wiped when she is trapped in a safe waiting for the authorities to arrive. Her childlike state doesn’t get the job done.
Stop Loss – Season 2 Episode 9
Victor has served his time in the Dollhouse and is released back to his old life. His relationship with Sierra, amongst other complicated factors means that the transition back to real life isn’t smooth.
Again this was tricky to narrow down and I’m basically listing all of the episodes. See my brief review of a few more on the post here – https://kirstyes.co.uk/2011/04/12/j-is-for-atozchallenge/
Dead Like Me
I watched this series ages ago so I can’t remember it well enough to pick out specific episodes but the stand out image is that the girl is killed by a toilet seat from space!! It also has Mandy Patinkin in it and I had a bit of a thing for Callum Blue at the time. Sadly this only got two seasons (2003-2004). Poor Georgia ends up becoming a grim reaper with the job of seeing others’ souls through to the afterlife as well as having to have a regular job – rude. I also remember the fact that she still is so close to her family is tough on her. Deserves a rewatch at some point.
Any D’s that I missed – @GentleChaos on twitter pointed out Dark Angel which I do own but have never watched?
What did you think of the two futuristic season finales of Dollhouse?