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Dollhouse
« on: February 28, 2009, 07:06:27 AM »
Anyone watching this?

I really, really like it. This is one good show—and Joss Whedon has learned his lesson. He's not fooling around with filler episodes—which with this show he could have easily done—but has gotten right to the meat. He knows he may only have a few shows to really make something special, and that's exactly what he's done.
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009, 06:21:31 PM »
I've watched the first two episodes on hulu (I guess there's a new one now?).  I wasn't immediately captivated but interested enough to stick with it for a bit and see where it goes. 
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2009, 07:24:01 PM »
I saw the first and third episodes (the second got preempted by Larry Miller coverage), and I really like it. It isn't as funny as Whedon's other shows, but that isn't a bad thing.
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2009, 07:39:07 PM »
the first 2 episodes were fine (not amazing, but good). I had problems with the 3rd one. lots of holes. it was handled like a filler episode, but it had important info in it that wasn't executed well.

the show is supposed to turn into "crazy awesome show" by episode 6.

what i do like is the uncomfortable morality established. what i dont like is that they haven't firmly established the FBI agent's motivations. kinda makes it hard to root for him - and i really want to (not to mention, what kind of idiot FBI goes into an abandoned building mentioned by the mob by himself?).

I like where the series can go, but the trail is full of landmines. either it is going to blow up, or avoid them nicely.
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2009, 08:54:12 PM »
What holes did you find in the 3rd episode? It was my favorite so far...I dunno, the others didn't break so much ground for me as this one did (ep 2 was good but...The Most Dangerous Game has been done so many times already). (Though it's true that Life on Mars and Chuck both already had "protect the rock star who's getting death threats" episodes in 2009...something must be in the water.) I loved the little touches that you had to be paying attention or you wouldn't see, like the head shake at the end.

The FBI agent who goes into an abandoned mob building by himself does so because everyone else at the FBI thinks he's a laughingstock. However, he was dumb not to be wearing a vest.
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2009, 09:17:06 PM »
the major hole was that the other Active was there for if things got out of hand. they tried to explain it by saying "oh, she took attention off the singer." that was a terribad explanation for why Sierra didn't kick his head in earlier. she was there as back-up, and yet she did absolutely nothing. it was a poor way for them to get across the "friend" arc they have going on. they should be checking her wiring to see why she was so awful.

the nod at the end was fine, and it sets the show going in the right direction. however the story mechanism used to get there was clumsy at best.

i did enjoy that the mob contact the FBI guy has was an active. not totally surprising, but carried out well. 
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2009, 11:15:21 PM »
Okay, you're right. That's a problem. I don't know why she didn't do a thing except let herself get kidnapped. Maybe there was some kind of trigger but it was set to go off later. Dunno.
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2009, 05:50:20 PM »
exactly. I mean, it's pretty obvious the intention of the whole event - show Echo's adaptability, to show that something is going very wrong with the memory wipes, and to show that Echo has a connection to her "friend." it was just clumsily handled. All that said, i REALLY like the potential of the series. I'm excited for Friday. over the next few episodes is where things are supposed to show why the series will be great.
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2009, 06:21:07 PM »
Thus far I've really liked the show; I'm not just watching it because I hope it gets good, I think it's already more interesting than almost anything else on TV at the moment. I think the main problem people are having with it is that there is no consistent main character--but the head shake at the end was a very welcome way to start solving that problem.

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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2009, 06:34:38 PM »
I really enjoyed the third episode. Yes, some things happened because the plot required it, but it was still so enjoyable. I find this show really engaging, and I'm not sure why it seems like so many people don't think it's good. I'm not sure what they were expecting.
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2009, 05:11:26 AM »
I like the show so far, but I have to say I expected it to be funny like Buffy. The ONLY reason I started watching it was because I saw in an ad that Joss Whedon was writing it. The previews for it held no interest for me otherwise. It's okay that it's not funny, but I can't think of one show I'm watching right now (outside of a couple sitcoms) that are funny like that. I miss that (dramedies).

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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2009, 07:02:57 AM »
Chuck might be considered a dramedy... I didn't watch Buffy though so don't know if it would compare in your view.

Yeah. The Dollhouse previews emphasized sexiness. That's not the point of the show at all.

Tonight's episode was cool but there wasn't any build from the previous one with the head shake at the end.
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2009, 11:04:38 PM »
Did you know Eliza Dushku was (or used to be) LDS?
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2009, 12:00:04 AM »
No, but there are a lot of people like that. Katherine Heigl, Jewel, etc.
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Re: Dollhouse
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2009, 06:21:19 PM »
So I am currently watching the first episode of this show.  It is absolutely awesome.

The concept of this show is unimaginably captivating and unique. 
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