and I just watched the first 45 minutes of Dollhouse
We didn't bother with the last 15.
The MacGuffin for the pilot episode was a hostage negotiation. If they'd done the same "engagement" on Burn Notice
, there would have been a lot less twiddling, and a lot more Smart People Doing Smart Things, quite possibly punctuated by explosions. Even a fairly mundane police procedural like Law & Order
would have mustered more tension.
Sure, this was a pilot, and had to spend some time to establish the premise -- but My Own Worst Enemy
hit the ground running in its
opener, while presenting an equally-complex, somewhat less "arty" premise in a way that should be the textbook chapter of "show, don't tell".
Our combined assessment: Joss is too in love with his Brilliant Idea to actually tell a story with it.
I, on the other claw, have been "meh" about that premise since I first heard about it months ago.
I keep thinking that maybe I'm just disappointed because it was so hyped up, and didn't measure up to the hype -- but, frankly, if Joss Whedon's name hadn't been attached to it, I wouldn't have bothered to tune in in the first place.
And now I won't.
Oh, and I'm sorry if I was too busy being bored to notice if Dollhouse was "sexist".
By the way, you can watch all 9 episodes of My Own Worst Enemy at NBC's web site. Ding DING ding.