Review: Dollhouse Ghost

Review of:  Dollhouse: Ghost

Overall Rating: 9

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Dollhouse: Ghost Dollhouse - Dollhouse, Season 1 is a creepy, horrifying, wonderful, delightful show.  It looks like Joss Whedon has pulled it off again.  Ghost is a great progressive science fiction show.  In this episode Joss addresses several great issues:

  • Is a person merely a collection of their memories?

  • If a person has their personality wiped is that just the same as murdering them?

  • Is it right to have programmable people for hire for anything including sex?

The Story:

Eliza Dushku plays a young woman called Echo, a member of a group of people known as "Actives" or "Dolls." The Dolls have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas, including memory, muscle memory, skills, and language, for different assignments (referred to as engagements).

The new persona is not an original creation, however, but an amalgam of different, existing personalities. The end result incorporates some of the flaws, not just the strengths, of the people used as templates.

The Actives are then hired out for particular jobs -- crimes, fantasies, and the occasional good deed. On engagements, Actives are monitored internally (and remotely) by Handlers.

In between tasks, they are mind-wiped into a child-like state and live in a futuristic dormitory/laboratory, a hidden facility nicknamed "The Dollhouse." The story follows Echo.


  1. The introduction really sets up the mystery surrounding the Dollhouse and why Eliza Dushku went in.

  2. The cast did a great job acting

  3. Eliza Dushku pulls off the lead role well

  4. The story line was jaw dropping good

  5. The twists were well executed

  6. Dollhouse is Progressive SF

  7. How they come up with the personalities for their “dolls”

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. Concern: Joss tends for the bitter sweet stories and Dollhouse is no different.  Ghost has a bitter, sweet, shocking ending and I hope he is able to continue to dance the line without becoming too maudlin.

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