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Fox's decision on "Dollhouse" isn't a surprise, as the net had already yanked the show from its Friday slot during November sweeps. Show will return to the sked on Dec. 4 and run the nine remaining episodes in its order for the season. 20th Century Fox TV at present is in production on the Eliza Dushku starrer's 11th episode.

"This gives Joss the opportunity to end in a significant way," the network said in a statement.

Significant indeed! It'll be interesting to see what crap gets pulled.

Obligatory comment by Joss at Whedonesque:
I don't have a lot to say. I'm extremely proud of the people I've worked with: my star, my staff, my cast, my crew. I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you'll agree in the coming months. I'm grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again. I'm off to pursue internet ventures/binge drinking. Possibly that relaxation thing I've read so much about. By the time the last episode airs, you'll know what my next project is. But for now there's a lot of work still to be done, and disappointment to bear.

Some of the comments over there are....disturbing.

Anyway, all I have to say is: 1) thank God, and 2) please use Alexis Denisof in a satisfying way before the end of the season (walking around with a ruined political career and beard stubble in the post-apocalyptic world we glimpsed in Epitaph One would be considered acceptable by me).
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Watching Topher Brink suffer through his "moral crises" is like listening to Whoopi Goldberg struggle to explicate the difference between "rape" and "rape-rape."

Other people have already written extensively about why this episode show is made of fail.

I don't really feel the need to justify my continuing to watch it. Every week it's like another dose of, "Okay, so who mind-wiped Joss Whedon?" It's almost fascinating to watch. Also, at some point in the future, I intend to make a post analyzing why people only value the opinions of others regarding TV shows/books/etc. if the person has question has "seen all of it." Clearly, in order for someone's opinon to matter, they must have seen every single episode, or read every page, etc. This was a key component in the breakdown of RaceFail: people's opinions being undervalued because they were not informed "enough." Fandom is a really weird place. But back to Dollhouse.

It's almost hilarious to read other people accuse those of us who critique the show scramble, saying that we're "missing the subtext" or "we're trying to find the worst in this show."
I hate to brag (okay, that's a lie, I love to brag), but I've been reading at a college level since the 5th grade and I chose English as one of my majors at one of the best public universities in the world*. I'm not missing any subtleties here, and in fact I am trying really hard to like the show, because in the past I have adore Whedon-shows. Don't insult with me any excuses, people. My critique is valid. Everyone's critiques are valid.

Mostly it's unsettling because Buffy means a lot to me, and I'm wondering increasingly whether it meant anything to Mr. Whedon, or if he was just trying to sell an image.

*And another point of future analysis! How come people like me always defend their critiques as valid by pointing to their education? WTF does that matter? Arguing amongst geeks: Results in annoying habits.


Sep. 27th, 2009 10:34 pm
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The Honey & Clover DVDs are gorgeous! The casing is gorgeous!

I'm a bit bothered by the subtitle choices.....throughout the show, the characters usually refer to each other by surname, as is common for the Japanese. However, even though the characters, when speaking Japanese, refer to each other as Morita/Yamada/Takemoto/Hanamoto/Mayama, the subtitles keep translating it, so that it seems as though they are referring to one another with their given names, Shinobu/Ayumi/Yuuta/Hagumi/Takumi. Why would they change that?!

Anyway, now is a bad time for me with consumerism. I had to choose between Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2, NANA DVDs, and Honey & Clover DVDs. I ended up going with Honey & Clover, obviously. It was the cheapest one. Still, I feel like I have betrayed the other two. Shows! Why are you all released at the same time?!

I won't go into spoilery-depth, but I will say that I'm working on catching up on Fringe, and am liking it. Olivia Dunham is pretty bad-ass. I love the autumnal New England-ness of it, and I love the opening song that's played on piano/sleigh bells. The plot is becoming surprisingly rewarding to its audience, and I didn't think that it would be.

For thoughts on Dollhouse, I'll direct you to [ profile] aycheb here, and [ profile] meganbmoore here.
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Here is a link to a post by author Matt Ruff, who found a Q&A with Joss Whedon.

Apparently it was FOX, and not Joss, who has severe discomfort with the skeevy premise of show.

