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?