Anyways, fast forward a couple years, and Dollhouse premieres. To be perfectly honest, I took one look at the supposed premise, and thought "Jesus Whedon, what are you doing?". At first glance it seemed shallow, exploitative, and derivative, a clone of similar shows like Alias with a single gimmick that couldnt save it. So it wasnt until a few years later when I found a DVD of the first season in the bargain bin that I bothered to give it a chance.
Simply put, Dollhouse is Whedon's masterpiece. Everything you think the show is about is wrong. This is classic high concept science fiction in a way TV almost never manages to sustain; take one piece of speculative technology and explore the implications and effects on society. And without the desire of ruining it for anyone else who missed or misjudged this show, let's just say the implications are explored to an extent that takes the series from a action spy thriller to a pst apocalyptic cyber war, all the while playing with the notions of identity, self, and the soul that hits close to The Prisoner.
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