Over six years after Fox notoriously disappointed Browncoats everywhere by canceling Joss Whedon's space western, Firefly, Whedon returns once again to the network this week with the pilot episode of his Eliza Dushku vehicle, Dollhouse.
I volunteered to blog about this show months ago, and have thought long and hard about the best way to kick it off. Up until I sat in front of this keyboard, I figured the best way to do so would be to walk through the genesis of Dollhouse. It's true that the show went through a few growing pains, but what does that matter if the product is up to snuff? Besides, isn't that just buying into the Firefly-mentality of having to fight for your quality programming from a big bad conglomeration and therefore creating the very thing you don't want to happen? I won't even say it. You know - the "c" word? No, not that one!
True, Fox took Firefly away from its fans, but right now the fans and the network have the same hope - that this show is a hit and that the adventures of Echo (played by Dushku) really connect with an audience.
Me? I want the show to be great. A five-year run could be such a good time. After this pilot, I know the potential is there. From what I hear, the second episode is even more action-packed and provides a shot of the funny, one of the few things I felt lacking in the pilot.
The chance of you reading this blog and being new to Whedon's work is probably slim. As such, I feel it's only fair to let you know where I stand on his various projects.
The model created by Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as well as The X-Files) is still used by today's most endearing genre series. Action, drama and humor were provided at a breakneck pace week after week. Buffy's strongest seasons (2, 3 and 5, it's a fact!) delivered unpredictable character arcs designed around intriguing season-long, horror-themed storylines. Unfortunately, I'm not so sure I was prepared to go to such dark depths with the Scoobies. I never gave up on the show but a part of the charm was missing in those last two seasons.
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