Dollhouse starts this Friday, the 13th, at 9PM on FOX and with it Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku will be back in my living room once a week. You have no idea how happy this makes me. I know, I know, I haven’t exactly been posting about the show much. This is partly because I’ve got no new information to share. The show is not only being broadcast on FOX but it’s also being produced by them and Fox is one of the few networks with whom I have no contact. (Not a complaint, mind you, though I certainly wouldn’t have minded getting a sneak peek at the show.) But it’s also because I’m kinda over the engagement now. Can the wedding just happen so we can get to enjoying the marriage?
Don’t get me wrong, I was bouncing on the balls of my feet when the news first came out and then again when casting was announced and yet again when the first pictures were released. Hell, I squealed with excitement when we got our first glimpse at some actual footage. Now? I just want the damn show already. Bring it on.
Of course, it’s also hard to be posting about it constantly when I’m doing my damndest to avoid information about it. I want to go in fresh. I want to enjoy it without having seen every single picture from the set and knowledge of every single character that’s going to pop up. Or even how people are reacting to it. Of course I’m worried about how it will be accepted but I can’t control that so I don’t want to go in freaking out about what people are going to think.
Here’s the truth as I know it. Joss Whedon is a masterful storyteller. No one can deny that fact. Even if you don’t like his stories, you can’t say he’s not good at telling them. Three dimensional and complex, I have never not been able to appreciate a world Joss has built. And his characters. Oh. He has some of the most layered and real fictional characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Characters who, to this day, have a profound effect on me.
So, while I’m not entirely convinced Dollhouse is a show I’m going to love at first sight, I find it hard to believe I won’t grow to love it and its characters if given the chance. More importantly, even if all we get is just a glimpse, I can’t wait to visit this brand new world of Joss’.
With the first wave of reviews washing over us, it’s hard to ignore at least some of the commentary happening out there. Putting aside the fans who are understandably jumpy about the idea of the network demanding changes to the show, the re-shoots, and the Friday time slot, there hasn’t exactly been an outpouring of adulation from the critics so far. Maybe that’s because I’m only catching comments here there versus reading their early reviews. But, generally speaking, I see critics who are more excited to talk to the people behind the show than they are to talk about the show itself.
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit it makes me nervous. I’m trying to heed Joss and give FOX the benefit of the doubt. I do think they’ve been trying to do right by the show so far. In fact, I love the online promotion they’ve been doing. I’m hoping what they’ve said so far holds true and they do plan to give it a chance to find an audience. But, at the end of the day, I know I can’t control any of that. All I can do is tune in and watch and hope that others do too.