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24 August 2009 @ 10:12 am
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So far, the third season of Dexter is just as engrossing as the first two. I guess I keep waiting for them to "mess up" and try to "fix" him (at which point, I would stop watching disgustedly.) I mean, it's pretty darn gutsy to make your MC a sociopath and a serial killer, but they did, and it actually works, but it would stop working if he suddenly started acting or reacting in a normal way, you know? They've established in S1 that although Dexter might not be capable of actually caring about someone, he will protect what's his, including his sister and (in S2) Rita and her kids.

But at the same time, Dexter stalls when it comes down to any sort of emotional response. He tries to figure out what the person in question is expecting as "normal" and then give them that, but he doesn't always succeed at faking it.

But don't threaten what belongs to him, ever, and especially don't threaten kids, and most especially not his kids. Dexter doesn't hurt kids, and he doesn't like the predators who do.

We finished S1 of Dollhouse, including the unaired final episode, Epitaph One. Which, WTF, FOX? Like, people cannot continue into S2 without the totally game changing events of Epitaph One, or they're really going to be hella cofused! What kind of decision was that, to not air it? Not everyone is going to buy or rent the DVD set just to see it, I'm guessing.

Trying to ascertain the reasoning behind that, I did some web surfing, and came across a sound bite from a FOX exec regarding the renewing of Dollhouse for a second season, that went something like "Well, I figured if we didn't renew it, I'd come in Monday morning to about ten billion e-mails from angry Joss fans, and I didn't want to deal with that, so - season 2!" HAHA! I'm sure more went into the decision than that, but it amuses me greatly, and is also very satisfying on some level, that fandom has made enough of a mark in the past (with Firefly no doubt, in this case) that an exec would even say something like that.

Wow, so WTH are they going to do with S2? Did this show just become futuristic, post-apocalyptic SF? I am very curious where they're going to go from here.

And I would never have guessed, in a million years, that we'd get to this place from the first few episodes of the season. Joss does not shy away from the worst case scenario. I am intrigued, and I found the whole thing rather fascinating, watching the eps all in a row like we did. I know a lot of people reacted to the moral issues the show raises - you're basically taking people, and prostituting them out. They get no say whatsoever in what happens to their bodies during their indentured service. People thought that made most of the main characters reprehensible, but if you stopped watching halfway in, you have no idea.

I found it absolutely fascinating. But at the same time, this is a very different show from anything Joss has done previously. It's not going to have the same popularity as Buffy, Angel, or Firefly. That may build with time, but it's just not that kind of show. It's the sort of show that makes you think about uncomfortable things. It asks questions like "Why would anyone ever sign over their body to be someone else's plaything for five years? What would make them voluntarily do that, while they essentially lie in a coma for that time?" and "how much morality is it all right to sacrifice in the name of science?" and "what atrocities would man commit for real immortality?" It is not a comfortable show, it's not as fun and entertaining as most SF series. But I definitely find it engaging.

Also, I'm catching up on Leverage in the evenings while I do my Wii Fit free run and free step. I find it delightful. :D
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The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: parker slash hardisonsabaceanbabe on August 24th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
It makes me dorkily happy that you're into Dollhouse and Leverage. :D
rhienellethrhienelleth on August 24th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I adore Leverage. :) It's hard to pinpoint my favorite character.
L.A.frenchroast on August 24th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think I can decide on a favorite either. I'll think it's Elliot for one minute, then I'm all, wait, no! Hardison FTW. And then Parker will do something hilarious...I do think those three are the best, but Sophie and Nate rock too, of course.

Such a good show.

And I really wish Fox would air that episode of Dollhouse, because I don't know how else I'm going to get to see it.
-peartreealley on August 24th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
while I do my Wii Fit free run and free step. I find it delightful. :D

Hee! I got M Wii Fit about 3 months ago and he's been using it faithfully since then (hasn't missed a day!). He does the free run and free step while watching anime.

I haven't been quite as faithful *coughs* I mostly blame it on not being able to use it at the same time. If he uses it for an hour and then I used it for an hour, that's a chunk of our evening gone after clean-up and making dinner and everything else. :(
soundingsea: leverage - hardison & parker - fbisoundingsea on August 24th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the unaired Dollhouse ep is going to be dealt with or completely ignored. It definitely would make a huge difference!

And Leverage is a world of fun. Hardison! Parker! Eliot!
rhienellethrhienelleth on August 24th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
I know! I found some footage from Comic-Con, and it sounds like Joss and Co. intend to go forward as though it aired....so maybe Fox will air it pre-season 2? They kind of have to, I would think.

Re: Leverage - yes, I love them all. :D One time I think Parker is my favorite, but then it's Eliot - no, Hardison. Not so much Sofie and Nathan. I don't dislike them, but the other three are the rotating favorites for me. :D

Edited at 2009-08-24 05:46 pm (UTC)
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on August 24th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Must see that episode while we're down!

Leverage is teh awesome. I love them all too. Although Sophie is the least interesting for me. I love the pure fearlessness and joy in Parker's stunts. Beautiful.
Perverse and Often Bafflingwhiskeypants on August 24th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I thought that the unaired final ep of Dollhouse was f'kin ridiculous. I mean, it was bad, like S4 of Angel bad. I can see them airing it if the show got cancelled midseason--to just finish it off. But not as the ending to the first season.

S3 of Dexter is interesting, but not to the same scale of intensity as S1 and 2. S4 is looking interesting, though.