Friday, February 13, 2009

Just A Reminder...


Happy Dollhouse day, everyone!

Feel free to talk about the show in the comments section if you like; I might be late to the conversation, as I don't know if I'll be able to catch it when it airs. I might have to catch up-- as with all TV these days (sigh)-- via Hulu.

9 comments:

Bob Westal said...

Hmmmm. Basically, I think Whedon, and Eliza Dushku, are both deliberately getting out of their comfort zones and at times are falling on their faces, including some lame TV dialogue, which he seems to fall into at times, and at other times doing beautifully. There were definite moments of lameness and others that were intriguing and actually moving -- I was particularly taken early on by the sincerity of Echo's (on Echo's personality's) sincere romantic confusion after her pre-determined fling ended. And the story itself, while not as plausible as it should have been, was pretty involving. He's not afraid to turn the screws and I think Dushku is delivering on the emotions fairly well -- I think critics are being hard on her. (While I'll never figure out how the woman in "Fringe", whose name I can't remember, even survived the pilot...but everyone seems to have given her a pass, except me...did she get that much better later on?)

Anyhow, getting back on topic, Joss seems to be trying to do without some old crutches here...including the idea of being funny. Not sure if I want that to become too habitual.

dave said...

To add to Bob's comments, the two ideas I liked in the show were 1.) the idea that people always want _something_--that having everything only creates more desires; and 2.) the idea that, with the downloading of talent comes the downloading of faults, a nice twist on the tragic flaw. All in all, I liked it very much.

Brian Doan said...

Hey Guys,
Thanks for posting! I still haven't watched it yet (catching up on BSG has been this week's TV priority), but I'm hoping to get to it tonight or tomorrow, and will come back with more to say then. But I skimmed your coments while trying to not to be spoiled, and I am glad to hear it definitely has potential.

Oh, and yes-- Tom Shales is an idiot, and if his cut-and-paste tongue bath of a book on SNL is any indication, not a very compelling writer.

Bob Westal said...

Which reminds me of why I can't read your BSG posts -- I've about two (?) seasons behind on it....I've got burned DVDs waiting for me, but lord only knows when I'll have time to catch up.

I was going to add some gag about the whole "whose a cylon?" thing, but then I realized that whatever joke I made, I could be accidentally right!

Brian Doan said...

Bob,
I hear you-- there are several tv shows (like THE WIRE) that I am behind on. I think you will like BSG, though.

Bob Westal said...

Hey, I'll see your "behind" on "The Wire" and raise you to not having seen a single frakking episode, you should pardon the expression.

Brian Doan said...

THE WIRE is one of those shows everyone mentions to me, too-- friends, colleagues, students-- which just makes me think even more that I need to see more of it. I watched the first disc, and liked it a lot, but also recognized this was the sort of show I really needed to sit down and invest time in, and I just haven't had that kind of time since. I think I will really enjoy it when I get around to it, though (probably in the summer).

Bob Westal said...

The ironic thing is that "The Wire" sounds like it's very much up my alley (I was a big fan of "Homicide," I love stuff with political overtones, etc.)...so I'm basically where you are, only more so

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