Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse has an incredibly ambitious premise for an hour long show. Because of that, the pilot has to accomplish two things: 1. bring the reader up to speed in a world where there is the technology to wipe someone’s memory and 2. introduce the moral complications that arise when that technology is implemented. It’s a little more complicated than a cheerleader is the chosen one to fight the vampires.
It was interesting to see how Whedon avoided outright exposition but still successfully presented these moral dilemmas. Boyd’s conversation with Topher was a great example, as well as Adelle’s conversation with a client used in Fox’s promotion of the series seen here.