Dollhouse Pilot Preview And Eliza Dushku

by admin on January 5, 2009 · 3 comments

This video from Extra contains a few previously unseen sneak peaks of Dollhouse characters Echo (Eliza Dushku) and Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) as they encounter one another in the Pilot episode. Update: According to wiesengrund in the comments, the clips you see in the video are from the Pilot episode and 1.05 “Man In The Street”.

It’s not that spoilery, but it’s spoilery enough for me to put a spoiler warning on it.

Regardless of how the show was devised, I still think they would be better off giving us more reasons to watch the show other than “Dollhouse” being a documentary on Eliza Dushku’s life. There are, of course, plenty of reasons (to watch) but they’re not making use of their best assets, in my opinion. Instead they’re repeatedly using one of their assets – Eliza Dushku. I’d actually like to know why Dushku (and co) find the premise interesting, and whether or not she finds it challenging to portray a role that is, by all accounts, so close to home? Y’know, something different from the ‘this is my life’ angle. Do they even find the premise interesting or is it just a cool idea that fulfills a contract obligation? I’m beginning to wonder.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to watch the show before I judge it, but surely ‘the powers that be’ can see more to Dollhouse than just one layer? To be fair, I realise that not everyone has been following this show for the past 10 months, and that those people may be genuinely intrigued by the ‘mystery of the Dollhouse conception’, but I can’t recall feeling as jaded as I currently do about a show that I’m actually looking forward to watching.

As for the clips, pretty cool. Paul Ballard’s motivations could be one of the most interesting aspects of this show.

Thanks: TruEcho / meadowkell

wiesengrund January 6, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I don’t think this is from the pilot. My guess would be the Whedon-penned “Man on the Street”-episode which was produced as fifth (there’s a short shot of a clapperboard with the production code #105 and David Straiton as director).

The other footage (the basement scene) was probably taken from “Echo”.

Roco January 6, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Thanks for the heads-up, I’ve updated the post. I kinda gave up keeping track of which episode was which a couple of months ago. Good to see you’re still on the ball!

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