My icon (plus the promise of post-apocalyptic-ness) is why I will continue watching!

Share the reasons why you will (if you are, I know there are a few of you out there!) continue watching in the comments!

Also, be sure to employ the use of [ profile] takumashii's new verb.

Example: I am currently Dollhousing New Moon, by Stephanie Meyer.
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I'll start with the full disclosure: I'm going to continue watching Dollhouse because Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce) is joining the cast.

Tonight I watched the 13th episode of Dollhouse's first season, which did not air on FOX.

For many of you, nothing can make Dollhouse palatable. But maybe you might, if you watched this episode?

Imagine a post-apocalyptic Earth where the idea that the Dollhouse technology was used to essentially create a brothel, is laughable. The technology has created a world in which people can theoretically live forever by transferring imprints of themselves to multiple bodies. Nobody knows who's real and who's not, and people tattoo their names on their backs so that there is a way to figure out if they really are who they think they are. People run around with guns and are unshowered, and Felicia Day is a featured cast member (which, yay, love her).

To me, this was by far the strongest episode of the season, and it's a shame that FOX didn't air it. THIS EPISODE MADE ME FEEL BAD FOR TOPHER FOR 5 SECONDS. That shit is real.

I would be excited if this show pulled a BSG, and actually did the time-jump, no fake-outs, and stayed there. As it stands, it's interesting enough to keep watching to see if this future will be what happens (although not as interesting as it was on The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

The commentaries of others on LJ ring true, though. The fantastic acting of the rest of the cast (except for Helo, who frankly is not that great and reminds me of one of my cousins so I get creeped out) makes Eliza Dushku seem not so great in comparison. Specifically, I'd give shout-outs to Amy Acker, Alan Tudyk, and Dichen Lachman.

Now all that's left is the unaired pilot, and then I will be caught up show.
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Of course I'm sad.

Mostly, I'm pissed.

When Terminator: Salvation opens (THIS THURSDAY), I want it to be a box office smash, and I want the FOX executives to cry themselves to sleep, and have nightmares about themselves living in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.

EDIT: I read somewhere that the writers got enticed to join the staff of Fringe, which would make me 1) re-upload my Joshua Jackson icon and 2) catch up on that show, which is probably still interesting??
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Latest episode of Dollhouse:

I cared about what happened to every character! I was not bored at any point in the episode! I kinda sorta LIKED almost every character! It was my favorite episode so far!

Then I see: Jane Espenson wrote the episode!
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So, I was actually writing play-by-play notes last night while I watched the episode. As usual, they mostly contain caps lock. Also under the LJ-cut are links to various LJ posts and articles on the Internet.

I was talking to [ profile] sasha_feather and [ profile] were_duck yesterday about how I've never been upset about a show of mine being canceled before. Shows that ended while I watched them were already past their prime (The West Wing, Battlestar Galactica). Shows that ended while they were still good/serviceable (IMO) were already out on DVD and not airing any more when I picked them up (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Veronica Mars). So if TSCC ends up being canceled (which seems extremely likely, given the numbers), I am glad at least that it got many more episodes than Firefly. Still, there is so much ground to cover. And while I don't have much of a head for business, it seems like the release of a new Terminator movie could certainly revive interest in the franchise. Maybe a shorter third season will be announced for Spring of 2010? GETTING IN TIME FOR JUDGMENT DAY. really bothers me that people compare the cancellation of Terminator to the cancellation of Dollhouse. Yes, I'm watching that show too, but even in the few episodes it has to tell a good story, it really...isn't. In fact, it's just uncomfortable and insulting most of the time. In my mind, the two are not comparable. Crying Whedon fans make me cringe - he really got his chance this time around, and in my mind, is blowing it.

My caps lock squee and links to the writings of others lie behind the cut. )
If you like the show....Addresses and e-mail addresses.

ALSO....Dreamwidth is super annoying to me. I was on Blogger. I was settled there! And then I was like, okay, LiveJournal, you will be my main platform. I've been blogging for so long that moving all my posts manually and locking the private ones is taking MONTHS! And now, everyone's moving to Dreamwidth anyway, making it impossible for me to still add you people's posts to my memories. IT IS VERY IRKSOME, INTERNET.

