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Too bad about Dollhouse



dollhouseUnfortunately we got word that Dollhouse (FOX) was to be cancelled after this season.  They aired back-to-back episodes this past Friday that might’ve been the best two of the entire series.  I am one of those who would wait for it to upload on Hulu and watch it Saturday morning before the college football games.  But it’s sad to see such a unique and developing storyline go to waste.

Joss Whedon created the series but recently it has been produced by Eliza Dushku, the lead actress in the series.  She seems pretty talented to be able to produce and act, although the show has taken on a sort of 24-type feeling.  Her character, Echo, is evolving but without an entire season, we’re left to watching her grow into four hours.

I think the best character is actually Michelle Williams’ role as the supervisor of the Dollhouse.  She is strong-willed, willing to do whatever she wants and yet she has a soft spot for the dolls.  She’s a motherly figure to them and will do anything to protect them, as evident in the last couple episodes.  This is a new development since early on in the series they seemed to be seen as objects by her.  Toss in her English accent, snazzy clothes, and more manly haircut and you have a kick-ass supporting female role.

Dushku’s character has evolved, realizing that she is an actual person and not living in some fantasy world.  This brings rise to the subject of consciousness and to what extent we are playing versus living out our lives.  Most of us, me included, go along with the same thing every day, the same job, same stuff I eat for dinner, etc.  The dolls go in for daily “treatments” to cleanse their previous “job”.  Their life, while it might be filled with murder, sex, and risk-taking, is no less as mundane as the average Joe.  Sometimes we wish that we had other things we could do, to escape from reality for three days.  No matter how much we try to deceive ourselves, we are who we are and forever will be.  One can pretend all they want about who they might be, but in the end the real self is always revealed.

Hopefully Whedon has another sci-fi television venture in the future.  I wasn’t too thrilled with his movie Serenity but I thought Dollhouse was a fun hour-long show.  It fit perfectly into the Friday evening time slot which is set aside for nerds and Trekkies.  With 24 and American Idol coming back in January, why not make new episodes to air during the summer?  There could even be a potential spin-off with Summer Glau making an appearance in the show.  Her old show, Sarah Conner Chronicles, suffered the same fate that Dollhouse is going through now.  Why not use her and spin-off about a different Dollhouse set in Los Angeles.  With her character’s history with Dushku, the storylines are already set up.  It can even be a made-for-television series.  I just think that Dollhouse can evolve and continue and that it shouldn’t be headed for the attic.

2 Responses to “Too bad about Dollhouse”
‘life tv show’ on the web | Weaving My Spell - December 6th, 2009 at 10:52 am

[…] http://satellitetvguru.net/too-bad-about-dollhouse/Their life, while it might be filled with murder, sex, and risk-taking, is no less as mundane as the average Joe. Sometimes we wish that we had other things we could do, to escape from reality for three days. … Hopefully Whedon has another sci-fi television venture in the future. I wasn’t too thrilled with his movie Serenity but I thought Dollhouse was a fun hour-long show. It fit perfectly into the Friday evening time slot which is set aside for nerds and Trekkies. … […]

Echo Fan - December 19th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

So why don’t they do a spin off with Echo, take it to the next level. Think of it this way.. She has everything in her to be the worlds greatest Agent… she is like a mix between James Bond and McGiver, solving problems all over the world while undermining Rossum med… Just an idea but I think it would lead to a long series possibility.

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