janetlin: (Dollhouse)
I missed this last night because I got goofed up with the different time slot. But, actually, maybe this way is better because I can pause it on Hulu to write down my thoughts as they happen.

Spoilers ahead, obvs )

As an ending, it was kind of... I don't know. I don't feel like the story is really over. I know it's probably too much to hope that the series will ever be revived or get a motion-picture follow-up á la Serenity, but yeah. What happens now? It's at least a good tie-up, though. Like, there isn't a feeling of, "What? That was it? What about...?" That story is done, and whatever happens next is a whole new ball of wax.

Overall, Dollhouse was a great ride, and my only complaint was that there wasn't enough time to really let things build, and the series felt a bit rushed. Especially the second season when they knew they only had a small number of episodes to wrap things up, but even in season 1 I thought the story could have benefited from being allowed to slowly develop, take the audience along so we could see how it started, how things were _supposed_ to go before being presented with the anomaly of Echo. As it stands it was hard to believe and accept that she was special, because we had no frame of reference for what a Doll is supposed to be. And I think the descent in to chaos, the perversion of the technology and its purpose would have been more dramatic if we could look back and remember they idyllic way it all started.

Eh, little complaints. I understand why taking the time for that kind of slow start doesn't work on tv. A book series could have done it, but tv audiences are by and large too impatient. As it stands, those of us who are inclined to can easily imagine from the hints the series gave us what life was like before things started going pear-shaped, so it's not an incredible loss.

So, yeah, that's done. I also feel like it was kind of a merciful death. I was far more emotionally bothered by the Tenth Doctor's regeneration than anything in this finale, which shows a lot of acceptance/resignation. I wish Dollhouse didn't have to be taken off the air, but it at least made a good ending. Now it can live fondly in our memories and fanfiction where icky stupid Fox can't hurt it anymore.
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
I missed this last night because I got goofed up with the different time slot. But, actually, maybe this way is better because I can pause it on Hulu to write down my thoughts as they happen.

Spoilers ahead, obvs )

As an ending, it was kind of... I don't know. I don't feel like the story is really over. I know it's probably too much to hope that the series will ever be revived or get a motion-picture follow-up á la Serenity, but yeah. What happens now? It's at least a good tie-up, though. Like, there isn't a feeling of, "What? That was it? What about...?" That story is done, and whatever happens next is a whole new ball of wax.

Overall, Dollhouse was a great ride, and my only complaint was that there wasn't enough time to really let things build, and the series felt a bit rushed. Especially the second season when they knew they only had a small number of episodes to wrap things up, but even in season 1 I thought the story could have benefited from being allowed to slowly develop, take the audience along so we could see how it started, how things were _supposed_ to go before being presented with the anomaly of Echo. As it stands it was hard to believe and accept that she was special, because we had no frame of reference for what a Doll is supposed to be. And I think the descent in to chaos, the perversion of the technology and its purpose would have been more dramatic if we could look back and remember they idyllic way it all started.

Eh, little complaints. I understand why taking the time for that kind of slow start doesn't work on tv. A book series could have done it, but tv audiences are by and large too impatient. As it stands, those of us who are inclined to can easily imagine from the hints the series gave us what life was like before things started going pear-shaped, so it's not an incredible loss.

So, yeah, that's done. I also feel like it was kind of a merciful death. I was far more emotionally bothered by the Tenth Doctor's regeneration than anything in this finale, which shows a lot of acceptance/resignation. I wish Dollhouse didn't have to be taken off the air, but it at least made a good ending. Now it can live fondly in our memories and fanfiction where icky stupid Fox can't hurt it anymore.
janetlin: (Cheesy grin)
Have watched Dollhouse 2x03 "Belle Chose" on hulu but other than fangirlish squealing over Enver and his acting skills, I have nothing coherent to say. Except this is the kind of Dollhouse I like. It took six episodes to get to a point like this last season. Here's hoping they can keep it up 'cause if so this season is going to rock socks. Have I mentioned how frakking AMAZING Enver is?

More lucid review tomorrow!
janetlin: (Cheesy grin)
Have watched Dollhouse 2x03 "Belle Chose" on hulu but other than fangirlish squealing over Enver and his acting skills, I have nothing coherent to say. Except this is the kind of Dollhouse I like. It took six episodes to get to a point like this last season. Here's hoping they can keep it up 'cause if so this season is going to rock socks. Have I mentioned how frakking AMAZING Enver is?

