By Sandhaya Mansfield, Courier Daily Editor
Fox is spicing Friday nights up with a new show from the creative mind of Joss Whedon, titled "Dollhouse."
"Dollhouse" reunites former "Buffy" alumni Eliza Dushku with director Whedon for a thrilling new drama. Eliza Dushku plays "Echo" an "Active" member of an illegal underground group who have had their personalities erased so they can be imprinted with various new personae.
"Active" members are hired by rich, powerful, and well connected clients, and not only perform their hired roles but "wholly become- with mind, personality and physiology- whoever the client wants or needs them to be." An Active can be imprinted to become an assassin, lover, best friend, or anything else a client asks for. When imprinted, an active has no previous memories from other "lives", it only knows the information it's been programmed with at that time.
Echo and the other Actives are all confined at a secret facility known as the "Dollhouse" and are given assignments by Adelle Dewitt, one of the Dollhouse leaders. After each mission, the Actives' memories, thoughts, knowledge, and feelings are erased by Dollhouse programmer, Topher Brink.
As the series moves forward, FBI agent Paul Ballard- with the help of a Russian informant Lubov, get closer to discovering the secret "Dollhouse." Echo soon begins to stop forgetting and her memories slowly start to return. As her memories return, she begins to put together bits and pieces of her past.
"Dollhouse revolves around Echo's blossoming self-awareness and her desire to discover her true identity. But with each new engagement comes a new memory and increased danger inside and outside the Dollhouse."
Joss Whedon serves as executive producer and writer, but directed the pilot episode that airs Friday night on Fox.