I watched Dollhouse on line today. I was expecting a really shoddy program from all the negative reviews.
It wasn’t that bad. Geez.
I’ve covered the basic premise already. The pilot introduces us to the Dollhouse – a sort of spa/summer camp/villain’s lair. Pilots are rarely my favorite episodes of Whedon series but this one does the job.
Echo (Eliza Dushku) is beautiful in a kind of world-weary rather than vacuous way. Lot of critics said Dushku didn’t have the necessary range, but she looked happy when she was having fun and scared when things were going bad. I was worried for her at the crisis of the show. What she did worked for me.
Topher (Fran Kanz) the mad scientist was annoying but smart. I don’t like his character but I’ll be interested to see what he does.
Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) is an FBI agent investigating whether the dollhouse exists or not. The boxing thing was kind of obvious and went on and on and on. Hope they cut that crap out. I don’t particularly like the Cassandra-prophet characters but I’ll give Whedon time to show why he’s there.
Boyd Langton (Harry J. Lennix) is a good guy, and thoroughly likable. I hope he doesn’t fall in love or become happy or he’s dead.
The story: Echo is chosen to negotiate the ransom for a little girl. Of course, things go horribly wrong.
The motorcycle race, the boxing match and all the guns did not appeal to me much. I prefer the science fiction and character exploration to the gun play. Maybe they drop this stuff if it becomes successful.
Oh man, I wish Joss wasn’t working for Fox again. I could use some weekly salty goodness.
episode 1 GHOSTS
episode 2 THE TARGET
episode 3 STAGE FRIGHT
episode 4 GRAY HOUR
episode 5 TRUE BELIEVER
episode 6 MAN ON THE STREET
episode 7 ECHOES
episode 8 NEEDS
episode 9 A SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE
episode 10 HAUNTED
episode 11 BRIAR ROSE
episode 12 OMEGA