I made my decision! And so far, almost halfway done with Chamber of Secrets. I completely forgot how much worse Lockhart is in the book. He is almost insufferable. Rowling really outdid herself creating him. Also, Chamber of Secrets seems a bit easier to read the second time around. Sentences flow much faster, though maybe it is because I am enjoying it slightly more. It could also be that my previous books to this were about physics and really anything would be easier.
My weekly review consists of a show that had more ups and downs then a freestyle bmx run. I wish I was referring only to storyline or plot twists but unfortunately I am not. The television show I am referring to is titled Dollhouse. It was created by one of my personal favorites Joss Whedon.
The basis to the show was something believable, despite what a few viewers might think. If we had the technology to wipe someone’s memory out and basically rent out their body, would we? If they signed a contract, does that make it ethical? There are many ethical and humanistic questions within this series and they kept me watching until the end of season one. For me, the peak of this show was in the middle, when we get to explore more personal encounters. My favorite episode involved a shockingly serious Patton Oswalt. Oswalt gave the people who rent these “dolls” humanity. It wasn’t some disgusting fetish for him or a need for an assassin; it was much more humble and touching. He made you second guess yourself for immediately passing judgement on the buyers. On the flip side, the major mistake was the time jump.
I actually owned Dollhouse for quite a few months. After seeing the first few episodes I relegated it to the back of my shelf. Nothing in it grabbed me. I hung onto it because of who created it, and I wanted to give it serious time. I kept telling myself, the show just needs patience. After finally viewing the show in its entirety, I was unsure if I wanted to continue. It wasn’t a big deal as there were only two seasons and the second was dirt cheap. However, I made the choice to wade through some reviews, a few of which I was confused with how positive they were overall. Unfortunately, one of the reviewers forgot to add a spoiler warning and I read the ending. Of course this was a let down, not just because of knowing the ending though. I was also saddened with how disappointed it made me feel.
For you all, I am going to do the proper thing and post my spoiler in this paragraph. A reviewer named Terry J. Amon summed up my feelings quite well. He wrote: “Penny doesn’t always have to die at the end of ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.’ Wash doesn’t have to die in order for River to find peace of mind. The world doesn’t always have to come to an end just because you won’t be writing it anymore.”. I could not have said it better myself. Joss Whedon creates characters wonderfully. And I fully understand, as a mature adult, that the world is not perfect. But at this point, I think he actually enjoys killing off people, worlds, anything he can get his hands on that we are emotionally attached to. Was it really necessary for Ballard to die? Was he easier to kill because of the pseudo resurrection he received shortly after? If you kill him isn’t that enough? Why then kill Boyd as well? Topher is one of the best characters and yet is driven insane and incoherent. None of these choices made sense to me. It was also because of these discoveries that I refused to buy the second season. I do not care if the price drops to 5 dollars on the Blu-Ray version I will never own it.
So now the spoiler is over and my mini rant is done. There is one last issue with this series, acting. I am not going to point my finger at any one actor/actress in particular, but when the best acting in a television series is done by guest stars there is a really big problem. You cannot just cast a handful of attractive people, slap them on the ass and hope for the best. This is why there are screenings in movies, television, musicals, video games you name it they screen for it. The whole show felt like it was some test tube in seeing how well a decent story can be carried by half-naked people.
This show had a ton of potential. But in the end it let me down. Despite knowing most of the second season, I will only judge what I own and have seen. It pains me, but I have to give Dollhouse season 1 a C-.
Now that my review is over I wanted to make sure you can all follow my goings on if you feel inclined to do so. My Twitter handle is @GerryDSacco, for XBox Live my handle is xxxDivinoxxx (yes it is horrible but someone took all the other names I wanted), and if you are a Good Reads member I can be found here http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14006425 .
Well, this was a longer post then I intended. Sorry about that but thank you for reading. Next week you can look forward to getting my review of Chamber of Secrets and maybe an anime as well.