Dollhouse: it sucks

Big disappointment from Josh Whedon over Dollhouse. Then again, I never liked Buffy/Angel either. Too corny of TV series. But both JBQ and I loved “Firefly”. I was fooled into thinking that after Firefly, Whedon found the perfect recipe for a successful — or at least cult — TV series. Instead, we were served some pretty boring, pedestrian flat shit.

The reason why Dollhouse sucks is because there’s no mystery in it really. The story is shown so flatly from all viewpoints that I can’t associate or sympathize with anyone at the end. It doesn’t make my heart beat faster the way “Lost” does. I mean, this is just some episodic TV where the main hero is getting reset at the end of each episode, making it impossible for me to theorize or delve into the mythology. Because there is no real story there, just some shit happening every week for some unlucky people. There are just episodes of actives doing this or that as they are hired to do. Sure, there’s the FBI guy plot, and the rogue active subplot, but they are not enough to keep the mystery afloat.

Now, you are probably asking, “how it would have been the right way to develop the series”, and the right answer is “there is none”. The very idea of this being a TV series is flawed. What Dollhouse should have been is either a SciFi Channel 3-part tele-movie (like the ones they used to do every December before the economy shitted on itself), or a feature film. But not a TV series. Just like “Lost” would never work as a feature film, same way Dollhouse doesn’t work as a series.

And the reason is because most of us who like sci-fi shows absolutely _hate_ episodic TV. Dollhouse doesn’t offer us enough mystery, action, coolness, geekness, or distorted perspectives of the reality the way ‘Lost’ so masterfully does. It’s just yet another boring TV show trying to be cool just by using Whedon’s name. This ain’t enough. Whedon must try harder to create something that will last.

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Omar wrote on April 10th, 2009 at 1:03 AM PST:

I am a huge fan of LOST. I get excited watching that show….while other shows like Heroes I can easily forget to watch for a few weeks. Another show I like to watch but haven’t been to excited about lately is the sarah conner chronicles. it was good for a while but the last season wasn’t so exciting.


Stephen B. wrote on April 10th, 2009 at 10:13 AM PST:

For once, we wholeheartedly agree on something – I’ve never understood why so many geeks loved Buffy. It was just bad pastiche of ideas ripped-off from 80s films, X-Men comic books, and Stephen King novels.


William Eggington wrote on April 10th, 2009 at 10:18 AM PST:

The later episodes get much better Eugenia. Apparently Josh had his hands tied at the beginning to create episodic modules that began and ended without the viewer having to have seen every episode to keep up. So that crippled the ability to go right into the story arc. I think it is slowly come into its own but your totally right. Firefly it is not. 🙁


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Eugenia wrote on April 10th, 2009 at 12:58 PM PST:

I don’t like the later episodes either. The so much hyped episode 6, except a pretty well done fight scene, it had nothing going on for it. The problem is just that Dollhouse doesn’t work as a TV series in my opinion, not because they didn’t try hard to make it work.


William Eggington wrote on April 11th, 2009 at 6:14 AM PST:

Oh man. . . pains me to hear you say that. Last night’s episode had me pausing the old Tivo and screaming out “Well I didn’t see THAT coming!!!!”. Its getting good. 😉


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Eugenia wrote on April 11th, 2009 at 1:31 PM PST:

Nope, it still doesn’t do it for me. Everything is seen from the point of view of the Dollhouse, mostly. It’s like the Dollhouse is the hero. What if there were a TV series about a hidden bordello? Would I watch that? The answer is no. I have no interest to see a reveal that a bordello had an FBI agent as a bouncer. The story idea in general just doesn’t generate enough interest for me to keep watching. It would work as a movie, but I hate it as a series.


pascal wrote on April 12th, 2009 at 10:21 AM PST:

That’s exactly what I like about Dollhouse, although they are the bad guys, one is inclined to sympathize with them, at least I do, since the boss has a british accent.
At least they didn’t just yet make the mistake of just forgetting major plot parts (which is what sucked about most “mystery” shows. All the hinting at a greater plot, and then they loose themselves in the per-episode plot.), well, except maybe that “Alpha” guy from the first 2 episodes.
Hey, and it has Helo in it. And a more fatherly Mr. Ellison-like. That should be enough for the geeks.


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