Joss Whedon's New Show Dollhouse: My Initial Thoughts

(Is it just me or does it look like we can *TOTALLY* make out Eliza Dushku's nipple through her thin little tank top in this picture?)

**Spoiler alert, if you haven't yet watched Dollhouse and want to keep it all a surprise for yourself, stop here and read no further and come back when you have.**

When I first heard that Joss Whedon was going to have a new show, I was stoked. Of course, I would loved for it to be another Buffy universe spin-off. Like "Faith" or "Spike" (OMG, how I miss my beloved Spike...) or even a "Dawn & Connor" kind of spin-off (wouldn't THAT be kinky?). I swear, any of those, and I would have peed my pants. But then, I read some online snippets about it being a new sort of show. Darker. More action (yes, more action than just slaying demons). The way Dollhouse was initially described, I thought it was going to be more like what we imagined the "Fox Force Five" pilot to be when Mia Wallace was talking about it in Pulp Fiction: a gang of hot babes with guns and knives going on dangerous missions being sexy bad asses. And well, that's not *exactly* too far off. Dollhouse is more complicated than that though.

I'm totally behind the show's premise which is -- straight from IMDB: A secret organization that employs mind-wiped DNA-altered humans known as Dolls who are implanted with false memories and skills for various missions and tasks. When they are not 'at work' they are living in a real life Dollhouse which gives the show the name. One of those mind-wiped humans, a young woman named Echo, is slowly starting to become aware of herself and what's going on - all the while somebody on the outside is trying to bring the Dollhouse down while getting closer to Echo - possibly not aware that she is one of the Dolls he is after.

But... But I'm not sure the Dollhouse is pulling all of that off with flying colors in the Whedon-style that we've become accustomed. I'm holding off my final judgement because we need to see more episodes. At this moment, I can't quite put my finger on it, but it just *feels* like it's trying too hard to work in the action sequences. I rather wished that the other characters, particularly Amy Acker's character, Dr. Claire Saunders, were getting more screen time. And how cool would have it been for one of the "evil nerd trio" from BtVS to play the part of Topher Brink since they're so similar? The second episode was enormously better than the first (which I've since learned was not the "original" first episode and possibly explains how it came to be as disjointed as I felt it was), and so I am partially reassured that Dollhouse could be the bomb. Still, to give us "A Most Dangerous Game" storyline for the second episode was, ahem, maybe a bit too cliche. The show has license to go into some very, very dark territory with this crisis of identity thing. Bouncing the Dolls back and forth from GFE providing fuck Dolls to bad ass ninja Dolls raises all sorts of issues. Maybe we'll even get to see some boy Dolls in action soon. Or at the very least, more of the Alpha-gone-awry storyline.

Was I the only one that loved hearing Eliza say: "It'll simmer your head meat down to a bubbly brainy fondue" in this commercial for Hulu? Now where is this sort of dialogue in the show? Does it really have no place in the Dollhouse? Hmmm...

Happy Belated Valentine's, Members Updated

Am I still timely with this latest update for Or are you one of those sticklers for punctuality? Or worse yet, you're a Valentine's Day Hater who doesn't want to play along with holidays that revolve around greetings cards, chocolates/candy, and sexy lingerie/adult novelties? See, I'm not, even back in the dark ages when I wasn't in a relationship -- I was all about the chocolates, lingerie, and sex toys. (Come to think about it, I think we could make a strong case that I'm *still* all about those last three things, huh? *wink*) You just can't go wrong with those. So a whole day that revolves around that tied with a big red bow. Okay, I'm game.

I've been trying really hard to get back into my webwhore routine, but I keep falling behind or getting side-tracked which is why I'm not going to beat myself up with my day-late Valentine's Day update. I got my picture gallery in on time, but that achy back of mine started acting up, and I was forced to take a time-out. I actually slept most of Valentine's away -- waking up only to go to Best Buy with BigD to pick up some (probably) non-romantic flicks on dvd. We haven't slipped Max Payne into the dvd player so we haven't seen it yet, but I'm going to take a wild guess that it's fairly minimal on the lovey-dovey subplot. And I'm good with that because we *did* finally get to see Zack & Miri Make A Porno and there was enough of that special sweetness to tide me over for awhile. Yes, Zack & Miri is totally adorable and the perfect gift to give to friends and family as a Valentine's present.

But on with the talk of my latest update! If you haven't already surmised from glimpsing the photographic samples accompanying this entry, this update was all about a sundress, an open bottom girdle, a sultry pair of stockings with a cuban heel, and my black pumps. I shot these pictures and video of myself in the wee hours of the morning a couple of days ago -- working with only the most basic of lamps so the pictures have moody quality to them that I rather like. It makes them feel more retro which is appropriate given that the girdle is on the old-fashioned side. I hope that my members will like them and the teasing 5+ minute music video too.

If you're not already a member and you've been *dying* to see me in more hosiery, then you'll be happy with my last couple of video updates -- updates that I haven't blogged about because the time got away from me. The join page is right here if you're curious.