“An Active is the truest soul among us.” Or so says Olivia Williams’ big-brained science honcho in this promo for Joss Whedon’s new Fox show, Dollhouse, premiering this fall. And judging by this spot…Dolls
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Dollhouse will touch on all of the things that enrich the soul of the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. Drop-dead-gorgeous female hero? Check. Her search for identity and purpose while carrying out a specific mission (or, in this case, the specific mission-of-the-week)? Done. Disparate people banding together to forge a family out of isolation? In there. Skillfully twisted dialogue that’s both catchy and revealing? Boom. Lots of the kicking of ass? Youbetcha.

Let’s say you’re not a Joss Whedon fan — a group I most definitely don’t belong to, judging by my Quixotic insistence on bringing you clips from Firefly every Friday — but does this intrigue you? Is watching Eliza Dushku’s Echo have a different persona implanted on her each week, while searching for the truths of who she really is and how she got stuck in “the Dollhouse,” something you’re up for? (And does the prospect of Battlestar Galactica‘s Tahmoh Penikett — as a federal agent on her trail — taking his shirt off sweeten the deal?) I’ve already got my TiVo primed…how about you?

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