More lucid review tomorrow!
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
No snazzy number because apparently there's some confusion. Anyway, this is the ep. that aired on October 2nd, I'm just slow on the uptake in writing about it. Which is a shame, because color me surprised, I LIKED THIS ONE!! A lot. By the numbers, I should have hated this episode: Echo-centric, formulaic mission-gone-wrong, not really seeming to advance any kind of plot or offer explanation of the deeper workings/history/purpose of the Dollhouse. But for some reason, it just really clicked with me, and went a _long_ way toward allaying my disappointment from Vows.
Read more... )

"Instinct" on Hulu and Fox
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
No snazzy number because apparently there's some confusion. Anyway, this is the ep. that aired on October 2nd, I'm just slow on the uptake in writing about it. Which is a shame, because color me surprised, I LIKED THIS ONE!! A lot. By the numbers, I should have hated this episode: Echo-centric, formulaic mission-gone-wrong, not really seeming to advance any kind of plot or offer explanation of the deeper workings/history/purpose of the Dollhouse. But for some reason, it just really clicked with me, and went a _long_ way toward allaying my disappointment from Vows.
Read more... )

"Instinct" on Hulu and Fox
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
... didn't really feel like any kind of premiere. Just, like, another normal episode but with more time elapsed since the last one. I'm not sure whether that's good or bad, it was just... unexpected. Then, the premiere last season didn't feel like one, either, so maybe that's a theme Joss is purposely going for.

Not too spoilery, I don't think, but cut just in case. )

"Vows" on Hulu and Fox
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
... didn't really feel like any kind of premiere. Just, like, another normal episode but with more time elapsed since the last one. I'm not sure whether that's good or bad, it was just... unexpected. Then, the premiere last season didn't feel like one, either, so maybe that's a theme Joss is purposely going for.

Not too spoilery, I don't think, but cut just in case. )

"Vows" on Hulu and Fox
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
Review to follow once I stop shaking and randomly spouting OMFG.
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
Review to follow once I stop shaking and randomly spouting OMFG.
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
Cooler and cooler! I hulu'd last week so I hadn't seen the previews for tonight's episode, so I was completely shocked by the twist, like, three minutes in. Alan says that's classic Joss.

More screentime this week between Paul and Lubov, yay!

Oh, also yay was spoilery stuff )

So all told, I'm starting to get well and truly bouncy about this show. :D
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
Cooler and cooler! I hulu'd last week so I hadn't seen the previews for tonight's episode, so I was completely shocked by the twist, like, three minutes in. Alan says that's classic Joss.

More screentime this week between Paul and Lubov, yay!

Oh, also yay was spoilery stuff )

So all told, I'm starting to get well and truly bouncy about this show. :D
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
Though we're still in the early episodes which are, by all reports, _intended_ to be sort of self-contained, I am already liking Dollhouse more and more with each episode. I've read a review or two of this third episode that seemed to feel it had dropped the ball, but I think it's continuing the trend of getting better and better which we noticed last week.

I was very happy to see another Active out on the job, and of course jubilant to discover that my suspicion about Victor/Lubov was right on the money. Not that it was a very tough thing to call, but still. I loved the moments between Rayna and "Jordan" that raised thoughts about who's the real Doll, and the interpersonal stuff between various members of the Dollhouse staff. I still hate the head of security, whose name I obviously haven't even bothered to remember.

spoilery musings )
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
Though we're still in the early episodes which are, by all reports, _intended_ to be sort of self-contained, I am already liking Dollhouse more and more with each episode. I've read a review or two of this third episode that seemed to feel it had dropped the ball, but I think it's continuing the trend of getting better and better which we noticed last week.

I was very happy to see another Active out on the job, and of course jubilant to discover that my suspicion about Victor/Lubov was right on the money. Not that it was a very tough thing to call, but still. I loved the moments between Rayna and "Jordan" that raised thoughts about who's the real Doll, and the interpersonal stuff between various members of the Dollhouse staff. I still hate the head of security, whose name I obviously haven't even bothered to remember.

spoilery musings )
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
I am pleased to say it was, in fact, goodness this week. Still really episodic, but we're starting to get hints of an overarching plot for the season and a BIG BAD with whom we can look forward to an epic showdown someday. Maybe it's this season's villain or maybe it will be a continuing thing throughout the entire series (please not this - it will get old), it's too soon to tell.

I _loved_ the flashbacks, the frustratingly brief but lovely insights into some of the characters. Also I have now decided that I like Topher. And it's getting harder to say anything I want to say without spoilers so Cutty McCut )

So, still some quibbles, but I'm looking at those as growing pains and trusting they'll go away with time. Maybe I'll even be proven wrong, which in this case I actually wouldn't mind. I'm more optimistic about the series as a whole now than I was last week, and if that keeps going with each new episode then I think everything will be cool.
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
I am pleased to say it was, in fact, goodness this week. Still really episodic, but we're starting to get hints of an overarching plot for the season and a BIG BAD with whom we can look forward to an epic showdown someday. Maybe it's this season's villain or maybe it will be a continuing thing throughout the entire series (please not this - it will get old), it's too soon to tell.

