It’s not just me. I know it now. The fifth ep of Dollhouse , “True Believer,” was really, really good. I’m backed up in this by the ratings, which went back up. Up is almost always good.
I’ve been wandering aimlessly around reading other people’s reviews, which is not something I would recommend, because people are often stupid and critical. But still, the feeling around town seems to be more hopeful that it was previously. This is also a good.
One thing of the things I noticed when reading reviews is all this hating on Topher, played happily by Fran Kranz. I don’t get it, cause I love Topher. Sure, he’s amoral and often glib and careless of others, but he’s fun. Amoral people often are for some reason. These reviewers keep trying to make Topher into Xander, just cause he provides some much needed comic relief, but Topher is the opposite of Xander. Xander was the heart and often the conscience of the Scoobies, he cared about everyone. Topher doesn’t care about anything or anyone but himself. But he’s so much fun. I like fun, so I vote for more Topher.
Next week is the famous episode six we’ve heard so much about, entitled “Man on The Street.” This is the one where Joss Whedon takes over and makes us know why he’s our Master. Or at least that’s the theory and I hope it proves true. Strike that, I believe it will prove true. Joss has never let me down yet.
Each week as I’m reviewing Dollhouse, I’m trying to not spoil anyone who hasn’t seen the episode yet. But as I read other reviews, I see people throwing the plot away all over the place. Personally, I’m not anti-spoiler, for myself at least, but not everyone wants to read what happened in a show before they watch what happens. That totally made sense, just read it again.
Speaking of spoilers, back in the Buffy days, there was this guy, I think his name was Leon, who somehow got a feed of each episode of Buffy on the Monday before it aired. He would then watch and recap the show, exactly, including his own made up commercial breaks (I recall he was very fond of “Windex Makes It Shine”) and every week, I would read that recap, even if it was just an hour before show time when I got to it. I can’t say why I felt I couldn’t wait just one more hour when I’d already waited a week, but it’s just the way it was.
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Grrrr arrrrghhhh! I wish I could be one of those reviewers that has lots of insight. Or at least someone who can recap an episode of Dollhouse and make it exciting. I don’t want to just keep saying rah, rah, rah, sis boom bam, we love Joss, he’s our man. I just can’t seem to help myself.
Part of the reason that I wish I could make my reviews more exciting is because more people should be watching this show. The ratings should be double what they are, and not just because last night’s episode, “Stage Fright,” was written by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen of Dr. Horrible fame. You know I’m not going to spoil you, cause people don’t always like that, but I think this was the best episode yet.
In my post last week, I meant to mention a couple more things and then I got to waxing lyrical (for that read, blathering on and on) and completely forgot.
I have a word or two to say about ratings generally, and, in particular, about Dollhouse’sratings.
Friday night’s ratings always suck. Being on TV on Friday nights is like the kiss of death. Most people go out on Friday nights. Look, I’m a total geek with no life whatsoever and even I’ve been known to go out on the occassional Friday night.
Dollhouse is not Buffy. It’s not Buffy, it’s not Angel, it’s not Firefly. It’s definitely not Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. It’s just not.
My point is this, Dollhouse is its very own self. I enjoyed the second episode, “The Target” even more than I did the first episode. From what I’ve heard about the next several episodes, the show is going to get even better. Honestly, what show doesn’t get better as it goes along, as the characters grow and change and learn to relate to themselves and each other better. That’s what makes us fall in love with a show, makes us look forward to watching each and every week, makes us fans.
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