Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

I’ve been catching up with the first two episodes of Dollhouse this weekend, so I had the opportunity to see Jamie Bamber, who is probably my least favorite Battlestar Galactica cast member and played probably my least favorite character, in a different role. With a full British accent even. He didn’t irritate me as much […]


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 […]


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 […]


I’ve finally reached an episode that doesn’t bore me and is actually pretty good, so of course I’m having difficulty writing about it. Why is it so much easier to complain than to compliment? I’m not quite sure how to describe the storytelling technique Tim Minear uses in this script. I suppose most simply put […]


Of all the relationships on Buffy, Willow and Tara’s feels the most separated from the goings-on of the other Scoobies. That separation is partly forced because their relationship is a lesbian one and thus not quite socially acceptable, especially on network television. Willow and Tara are much less physically affectionate in comparison to the show’s […]


“What? Women are supposed to stick together no matter what? Come on. I stopped believing that when I threw away my ‘You’ve come a long way, baby’ keychain.” – Christine Cagney, Cagney & Lacey


I’ve been putting off writing about this episode. It’s not that “Jaynestown” is horrible — the plot doesn’t make much sense, but that just means it’s on par with the rest of the series. It’s no worse than “Shindig” or “Safe” and it annoys me less than “The Train Job,” but I’ve been avoiding it […]


I wish that I liked this episode more because without “Our Mrs. Reynolds” there couldn’t be “Trash,” which is one of my favorite episodes of the series. And while this episode is definitely one of the better ones, I just can’t get behind the conceit of the plot. I struggle to believe that goons who […]


“Safe” continues the boring precedent that “Shindig” established, but I have sort of a soft spot for this episode because it’s about Simon and River. Theirs is probably my favorite relationship on the show because I feel like I so rarely see a platonic yet loving relationship between a man and woman. I also finally […]