Review of Dollhouse

Ok, so the pilot episode of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse has come and gone. I give it a B-. Since it is easier to notice the downfalls, here's what I didn't like:
  • The gratuitous sexual overtones: While I understand their target demographic consists mostly of men, I do think it is possible to interest them without Eliza Dushku and Summer Glau insinuating that they will be available for sex every Friday night at 9/8pm central.
  • Programming Echo with a personality that has not only suffered extreme abuse, but has suicidal tendencies as well: I get the whole dichotomy of the Universe thing, but someone who had suffered that kind of abuse would have problems well past near-sightedness and asthma. Do some research, people!
  • Stuffing way too much information into 50 minutes: It would have been nice to have an introduction to The Dollhouse, how the Actives got there, who runs the place, etc. And I don't understand what the purpose of Echo's first engagement was - to get laid, be a badass on a crotch rocket and dump a guy?
I think this show has a lot of potential. I am not asking for it to be grounded in complete reality, but some believability would be nice. Any thoughts from other Whedonites out there?


Reggie said...

Echo was imprinted with the personality of the person best suited for the job of negotiating the release of the abducted child. They didn't know who she would run into on the job. Even if they did the research and found out she had killed herself, that wouldn't have changed the fact that she may have been the best qualified for the particular task.

Definitely put too much into the pilot. I'm sure Fox wanted to hit the ground running and establish things quickly. If Joss goes too slow, it may never see the light of day. Sacrifices long term story telling and character development for trying to get enough of an audience/studio buy-in to continue airing.

The purpose of Echo's first engagement was essentially to be an escort. Her date paid for her and knew that at a certain time she would leave to 'get her treatment.' Echo was the one that didn't know she was on an assignment.

StaceyG said...

Hmmm....that cute, rich guy had to hire an escort?? Interesting.

Thanks for your comments!

Reggie said...

He didn't HAVE to hire an escort -- but he did to get the woman he wanted.