Yes, Joss Whedon did it again. Yet another of his shows lasted on TV for a mere two seasons. In fact, rumor has it that he only got the second season because Fox forgot to cancel the show. This inability of good TV to get high ratings is the bane of all cult TV fans. The infamous cancellation of Firefly after only one season is a shining (or shiny…) example of the way in which TV networks disregard the needs and desires of the most passionate of fans in favor of more numerous viewers.
So we were lucky to get two seasons of Dollhouse despite its relative lack of commercial success. And lucky is right because the show is, in my humble opinion, remarkable. It has its weaknesses, sure, like the rushed ending of the season…but that’s hardly Mr. Whedon’s fault. As usual, I blame this one on Fox.
Anyways, Dollhouse tells the story of a pharmaceutical corporation with the power to wipe individuals’ minds and re-program them at will. They put this power to use providing the rich with “not what they want…but what they need.” Which means most of the time, the dolls, or actives, are programmed to be their lovers, in all senses of the word. It means that not only are clients able to pay to use the actives’ bodies, but also to have their minds made to order.