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Subject: Watch Dollhouse

Dollhouse is Joss Whedon’s new drama/thriller staring Eliza Dushku. It’s an excellent show, as your esteemed critics below will tell you.


I loved Buffy and Angel. I never did get to watch Firefly, but I’m really enjoying Dollhouse. It’s a fresh story every week with an interweaving of ongoing storyline and mystery. Quickly becoming my favorite show.

I love that it allows you to get a completely different show each week. One week you can have an Ocean’s 11 style robbery, the next a manhunt in the forest. It’s probably fun for Eliza and for Dichen Lachman, who is one of the other dolls. They get to play a different role each week.

In Whedon’s Dollhouse, the main characters are Actives, or Dolls, that have their memory erased after each mission. They’re hired out to buyers with a task in mind, and imprinted with the proper personality and skills needed to complete that task. The tasks always end up being more dangerous than the base price, so you often see them asking the client for more money. I like Topher, the genius that operates the technology and imprints, he seems like he easily could’ve been one of the genius villains in season 6 of Buffy. He has sort of a nerdy arrogance that’s entertaining.

I draw a lot of comparisons to La Femme Nikita actually. Of course, Nikita was a character with some attitude and rebellion and Echo, the main character in Dollhouse, only has the attitude she’s imprinted with. Although, there is a flashback scene where it implies she might have had some spunk prior to being ‘erased’, or whatever happened to her. As much as I like the show, It’s Whedon on Fox and I’m nervous. Not to mention they’re doing that remote-free television thing, where they have half the commercials. Can’t be helping advertising money for the show’s slot, and it isn’t the best slot anyway, which I hope Fox doesn’t take out on Dollhouse. Or Fringe, which is also doing the less commercials thing.

Eliza’s hot. That’s always a good start. The show is captivating, I’m enjoying the underlying story of Alpha and who and what he is. They’re definitely setting up an season-wide story arc, while still having individual episodes be entertaining in their own right. If you’re not watching, you’re missing out.

Thrilling! Spectactular! It’s as if I’ve been imprinted with the personality to like all of Joss Whedon’s work. The characters all have depth and history, which makes them feel real and the show well done. Whedon shows loyalty to actors he’s worked with before, such as Amy Acker who played Fred on Angel and obviously Eliza Dushku. It suggests that not only is Joss Whedon a genius, but he’s a good guy to work for too. Now if only Fox stays on board. I’m curious to see when these webisodes I’ve heard rumors of will start.


March 9th, 2009 by Ann in tv
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