Media Stuff

Apr. 5th, 2009 11:04 pm
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Now that Funimation has the subbed version of the anime Romeo x Juliet streaming for free on their website, I might finally finish the damn thing. Today I watched episode 15 and 16. This series started off with a lot of promise, but is just....not holding good on it, for me. I want to see it through to the end to see what happens, but I don't have much hope.

I mean....come on! It's Shakespeare, it's dripping with so much angst that the pages of the play are practically wet with blood. Everyone has emo, there are swords, and the anime version had added bonuses! An inversion of gender roles, giving Juliet an entirely new identity of the Red Whirlwind, a mix-up of the premise, an impoverished city, etc. Even the addition of characters from other plays (Hermione, Regan, etc.) give the writers practically unlimited ranges of angst and characters, but they just use their names and genders, and that's about it. The show devolves into low-budget animation and storylines I don't give a toss about.

This seems to happen in a large number of animes for me, and it's why an interesting premise for a movie/TV show/book/whatever is never enough of a selling point for me. Because no matter how interesting it starts off, it can end in a lackluster way. Scrapped Princess was like that for me. Ditto with Darker Than Black, Witch Hunter Robin, Code Geass, Paranoia Agent.

While it's certainly no Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, here are links to people talking about this week's Dollhouse:
[ profile] meganbmoore here and here.
[ profile] matt_ruff here.

Then you are one sick BITCH. )

The Asian Women Carnival #1 is up.

[ profile] rachelmanija is hosting The Incomprehensible Awards! Continued here.

Funimation is going to be streaming episodes of the new Fullemtal Alchemist just 4 days after it airs in Japan!! For those unfamiliar, this new series will be more heavily based on the manga. [ie, it will be better!] But it starts at the beginning, so you needn't have seen the first series to watch this one.


Mar. 27th, 2009 09:00 pm
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OMF! Exciting preview for next week's Dollhouse, IMO.

Spoilers, duh! )
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Thus begins the Epic Day of Blog-Posting, and closing all my Firefox tabs. Because Spring cleaning is not limited solely to wiping down my kitchen counter and throwing out expired food from my refrigerator!

Terminator! Is the best show on TV! Please watch it!

[ profile] coffeeandink's summation is accurate!
It is so hard to write about SCC. I love it so much, and it is so good, and everything I want to say has a thousand hooks or tentacles linking into something else, it is all so complicated and interrelated and I'm still not sure where it's going. I love "Samson and Delilah" and "Allison from Palmdale" and I like other episodes from the first half of Season Two, but I feel like from 2x12 "Alpine Fields" on it's just been completely brilliant. This is one of my favorite seasons of television ever, up there with Buffy Seasons 2 and 3 and Angel Season 4 and the late, lamented Profit. So good! Don't die, Show!

It astounds me how well-written this show is. OMF SO GOOD.

Other Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles thoughts are spoilery through the latest episode! )

I think I'm the only one who liked Dollhouse 1.6 as much as I did, BUT I will gladly link to what other people had to say!

Of course, their posts and the excerpts I've lifted from them contain spoilers, so there is an LJ cut. )

So yes, I'm continuing to watch Dollhouse for the time being, but Terminator is currently my show of choice (and also How I Met Your Mother, but it's a very different sort of show!).
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Since the first episode aired, various newspaper articles have run quotes from the cast and crew of Dollhouse, assuring its audience that in episode six, the show really kicks it into high gear. Eliza Dushku's specific quote was:
"We’ve now done 13 episodes, and people have said that the show took off once they finally realized that Joss is best off left alone to do his thing. That happens around episode six—six through 13 are just extraordinary. I love one, two, three, four, and five, but Joss’ first script that he did after the pilot is number six, which is called “Man On The Street,” and it is just unbelievable. From that point on, the world unfolds in Joss’ way, with Joss’ speed, and it’s really remarkable." Joss Whedon said that "Man on the Street" (and "Needs") "represent a much stronger vision of what I consider the show to be."

I respect people's decision to stop watching after the first episode, but I have a lot of respect for Joss Whedon, and I really didn't think he was stupid enough to have such a premise without being self-aware. I held on to hope and figured I'd watch at least through episode six and see if the turn was actually brought about, as was promised.

