Dollhouse review

March 9, 2009

Actually, I’ve only watched the first half of the first episode…

but even so, Penny Arcade has summed it up accurately.

Sorry, Joss. I really, really am.


Qui Custodiet…

January 7, 2009

So, for those of us who still have a secret stash of The Watchmen comic books (hands up), this looks to be a winner on the day:

(can’t embed for some reason so click to enjoy the sumptuous goodness… hat tip: Ain’t it Cool)

That’s the Japanese trailer – it has some great bits I haven’t seen before.

Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible that this movie will never see the light of day. Why?

It’s all about Fox.

Fox, you see, owns the rights to the movie of The Watchmen. It’s owned the for years (couple of decades) and has done diddly squat with said rights.

Nothing, nada, zip, zilch.

Warner Bros, which has made the film, contends that Fox didn’t exercise its rights back in The Day, and that it bought the rights to make the film and blah blah, zippity doo dah, lawyers at ten paces.

The judge has ruled in favour of Fox, which is now rubbing its hands with glee at the idea of getting a cut of what looks like a much better film than Fox would have made.

Either way, there won’t be much marketing for the film, there won’t be as much in the way of promotional work, there won’t be much of anything because Warners won’t want Fox to get the money and Fox won’t let Warners do anything unless it gets its share.

I doubt Warners is entirely blameless in all this, but I point my fat chubby finger at Fox and I’m not the only one.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Fox’s various obnoxiousnesses in the past.

So I’m sure the movie will appear, but it won’t do as well as it could or should and if Fox decides to add in a new ending, what’s to stop them? From my reading, nothing much at all.

Joss Whedon: Get out while you still can! Get out, and run, and don’t stop and don’t look back and keep running. Run as if all the lawyers in the Dante’s Inferno are after you because, let’s face it, they are.

I Have Seen Dollhouse

December 5, 2008

Well, I haven’t, but that’s the title of the first online review I’ve seen (hattip:

First, the good news. The reviewer is a seasoned Joss fan.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like the premise stacks up.

Now the minus. Dollhouse as conceived (a heroine plays a different “person” every week) is less a series concept than an actress’ showcase, a sort of extreme version of an Alias undercover premise.

However, it ends well:

If it weren’t for Whedon’s pedigree, I’m not sure I’d be dying to see a second episode. But for me, the main draw now is not seeing Dushku become a different person every week, but getting to see Joss Whedon become a different writer every week.

So we’ll have to wait and see.


November 10, 2008

I have high hopes for Joss Whedon‘s new series.

Despite being on Fox, the network that hunted down and destroyed Firefly (for which I’ll not easily forgive them), Joss has gone back to them with his new show – I like to think of it as Joe 90 meets Alias.

Eliza Dushku, Faith in Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, gets to play a secret agent type whose mind is wiped after each mission. I always did say debriefings go so much better when you’re the sole survivor and frankly if you can remove even your own jaded history it’s that much smoother again.

But then came the news that Fox had decided it didn’t really like the pilot episode (oh-oh) and that a new one would be needed (deja vu all over again).

Finally we get to see a trailer:

and in true Fox tradition, they immediately announce the show will air not on the Monday night slot it originally promised (where people would actually see it) but on the Friday night Death to the Show we Don’t Understand slot.

The full list of DTTSWDU precedents is found here:

The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993)
MANTIS (1994)
Strange Luck (1995)
VR.5 (1995)
Sliders (1996)
Millennium (1996)
The Visitor (1997)
Harsh Realm (1999)
Freakylinks (2000)
Dark Angel (2000)
The Lone Gunmen (2001)
John Doe (2003)
Firefly (2003) (hattip: Ain’t It Cool).

In fact, the only show to do well in that slot was the X-Files and that was a hundred years ago.

So, good luck to you Joss. I’ll watch the show. I might even love the show. But I won’t expect to see a second series and I imagine I’ll be watching most of it on DVD.

Virtual Buffy

August 4, 2008

Buffy rules, and not because it’s about vampires and the sex and the sex with the vampires, although clearly that’s a selling point.

No, Buffy rules because of the writing. It’s funny, laugh.

And despite all the other Whedonesqueness and the Whelps of Whedon running around the place … writing (and spawning), Buffy is the fountainhead.

Which is why I present you with Buffy: The Animated Series. Never made, so here’s the first episode.


See, a little bit of faith and The Swede delivers.

Still not sure, but now I’m not sure as in “WTF is going on?” which is generally how I like my entertainment.

Can you see the pitch in the limo with the Fox exec though?

JS: Got a new show for you.
FF (Fox Fuckhead): Yeah? (chews cigar to other side of the mouth) Does it have any aliens in it? (FF sniggers and ends up coughing juicily for a bit. You know he’s working on half a lung).
JS (calmly): No, no aliens. But it’s got girls. And they have no memory. They kick your ass on a mission and then you wipe their mind and they start over again the next day as someone new.
FF: Sounds like my first wife.
JS: Think Alias but with a science fiction twist. Joe 90 meets Alias.
FF: I’ll think about it. But really what we want is a musical comedy that features animatronic hobbits. Hobbits are big right now. Maybe we can bill it as The Hobbit meets Electra, will that work?
JS: No.

and so on. Although to give them their due, the FF this time round does at least appear to be a bit more stable than the whackjob who greenlighted Firefly then crapped on us all from a high height.

The Dollhouse. Hmm.

May 16, 2008

Click here if you want to live.

No, I mean, click there if you want to see a clip from the new Joss Whedon series. It stars the Other Slayer and That Guy off Battlestar Galactica. Y’know, the one that boffs the Cylon. Back before we realised they were ALL Cylons.

Of course, I haven’t seen series four of BSG yet, so anything could happen.

Watched it yet? Go ahead. I’ll wait.

So, what did you think? I’m not sure, myself. Looks like a cross between Bones and Alias and I’m not sure that’s the best use of The Swede’s time (cough cough Firefly II: After We Forget About The Movie cough).

No, that doesn’t mean I won’t watch it. Of course I’ll watch it. I’ll watch it, buy the DVDs, probably upgrade to the widescreen edition when that comes out, then the BluRay and hell, probably the crystaline memory chip version as well.

There’s a hint of Whedonesque. “You’ve got to be straight with me”. “Do I? Because you people have been pretty frickin’ bendy with me”. But the music… that’s not right. It’s thriller music. What’s that all about?

Of course, there’s not a lot you can glean from such a short clip. I’ll need to watch three or four series before I make my mind up.

I’m just saying, that’s all.