1.08 "Needs" Promo Trailer

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1.07 "Echoes" Promo Trailer

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When a traitor is discovered inside the Dollhouse, Echo and Sierra are programmed as spy hunters to uncover the culprit. Meanwhile, Ballard receives surprising news from Mellie, and Adelle harbors a secret in the “Spy in the House of Love” episode of DOLLHOUSE airing Friday, April 10 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (DOL-111) (TV-14 S, V)

Cast: Eliza Dushku as Echo; Tahmoh Penikett as Paul Ballard; Olivia Williams as Adelle DeWitt; Fran Kranz as Topher Brink; Harry Lennix as Boyd Langton; Enver Gjokaj as Victor; Dichen Lachman as Sierra

Guest Cast: Amy Acker as Dr. Claire Saunders; Reed Diamond as Laurence Dominic; Miracle Laurie as Mellie; Valerie Cruz as Ramirez; Liza Lapira as Ivy; Tim Chiou as Nikoden

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Joss Whedon On The Dollhouse

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FEAR.net has an interesting interview with “Dollhouse” creator, Joss Whedon. But it does contain spoilers so so only read it if you're not a spoiler-Nazi!

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Dollhouse doesn’t have the same wit and snappy dialogue that your other shows are known for. Is that something we can look forward to in coming episodes?

There is humor in the show. But the fact of the matter is that this is not a comedy. If there is a typical Whedon show, this is not it. It’s not the lighthearted romp that the other shows were. There’s definitely funny stuff coming up. There’s always moments of funny, but it doesn’t build like a comedy. It wasn’t designed to be a comedy. If people are feeling like it’s too serious, then either their expectation has to be changed, or we need to lighten up a little. But, yes, I don’t think they’re ever going to see the same sort of long, six-page runs of just pure humor. This is not that show.

Am I interpreting this correctly, that in an upcoming episode we find out that Sierra was basically sold into slavery with the Dollhouse?

More or less. I wouldn’t even say sold, so much as kidnapped. Her situation is by far the worst of anyone’s. How complicit the Dollhouse was in that, how much they actually knew about her past, we don’t go to in the episode, but what actually happened to her is just as appalling as anybody’s story.

One of the things I hear from people who may have been a little bit reluctant to get into the show is what they call “the ick factor” of the premise. And Adele [head of the Dollhouse, played by Olivia Williams] tries to argue that most of the Dolls are there voluntarily and that she’s doing a good service for them by wiping out these other memories. But knowing that it is possible for at least one of the Dolls to have been brought in against her will, does that continue to make the show uncomfortable?

I don’t know, maybe. It makes me uncomfortable. I’m not going to lie. But for me, it’s part of what we’re dealing with. We’re dealing with people who have power and are abusing it, and people who don’t have power and are trying to regain it. The “ick factor” seems to get high with Sierra quite a bit, I’m sorry to say. Poor girl. She really gets put through it. But it’s not something we feel that we can shy away from without being a little hypocritical.
Could you talk about the process of building up and hyping this particular episode and whether you think there might have been some negative side effect to all the interviews you did where you emphasized that episode 6 was the one where you wanted people to really get hooked?

You know, there may have been a negative side to it, because we may have said, “The first five episodes are crap,” which I don’t believe. There’s also the negativity of somebody saying, “Well, now he’s blaming the network for the other episodes.” No, no, no, no. We did our best to try and figure out how to put the show over while under the gun, while we were in production or occasionally out of production. And then what happened with “Man on the Street,” was it came to me as a concept really quickly. I pitched it to the network and for the first time, there was a real simpatico. They went, “Oh, yes, we get that,” and it was a very simple thing. And I wrote it faster than anything I’d every written. It just poured out of me. It was like all of that brewing that we’ve been doing became the soup of that episode and so it really was a game changer for us on set and in production. The staff and the cast read it and a lot of tumblers fell into place. That’s how we felt about the episode.

There may be a negativity associated with hyping it, but for all of us, a lot of the following episodes really work on the model of “Man on the Street” more than anything else. So it was a big moment for us. It was a moment that we felt like we found a level and we were really proud of it. I figure that other people may feel differently, but we walked away from shooting that episode going, “Okay, we just added a layer and we feel pretty excited about it.”

Could you talk about what the tumbler was that clicked, what the other layer was that you feel like you found?

I think it was doing an episode that somebody who had never seen the show could walk in on because it explains very clearly the premise. In fact, it’s kind of about explaining the premise and at the same time really getting under the skin of the Dollhouse and of Agent Paul Ballard [played by Tahmoh Penikett] and of what’s going on with everybody, the workings of the place and coming at it sideways rather than just showing an engagement and flipping in some information around that engagement. This was one where we really got to look at the cogs of the clock and that’s what gave it such momentum for us.