And I think I got exactly what I wanted in episode six. The entire episode is highly self-aware - of the skeevy premise, of the rape that is constantly occurring (and it is referred to as "rape" multiple times), of power dynamics, of everything else.

For the first time, the series was legitimately funny. Multiple times, throughout the episode. The pacing was excellent. I was genuinely surprised, again multiple times. And really, every time I thought a female character was getting shafted of stripped of power, that turned out to very much not be the case.

If you were turned off from this series from the first episode, please do try episode six. I really feel like it's the first one for which Whedon was let out of the box by FOX, and I think 1-5 were a lot of pandering to the producers.


Spoilers for 1.6! )

I'm eager to hear what other people thought of this episode, if there was fail that I didn't see. A lot of people get pissed when their shows are analyzed, but I love that shit! For me, this episode brought the game and I loved it. I really think that the framing tool of interviewing citizens of Los Angeles about their thoughts on the rumors they've heard about the Dollhouse was a fantastic way of using fan-made critiques and acknowledging them and turning them on their heads, which I think is what happened in this episode.

Again! If you didn't like the pilot, I highly suggest watching episode 6. I could feel Joss Whedon's hand all over it. If you think I'm wrong, please post about why you think so! I'll be reading!
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[ profile] wisteria_ with a picspam titled Kara Thrace, in adjectives.

Via [ profile] coffeeandink, Joss Whedon's original Dollhouse pilot script! I haven't had time to read it yet, but word on the Internet is that it's a lot better (SURPRISE!).

[ profile] meganbmoore on Dollhouse, 1.2, and [ profile] entil2001 on the same.

[ profile] ladyjax "PSA: Images of Blackness".
This is for all my peeps who need a little ammunition when confronted by anyone who thinks that watermelons and Black folks go together like, I don't know - rice and butter or who immediately tries to roll with, "But it was just a joke? Don't you have a sense of humor?"

[ profile] smuu on Naoki Urasawa's Pluto and 20th Century Boys. I loved Monster! I'm afraid to start reading this other stuff and having to wait so long between new volumes!

I'm keeping my eye on [ profile] reread_no_jutsu because it's been a while since I read what I read of the Naruto manga. [ profile] meganbmoore has already voiced most of how I feel about the series in this post, here. IT IS SO GOOD THAT I AM REPOSTING MOST OF IT HERE!
All shounen has some serious problems going on regarding gender. Even Claymore and Fullmetal Alchemist, the two series that seem to have largely ruined me for any shounen that I wasn't already attached to, have problems. But I am, in general, more lenient with shounen than I am shoujo. The target audience for most shounen is 13-15 year old boys. Their main interest in plopping down their allowance every week for Shounen Jump is reading about a couple guys going "And now...I will show you my TRUE power/SECRET move/etc!!" "Writing for the target audience" doesn't absolve a series of any problems it has, but it is an important consideration, and it's why I can get past things that would normally (and sometimes still do) irritate me in Samurai Deeper Kyo, Kekkaishi, Black Cat, Bleach (sometimes) and various other shounen I read/have read but aren't jumping to the front of my head at the moment. And though the line between them can be difficult to see, there is a difference between focusing on your main character and sidelining a character, and when you pick up a shounen action series, you're most likely getting a series where most of the attention will be on variations of certain, primarily male, character sets. It's pretty much an inherent part of the genre, and one that, if it doesn't work for you, largely guarantees that the series will just irritate you.

Naruto, though, always bugged me more than other series when it came to female characters, and I think it's because of this: Is there something in the DNA of every ninja tribe in that world that results EXACTLY one girl for every two boys born every year, stretching back at least 50-60 years? Is there some sort of law in every tribe that says each and every team (though there might have been teams introduced later, or that weren't around long enough for me to remember them that upset the formula) must have exactly 2 boys and 1 girl? Why are there no teams with 2 girls and 1 boy? All boy teams? All girl teams?

