Down about 15%, Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse took a ratings dip during its second outing on Friday. But much of the audience that did watch seemed to enjoy this past hour more than the pilot. For me, the developing friendship and trust between Boyd Langdon (Harry Lennix) and Echo is interesting. And I’ll admit I was fully sucked in, rooting for Echo to beat the piss out of that misogynistic psychopath she went on a date with (sidebar: The Dollhouse does background checks on its potential clients, but not psychological profiles?! And um, hello, what about STD tests?!!). However, not everyone was happy with what they saw on Friday. I picked a few reader comments to illustrate the diversity of opinions. Perhaps we should keep this dialogue going, yes?
The second episode had me on the edge of my seat! I hated that
S.O.B. for his smug attitude while pursuing Echo. I saw a spark of
humor in the “you’re in the middle of ‘who wants to be there'” remark.
Maybe I’m just shallow but I didn’t really watch Buffy, Angel or
Firefly for some comment on society. I watched it because the shows
were exciting and different (of course, I also have a huge vampire
thing going but that’s another story for another day). I really enjoy
seeing familiar names and faces pop up. Loyalyty is a big thing to me
and I’ve seen that often in Joss’s work. I think there are w-a-a-y more
layers to this thing and can’t wait to see it unfold. BTW…Laurence
(Reed Diamond) will regret his crass behavior, I have no doubt. Did
anyone else just want to whack him a good one?
Enough of my ramblings…just be sure that I will be parked in front
of my TV (the old-fashioned way) every Friday night…same Bat-time,
same Bat-channel!! -JustDee
The second Dollhouse episode with the Middleman actor (the hunter) made
me wish he (as Middleman) and [his Middleman co-star] Wendy Watson were protecting Echo and
that Ida ran the office as opposed to the stiffs appearing in Dollhouse
and that Noser and Lacey were programmers of the dolls. Sorry but
that’s what I felt. Also wish the writers of Middleman wrote some of
the Dollhouse dialogue – they had humor and style as opposed to this
stilted mess. -DaisyRose
Buffy had a very uneven first season; it took time to grow into the
unforgettable series it became. I feel the same with Dollhouse. I was
more intrigued when I watched it than I had expected to be, but at this
point, it’s plain that it’s not yet on its feet. I’m looking forward to
the rest of this season and hope that Fox will have learned its lesson
and give Dollhouse time to develop into its concept. -spuffy
I was also a total fan of the buffy/angel humour, however is that what
everyone was expecting?? I mean just the premise alone, wiping people
clean out of their lives and reprogramming them to what was bought
doesn’t strike me as a really humourous subject, but hey, what do I
know? lol, I am enjoying the series so far, it’s interesting, and I’m
dying to know some basic answers who’s alpha, who is Caroline, and what
the hell did she do, to have this an option, and no I would not ever
“volunteer” to become the next BARBIE-Doll, lol! -Shauna
fox is promoting the nudity, sex and violence of the show.
to try and get younger viewers.
thats a sad comment on todays youth. its friday night, only older
people are home, program for us. were the loyal viewers. give me
jennifer love hewitt, shes sexy and classy! -domenick
I sort of liked the show after the pilot episode and I like it a little more after this second episode.
I like that were getting more inf on Echo and the overall story, with
each passing episode even if I’m dying for more character driven stuff
and flashbacksm than the persona of the week stuff,
I don’t think people should give up on Joss yet, he’s definitly still
got it, it’s just gonna take some time for this one to unravel! -JenM