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Inside Joss' Dollhouse

All Dolled Up

Twisted Princes and Fairytale Heroines

by Valerie Estelle Frankelon Dollhouse
The world is a very simple place. At first. And then
as we grow up, it grows around us. A dense thicket
of complication and disappointment. Unbearable for
some, and even for the luckiest of us still sometimes
more than we can handle. Less than we’d hoped.
 –Adelle DeWitt, “Echo” (unaired pilot)

Thus Adelle DeWitt explains this need to create “pure souls,”
the Dolls who offer exactly what a client most needs. But this
speech also emphasizes the craving for protection, the retreat
to the simplicity of childhood that dominates the series. The
ultimate fantasy, in fact, of becoming a Doll. Though the show
leads viewers through images of toys and playtime, fairytales
and fantasies, a shadow of self-determination and reality coats
them all, threatening the sweet myth of innocent childhood as
Echo grows into far more … read more»

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Jack Bauer for President

Hacking Jack Bauer

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A Friday Night Lights Companion

Why We Love . . . Landry Clarke

by Jen Chaneyon Friday Night Lights

Landry Clarke killed a man.

As much as we fans would like to ignore that fact and pretend it never happened, there it is. He did it for a completely justifiable reason: to get better ratings for a beloved but little-watched TV show called Friday Night Lights.

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Navigating the Golden Compass

Science, Technology and the Danger of Daemons

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