Close Encounters of the “Human Kind”

by admin on December 15, 2008

Speaking to Sci Fi Wire, Jane Espenson (Writer/Producer) defends Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” saying:

“It’s really good. I think it could very well appeal to not just Whedonites, but a much broader audience. I think it’s extremely good, and the concept just blows me away: It’s fantastic, this notion of people who have been erased and are now imprintable with whatever you want them to be. … It’s sci-fi of the most human kind. It’s sci-fi about people, as opposed to, you know, phenomena. And I really love that.”

I think that’s an apt description, at least in terms of my understanding of the premise. If you compare “Fringe” and “Dollhouse”, it’s clear that the latter wont go to great length’s to explain the science/phenomena behind what happens to the characters. Whereas “Fringe” makes a concerted effort to qualify the phenomena in the show, “Dollhouse” seems like it will be totally the other way, and focus more on the characters. Personally I love “Fringe”, it does the Sci fi thing and the¬†character thing very well. But it should be refreshing to see a favourite show not get hacked to pieces by Popular Mechanics because, hey, Dollhouse isn’t trying to prove it’s science. Although, that is actually part of the fun with “Fringe”..it’s bold and brave and comes out swinging.¬†Is Dollhouse playing it safe by (possibly) not delving too much into the science aspects of the show? Who knows.

Oh, and there’s more:

“We are now rolling along glitch-free. I think people are very confident now that everyone is on the same page with what the show is, how amazing it can be, and I think that a lot of this has been overblown. I mean, very, very often on Buffy we were sort of, ‘Oh, we don’t quite have that script ready.’ That’s sort of just how TV goes. It’s just when it happens at the beginning like this that it gets a lot of attention, and I think that people were concerned that the Firefly scenario would play out again. But, you know, I think that we’re very confident of what the show is, and yeah, it’s moving along so smoothly now.”

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