ayrdaomei: ([Comics] how like an angel)
( Feb. 15th, 2009 01:37 pm)
One episode in, and here's my problem with Dollhouse - Echo, well chosen name aside, is a bore to watch. Granted, if the series holds true to the format of the pilot, we won't see too much of her, but I just cannot take Eliza's studiously vacant/childlike stare seriously. And, from a more superficial point, E doesn't have the kind of body that makes me want to tune in just to watch her wander the HQ in a tank top and yoga pants.

It's true I've long enjoyed shows where we got to see the protagonists be someone different every week - La Femme Nikita, The Pretender, Quantum Leap, Highlander, to name a few - but the one thing those shows all had in common was the fact that the protagonist was a fully realized character independent of all the personas s/he put on, week to week. I tuned in to those shows every week because I cared about my leads as individuals. How can you get invested in a character like Echo? And I can't get invested in the people she pretends to be, because I gather we won't be getting very many, if any, repeat personas. (Or will we? I haven't been paying attention to anything that's been said about the show's concept, beyond the basic premise).

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