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For the first time ever, I voted for a reality TV show. 8 years of resistance, and I finally weakened. This is me, propping up media juggernauts and contributing to the death of quality, scripted TV. *sigh* On the other hand, I think I've officially accepted that I'm completely addicted to So You Think You Can Dance. DON'T JUDGE ME. Acceptance is the first step towards recovery, right?

Speaking of quality scripted TV, Dollhouse is looking promising. Keeping in mind I don't normally become fannish about a show until I'm at least half way through a season (and often not until the second season), the degree to which I liked the first episode surprised me, especially since I'd been lukewarm about the concept previously.

I like the characters, all of them. We didn't get a lot of details, but saw enough glimpses to know that there is obviously a lot going on under the surface. I especially liked that we didn't have the ham-fisted character introductions that mar so many series pilots - everything and everyone felt very natural, and thankfully avoided 'As you know, Jim...' moments.

And I liked the concept that the Actives had lives before the Dollhouse, and they were on limited term contracts, for want of a better term (although one wonders how anyone enforces that, since the actives can't remember, and it isn't like there is any sort of legal oversight). I wasn't expecting that - I'm not sure what I was expecting, but not that.

The dialog was less Joss-Whedony that I was expecting, which is another good thing. It worked well in Buffy, but it would have been jarring to see all these 20-and-30 somethings talking like refugees from a Californian high school. Since he's previously noted that the Buffy characters talked like the writers, I'm pleased to see them tone it down in this show.



Overall, a promising start. Yay new show!

ETA: Also, currently addicted to Merlin AU fics. WTF, self? I don't like AUs!

Date: 2009-02-18 11:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyore.livejournal.com
I could quite happily just watch the dancing and skip the rest. I think Ten is trying to beat Nine for the title of 'Channel most incapable of keeping to their own schedule'.

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