Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Embodiment of the Grey

Over the past couple weeks there have been many discussions about good and evil, light and dark, and demons and angels. I am of the vein that nothing is inherently good or evil; it can choose to be so but nothing is ever created or "born" into light or darkness. My way of thinking is that we are all molded from the neutral grey. Some of us are molded by our environment and those around us. Others are molded by the spiritual paths we decide to take or in some cases are called too.

Now because of these discussions I have been having I decided to go back to watch one of my favorite TV shows of all time that embodies the idea of the grey: Dollhouse. Now of course this is a Joss Whedon creation so no matter what it is going to be ingenious but this show goes beyond what any of his other work does (yes I think even beyond Firefly).

Whedon takes that idea of neutrality and grey to the extreme by creating a world where an organization called Rossum "employs mind-wiped humans known as Dolls who are implanted with false memories and skills for various missions and tasks. When they are not 'at work' they are living in a real life Dollhouse which gives the show the name. One of those mind-wiped humans, a young woman named Echo, is slowly starting to become aware of herself and what's going on - all the while somebody on the outside is trying to bring the Dollhouse down while getting closer to Echo - possibly not aware that she is one of the Dolls he is after." (IMDB)

It's hard to get too in depth with the descriptions of this show without giving away spoilers. I will say this though: whenever I think of the word grey the character Adele DeWitt (played by the lovely Olivia Williams) always comes to mind. She is the ones that runs the Dollhouse in LA and thus has control over the Dolls. In the first season the character of Adele starts to develop but already the viewer can see just how hard her job is and how one in that position can't be anything but grey.

This show is one of those shows that even though only had two season had such an impact on me. When I finished re-watching the series this week I literally was saddened to the point that it felt like a part of me was gone. I know this may sound extreme but you get so caught up in this world of grey that you feel like you too are part of it. Dollhouse takes you to this world and once you leave it you will start questions things in your own world.




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