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Inside Joss' Dollhouse

Dollhouse Lives!

Inside Joss' Dollhouse Introduction

by Jane Espensonon Dollhouse

Introductions for books of this sort often discuss why the
show in question elicits so much devotion and accommodates
so much analysis. But I’m starting to feel that a good enough
answer is just “It’s a Joss Whedon show.”

Whedon shows are challenging, full of compelling characters,
plot twists, and moral puzzles. Most crucially, they don’t
baby the viewer by leading him or her to a single simple point
of view. Complexity is the mother of wanting to write an essay.

And just as with Firefly before it, Dollhouse was frustratingly
short-lived. The viewer has the sense of stories untold,
of lines of sight that are forever obstructed. It’s tantalizing to
speculate about the lost seasons of Dollhouse that exist in some
alternate universe where things are a bit less cancelly.

Given all that, I knew that … read more»

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