10 Things I Learned About Dollhouse

by admin on December 4, 2008 · 4 comments

The other day I posted videos of Access Hollywood‘s interview with Dollhouse producers Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku during their set visit, however I didn’t leave my opinion because I was pushed for time (I blame real life, too much alcohol and “Fringe”). As regular readers will know, I like to leave my opinion on almost everything that I post. Weird, huh.

Sooo, here are the 10 things I learned from the “Whushku” interview:

  1. The Dollhouse set is HUGE. It’s clear that a lot of $$$’s have gone in to that baby. I hope Fox have enough left over for promoting the series!
  2. According to Whedon, the dollhouse facility is supposed to represent contradictory themes – Spa/Prison and fantasy/horror. I like this idea, it tallies nicely with the appealing idea of erasing bad memories – identity gets erased with it. D’oh!
  3. Whedon describes the Actives (or Dolls) as being ‘shell-like’. There’s many ways to describe the loss of identity, but I like this one the most, and i’ll keep that in mind whilst watching the show.
  4. The “very rich and very connected” are the main people in the market for the Dolls. The very ‘powerful’, therefore, will exploit the labor of powerless humans. Hmm, this isn’t just trafficking, it’s a form of slavery, whether or not the Dolls volunteered. Wow, I’m rooting for the Dolls already.
  5. Echo’s self-awareness will gradually unfurl over the course of the season. Seriously, how can this not be serialized?
  6. I think that Whedon and Dushku believe the Friday night slot is a bad one, but they are also optimistic over DVR potential, and hope that Dollhouse can revive Friday night television. This is really the only attitude they could have if they want the show to be successful, but it’s still good to hear them look at the positives.
  7. They also suggest that Dollhouse is actually better off being paired with “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” than “24”.
  8. Dollhouse is creatively very much a joint effort on behalf of Fox and Team Whedon. There have been some testing times, as we’ve heard before, but there’s now a healthy co-operation between both network and producers.
  9. As we already knew, the original pilot will not see the light of day on Fox (DVD, anyone?). This is because key story events have changed so much that to leave the original pilot in there just wouldn’t make any sense. Fair enough.
  10. Whedon and Dushku appear to be acutely aware of the negativity that has surrounded production of the show, but thankfully they seem to be extremely optimistic. Rightly so.

If you haven’t already seen the interviews you can find part 1 here and parts 2 and 3 here.

Credit Access Hollywood/Laura Saltman.

Page 48 December 5, 2008 at 3:15 am

Call me crazy, but I like Sarah Connor and her Chronicles, so personally, going back-to-back with D-House sounds great to me. Monday night is already hectic with (the now canceled) “My Own Worst Enemy”, “Heroes”, “Chuck”, the Connor clan, and soon, “24”. Moving Sarah and D-House to Friday works for me since I don’t have anything resembling a social life anymore, thanks to being over the hill.

Roco December 5, 2008 at 10:39 am

You’re not crazy, the more I think about it the more I believe DH could thrive on a Friday (if the show is of a good standard) with TSCC (which I quite like, mostly because of Summer Glau). I agree, Monday nights are already crowded (although I’m ready to bail out on “Heroes” at any point now!)

wiesengrund December 5, 2008 at 11:15 am

thanks for the very cool recap! 🙂

Roco December 5, 2008 at 12:13 pm

No problem 🙂

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