Will we learn why Ballard is so obsessed with Caroline and the Dollhouse this season?

We don’t really go back into his story in the first season, the first of so many seasons that there will inevitably be. [Laughs.] We feel like there’s a thorn in his side and we feel that we can push it further and twist it and possibly hit a vital organ.

It seems like the show is getting better by going at things sideways rather than head on. How much of that was you finding the show and how much of that was the network relenting and letting you get it to the place that you wanted?

I think it was both. The show definitely contains elements that were pitched or developed by people at the network in terms of the motivations of the Dollhouse and the feel of the politics and the thriller aspect. The show is very much full of the stuff that they were pitching. But, storytelling-wise, it was much closer to how I had envisioned coming at it in a sense that is clearer, than my original pilot. My original pilot was deliberately obtuse and you had to come along and stay with it and figure it out.

Here’s the situation. [The Dollhouse] is a myth. This guy [Ballard] is looking for it. We lay it out as simply as we did in the first five, but because we get to go inside the Dollhouse more, the events there take on much more resonance. It has what I had hoped to bring to the other episodes that I didn’t really have the opportunity to. So I felt like it was really finding the code to a show that I can do my best work in that the network still really can get behind. So it was a meeting of the minds.

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1.08 "Needs" Press Release

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When Echo, Sierra and Victor awaken in the Dollhouse with most of their original personalities and memories intact, Echo leads the charge to free the Actives from their apparent captivity and escape the Dollhouse forever. Meanwhile, Ballard discovers the Dollhouse is closer than he thinks in the “Needs” episode of DOLLHOUSE airing Friday, April 3 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (DOL-109) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

Cast: Eliza Dushku as Echo; Tahmoh Penikett as Paul Ballard; Olivia Williams as Adelle DeWitt; Fran Kranz as Topher Brink; Harry Lennix as Boyd Langton; Enver Gjokaj as Victor; Dichen Lachman as Sierra

Guest Cast: Amy Acker as Dr. Claire Saunders; Reed Diamond as Laurence Dominic; Miracle Laurie as Mellie; Teddy Sears as Mike; Emma Bell as Tango; Skyler Stone as Jimmy; Angel Desai as Sophie; Vincent Ventresca as Nolan; Joe Wandell as Adams

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1.08 Promotional Photos

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Fox have released 7 promotional photos for Dollhouse episode 1.08 “Needs”. It's looking like a really interesting episode with a few more reveals.

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Episode 1.12 Set Photos?

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I don't know where these photos came from so I can't verify them or deny them. Apparently they are set photos of episode 12 "Omega." So if you'd like to see them, click the spoiler!

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1.05 "True Believer" Ratings

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TVbythenumbers.com are reporting a rise in Dollhouse's viewers from last week. While it doesn't really mean much at all, it does show that maybe word of mouth is working, and more and more people might tune in to episode six (which is supposed to be the one where the show really finds its voice). Here's hoping!

Dollhouse 106 Promo Trailer

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1.05 "True Believer" Review

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1x05 "True Believer"
I was dreading this episode. After "Gray Hour" I thought this one was going to be a step back in terms of plot/character development. As it turns out, this one remains one of the strongest episodes yet. It isn't actually my personal favourite (that would be last week's episode) but in terms of theme, character usage, and actual deployment of the show's controversial nature, it really did pull through.

It's the first episode that's actually made me question the Dollhouse more than anything. The cult of this episode (of which I thought would just be a mundane story-of-the-week plot device) actually served as a comparison to the way DeWitt runs the place. In terms of structure and leadership, they are pretty much the same. The only difference is, DeWitt has science to brainwash people, while the cult leader had religion. There was also the part where Echo was hit and she could see again. It was a nice metaphor almost, that not only could she physically see, but she was able to see beyond the preaching of the cult.

This was also one of the first episodes, in my honest opinion, that tested Dushku as an actress. And while she faltered in some places (mainly when she was in her doll state, believe it or not), she had me completely convinced that she was both blind and a cult fanatic. Considering the nature of this episode, that was the most important thing, and I think she really pulled it off. Until now, I hadn't really seen much difference between her imprints, but this was in stark contrast to the others she's had.

