Archive for August, 2009

Enh. What a middling start to a series. Weird plotting, weird editing, bad acting — it was just weird. Not quite bad but not great either. When the episode began, I was convinced that I had accidentally selected the wrong option on the DVD. I thought I must be watching some preview for one of […]


Don’t get me wrong — Tahmoh Penikett seems like a nice guy, and I liked him on Battlestar Galactica. But he doesn’t seem to have much range, and I’ve been disappointed with his performance as Ballard. If I had recruited a BsG alum for Dollhouse, I most definitely would have picked Katee Sackhoff, who captivated […]


Using a New York drag show as a starting point, Venus Boyz offers portraits of several drag kings in effort to explore performances of female masculinity. Each performer approaches drag from a unique perspective and situation. While all of them are queer, each would define their sexuality and their gender identity in different ways. Several […]


When I heard that the original Dollhouse pilot was not going to be aired as the first episode of the series, I groaned a little on the inside. I worried the switch foretold the recurrence of what happened to Firefly, despite Joss’ insistence that he, rather than the network, chose to rework the pilot. But […]