Dollhouse 1.01 Ghost (2009, TV) – 4/10 review

Eliza Dushku: Echo
Harry J. Lennix: Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz: Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett: Paul Ballard
Enver Gjokaj: Lukov
Dichen Lachman: Sierra
Olivia Williams: Adelle DeWitt
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joss Whedon
Amy Acker: Dr. Claire Saunders
Reed Diamond: Laurence Dominic
Kurt Caceres: Gabriel Crestejo
Producer: Eliza Dushku
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon
Director: Joss Whedon

Dollhouse 1.01 Ghost (2009)

Unknowing human vessel Echo can be implanted with any human personality her operators choose and use her as a kidnapping negotiator when a client’s daughter is taken.

4/10

Coming across as an excuse to get Eliza Dushku into a different outfit each week, this uninteresting and woefully unconvincing series opener doesn’t grab the attention, stir the intellect, excite or, critically, make you want to watch next week. The featured geek (Fran Kranz) and FBI maverick (Tahmoh Penikett) are charmless and the boss woman (Olivia Williams) is horrifically written. The idea behind the episode feels quite strong but it’s nearly buried by off-the-shelf writing and lacklustre direction. It is, at best, shall we say, professionally, competently bland.

This Dollhouse episode contains adult dialogue and gun violence.

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