February 10, 2009

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Review: Dollhouse: Joss Whedon continues to fight the darkness (SHARON STEEL, February 9, 2009, Boston Phoenix)

You know a Joss Whedon show when you see it. The director/writer/producer's plots are propelled by a dark presence, and his casts tend to feature a gang of sassy young people who are charged with fighting it every day. You can count on scenes featuring beautiful women kicking major [behind], scenes so well-choreographed, they begin to resemble a kind of dance. Not to mention droll, lightning-round discussions about how to save the world today and kiss someone cute tomorrow. But the most wonderful element of a Whedon show just might be the Kurt Vonnegut–esque satire that coats it. He's always been able to inject an irresistible playfulness into stories about weird creatures, outer space, and sexy machines. To judge from its first episode, Dollhouse (Fox, Fridays at 9 pm), his latest sci-fi psychodrama series, doesn't appear to have made room for much of that levity. [...]

But is playing down the capers and the silly violence a necessary growing pain for Whedon or a tragic shortfall? Taking the pilot as a stand-alone piece, a resident of the Whedonverse might well yearn for the good old days when Buffy roamed through graveyards doling out witticisms as she drove stakes through undead hearts, when Zoe cursed in Mandarin before shooting at a member of the Alliance. This is not to say that Dollhouse won't find itself. When you're battling the forces of evil in a void, it can be a little difficult to figure everything out right away.


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Interview: Joss Whedon: Cult of personality (SHARON STEEL, February 9, 2009, Boston Phoenix)

Was the Firefly heartbreak sort of like recovering from a really crappy break-up? Do you ever worry you're in for another round of hell?

It's not like a break-up. It's like a death. A break-up makes you feel bad about yourself. A death means the world is dimmed, because something that you loved is gone and will never return. I think a break-up is underestimating what I feel every day about Firefly. Hopefully, had it gone on, it would have become insufferable. I like to think about it that way.

We need to know: what are your plans for Dr. Horrible's Sing-AlongBlog, and will there ever be a sequel to Serenity?

I keep waiting for someone to call me and say, "My God, that Serenity DVD has made so much money, why don't you make another one?" Till they do, I can't. So, no joy there. For Dr. Horrible, we definitely want to pursue it, and we're just figuring out the time frame and the venue. I'm happy to say all my writers and actors are currently working. That makes it very hard, which is a good thing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2009 3:01 PM
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