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Dollhouse: Epitaph One

In the year 2019, a small group of non-imprinted human rebels break into the ruins of the Dollhouse to learn what has led to a world where almost anyone can be imprinted and programmed to kill those who aren't converted.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x13
Production Number: DH-113


Alternate Airdates:

UK (Syfy) Aug 11, 2009
AU (Eleven) Aug 20, 2012

  • Currently 9.6/10
9.6/10 (11 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Adair TishlerAdair Tishler
As Iris Miller / Caroline
Clayton RohnerClayton Rohner
As Dollhouse Client
Reed DiamondReed Diamond
As Laurence Dominic
Zack WardZack Ward
As Zone

Co-Guest Stars
Josh KellyJosh Kelly
As Male
Shelley MackShelley Mack
As Female
Warren SweeneyWarren Sweeney
As Mr. Miller
Main Cast
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
As Echo / Caroline
Harry J. LennixHarry J. Lennix
As Boyd Langton
Fran KranzFran Kranz
As Topher Brink
Tahmoh PenikettTahmoh Penikett
As Paul Ballard
Enver GjokajEnver Gjokaj
As Victor
Olivia WilliamsOlivia Williams
As Adelle DeWitt
Episode Notes
This unaired episode includes some scenes cribbed from the also unaired pilot episode. The episode was shot on a shoestring budget when Joss Whedon was working on convincing the Fox execs to renew the show. The notion was that he wanted to give them the option to know that there were less expensive routes he could take the story if they wanted to substantially cut costs. In the end, Fox renewed it as-is, so the storyline directions taken by Epitaph are no longer necessarily accurate as to the future of the Dollhouse universe.

The technology suggested, of being able to download a personality through a communications line is fairly doubtful as to possibility, at least anywhere in the vaguely near future. While one must speculate on the technologies involved in imprinting people, the bandwidth demands alone are highly impractical even for a direct connection. Doing it from a distance, and wirelessly, would be so far beyond any communications capabilities foreseeable for even the next 20-30 years that it would require a tremendous breakthrough in order to even think of doing it. So either the Dollhouse universe is vastly ahead of us in wireless communications bandwidth technologies or someone missed the boat on this element of the idea, because it is never justified at any point. A small "quibble", but a very important one for good Science Fiction, which, for the most part, Dollhouse is.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerElizabeth Craft  |  David Solomon  |  Sarah Fain
ProducerKelly A. Manners  |  Eliza Dushku
Consulting ProducerTim Minear
Associate ProducerChris Cheramie
Production DesignerStuart Blatt
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerRobert D. Nellans
Staff WriterTracy A. Bellomo  |  Andrew Chambliss  |  Maurissa Tancharoen  |  Jed Whedon
Music SupervisorAndrea von Foerster
Costume DesignerShawna Trpcic
Key GripBobby Reid
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Transportation CoordinatorLeroy Reed
Property MasterMichael Blaze
Construction CoordinatorTed Wilson (2)
Production Sound MixerColeman Metts
Script SupervisorNirvana Adams
Production CoordinatorLynnet Price
Script CoordinatorLisa Randolph
Post Production SupervisorJeff MacVittie
Re-Recording MixerKen Teaney
GafferDan Kerns
Director of PhotographyRoss Berryman
Art DirectorLeonard Harman
Production AccountantTony Lindo
ScoreRob Simonsen  |  Mychael Danna
Main Title Theme Written/performedJonatha Brooke
Main Title Theme Written ByEric Bazilian
"A" Camera OperatorTony Politis
Department Head HairVito Trotta
Sound SupervisorWilliam Dotson
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJohn J. Gray  |  Tony Dodds  |  Natalie Farrell
Special Effects CoordinatorChris Nelson (3)
 
Warning: Dollhouse season 1 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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