In theory, the numbers themselves should put Naruto a step ahead of other shounen simply because having 1/3 of your cast be female in the typical "cast of thousands" makes you female character outnumber those in other series about 5:1, proportionately. And yet, it's so exact, so deliberate, that "one girl for every two boys" can't be anything but a conscious decision. And when it's so conscious, it makes the treatment of gender stand out all the more. And then there's the fact that, in this world, almost every character the same age has near identical levels of training and experience. There's no variety. In personality and individual specialty, yes. But as presented, every character of the same age (with the exception of characters like Sasuke and Gaara) should be on equal footing, with some allowances made for personal strengths and weaknesses. In another shounen, you'll have a character with little or no training or powers, one who is new but who has enormous training, and two who are experienced fighters. That the only girl of the four is the one with no powers or training is a problem, and not one that should be dismissed, but it is a textual reason for the girl to not be in the middle of the fight with that arc Big Boss. With Naruto, however, that isn't there. The girl in question has as much training and experience as the three boys. Yet she's still the one sitting it out or fighting a lesser opponent while the boys are fighting the arc's Big Boss. So while I get grumpy that Yuya/Okuni/Mahiro/Orihime/Tatsuki/Tokine/etc. isn't on a par with the boys in terms of getting to fight and win fights, and can at least follow along with the why of it as presented by the manga. But with Sakura/Hinata/Ino/etc., I'm left with the feeling that Kishimoto is standing there going "look, I gave you exactly one girl for every two you really expect me to actually give them something to do in addition to existing?" (Plus, other shounen tends to at least let them have goals and motivations and backgrounds and lives separate from the guys, and the only female character I can think of in Naruto that that applies to is Tsunade.)

An example post....Introducing Team 7!
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Dear People Waiting to See if Dollhouse Gets Less Skeevy,

We'll tell you! Just keep waiting tight! [And for the love of God, don't watch tonight's episode!]

Spoilers for Dollhouse, 1.2 )

Tonight's episode aside, there were lots of posts I read about the pilot that I haven't gotten around to linking yet. Entil's review was generally favorable, but also deeply critical.
What is equally clear, at least from the pilot, is that Whedon is not presenting the Dollhouse as a good thing. He’s not shying away from the fact that the Dollhouse is a criminal enterprise, and that the handlers, doctors, and administrators are all engaging in several levels of self-denial and rationalization. They know what they’re doing is beyond wrong, but they fool themselves into thinking that what they do serves a necessary function.

Frankly, I’m not surprised that this concept was born out of the writers’ strike, when writers and actors alike were discussing and resisting the demeaning treatment by production companies. As many might remember, Whedon was one of the most outspoken supporters of the strike. One issue was the right to be compensated fairly for one’s own work and the retention of rights to one’s work under new and unforeseen “new media” outlets.

It’s not hard to see the parallels here. Replace the “actives” with the pretty little actors and actresses like Eliza Dushku, the brilliant but conflicted programmer with writers like Joss Whedon, and the handlers and administrators with production studio personnel, and the subtext becomes text. The message is so lacking in subtlety that it’s surprising that FOX even let the show on the air.


The “actives” feel like they’ve been designed to express Eliza Dushku’s own reflection on how an audience perceives the actor or actress. They want the actor to play their role as they want it to be played. They resist the full agency of the actress to take on whatever projects she might want. The audience wants Eliza to be sexy, run around in skimpy outfits, and be little more than a doll on a stage. The concept is taken to the extreme in this case, and the metaphor may seem a bit pretentious, but there’s something to it.

But therein lies the problem. The audience is being taken to task, on several levels, while being presented with a show that lists as its main strength the notion that its young and hot lead actress will be taking on a myriad of unexpected roles. It’s subversive to a degree, but perhaps not to the extent that Joss and Eliza would like to think.

[ profile] coffeeandink's pilot post is here.

This blog post has way a way close-reading of the pilot!

I also enjoyed [ profile] meganbmoore's post here. Among other things, she backs up my anime theory by noting that most of the people on her FL who were okay with the pilot were anime fans.
And...well, honestly. Amnesia. Secret mercenary organizations. Scarred doctor. Sympathetic handlers overly interested in subject. "This person is important and has secrets/goals" hints dropped with the subtlety of a hammer. Rewritten personalities. Scifi organization in apparent modern world. Weird and questionable gender politics with a seeming "fist of the patriarchy" origin used to create an apparently female agent centric series. It's like someone took Gunslinger Girls, Rose Hip Rose and a bit of Claymore, put them in a blender, and downloaded the results into Joss Whedon's brain.
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There is a lot of Dollhouse-hating going on. A lot of people are disgusted with the premise, and that's cool. I was trying to figure out what about me made me okay with it, and then I read [ profile] oyceter's post. I will get to the brunt of her post later, but when she noted the amnesia and the doll bits are right up my manga kink alley. , I went, "Oh! Right."

