Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse’ finally opens tonight

Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Television

Joss Whedon, creator of cult favorites Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, returns to television and reunites with fellow Slayer alum Eliza Dushku in Dollhouse. The series premieres 8 p.m. tonight on Fox, following a new episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

In Dollhouse, Echo (Dushku) is an “Active,” a member of a highly illegal and underground group of individuals who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Hired by the wealthy, powerful and connected, the Actives don’t just perform their hired roles; they wholly become — with mind, personality and physiology — whomever the client wants or needs them to be. Whether imprinted to be a lover, an assassin, a corporate negotiator or a best friend, the Actives know no other life than the specific engagements they are in at that time.

Joss Whedon, left, directs Eliza Dushku on the set of "Dollhouse." (FOX)
Joss Whedon, left, directs Eliza Dushku on the set of "Dollhouse."

In the series premiere episode, Echo is hired by a businessman to be the ultimate kidnapping negotiator when his young daughter is abducted. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett, Battlestar Galactica) risks his career in his search for the elusive Dollhouse.

The cast also includes Amy Acker, who starred in the latter seasons of the Buffy spinoff, Angel.

Let’s just hope this time Fox doesn’t screw with Whedon and his fans, they way they did with Firefly.

If you miss the series premiere, try to catch it online at www.hulu.com/dollhouse.

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