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March 24, 2009

Three Flowers In a Vase: Joss Whedon's Dollhouse Is Suddenly Worth Watching

Dollhouse_cast_3 So while the sad benighted lot of us were watching Ron Moore's Quaalude-fueled dream of humanity's origins on Friday night, Dollhouse turned into a good television show.  A mission-of-the-week thriller with a sci-fi premise became a Joss Whedon production, with choreographed fights, misdirection all over, and of course, sweet young women beating the living hell out of creepy older men.

After five years of exile from the smooth drinkin' flavour of network television, Whedon and his Mutant Enemy crew returned to Fox on January 13 with Dollhouse to a very mixed reception.  Reviewers praised the show's aspirations but found the execution lacking (You can check out my MamaPop Dollhouse review).  Above all, bored blog commentors people asked: why should we care about a main character who is essentially a different person every week?  How are Whedon and his plucky band going to pull this one off?

By screwing with your ever-loving head, that's how. And having Patton Oswalt make snarky speeches.  After the jump, spoilers all over the damn place, like mosquitoes or Icelandic elves.


February 17, 2009

Joss Whedon's Weird Idea: The Strangeness of Dollhouse

Part of MamaPop's mandate, as I understand it, is to stalk Joss Whedon, to hunt his imagination through the media channels until it's cornered and quivering, foaming at the mouth and as liable to strike back as it is to run.  Only then can we take it home and hang it from a rope in the basement, just like my cousin used to do with the squirrels he caught in his backyard.  My family vacations were creepy fun.

A successful stalker is committed, even when the trail goes cold or the signs become difficult to read.  Such is the case with Dollhouse, the brand-new Whedon production that seems, at least to some viewers, not very Whedonesque.  Where is the bouncy humour, the mutating strands of dialogue? Where is the lesbian witch?  Why isn’t Neil Patrick Harris singing?

Dollhouse is no Dr. Horrible, that's for sure.  So what is it?


February 10, 2009

At Long Last, Friday the 13th Is Good For Something besides Slasher Movies (It’s Now Also Good for Television)


There’s a legend that says that if you die on Friday the 13th, four-leafed clovers will sprout from your grave, and anyone who picks one will find true love by the next full moon.  The legend also says that anyone who digs up your bones and wears your skull as a hat will get arrested for grave robbery.

Consider this Friday the 13th the death of you leaving the house, with the science fiction triumvirate of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, and Battlestar Galactica invading your television screens.  I don’t care about your fancy DVRs, your PVRs, your Tivos and the steam-powered Bittorrent machine in your garage.  You stay and watch.  You stay.  You click through for more.


January 14, 2009

CelebrityTweet: For The Creepy Stalker-Fan In All Of Us


As someone who might be, ehh, just a wee bit addicted to Twitter, I was pleased to discover that recent technological advances have been brought to bear on Twitterdom that will now allow me to conveniently stalk hunt creepily shadow follow en masse all notable (and some not-so-notable) celebrities presently using the site.

God I love the internet. So much so, in fact, the internet might have to take out a restraining order against me!


August 13, 2008

Now That's What I Call Stalking Joss Whedon!

Pvp_joss_whedon Yeah, I'm still not over this yet. DEAL.


1. I heard from Joss's assistant after my righteous Stalking Joss Whedon post. It was the kind of nice, head-patting email that suggested -- but did not promise -- something vaguely hope-scented. And so, against all reason and logic, I am of course positively filled to the brim with frothing bucketfuls of hope, with my earnestness level hitting an all-time high at 9.8. I may not delete a single email from my inbox ever again! SQUEE!

2. After I posted the aforementioned righteous Stalking Joss Whedon post, the fanbase over at Whedonesque quite unexpectedly decided I'm actually a scary stalker -- which I must admit did honestly kind of floor me. Two reasons: 1) I just assumed people who were smart and thoughtful enough to develop an obsession with Whedon's work would be, oh I don't know, in possession of a sense of humor, and 2) the lack of self-awareness inherent in that pot-calling-the-kettle-black type of move borders on DAZZLING. (Shout-out to my holmes Damon, one of the Whedonesque editors, for being awesome and also NOT thinking I'm all batshit crazy and stuff [insert terrorist-stalker fist-jab here].)

So, all that updateyness said, let's continue on with some oven-fresh Joss Whedon stalking, shall we?


July 31, 2008

Stalking Joss Whedon


It started innocently enough.

I, like many of you, recently watched Mr. Whedon's made-for-the-web musical dramedy (wait -- scratch that -- what's tragedy+comedy? Tramedy?) in three acts, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Also like many of you, I enjoyed it enormously. And like a few of you -- people I'd lovingly call My Fellow Weirdos -- it became, oh, something of a crazed obsession, something I felt compelled to watch again and again. And again. And? AGAIN.

In my case, I'd had a stupendously rough week, and Dr. Horrible served as a kind of tonic for my soul, its songs and its characters becoming somehow emblematic of my own troubles and sorrows. Dr. Horrible, as corny and cheesy as it sounds, somehow made me feel less alone during a dark and lonely hour of my life.

And then it got a little weird.


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