As for the other cast, they were all used very efficiently, and each character moved certain plots forward (some more than others, even though I'm sure each will come to fruition soon). I absolutely LOVE Dominic. I mean, of course I hate him, but you can't blame the guy. Like anything in the Dollhouse, he is morally gray. Is he really wrong for wanting to take out Echo? Like he said, she's exhibiting the same "glitches" as Alpha did before he murdered everyone. So, really, Dominic is just trying to protect everyone. But of course, Echo is our main gal, so we feel the need to protect her and hate anyone who wants her harmed. Or... you know, dead.

The Whedon humour is subtly working its way in and the show has officially coined a new phrase: Man-reaction. Who isn't going to be saying this for weeks to come? Topher's whole deal this episode was pretty hilarious and Claire was an awesome counter for that. As for Victor/Sierra. I saw it coming a mile off (probably a poor choice of words there) but it looks like it's going to develop into something really great. I just hope Victor doesn't get boxed. Um... I mean, sent to the Attic. I'm not sure why but I'm seeing heaps of potential in his character. Would be nice to see him with a different imprint though.

So all in all, although this isn't my favourite in terms of plot, action, etc. It is definitely my favourite in the sense that it used the show's premise and raised a lot of moral questions, moreso than any other episode really has. But with Minear penning the episode, you really can't go wrong. Here's hoping the next episode lives up to the hype! Too bad it's up against Battlestar. *Sniff*

Omega Reveals Alpha?

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So it seems that IMDB have added the cast listing for 1.12 "Omega," and it apparently lists the actor playing Alpha. Now, I say "apparently" because I'm still not convinced. It seems far too easy for it to have slipped out, considering how much Joss wanted to keep it hidden. The actor listed is...

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Alan Tudyk. Now, I know you're probably thinking that this isn't a surprise and it's been speculated about for ages now, but that's exactly the reason I think this might be a red herring. It seems too easy for it to slip out, considering Joss would want it to be top secret. Don't get me wrong, it would be awesome if it were true, but you're just gonna have to colour me skeptical on this one.

Joss Whedon Interview

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Episode 1.12 Title

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Episode 1.12 will be called “Omega” and will air on the 8th May 2009 [SpoilerTV].

I've heard some people say that the episode will be about a new active but I should remind you that all actives are names taken from the phonetic alphabet and "Omega" is from the Greek alphabet. It's more likely that this is about Alpha, possibly derived from the quote:

"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely."

1.07 Promotional Photos

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I already posted what episode seven was about but here are some newly released promotional photos to go aloing with it. Whedon has also said that Adelle DeWitt is not the big boss of the Dollhouse {which we already kinda knew} and that her history isn't what you'd expect. [TV Guide]

So here are the promo shots of "Echoes," where Echo goes onto campus and reconnects with her own past. Gotta love Eliza's outfit in this episode and it looks like we'll be getting more action from our other two favourite dolls.

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So, not many of you will know this, but I'm an aspiring screenwriter, and when I get into a television show, I always try to seek out the scripts... just to see how it all came together. Considering how much of a change there was from Whedon's original "Dollhouse" pilot to the one we saw on our screens, I really wanted to get my hands on it.

So eventually I found it, by accident really... not that I'm complaining. Took me about fifteen minutes to get through it but wow! I have no idea why Fox wanted to change anything about it. It was so much more coherent, so well put together, and it really didn't hold back. Not everything was explained but there was enough to keep us going, to make us wonder, and most importantly, to make us want to come back. Compared to "Ghost," the original pilot seriously kicks ass. So for all those who want to read it... Click Me!

1.07 "Echoes" Description

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Fox have released the official description for episode seven, "Echoes." Don't read on if you don't even want to know the slightest thing about it.

1.07 “Echoes” - Echo heads back to school where she learns a few things about her past on "Dollhouse" Friday, MArch 27, on FOX.

A deadly virus outbreak on a college campus sends Echo back to school where pieces of her past come into focus in the “Echoes” episode of DOLLHOUSE airing Friday, March 27 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (DOL-108) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

Cast: Eliza Dushku as Echo; Tahmoh Penikett as Paul Ballard; Olivia Williams as Adelle DeWitt; Fran Kranz as Topher Brink; Harry Lennix as Boyd Langton; Enver Gjokaj as Lubov; Dichen Lachman as Sierra

Guest Cast: Reed Diamond as Laurence Dominic; Miracle Laurie as Mellie; Brett Claywell as Matt; Philip Casnoff as Clive Ambrose; Mechad Brooks as Sam; Josh Cooke as Leo Carpenter; Octavia Spencer as Professor Janack

Dollhouse 1.05 Promo Trailer

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"True Believer" - Imprinted as a blind girl, Echo must infiltrate a heavily guarded cult run by a charismatic leader (guest star Brian Bloom) before a Waco-like tragedy strikes.

Make sure you watch it!