I _loved_ the flashbacks, the frustratingly brief but lovely insights into some of the characters. Also I have now decided that I like Topher. And it's getting harder to say anything I want to say without spoilers so Cutty McCut )

So, still some quibbles, but I'm looking at those as growing pains and trusting they'll go away with time. Maybe I'll even be proven wrong, which in this case I actually wouldn't mind. I'm more optimistic about the series as a whole now than I was last week, and if that keeps going with each new episode then I think everything will be cool.
janetlin: (Dirty fanfic)
The answer to my question about how long it would take for Dollhouse slash to show up is apparently four days. *sigh*
janetlin: (Dirty fanfic)
The answer to my question about how long it would take for Dollhouse slash to show up is apparently four days. *sigh*
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
Well, that was different. I think I went into it expecting something more sci-fi (though really how much more sci-fi can you get than people with programmable personalities?), and was surprised by how, well, normal it felt. I imagine, though, the further into the series we get and the more questions that are raised about the shades-of-grey ethics of wiping people's personalities, and the free will concern of whether or not the Actives really did sign up for what they're doing, that seeming normality itself is going to end up causing a bit of cognitive dissonance. And Joss seems to enjoy that sort of thing, so yeah; I think it's intentional, so I'll roll with it in the meantime.

It's so nice to see Tahmoh (how cool is that name?!) Penikett in something other than a uniform or flight suit. The boy cleans up very nicely. Also it was nice to see Enver onscreen, if a little odd because, dude, I remember him on stage. He hasn't changed a bit (well, fake Russian accent aside). I was a little confused about his character, though. In anything I'd read ahead of time that mentioned his character, he was called Victor and was another Doll. But when I checked Fox's site today to double-check the time, suddenly his name is Lubov and he's a Russian mafioso. WTF, did they rewrite his character or is Lubov just a persona assumed by Victor for some reason? Inquiring minds want to know.

I was fascinated by the glimpse of a woman in a kimono getting into one of the vans to go off on a mission (excuse me, "engagement"). This show has such great potential for fanfiction, if nothing else. Who wants to put bets down on how long it will take? Ballard/Topher? Femmeslash between Echo and Sierra (dude, they stole my name!!) in their downtime? Something shockingly kinky for Miss Ice Queen DeWitt? Who, by the way, is just unbelievably gorgeous. Srsly, some girls get all the good genes.

So yes, good times. I do look forward to when it really picks up steam and the episodes aren't so, well, episodic, but I can understand why the premiere kind of has to be, and likewise with the next several episodes, too. Let the stragglers who were waiting to hear reviews before getting on board do so, make sure everyone's on the same page, and then here we go. I can't wait.
janetlin: (Dollhouse)
Well, that was different. I think I went into it expecting something more sci-fi (though really how much more sci-fi can you get than people with programmable personalities?), and was surprised by how, well, normal it felt. I imagine, though, the further into the series we get and the more questions that are raised about the shades-of-grey ethics of wiping people's personalities, and the free will concern of whether or not the Actives really did sign up for what they're doing, that seeming normality itself is going to end up causing a bit of cognitive dissonance. And Joss seems to enjoy that sort of thing, so yeah; I think it's intentional, so I'll roll with it in the meantime.

It's so nice to see Tahmoh (how cool is that name?!) Penikett in something other than a uniform or flight suit. The boy cleans up very nicely. Also it was nice to see Enver onscreen, if a little odd because, dude, I remember him on stage. He hasn't changed a bit (well, fake Russian accent aside). I was a little confused about his character, though. In anything I'd read ahead of time that mentioned his character, he was called Victor and was another Doll. But when I checked Fox's site today to double-check the time, suddenly his name is Lubov and he's a Russian mafioso. WTF, did they rewrite his character or is Lubov just a persona assumed by Victor for some reason? Inquiring minds want to know.

I was fascinated by the glimpse of a woman in a kimono getting into one of the vans to go off on a mission (excuse me, "engagement"). This show has such great potential for fanfiction, if nothing else. Who wants to put bets down on how long it will take? Ballard/Topher? Femmeslash between Echo and Sierra (dude, they stole my name!!) in their downtime? Something shockingly kinky for Miss Ice Queen DeWitt? Who, by the way, is just unbelievably gorgeous. Srsly, some girls get all the good genes.

So yes, good times. I do look forward to when it really picks up steam and the episodes aren't so, well, episodic, but I can understand why the premiere kind of has to be, and likewise with the next several episodes, too. Let the stragglers who were waiting to hear reviews before getting on board do so, make sure everyone's on the same page, and then here we go. I can't wait.

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