Dollhouse General Review

Dollhouse is a very ambitious show. It has two facts on its side; it is new and very unique. Dollhouse is not a typical show you would get on television, which means its original and gives its viewers something new to look at.

The only thing it lacks is development. We are introduced to Echo; a walking emptiness, which the writers give us no time to appreciate.

I like the idea of the secret organization, however warped, creates the perfect person. Wiping memories with the use of technology.

Overtime I find the liner "Did I fall asleep?" would become a bit redundant and aggravating. Each episode is supposed to reveal a new element to the story, but I do not really find myself relating to anyone in the show, maybe it is because I don't really know who they are.

Dollhouse shows great potential for a good series, but the writers need to smooth out some rough edges. I need to know more about Echo or that person before Echo, more about how this Dollhouse operation and how is it so secretive and how they get their clients. The Officer that keeps poking around seems to be more on the outskirts of the show. I feel that the script needs someone to be poking around. I do not understand his motivations towards Dollhouse.

Why did they use the name Dollhouse to begin with; walking dolls in one location. There are too many unanswered questions left hanging in mid air so early in the series.

There are many pieces which do not fit together. the writing needs a bit of elaboration if viewers are to understand any bit of where the show is headed.

An Article in Entertainment Weekly gives a brief understanding of Dollhouse's future on television.

The show needs a strong foundation, otherwise it may slowly crumble; something oncoming fans would not appreciate.



Default avatar cat
Mar 11, 2009 12:34PM EDT

I'm sure in good time we will get all our answers. I really want to find out more about Alpha and what made him turn against thye Dollhouse and what his interest in Echo is.

Default avatar cat
Mar 11, 2009 6:00PM EDT

I personally do not agree with you, no offense. But I find the show very interesting and as it progresses I feel like I know the characters more and more and how Echo seems to remember more and The FBI agent and where he's going. And it seems that in every episode we get a little more about Alpha and about how the Dollhouse works. Yes it's very mysterious but I think that's what they are going for, they want you to think and use your brain and slowly unravel things and keep them a secret.
I love the show and I think its doing great and I love the one liner "Did I fall Asleep?" I feel like its apart of the show and important. ;)

Default avatar cat
Mar 11, 2009 6:35PM EDT

Dollhouse has originality on its side, no other series on television has that type of material for viewers and fans. That is what makes it unique and likable. On the other hand that could also be a negative, because it is new a lot more effort has to be put into explaining what the show is about rather than just giving viewable material for fans.
Some people would not understand the concept of Dollhouse and each episode we are left guessing and analyzing rather than just sitting back and enjoying the show.
The "...did i fall asleep?" liner would become repetitive after a while. It is not like The Office "...That's what she said" liner or as memorable as "It's a bird, it's a plane... it's Superman" from the occasional Superman installments, they both add a sense of humor and the Dollhouse theme does not, it would only become predictable.
I do like this series because of its originality, that is why I would appreciate this series a lot more if certain elements in the show are smoothed out.
Echo entered in the pilot episode and some elements of Alpha are revised throughout the series, but everything seems all over the place. I really hope the following episodes could clarify this reasonable doubt of the show's success.

Default avatar cat
Mar 12, 2009 3:54PM EDT

Good article, however I disagree with you personally. I think Dollhouse is the most engaging show I have watched in a very long time. I love a good mystery, and a show that keeps me wanting more. So many writers attempt that kind of mystery, but try to be cleverer than they are and end up writing obvious endings with neon hints to get it to make sense. Josh Whedon is not that writer. He is what those writers are trying to be. He has brilliant at drawing out an underlying story and bringing it to a climatic finale, I think the best is yet to come. I hope that Dollhouse's ratings improves to guarantee a second series, that seems to be when Whedon's series are at their best.
That said on "Did I fall asleep?"-it hasn't irritated me so far....but if they keep redoing the scene with echo over and over again, it probably will. It doesnt have enough charm to become a memorable one liner.

Default avatar cat
Mar 16, 2009 9:15PM EDT

You're quite repetitive yourself, as you say the same thing multiple times.As for not knowing enough about the story or the characters... you wrote that after what, 4 episodes? You can't expect the whole beginning of the show to be wasted on background info (in which case people would say: get on with the story already)Do you honestly believe that the answers to your questions aren't already in the making? Like who Echo was before; hasn't agent Ballard been trying to figure that out from the very beginning? The answer is coming, obviously.The whole point is to find out what exactly is going on while watching the show, as opposed to having every single detail lain out for you in the first few episodes (in which case people would say: get on with the story already).I'd also like to notify you of the fact that Echo is clearly developing. If you didn't see that, go watch again.

Default avatar cat
Mar 16, 2009 11:41PM EDT

I actually was amused upon reading the above comment. Don't I have a right to express the way I feel at the end of these episodes, however few? If I was not satisfied with the material delivered by the series, am I not allowed to put forward my view, my opinion?
I did not once degrade the series in any manor. My opening gave precedence that I showed no ill-will towards the show and that I hope for its strong continuation, but with every series there would come some loop-holes which I felt the strong need to address.
If said party wishes me not to be so 'repetitive' maybe he/she should take his/her own advice, "(in which case people would say: get on with the story already)...... (in which case people would say: get on with the story already)" or does he/she wish to be REPETITIVE to portray their point!
If you clearly take the advice you are giving me and GO AND WATCH THE SHOW AGAIN, maybe you would be able to point out those facts for yourself!
I want all to know that I hold Dollhouse in high esteem, but it is not perfect, no real series is.

Default avatar cat
Mar 26, 2009 3:29AM EDT

dollhouse is LAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i attempted to watch it but i had to shut it off. it made me LAUGH!
eliza was alot better in buffy as faith.
as an actress i dont feel like shes strong enough to carry her own show.
think about it you really think this show will last?
sorry if i affend anyone. its just my opinion.

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