Watch This: Joss Whedon’s ambitious near-future dystopia doesn’t get enough respect

One week a month, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new show coming out that week. This week: The return of Black Mirror has us thinking about TV’s other visions of ominous futures.

Dollhouse, “Epitaph One” (season one, episode 13; unaired) and “Epitaph Two: Return” (season two, episode 13; 1/29/2010)

Dollhouse‘s elevator pitch isn’t exactly an easy sell. The sci-fi show revolved around a young woman (Eliza Dushku), a human “doll” nicknamed Echo who had volunteered to work at a top-secret and high-end facility where her memories were wiped and she could be implanted with a wide range of programmable identities and skills, to be transformed into whatever was required of her by high-paying clients. (Think the kung-fu abilities implanted into Keanu in The Matrix, only without the blank slate personality still there afterwards.) In between paying gigs (which the series worked overtime …

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