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Dollhouse Cancelled

In a move that should surprise no one, FOX has announced the end of Dollhouse, marking their most recent cancellation of a promising sci-fi show that they banished to the Friday night lineup. I’ll admit that the concept behind Dollhouse was always more exciting than the actual episodes, but I blame a near-complete lack of support from the network for the ultimate quality of the show. After all, they only renewed the show after Joss Whedon proved he could slash the production budget by turning in the never-aired “Epitaph One” episode at the end of season one. Incidentally, that installment is worth the $1.99 at iTunes. I’m disappointed in the cancellation, but at the same time, we all need to admit this was no Firefly.

Oh, that shitty Kelsey Grammer show was cancelled too.

Full details at Variety.com

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November 11, 2009 Posted by | Banished, Cancelled, Comedy, New Series, Scifi, Television | , , , , , | Comments Off on Dollhouse Cancelled

Dollhouse Episode 1: Ghost

I’ve had Dollhouse on my grid since it was first announced at last year’s upfronts, so I’m concerned I may have been anticipating the premiere too much.  

The biggest compliment I can pay about “Ghost” is the way the writers weaved the explanations about the imprint technology into the storyline without ruining the pacing of the episode.

My biggest complaint comes from the scene where the FBI agent (played by Battlestar Galactica’s Tahmoh Penikett) sneaks up on the Russian gangster dude in the bathroom.  No man enters an empty restroom and chooses the low urinal when there are several standard height ones available.  We call it the leg-splatterer for a reason, so I can only conclude that this gave them the best camera angles and shot composition for the scene.  I know this sounds petty, but bathroom design and traffic flow is kind of a hobby of mine.

When the episode ended, I was expecting to see J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot, even though I knew Joss Whedon is behind the show.  Something tells me I’m not the first and won’t be the last person to ask if Joss took a blank series starring Eliza Dushku and imprinted Alias on it.  Admittedly, the resemblance won’t really turn me off since Alias is one of my favorite series ever.

Snide Alias remarks aside, I do think the show has potential.  It is certainly a twist on the genre, even if the twist is one that telegraphs the all-too-certain glitches that will inevitably disrupt the imprint/wipe process.  The high-quality cast is experienced in the genre and should be able to deliver on a weekly basis.  Whedon’s ability to craft a quality series is proven, even if Fox’s willingness to keep it on the air isn’t.  Ultimately, I think this was a mediocre episode, and as always, I will cut the creators some slack due to the difficulty of introducing both characters and crazy fake technology all in one hour.

February 14, 2009 Posted by | New Series, Premiere, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Dollhouse Episode 1: Ghost

FOX Gives Dollhouse the Kiss of Death

Fridays at 9/8 Central.  Fuck you FOX.  Why do you insist on picking up Joss Whedon shows only to banish them to one of the worst timeslots you have to offer?

November 6, 2008 Posted by | New Series, Scifi, Television | , , , , , | Comments Off on FOX Gives Dollhouse the Kiss of Death