'Dollhouse,' 'Terminator,' 'Battlestar': It's sci-fi night! Will you be watching?

Tonight it’s possible to spend three hours geeking out on major sci-fi shows. First, there’s the return of Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles. Then comes Dollhouse, the new Joss Whedon creation. And finally, a new episode of Battlestar Galactica. (Featuring the return of Ellen Tigh! Can you tell from the exclamation point that I’m excited?)

About Terminator, I’m curious: how many of you care? Has this series lost most of the interest it once had for you?

As far as Dollhouse goes, it gets a B- from me in the new issue of — what else? — Entertainment Weekly. But the more I think about it, and the more negative reviews I read of the show, the more it brings out the protective side of me. I want Whedon to succeed as much as possible, because he’s been so endlessly inventive in the past, from Buffy to Dr. Horrible. But is that a reason to give a higher grade to a show I think has more weaknesses than his earlier work? No. I have to be honest in my opinion. That’s what’s only fair to you, in trying to help guide you to the best stuff.

But I really want you to check out Dollhouse. And I wonder about my main worry about the show — that, as I put it in my review, if star Eliza Dushku, as Echo, portrays a different character every week, “we have to start from scratch with each installment and buy into Echo’s new personality. The result: no consistent hero to root for with each edition.”

I’m having second thoughts about that complaint. Maybe it sells you, the audience, short. The concept kept me from getting fully invested in Dollhouse, but as I watched more episodes that Fox sent, the less it bothered me. So that’s a good sign. Bottom line: I’m letting you in on one of the not-so-secret secrets of being a critic: Sometimes we doubt our original judgments. Maybe Dollhouse deserves a solid “B.”

So will you be watching Dollhouse? And how about Terminator? And Battlestar?


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  • Mells

    Battlestar all the way! I can’t believe it’s ending =-(

  • BHM1304

    Are you kidding me, its “Battlestar” all night — “Sarah Conner” has the awesome Stephanie Jacobsen (Lt. Kendra Shaw “Razor”), “Dollhouse” has Tahmoh, and then the return of Kate Vernon to “BSG”.

  • AG

    To answer your question: definitely.

  • John

    Duh! Of course I’m watching, but only Dollhouse and Battlestar. The actresses in Sarah Connor are awesome, but the men are dreadfully dull.

  • Nicole

    My husband asked me last week if I wanted to go out for Valentine’s Day Friday night (he’s working on Staurday). He said that the look on my face was priceless. There is no way in hell I’m going anywhere tonight. So for Valentine’s Day my hubby is going to keep the kids entertained until their 9pm bedtime, make sure there are chilled beer in the fridge for Battlestar & chips for munching. I love this man for knowing it’s not flowers & chocolates for me. He knows he married a scifi geek & loves me for it. Happy viewing all & enjoy.

  • Babs

    Yeah, I gave up on “Sarah Connor” long ago, so no prob there. I love BSG but don’t have cable, so I have to watch it online later. I’m a Whedon fan, so I’m gonna give “Dollhouse” a shot while recording my beloved “Friday Night Lights”. The Friday-night “wasteland” is a good night of TV for me.

  • McM

    Yes. Yes. And most emphatically, yes.
    Even if Dollhouse isn’t a great as Whedon’s other shows, it will still be better than 90% of the shows on TV. I’ve started to really want to see how John Connor begins to turn into the savior of the human race. That whole mythology has gotten pretty intriguing. And BSG is…well, it’s BSG and the awesomeness just keeps comin’.
    I’m just afraid that with the Friday night time slot Fox has doomed Dollhouse and Terminator to death.

  • JasonHomey

    I am not that interested in Dollhouse, but I think Terminator has really improved and gotten better. I hope it still retains some audience here on friday night. And BSG has had steller shows so far this season, especially the last two weeks.

  • Debs

    Definitely watching Dollhouse. Love Eliza Dushku – she seems like a cool girl.

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  • Amy Leigh

    My tivo is set to record all of them. It may be a sci-fi “early Saturday morning” for me, but I’m definitely going to watch them all. I love Joss Whedon & just about anything he does so I’ll give Dollhouse a long grace period. I’m still enjoying T:SCC as well. They just need to lose some dead weight ie Riley. And BSG is THE best show on tv (or tied with Lost at least) so I can’t wait to see what they have in store for tonight.

    • Arch

      Product placement is old socohl. I think they need to think bigger and better than that. Walk on role giveaways Re-decorate your bedroom like the dollhouse sleeping chamber give away Be a “Doll” spa giveway Books that follow the series in ways that are not cost effective to film Pre-order DVD package at reduced rate during season two episode one and two only (14 day limited time offer). Have the star wear an awesome custom t-shirt (never before seen) and sell it via the web as a limited item. After the credits have the stars one by one do a thirty second spot thanking the fans “Hey I’m . thanks you fans rock .” Create a twitter community create a behind the scenes webisode series Add a five minute clip to each episode when you publish it online (i.e. hulu) . Sell the cool stuff from the show eBay auction off the chair every season . Add special never seen before trailers to new movies coming out for the commercial breaks basically create a value for a product that has no substance. What do you think???

  • Lady K

    It will be Moonlight for me at 9 pm on SciFi! I know this will not be a new episode, but I have to show SciFi love for picking up Moonlight. Now, if we could only convince them to make NEW episodes!!!!!!!! Afterward, I will remain glued to the TV to watch the return of Ellen Tigh, Roslin passing the torch to Lee, and whatever else BSG has got in store of us on this last, and quite amazing, season!
    I am quite sorry Dollhouse has to be on at 9 pm on Friday. I was planning on watching it right up until it was put on opposite Moonlight. I love Joss Whedon and was really looking forward to this latest show. Wanted to see how it compares to Dr. Horrible, Firefly, Buffy, and Angel. Oh well. I will just have to watch it on Hulu tomorrow.

  • Crystal

    Heck, yes. I’m a whore for anything from Whedon. I’ll be watching, with pizza and popcorn, and snuggled up Valentine’s Day style with my dear husband, who is cool with all of this due to his long-standing crush on Eliza Dushku.

  • Emilee

    I’m very excited to see what will happen with Ellen Tigh’s return to Battlestar. I love Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dr. Horrible, but I’ve never been a fan of Eliza Dushku. I am interested to see her play something other than Faith.

  • Ryan O’Brien

    I’m recording them all! I love Sarah Connor! Battlestar season 4 wasn’t doing it for me like previous seasons but the last 2 episodes were just superb!

  • Goober

    I’ll be watching all of them! “Sarah Connor” is real good (Summer Glau!) & BSG needs no explanation. And, hey, “Dollhouse” is Joss Whedon, for cripes sake (anyone who creates “Firefly” is alright in my book)!

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