Joss Whedon: Dollhouse Is about to Get "Stronger" and "Pretty Intense" - Featured


Calling his latest creation's first episodes mere "baby steps," Joss Whedon is getting the word out that from Episode 6 on, Fox's Dollhouse will be an extra-compelling place to visit.


In a note to reporters (or "Newsly Types," as he puts it) accompanying a DVD of "Man on the Street" (airing March 20) and "Needs" (April 3), Whedon says, "These two episodes represent a much stronger vision of what I consider the show to be."


Thus far, Dollhouse has been met with a lukewarm reception, with Whedon loyalists in particular noting a lack of the author's trademark witty dialogue. The ratings have reflected such a frustration, dropping 25 percent from the premiere to barely 3.6 million heads at last count.


But since almost before Dollhouse opened its doors, the buzz has been that the structure of the first five hours was largely dictated by Fox, so as to drive home the unusual concept and morally gray characters. Episode 6, thus has been described as "game-changing," as Tahmoh Penikett's Agent Ballard comes face-to-face - and "fist-to-fist," teases Fox - with Echo (Eliza Dushku) for the very first time.


Says Whedon in his missive, "For me, the question isn't just whether a show is enjoyable, but whether it's more than the sum of its fun, whether it truly touches, surprises or connects with you. These [episodes] may do none of the above - I'm not the boss of your opinion - but I feel strongly that they, and the eps to follow, are pretty intense, and very much worth the watching."


What say you, Dollhouse and/or Whedon fans? Are you prepared to engage with Echo a bit more?


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Mar 13, 2009 10:18PM EDT

ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY!!!
I am SOOO looking forward to these episodes, but not even specifically. I have enjoyed these baby step episodes enormously, and couldn't be more frustrated with this show's lower ratings. What else could be on, during Dollhouse's block, or at any other time, that is more compelling?
And Whedon's characteristic dialogue? The dialogue so far has been perfect and appropriate, subtle and descriptive, with points driven and references made back to relative mysteries and themes of the show. What is presented, is at first mind-boggling, and then thought-consuming. Dollhouse theory forums are going to be FULL.

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Mar 13, 2009 11:37PM EDT

I concur with Iclabon.I am pretty much loving Dollhouse, but I can see the potential for it to get even better.Can't wait for Paul to meet Echo!

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Mar 14, 2009 2:17PM EDT

I concur, especially with the "What else is on in Dollhouse's Block that is equally compelling." I am very suprised by the ratings mainly because there is nothing else on (imo) that even challenges it. (unlike the Monday Night(mare) lineups that have about 3 or 4 shows in each slot)

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Mar 14, 2009 9:50PM EDT

Im loving Dollhouse. Its one of the best shows on tv at the moment. If the episodes get any better it will be the best show on tv. I seriously dont know why the ratings are so low, there might be a glitch in the system or somthing lol.

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Mar 15, 2009 12:30AM EDT

Love it. Joss Whedon rocks.

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Mar 15, 2009 12:53AM EDT

I think everyone just expected it to get cancelled because of Firefly. Or they were mentally preparing themselves for another Firefly-like series.It's gonna survive. The last episode, number 5, was fantastic and if Joss says it's only gonna get better then...woo.Fox'll get blown up if they f'in touch it =P

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Mar 16, 2009 3:27PM EDT

Buffy = 7 seasonsAngel = 5 seasonsFirefly = 1 season, which should have been seven had Fox not messed it up; spawned SerenityDr. Horrible = very popular
Joss Whedon knows what he is doing. He has created great TV in the past, and is on the same track with Dollhouse. There is so much room open now for a great story to unfold, but it can't be accomplished in the short amount of airtime granted to a midseason premiere, so there just has to be more seasons! I still watch my Buffy DVDs to this day, and I hope one day I can do the same with Dollhouse!

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