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Posted October 1, 2010
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I'm a major Joss Whedon fan--I adored Buffy, Angel (mostly--some seasons weren't happy experiences) and particularly Firefly. I believe he's very talented--which is why I stayed with this series as long as I did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There are certain things necessary to a compelling series--I think the most essential is a cast of characters we care about, that we can pull for. That doesn't always mean they're the good guys necessarily, look at the Sopranos. The show didn't pull its punches that organized crime is evil, but we saw enough of the demons driving Tony and Carmela and Dr Melfi, of their personal lives, we cared. Mostly.
But Dollhouse? Nothing here but a bunch of mannequins and the people monstrous enough to enslave them and those cashing a check from them. With Buffy, Angel, Firefly, I liked many of the characters from the first episode, and by end of the respective series first season loved them. And even Firefly, even with the sometime darkness in Mal and the Serenity crew playing on the wrong side of the law, I don't think you ever felt you shouldn't be rooting for them.
With Dollhouse I didn't care if any character survived or was happy. I can't stand Caroline/Echo--that didn't help. Nor does Eliza Dushku really have the range for the lame Fantasy Island riffs they put her through. Then there's FBI Agent Paul Ballard. The good guy? But, you know, I rather like my heroes, well, smart--and this guy does plenty to make me believe he's an idiot as well to lose any sympathy from me. The season finale had me shaking my head at the major reveal--just didn't work for me.
I didn't stay for the second and final season and I have no regrets this show was canceled. I *do* love many another series Joss Whedon produced however, and if this was your first exposure to him, I hope you'll try other things he did--he really is brilliant. Usually.