Fox Network is set to unleash (January 2009) Joss Whedon's (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) newest offering entitled "Dollhouse". In typical predictive programming fashion, memory wiping and mind control serve as ultra-hip & sexy subject matter while the creeps who perpetuate this glamorous future-state are portrayed as being "on the wrong side of the law". Funny how these technologies always seem to be in the hands of governments in real life...it's only in TV, Movies and Comic Books where we actually see mastermind "bad guys" waging secret wars on an unsuspecting population.
In Dollhouse, Eliza Dushku plays a young woman named Echo, a member of a group of people known as "Actives" or "Dolls." The Dolls have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas, including memory, muscle memory, skills, and language, for different assignments. They're then hired out for particular jobs, crimes, fantasies, and occasional good deeds. On missions, Actives are monitored internally (and remotely) by Handlers. In between tasks, they are mind-wiped into a child-like state and live in a futuristic dormitory/laboratory, a hidden facility nicknamed "The Dollhouse". The story follows Echo, who begins, in her mind-wiped state, to become self-aware.