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Joss Whedon's new project.

i didn't realize that dollhouse had already started airing, so in the past few days i've been downloading episodes and watching them. i did read the wiki "reviews and reactions" section beforehand and saw that so far it's received mixed reviews.

and okay, i can see why. i think it's another one of those instances like STTNG in its first season or Farscape in its first season where it's just taking a little while for the rhythm and the feel of the show to be pieced together well because the first three episodes felt a little awkward. in winter drumline terms, the show has good "clarity of intent" which gives it box 5 scores (out of 6 boxes), but it only scores in box 3 for execution, which has to do with the acting, the script writing, some of the pacing.

i just got done watching episode 4, and it's that episode that feels like everyone finally found their rhythm. Clarity of intent is still as strong as ever, but the execution is starting to rise to meet the intent. Hopefully by the end of the whole first season it will continue that way, or at least continue to draw me in.

even so, it doesn't have the same sort of magic that Firefly did, but that's an unfair comparison becaues Firefly was an anomaly in how exceptional it was right out of the gate, and Firefly was less distracting because it took place in a fictional universe where this takes place in a fictional Real World, which changes some of the dynamic.

it'll be interesting to see where this goes.

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lifeofmendel
Mar. 19th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
yeah, the plot arc with alpha is definitely more annoying than anything right now because it's not really progressing. with firefly the men in blue and whatsherface were able to hold that together better because there was better cohesion, the mystery had more evolution, and the episodes themselves were better put together. with dollhouse i don't get that sense; again, clarity of intent is there, but execution is lacking.
c_wraith
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
My impression of the show, after the first couple episodes was: This is one long prologue.

I think the prologue is about to draw to a close. Alpha's program of interference with Echo is clearly working. She's remembering more and more, through each wipe. It's just a matter of time before she breaks free, too. And that's when I expect the show to start for real.
koocheekoo
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
I have been disappointed so far. But I will keep watching. I am a dedicated fan-girl in that regard. The TV Critic on Salon is one of my favs. Her recommendation was that it is a very slow start and rather formuliac - but claims that halfway through season one, things really pick up. So I hope we are starting to see the beginning of that. Joss' comments on it was that FOX had a lot of influence on the first shows of the season and then stepped back later on to let him do his thing. One example he sites is that the first episode did not start off with a bang and the Fox execs wanted something catchy. An explosion or car chase, or something. So he put in that majorly lame motorcycle race in the beginning.

I do hope things will pick up. I'll keep watching. You are correct, this is no Firefly, at least not yet. Buffy, his other series I enjoy, was a bit slow to start too - lots of teenage angst, etc - with shining episodes in the mix - and really got it's stride the 3rd season, imo. So, I will be patient and let him tell his story. This whole Alpha thing might prove interesting. He seems to want to save her (imo, Alpha is the one sending envelopes to the FBI agent) and to kill her - or prove herself? Things are starting to get more complicated - finally. I'll go along for the ride and see where this ends up. I'd just be wasting time in EQ2 otherwise, so no big deal to me. :D
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malaika02
Mar. 22nd, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Same!! And did anyone notice the Dollhouse/Firefly connection?
lifeofmendel
Mar. 22nd, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
interesting timing; i'm working on an entry regarding episode 106 right now. :)

i must have missed the firefly reference. what was it?
malaika02
Mar. 22nd, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
The agent at the start who was giving Ballard a hard time was played by Mark Sheppard-- the guy who played Badger on Firefly. I believe his reference to whores with "a heart of gold" was a nod, also.
lifeofmendel
Mar. 22nd, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
ooooooooooooooh! i *knew* i recognized him.

and yeah, i must not have been paying attention for that 'heart of gold' bit.

good stuff. :)
malaika02
Mar. 22nd, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
You can say it. I really need to get a life. ;)
lifeofmendel
Mar. 22nd, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
*laugh*

honey, if there's anything that will prove how much more of a dork i am than you, it's this upcoming entry. *bantering smile*

if i even finish it right now. it's becoming longer than i anticipated. maybe because i'm super tired.
koocheekoo
Mar. 27th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Indeed. It was very much in the style of a good episode of Buffy. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
lifeofmendel
Mar. 27th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
happy QE! :)
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