The second part of my Dollhouse interviews was with Eliza Dushku, who plays Echo, one of the dolls, or Actives. She played Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Tru on Tru Calling, as well as many other shows and movies. Here’s what Eliza had to say about the new show! (There are a few spoilers, so beware! Nothing major, though!)
In the first 3 episodes, Echo has an asthma attack, is hunted by a client and is wiped in the middle of a mission. Can anything else go wrong?
“Anything and everything at any given time [going wrong] is sort of the point, I think. We’re dealing in real situations and that’s why we have our handlers there, to hopefully protect us from the bad, but yes; each show I think that sort of thing is going to go down because it’s obviously not a perfect system and it’s not a perfect world.
[Later on in the season] I enter a cult of the blind cultess and they send me in with cameras implanted into my eyes and some things go down there. I can tell you that there’s upcoming contact with Agent Paul Ballard, who is Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), and there is going to be some charged stuff in those episodes.
[As for the interaction between the dolls], the dolls are starting to have these memories and develop these little flickers of self awareness and recognize one another and remember things from engagements. Of course, that’s considered a glitch in the Dollhouse system and that’s where all hell breaks loose. That’s kind of where the show expands and that’s where it gets interesting to me.”
In the last week, I got the chance to speak with both Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku about Dollhouse, which premieres tonight on FOX at 9/8c. They came up with the idea of the show kind of together and based it around Eliza then Joss took the idea to FOX. The show’s original pilot was rewritten to the version that we will see tonight but both of them seem pleased with not only the pilot, but the other 12 episodes as well. First up is Joss Whedon’s call. (Click on the pictures to get to a bigger version, by the way!)
When asked about how the rewritten pilot came to be, Joss gave a great answer.
“The original pilot explained everything that happened, but came at it very sideways, and they said let the audience see an engagement so that they understand that every week she’s going to go to a different please and be a different person and that they have that sense of structure.
That part was simple enough. It was my idea to do a new pilot, because once I was clear on what it was they didn’t have that I had planned to provide in the show anyway, it seemed like a no-brainer to give them something they could get behind more.
But there was some real questioning about what exactly we wanted to get at in terms of the humanity and what they do and why people hire them and there’s a sexual aspect to it that makes some people nervous. Part of the mandate of the show is to make people nervous. It’s to make them identify with people they don’t like and get into situations that they don’t approve of, and also look at some of the heroic side of things and wonder if maybe they were wrong about what motivated those as well.
So we’re out to make people uncomfortable, but not maybe so much our bosses.”