The reason why the premise of the show doesn't make it un-watchable for me is because I have seen a lot of anime. This is a workable premise, people. It can be done!

Let's take the 13-episode anime series Gunslinger Girl.

The main cast is made up of pre-pubescent girls who work for "the Social Welfare Agency" in Italy. The agency acquires girls who have been injured and about to die, and trains them to be tools for their counter-terrorism unit. The girls are given super-strength and intensive training on weapons, memory capabilities, etc. Sounds like the perfect plan, right? Who would suspect little girls with violin cases?

Each young girl is paired with a handler, a man at least 20 years her senior. Taken right from the Wikipedia page:
The handler is responsible for the training, welfare and field performance of his charge, and is free to use whatever methods he considers suitable. While these methods vary according to the handler, a common part of each girl's regimen is brainwashing called "conditioning", which produces a deadly assassin with unquestioning loyalty to her handler.

Sounds skeevy and uncomfortable, right?
It's actually one of the better anime series I've seen. It made me cry!

So, yeah. I guess Gunslinger Girl factors in hugely to why premise alone is not enough to turn me off to a series. It can be skeevy as fuck, but sometimes it can work.

[Likewise, a lot of people often try to sell me on books/movies/TV shows by saying, 'Oh, it's a culture like X combatting Y, and it has Z really cool element.' And I'm like, okay, but I still don't know if it's good.]

Setting all that aside, there has been a lot of commentary online today, from people watching the show. From what I've seen, I'm one of the few inclined to watch more! Their comments have spoilers for the first episode only, so don't click if you haven't had time to watch yet. If you have, please do! Being meta is the best part about TV.

Spoilers for Dollhouse, 1.1 )

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If you were out on the town Friday night like I was, you can watch the episode for free at

Spoilers! )

I intend to continue to watch every week. I keep seeing quotes from the actors on the Internet, saying it takes 5 (well, some people say 4, but whatever) episodes to really gel. I'm willing to believe that, and in the meantime, the plot and characters are interesting enough to keep me watching.

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I know some people are nervous about the premise of the show, but I think it looks awesome.
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Hey, so more casting information has been reported about Joss Whedon's new show, "Dollhouse," including the fact that Amy Acker will join the cast.

On a critical note, [ profile] coffeeandink has some interesting thoughts about race in her post here, and links to a discussion going on in [ profile] deadbrowalking

She says:

The most powerful character in the show, at least insofar as we can tell from the character descriptions, is a white woman, as is the lead; most of the men (1 of the white men, both of the men of color) are in positions of ambiguous power; all the women of color are dolls, i.e., initially at least powerless.

You could use this setup to talk about negotiating power hierarchies of both race and gender, although given his history, I think it is more likely that Whedon is going to continue to fall into typical traps of "colorblind" racial commentary. My tiny hope on this front comes from my conviction that he has in the past been somewhat responsive to political complaints about his work: i.e., Kennedy was unsatisfactory for many reasons, but she was also clearly an attempt to counteract the Dead Lesbian Cliche for Willow's relationships; the racial makeup of both Firefly and Dollhouse are unsatisfacory, but they both seem like efforts to increase diversity in response to complaints about Buffy and Angel. I'm not saying anyone else should feel satisfied with this kind of marginal improvement (especially giving the exasperatingly obvious problems with Firefly), but yeah, it does make a difference for me, since the careers of many white male producers (e.g., David Kelley) make it clear that they can get away with whitewashing TV as long as they want to.

I agree that the premise of the show could be problematic, but with these actors (Tahmoh Penikett, Elisha Dushku, Amy Acker, etc.) and the fact that it's Joss Whedon, there's no way in hell that I won't be watching every episode.


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