Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A tale of two TV shows

So you guys know by now that I'm all about marathoning old TV shows and telling you what I think about them (see: Dawson's Creek, Dark Angel, The X-Files, Alias, and - eventually, when I get around to finishing it - Sliders). And last week, I finally started two more. Although this time they were two shows I hadn't seen before. And I had completely different - and somewhat surprising - reactions to them.

Show the first? Veronica Mars.
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I'm not quite sure how I missed this the first time around, because I loves me a TV show featuring a girl with a secret identity (see also: Buffy, Dark Angel, Alias, Orphan Black). I guess it never really got that much publicity here so I had no idea what it was about?? Anyway, 10 minutes into the first episode, I was totally on board. I mean, Amanda Seyfried as a murder victim? AMAZING. Plus, Veronica is the queen of sassy land. Although I must admit it makes me very uncomfortable that she doesn't put a lens cap on her camera...

I'm currently one disc in and impatiently awaiting more. Like the kind of impatient where you start looking up how much it would cost you to buy the entire show on DVD and save yourself the waiting ($68.97 plus postage, as it turns out). I watched the trailer that aired at Comic Con over the weekend, and despite only being one disc in, I'm still hella excited about it.

Show the second: Dollhouse.
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By all accounts, I should have loved this. It's Joss Whedon, starring a billion and one Whedon alumni, along with one Neighbours alumnus, which is just a little bit weird. It's a secret identity-ish thing that dumps the main character into a million different scenarios that she has to BAMF her way out of.

But by the end of the first episode, I wasn't sold. The second episode was more of the same, with a dose of added WTF-ery. By the end of the first disc, I'd removed the remainder of the show from my Quickflix queue, because a) Eliza Dushku didn't quite have the acting chops to carry the show, b) the concept seemed far too much like exploitation, and c) the entire show seemed like a vague excuse to have Eliza Dushku walk around in a lot of really skimpy clothing. In short, NOPE.

Based on reviews I've seen around the internet, the show is a slow burner that doesn't pick up until near the end of the first season, and doesn't get really good until the second season. Even knowing that - and knowing that Alan Tudyk turns up at some point - wasn't enough to convince me to keep watching...

So Dollhouse has been thrown on the great scrapheap of shows I don't care enough to keep watching, along with Sherlock and Mad Men. Sorry not sorry.

Have you seen either of these? What did you think?

K xx

14 comments:

  1. Asdfghjkl I love me some Veronica Mars. I somehow managed to ignore this show until late last year or early this year? Not sure anymore, but it's great. I love it and got all excited for the VMars movie trailer over the weekend! Can't wait and hope it actually gets a release in German cinemas.

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    1. Yeah, I'm equally worried that it won't be released here (or that I won't actually get through the entire series before it does - the downside to having to wait for the discs to be sent!). Hopefully the fact that it was funded by a Kickstarter will help!

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    2. I have a friend who backed the kickstarter so I' pretty sure he will eventually get send the movie but I'd also love to see it in theatres.

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  2. I'm a Whedon fan too, but I didn't like Dollhouse either. And what's not to love about Sherlock?

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    1. Glad I'm not the only Whedon fan who didn't like Dollhouse! And I have a variety of problems with Sherlock, pretty much all of which boil down to "Steven Moffat is the actual worst". I have nothing but respect for the actors involved though!

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  3. I didn't watch either of these shows. I had a hard time believing Kristen Bell was a teenager, which is weird because she was only like 22 or 23 at the time and is teeny tiny, but I just didn't buy it. And I never watched Dollhouse (it didn't get a ton of press here, either, and by the time anybody really knew it existed it was cancelled) but HOLY PHOTOSHOP on that second pic. Jeez. They look like wax figurines.

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    1. They look like that in the show too. In between their "assignments", they basically wander around with no idea of who they are or what the world is. It's kind of like they're Stepford wives but not...

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  4. Big Whedon fan, NOT a Dollhouse fan. In fact, I couldn't finish the series either.

    I do however, love Veronica Mars. But for some reason haven't finished the series...thanks for the inspiration to finally do that!

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    1. It seems like there are a lot of people out there who weren't fans of Dollhouse and couldn't finish it. Given that, I'm surprised it lasted two seasons!

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  5. I haven't seen either of these. However, I just got hooked on Dance Academy - which is essentially Centre Stage but tv series.

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    1. Oh man, is that the one set in Sydney? If so, I saw like half of one episode once and had to back away because I knew it would be totally addictive and I'd never get my life back if I started watching it!

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    2. Yes, it's magical. Seriously.

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  6. I love Veronica Mars so so much. I watched it when it was on tv and then at least 5 times through since then. My fave YA website is currently doing a watch-a-long, if you want to read as you watch!

    http://foreveryoungadult.com/tag/veronica-mars-rewatch

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  7. Um two of my favorite shows. I just started rewatching Vmars and Doll House is amazing. It really hit its stride in the last season right when it was CANCELLED. :(

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