Posts Tagged ‘Dollhouse’

Why else would it give me two of my favorite story tropes in one week, just before my 30th birthday? It is paying TRIBUTE, is why.

You would be amazed how quickly a Google image search for "House Wilson" turned erotic.

Over on “House,” they pulled a ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern,’ turning the story over to sidekick Wilson’s point of view while showing the House team’s latest exciting case only going on in the periphery (such as speeding an obese man on a gurney down the hall while Taub tells Wilson “It wasn’t the tennis!” without much context).

I actually think a lot of shows would be better if there was some kind of barely explained medical drama happening in the background.

On “Dollhouse,” Whedon and co. broke out good ol’ ‘Mirror Mirror.’ So much time gets spent on this show clucking tongues at the ethical implications of brainwashing that it’s rarely pointed out that Things Could Be So Much Worse. Until last week’s double episode, where the warm, oaky comfort of the L.A. dollhouse is contrasted by the antiseptic basement nightmare, and Topher’s spastic but ultimately endearing quirks are put up against Summer Glau – who appears to be an old-school mad scientist in a 20-year-old girl’s body (right down to the irritated babbling and the dead-arm deformity).

More evidence that TV wants to make my birthday a happy one? It is giving me back “Better Off Ted,” which returns to ABC tonight at 9:30 (EST).

And while we’re on the subject (because it’s shaping up to be a TV-centric week, why not?), ‘24’ abuses me every single year, but every December, when  I see commercials where Kiefer Sutherland trains a gun on someone, I get giddy all over again. Yelling! Guns! ‘Splosions! Lady President! KABOOOOOOM!!!!

Okay, ’24.’ You got me again. But this time try to ease up on the “Torture is always justifiable” angle you pushed hard in the first half of season 7, hm?

Wonderful sci-fi site io9 is wondering if NBC has given up on science fiction shows, implying that Dollhouse 1science fiction is dead on network television. I would argue that’s hardly the case. With that in mind, let’s check out the two best science fiction series newly available via DVD, “Dollhouse” and “Torchwood”.

First up, “Dollhouse“:
Watching week after week of re-explained premise and variations on the same basic plot, it became increasingly difficult to defend “Dollhouse” without sounding a bit like a deluded Whedon apologist – even going so far as to rationalize, “Well, really, it’s his second seasons that are good,” as though that’s an incentive to sit through an uneven series that isn’t likely to get a second season.

Buuuut…

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dollhouseSo good TV is wrapping up for the season, and it’s time to look at how things shook out.

This week, we’ll look at “Dollhouse,” “House,” “Fringe,” and “Lost.”

Let’s dig in:
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dollhouse-21Assorted thoughts on “Dollhouse,” the new Joss Whedon series that premiered Friday night on Fox.

First, keep in mind, pilots are such a bitch. Save for the most miserable of premieres, most pilots only offer an inkling of what’s to come, for better or worse. Add to that a known entity like Joss Whedon, and a completely redone pilot (meaning somewhere there is a version that’s exactly what Whedon wanted to do floating around), and it’s really hard to tell what could be and should be versus what is.

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