Surprised? If you read this blog, you shouldn’t be.
I. Love. Firefly. I hate that it was cancelled before its time. And that I only discovered it on DVD when a friend of mine said, you love Buffy? You’ll love Firefly. And that was the end of me. When people make jokes or references to Firefly, I think they are the best jokes because they are the payoff.
The Big Bang Theory, for example, constantly refers to Firefly, the show that should never have been cancelled. And of course there’s the Train episode where the gang finds Summer Glau. That’s what I mean by payoff. A show that was cancelled ages ago is still getting references in modern television shows. What makes it better is that it’s a Joss and Co production, because who doesn’t love Joss Whedon?
Oh, and did I mention that Firefly also stars Nathan Fillion? Really? I haven’t mentioned that yet? Wow. I must be slacking.
So… Nathan Fillion is in Firefly.
And Firefly is a space western set in 2517 about the rogue crew of Serenity that travel in the newly human-inhabited star system. Joss Whedon is said to have pitched the show as, “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.” And Firefly just oozes of stories that are waiting to be told.
And of course, what other failed show could create a movie, and such a huge following?
There you have it. Firefly. Check it out on Hulu.
I mean, seriously. No, seriously. Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Yes. Seriously.
But seriously. I do not like Summer Glau. And she keeps popping up in all my favorite shows. And I can’t stand it. I was hoping I was done when she had her cameo in the Big Bang Theory. But no. Here she is. In Grey’s Anatomy. Flirting. With OWEN! And I hate her for it.
Ok. Maybe I’m being a little harsh. But I don’t think I liked a single character she played. It started with River in Firefly. I never liked River. I thought she was whiny and needy and weird. And that rolled over into every other role she’s ever played. That I’ve seen. I couldn’t watch the Sarah Connor Chronicles because I couldn’t ‘stand her in that. I even hated her in Dollhouse, and I loved Dollhouse.
***I’m going to say this here… I plan on doing some spoiling. So if you haven’t seen the most recent episode, I suggest you come back and read later…***
But now, here she is flirting with Christina‘s husband, and I want to punch her in the face for it. I love Christina. And the show is so well written that I hurt when the characters hurt. Most times, I need a box of tissues to be able to watch. But it wasn’t bad enough that Owen was giving Christina hell because he wanted kids and she didn’t and they thought their relationship might not be repairable…
Christina spent the entire episode trying to figure out if Owen was cheating on her. To the point where she confronts Owen’s trauma nurse, Summer Glau, at which point she finds out, she’s just a big annoying flirt.
Christina then confronts Owen at the end, almost apologizing, telling him how crazy she’d been trying to make sure she wasn’t crazy, and she even went so far as to feel relieved when Owen said he still loved her.
And then the bomb dropped.
Owen didn’t cheat with his trauma nurse. But he did cheat… Fade to black.
Fade to black??? I totally needed to keep watching to see what was going to happen next. Stupid cliffhangers. But totally worth it. And also, I think I’m going through Grey’s withdrawl. I want to watch the seasons from beginning to end to get my fix. But that’s another story.
Owen gave redemption to his trauma nurse because it was him and not her. But I still don’t like Summer Glau. And she still flirted.
Well, hopefully all my questions will be answered soon.
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!
I’m going to take a moment, before completely diving into the latest episode of Dollhouse to talk about how awesome Joss Whedon is. And how much I love him.
It’s amazing to think of all the shows he’s done, and how brilliant they all have been. But what’s more is that there are certain points where you can’t tell if he had the whole story planned out from the beginning, or if he is just flying by the seat of his pants. And I think that’s what makes his work more brilliant. The stories he’s written often have that feel – like he knew what was going to happen all along.
And with all that said, Dollhouse.
I pretty much think they are done with the one-off episodes. You know, those episodes that have little or nothing to do with the overall story. I actually like some of those one-off episodes. They offer a nice break from the intense drama and constant edge-of-your-seatyness.
But last night’s episode, Getting Closer, was easily the most Joss-centric episode I’ve seen in awhile, in that it really felt like Joss had the entire story planned out from the pilot. The natural progression of the plot just felt so right, and really made me feel like I want to see more. And yes, I know FOX isn’t interested in keeping Dollhouse in the lineup, but what if another network picked it up?
ANYway. Getting Closer. Amazing.
Echo isn’t pleased about reuniting with Caroline, and it seemed as though no one else would be either. Amy Acker reprised her role of Dr. Saunders and returned to the Dollhouse, both as Dr. Saunders AND as Boyd’s lover. And Summer Glau came back as Bennett to help restore Caroline’s original personality wedge.
