I actually got the idea for Program 13 after marathoning Season 1 and Season 2 of Dollhouse. I loved the concept of the show – how people could be programmed to be different people, and by the end of it, I wanted to explore the concept more. Emile’s story changed a lot over the course of the first draft. It wasn’t until I visited Seattle in January 2011 that I knew where I would take her story. For me, writing Program 13 allowed me to think of other ways the technology in Dollhouse could have been used.
I think one of the most inspiring episodes for me was Epitaph One. It was the final [unaired] episode of Season 1, and it held a different tone than the rest of the show; it was darker and set in the future, and showed what had happened due to the technology used at Dollhouse.
There are a lot of differences between Program 13 and Dollhouse (Some examples: Program 13 is meant for a YA audience, and Vesta Corp doesn’t implant multiple identities onto Programs for clients like they did in Dollhouse), but for me, it’s kind of a love letter to the show.
17-year-old Emile Reed, may have died, but she isn’t dead. Her body now belongs to Program Thirteen, where her every thought, every movement, is controlled. Until Emile begins to find her way back inside of Thirteen’s core, where she manages to fend off Thirteen’s programming to reclaim the life that she lost. But Charles McVeigh, the owner of Vesta Corp, isn’t willing to let Thirteen go.
What makes you human?
One E-book of Program 13 (International)