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Fucking Brilliant
In contrast to SFU, Dollhouse just turned fucking brilliant. And, of course, Fox is going to Fux it up and kill it.

The writers of SFU need to kiss Joss Whedon's feet and beg him to teach them how to write. You need to make your audience CARE about the characters before you cut them open. You can't expect the audience to automatically care about them - especially when they're all dipshits.

Joss Whedon knows this. He knows how to make his audience share his characters feelings.

But, of course, Dollhouse is too good to last.
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thisc0rrosion From: thisc0rrosion Date: October 25th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw the first few but didn't get pulled in. I take it it's worth the time investment to let it grab you? How far in to first season before it hits?

(and maybe it's too late now... too bad if it's cancelled)
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: October 25th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have to get to episode 5 of season 1 before the show finally turns inward on the dollhouse. Once it stops being episodic and starts developing an arc it gets really good. I just watched S2E4. Also, there is an unaired episode out there which reveals where the show is going. The reason its so good is that you cease wondering where its going and start to focus on how it got there.

Honestly, if this is allowed to play out I will easily give it second place to B5 for best series ever. It's got the potential to go higher on my list.
mojave_wolf From: mojave_wolf Date: October 26th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I've only just watched S2 E2, but yeah, despite occasional "this shouldn't happen quite this way" bits, it is *awesome*.

To the other guy, I liked it better than some did at the beginning (especially the thief episode) but it did indeed get *much* better the second half of the first season, and the unaired ep is *great*, probably the best I've seen so far.
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: October 26th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Any chance you can use your writers' contacts to get through the SGU writers that they are totally fucking up?
mojave_wolf From: mojave_wolf Date: October 26th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
alas, no. I have one industry contact I've stayed in touch with and as far as I know they have nothing to do w/that show (which I also know nothing about).

none of the writers on my f-list currently work in film/tv, and only one ever has. (I mean my mutual f-list).

Tho, sadly, I don't think anyone other than a network exec would have any clout w/them at all; they prolly like what they're doing unless it's due to one of the suit types ordering them to do it this way.
thisc0rrosion From: thisc0rrosion Date: October 26th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Funny, we just started re-watching B5, to see if it stood up to our memory. So far it hasn't (good, but not brilliant), but I remember it didn't really take off until halfway through season 1, or maybe when the Shadows show up.
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: October 26th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, sure. Same problem. Disconnected episodes. Just getting to know people. More than that now, you can look at it and realize how cheezy the sets and costumes are. Watch the crowd scenes where people recycle off and on screen.

But no, it wasn't the visuals that made B5 great, it was the story. The same is true for Dollhouse.
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