But, good lord, did things get crazy.
A few things to note, it was interesting to see the path that initially brought us to Epitaph One, the season one ender.
They are at war. The House is in danger. And Caroline is at the center of it. The Rossum Corporation is going to collapse if they lose the war.
And it’s also great to see how much of the story can be told through flashbacks and memory scenes.
The big reveal of the episode was found at the end with a very detailed flashback scene from Caroline’s memory – Boyd is placed very high up within the Rossum Corporation. Very high up, meaning, he is one of the partners. Or perhaps a doll, with the partner’s personality imprinted. As it was mentioned once earlier, the head of Rossum has an interest in keeping things mysterious, so it comes as no surprise that he would imprint himself into different bodies. So, what does that mean for the ACTUAL head of Rossum?
I can’t stress enough how much this episode felt like Joss had really planned this all out before the show even started. And that is a distinct possibility. But with recent news that Dollhouse would not continue after the second season, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was supposed to be more to the story than we’re seeing. But Joss did get the opportunity to wrap it up, whereas, in Firefly, there were so many untold stories just waiting to be seen. Even after the movie.
And while we’re talking about Firefly, I simply do not like Summer Glau. I understand that when Joss loves you in a role, he’ll put you in EVERYTHING he can. And that’s an amazing loyalty. But I just don’t like Summer Glau. I didn’t like her as River, and I hated her on the Sarah Connor Chronicles. And I think she tainted Dollhouse. But Dollhouse seems to be a Whedonverse reunion zone. Faith. Wash. Fred. River.
But Joss has done such amazing story telling, I really can’t help but wonder where it is all supposed to go. And I’m very much looking forward to Epitaph Two. When it airs.
What do you think about the last few episodes of Dollhouse?
What makes a TV show a “cult favorite”? A lot of times when you’re talking about cult favorites, you think of movies, but either way, the definition is the same. A film (or TV show) that has acquired a devoted but specific group of fans.
Yup, that sounds about right. But is it the writing? The cast? Is it a favorite by association, because you’ve seen previous works (ahem *cough cough* Joss Whedon *cough*)?
I’m not entirely sure what makes each one so special, except that they are all different, and each posses their own thing that makes them a favorite.
So, now I’m going to thank Entertainment Weekly for providing me with another list, because we all know how much I LOVE lists, on the 25 Greatest Cult TV Shows Ever. I’m only going to comment on the shows I’ve seen, and you can view the entire list and all comments over at EW.
25. Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990) – CBS
24. Sports Night (1998-2000) – ABC
23. The Venture Brothers (2003-Present) – Cartoon Network
22. Get a Life (1990-1992) – FOX
21. Police Squad (1982) – ABC
20. The Ben Stiller Show (1990-1993) – MTV, FOX
19. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988-1999) – Comedy Central, Sci-fi
18. The Comeback (2005) – HBO
17. Chuck (2007-Present) – NBC – I started with a few episodes of this, and decided initially that it wasn’t worth my time because it coincided with other TV shows on at the same time. And my DVR could only do so much recording at one time. Maybe I’ll have to give this one another look, especially since it’s still on TV.
16. The Wire (2002-2008) – HBO – I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one. I’ve spent many nights walking by this one in Blockbuster, but never thought to pick it up. Hmmm…. I think I may have to update my list of things to watch.
15. Pushing Daisies (2007-2009) – ABC – I absolutely fell in love with this show from episode one. It was really a shame that ABC decided to axe this one. I mean, come on! Who didn’t ADORE Kristen Chenoweth?
14. Profit (1996) – FOX
13. Veronica Mars (2004-2007) – UPN, The CW – I was a little surprised to see this one fall in the #13 spot. I guess I was hoping that it would rank a little higher. But I am definitely impressed that it’s a cult favorite. I love it. I’m hoping for a movie. There aren’t any fans like VMars fans. Dedicated and loyal to the end.
12. The Tick (1994-1997) – FOX
11. Supernatural (2005-Present) – The WB, The CW – This was another one I didn’t have time to watch. But I’ve heard so many great things. Plus, it has that kid from the Gilmore Girls.
10. Farscape (1999-2003) – Sci-fi
9. The X-Files (1993-2002) – FOX – The movie killed the series. It was a great show, and the first movie was good. But after that, total crap.
8. My So-Called Life (1994-1995) – ABC – I actually remember watching this on MTV from time to time on Sundays. It was pretty good, but to be perfectly honest, sometimes Angela’s depressing, teenager with angst was just too much to watch for too long.
7. Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009) – Sci-fi – I promise, I WILL get around to watching this. I must.
6. Firefly (2002) – FOX – A introduced me to this show. I’d heard about it for a long time, and never really thought much about it. And then I watched. And I fell in love. And there’s a great crossover with Wash going over to Dollhouse. When Joss loves someone, he puts them in EVERYTHING he can.
5. Twin Peaks (1990-1991) – ABC
4. The Prisoner (1967-1968) – ITV
3. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000) – NBC – I rented this one. Didn’t really get into it. A few bonuses were that it starred Jason Segel of How I Met Your Mother and Seth Rogan.
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) – The WB, UPN – My all-time favorite show, EVER! It jumped networks. It spawned a spinoff. And now there’s talk about another movie. There’s comic books and toys, and prop replicas and books and commentaries. It just doesn’t get much better than this.
1. Doctor Who (1963-Present) – BBC – I’ve seen it here and there on the BBC. Actually, it’s really a great thing that it’s been on since the 60’s. And they’ve gone through several cast changes, but that should be expected. Definitely a good choice for the number one spot. And also, it is the longest running show on the entire list. That alone gives it credibility.
It’s funny. Looking over the completed list and seeing which networks have cult classics and which do not. ABC seems to be the leader in the cult favorite TV shows. And I wonder if that’s because they are doing that on purpose. Canceling shows before they really have a chance to get their stride. Or is it just because the shows weren’t really going to ever go anywhere.
Either way, so far, I DID notice that Joss Whedon has not one but TWO shows on that list. Both Firefly AND Buffy are considered cult favorites. And can you argue? I’m a little surprised that Angel didn’t round out that trend. And I wonder if Dollhouse will make it to cult favorite status. I know I already love it.
What are some of your favorite cult TV shows?
I think it’s insane that there would be no love for Dollhouse. And for those of you who were skeptical in the beginning, I have one thing to say to you: SUCK IT!
Okay, that was a little harsh, but Dollhouse is amazing. Amazing to the point of OMG, I need to have it on my iPod AND on DVD AND on Blu Ray. Is there a geek in the house? Yup. RIGHT HERE!
And I’m soooo ready to geek out about it. Let’s just say I have some pretty serious geeker-joy about now, after having FINALLY finished watching last week’s episode Briar Rose. Like, I want the theme song as my ringtone. Yup, I’m a geek. But this is a judgment-free zone. Feel free to geek out as much as humanly possible.
To be quite honest, I haven’t felt this into a show since Buffy. Even Veronica Mars got my mojo in gear, but I feel far more strongly about Dollhouse than I ever did about Veronica. And that’s saying a lot. I LOVE Veronica Mars. I love that she’s a girl detective. And I love Kristen Bell. And I love that there were a few Buffy alum cameos. (Ahem! Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, and the man himself: Joss Whedon)
Dollhouse is VM personified in that sense. From Fred to Wash to Faith and so on… it’s just brimming with Whedonverse stars. And I guess what they say is true: When Joss falls in love with someone, he’ll try to put them in EVERYTHING he possibly can. Seriously. Felicia Day has an episode, that unfortunately will not air, but I’m definitely planning on buying the DVD and watching the episode. And I’m waiting for Nathan Fillion to make a cameo. OOOHH! And James Marsters! That would be EXCELLENT!
Which makes me wonder… is the unaired episode going to be available on iTunes? Because I REALLY want it on my iPod… like YESTERDAY!
I think one of the best things about the show is that you can feel Joss in everything. You can hear the humor, and once you finally start getting to know the characters, you realize they have Joss Whedon written all over them.
One little note that is spoilery in nature, while watching Briar Rose, at then end when Alpha mind-wipes Echo and puts in a new personality, they make out for a second, then walk away towards the camera. That scene was very Buffy reminiscent in that it reminded me very much of a similar scene in Buffy when Faith has Angel’s soul taken away and he becomes Angelus, and they walk away like they are looking for trouble. The Alpha/Echo scene was just that. They were walking away ready for trouble. And it was fantastic.
I’d never turn my back on the show, but Briar Rose was definitely the episode that gives me a reason to stay.
Now, don’t get me wrong. The fact that it’s a Whedonverse show is enough to get me to stay, but I’m simply saying that, thus far, that was the best episode I’ve seen.
And now I can’t wait for the pseudo-finale. And I REALLY can’t wait for the ACTUAL finale on the DVD when it comes out in July. You better believe that I’ve already got it preordered.
And I really hope that they continue with a second season. There would be nothing out there in TV land that would satisfy me more than seeing this show continue.