Well it only took six episodes, but Dollhouse finally lived up to all those expectations. Last night’s, written by Whedon himself, turned this show down a whole new road. It moved at a markedly faster pace, and introduced a lot more mythology and thought. The episode intelligently hit up all those huge questions that surround its concept (issues of slavery, growing technology etc.) Bottom line, its a beast of a different nature: transformed from an OK, that-was-kinda-cool show into a WTF, I-have-to-rewind-that-and-watch-it-again type of show. Enough to make any Lost fan blush.
8 months ago I wrote this while discussing the Golden Age of comic book movies.
A lot rides on Watchmen. It’s a gamble in many ways. Unknown to the public, cherished by the die hards. Who do you please, and how do you do it right? Thankfully it looks as if it will continue the trend of a well thought out and executed, different comic movie.
Well it wasn’t the second coming, that’s for sure. What it was, was a fun, heady ride through a fully realized alternate universe, caught up in its own mythology. But what a rich mythology it is.
The three hours don’t drag. Even though I could come up with a few scenes to leave on the cutting room floor, I didn’t mind watching them (including that sex scene.)
Speaking of that scene, the appropriated music choices were strange. I understand the desire for an 80s vibe and while some worked - Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” during Veidt’s attempted assassination - some didn’t - “99 Luft Balloons” comes to mind.
As far as meeting the bar set by that serious-comic-book-movie-golden-standard known asThe Dark Knight, Watchmen slightly misses the mark. I’m afraid it had its tongue planted too firmly in its cheek, doubling over on every symbolic line, image and gesture. “That’s the real practical joke.” We get it. Stuff like that works in a book, but just seems overstated on the screen.
In the end, I think they did it right, creating some middle ground for mass audiences and die hards alike. The trend will continue, we can still say we’re living in the Golden Age. And if the box office comes in as predicted we won’t be going anywhere soon.
Parting thought: Did the 3rd act twist remind anyone one of the twist from Sky High? No? Just me. Thought so.
“The publisher lets you share your thoughts and content like photos and notes into the stream. You have one stream—your Wall—on your profile, and one stream on your home page that represents the on-going, flowing conversation between you and your friends.”—new(est) Facebook. see Twitter. — Can’t wait til everyone complains about this one too.