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So I watched the DOLLHOUSE pilot last night. I thought it kinda stunk. So did this guy. I agree with pretty much everything he said. The writing was lacking the usual Whedon spark and quirkiness, the premise is weak, and Dushku isn't charismatic enough to carry such a clunker.

Did you catch it? Discuss.


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Feb. 14th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
I had some of the same issues. I remember thinking half way thru that it didn't feel like a Joss show. I didn't follow all the production issues...but I think the pilot should have been two hours. I don't have any reason to care about Echo or the other dolls/actives.

But perhaps I'm in the mood to watch it - and it worked well for me before BSG with Tahmoh Penikett was the FBI agent and the shout out to Edward James Olmos.
Feb. 14th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
The thing that bugged me most?

The premise doesn't trace logically. Why hire a fake negotiator when there are REAL negotiators out there? Money isn't the issue. That doesn't even make sense.

The wipe needs to be used for something more interesting, something that regular humans can't do. Like, say the wipe removes any concept of limitation. So maybe the Actives are psychics, mind-readers, fore-tellers...

This application just doesn't make sense.

Feb. 14th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
True. The perfect weekend thing maybe but the negotiator made no sense (maybe if she had needed to fight...or some other special skill). The scientist mentioned making them better/faster/stronger in passing....we'll see if anything comes of it.

I'm still going to give it a few more episodes. I tend to like the shows Fox puts on Fridays to die (Firefly, Wonderfalls). I just wonder how long Fox will stay with it.
Feb. 14th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
The wife and I caught it last night. I don't think either one of us was crazy about it, but it was okay… I have to admit though, I’ve never followed any of Whedon’s past shows, so I don't really have anything to compare this one to.

I don't have a problem with Dushku (although I will say the Hollywood trend of displaying a bony rib cage in place of ample cleavage is fairly disgusting…) and the basic premise is okay. It reminds me of a few various SF books I've read in the past, so he's already had some of the work done for him.

I guess what I got out of it is that it's going to be an episodic action series in the sense that the particular mind-wipe is going to allow the writers to have a completely new adventure every week… sort of like an updated A-Team without a lot of baggage to carry along. ; ) I'm kind of a fan of this setup and I don’t really expect much from the format as long as I like the characters, but I will admit that in this particular aspect, there is a little bit of a challenge since there's nothing inherently appealing about the “Actives” stumbling around like lobotomized meat puppets when they're back at base. Whedon is going to have to figure out some way to let the characters keep their personality in between action bits, or else the whole thing is going to fall apart, IMO.
Feb. 14th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
I meant to say, it's nice to see you on LJ (and on Fangs, Fur & Fey)! :)
Feb. 16th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
I'd watched several of the teasers beforehand and, honestly, there was nothing really new or groundbreaking in the actual show. The plot is okay, but I'm a Whedon fan because of the characters and, so far, they're all bleh. The only line that felt Whedon-esque was when Dushku pointed to screaming girl and said "She hurts", but even then, Dushku didn't pull off that line as well as Buffy or River would have (if that makes sense).

Still, I'll watch a few more episodes and see if it picks up.
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