recasting state of play

The BBC miniseries State of Play has been on my to-watch list for some time now.  I haven’t gotten around to actually watching it yet, but even so I know it must be awesome, because it has pretty much every single one of my favorite BBC actors except David Tennant in it.  I definitely need to make time to see it before the American remake comes out later this year.

When the original BBC cast was so amazing, how do you recast it with Hollywood types without losing that high level of awesomeness?  Whoever did the casting for the remake really rose to the challenge.  Allow me to explain.

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dollhouse 1×06: man on the street

I’m sorry, but I absolutely must resort to profanity to express how I felt about this episode.  Here goes.

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life imitates fiction

Last week’s episode of Dollhouse had some folks complaining that Echo’s eyeball camera technology was so unbelievable it took away from their enjoyment of the episode.  Guess what, guys?  It actually exists.  I’m not suggesting the camera in this guy’s prosthetic eye works as flawlessly as Echo’s fictional version did, but it’s sure similar.

catching up

Yep, I’m back, and my break was fabulous, thanks for asking.  And as an added bonus, I now have an entire week’s worth of new TV episodes to watch in one marathon sitting!  It’s like having a great meal at a nice restaurant, and coming home to find that your roommates had a party while you were gone and left you an enormous slice of chocolate cake to eat for dessert at your leisure.  Join me while I have my cake and eat it too.  (This post is just the dramas, but I might do a separate one for Flight of the Conchords, 30 Rock, and The Office.  Castle will get a post all its own.)

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wait, what?

From the beginning of a review of Dollhouse on the website of The Guardian:

“The good news about Joss Whedon’s rabid online fan base is that their enthusiastic support for his Dr Terrible’s Sing-Along Blog established a market for web-based entertainment that will, one day, see the broadcast networks crumble into dust.”

Dr. TERRIBLE’S Sing-Along Blog??  No.  Just no.  Way to check those facts, Guardian.

angel vs. spike

Today is Joss Whedon day, it would seem.  Roomie and I were discussing last night’s episode of Dollhouse, and we got on the topic of Joss’s habit of killing off major characters and how long it will be until someone on Dollhouse bites it.  This led to talk of the first important character to die on Buffy: Jenny Calendar, in season two.

I watched some Buffy last summer, but I only got through the first season and the first few episodes of season two – not quite to the whole Angelus storyline.  So I went back and watched “Passion,” the episode where Jenny dies, on Hulu, and now I’m following it up with the two-part season finale.

Buffy is definitely entertaining, in its cheesy way.  All the little pieces of Giles’s heart, when Jenny dies!  The relationship between Giles and Buffy is obviously the direct precursor of Boyd and Echo from Dollhouse.

Long before I ever sat down and watched my first episode of Buffy, I knew about it from hearing my friends talk about it.  Roomie and another friend are both big Buffy fans, and their conversations about it often centered on the debate over who’s better – Angel or Spike?  They’re both Spike fans, and on reflection I think I am as well.  I love me some David Boreanaz in Bones, but he was just so incredible awkward in his Buffy days.  Spike, on the other hand, is freaking awesome.

What’s the verdict, Buffy fans?  Angel or Spike?

dollhouse deserves a chance

Did anyone catch “Stage Fright,” the third episode of Dollhouse, last night?  If you’re in the U.S. you can see it on Hulu.

Full disclosure: I’m not a true Whedonite, because my attitude toward Buffy and Angel can best be described as “meh.”  But I loved Firefly, so I decided to give Dollhouse a chance, and after the pilot I was intrigued enough to keep going.

After three episodes, I think we’re starting to get a lot better idea of what this show is going to be.  The quirky Joss dialogue that some people missed in the pilot is creeping in, and the characters are becoming interesting (especially Boyd, who I absolutely love – his commitment to Echo makes him instantly sympathetic).  Plus in the last two episodes there have been some really great “gasp!” moments; last night’s episode, for example, was not clicking for me until the moment when Echo knocked out Rayna and said “Friends help each other out,” and I suddenly realized that this was actually about Echo protecting Sierra, not Rayna.

My one concern, to be honest, is Eliza Dushku.  The rest of the characters are perfectly cast, but her acting leaves something to be desired.  I can only hope she’ll grow into it as the show goes on.

All in all, I hope the suits at Fox give Dollhouse some time to find an audience and get on its feet – because especially with the news of who’s going to be playing Alpha (DO NOT CLICK if you don’t want to be spoiled), I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.