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Monday, March 16, 2009 |
( 3/16/2009 08:45:00 AM ) Bill S.
NOT SO FIVE-BY-FIVE: Spent time this weekend catching up on three episodes of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. Despite some strong secondary characters (Harry Lennix's handler Langton and Tahmoh Penikett's FBI agent Ballard, in particular) the show still rises or falls on its woman-of-many-faces heroine Echo (Eliza Dushku), and there've been more than a few moments in the first four episodes where I've found myself more frustrated with the character than I've been invested in her. There's just not enough of a consistent character there for me to continue to root for her. It's as if Whedon had decided to put the full focus of Firefly on Summer Glau's word salad spouting River instead of providing the diverse ensemble of characters that he gave us as an introduction to that series world. I'm told that this week's coming episode is supposed to be the one where Whedon and company kick it into gear. We shall see. . .
P.S. Am I the only one alarmed by Dushku's observably bonier body on this series?