Ben Whitcomb

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Dollhouse Season 1 on DVD/Blu Ray

August 24th 2009 02:19


So this is my review of the first season of Dollhouse on DVD or Blu Ray. Personally I watched it on Blu Ray.
Special Features

Deleted Scenes: These were fun. Sometimes deleted scenes can be boring because, you know, they're deleted for a reason. The most interesting scenes were the ones from the original pilot episode, but all are worth watching.
Making Dollhouse: This was your standard behind the scenes, making of, featurette. I found it interesting enough to not be bored. There are lots of interviews with cast and crew on how they feel about working on the show.
Coming Back Home: Several cast and crew interviews with people who have all worked with Joss Whedon before. Mainly they talked about how wonderful it was to be working with Joss again. Since I am a such huge Joss Whedon fan, I loved this little extra.
Finding Echo: A short feature on the evolution of the character Echo from the time the character was created till she hit the screen and what it takes for Eliza to play Echo.
Designing the Perfect Dollhouse: A behind the scenes look at what it took to build the set. I was amazed and what went into making the set. I now have a new found appreciation for the set of the Dollhouse itself. I never realized how big it was.
A Private Engagement: I found this feature kind of boring to be honest. It was just several interview with cast and crew about what they thought about the technology portrayed in the show. You could tell that some of the people who were interviewed really didn't care for some of the questions. I loved Tim Minear's reaction: "What are you an idiot?"
Epitaph One: This is the mysterious episode 13. I don't know what to say about it other than: Wow. Seriously, it's to bad they could have been doing these kind of episodes all season. You just have to see it for yourself.
Original Unaired Pilot: I think that had FOX allowed this to be aired in the first place this show would have gotten off to a better start with the fans. I think it established the concept of the show much better.

Commentary
Ghost: This was with both Joss and Eliza. I really liked this commentary it was funny and engaging and provided a lot of incite into the episode.
Man on the Street: I didn't find this commentary as engaging because it was Joss by himself. It was still very interesting though. This was one of my favorite episodes of the season.
Epitaph One: This was with commentary by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who wrote the episode. Out of the three episodes with commentary this was the least enjoyable to listen to. Most of the time it's like they are trying to figure out what they should say. Though, there are a few times where they provide some interesting bits of info.
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I love this show, but even I will admit that the show had a pretty slow and rocky start. I wanted so much to like it when it first hit the air. At first the story lines of each episode were too, for lack of a better word, silly. Almost every episode had me scratching my head saying, at least once: "Really?" Even for a science fiction show, it was hard to swallow what they were trying to explain and investigate.

All that turned around for me once I saw episode 10: Safe. As soon as I was done viewing the episode I said: "That's what this show should have been doing from the beginning". That episode was a big turning point for the show. It was on a steady incline from that moment on. Now the show is easily one of my favorites on television right now.

So why do I like it so much? Well, right now I say: What's not to like?(if you're a fan on the genre) It's intriguing, it's mysterious with a little bit of horror thrown in. I laugh out loud at least a couple times per episode.

The cast has come together beautifully. They all have great on screen chemistry. Especially Joshua Jackson and John Noble, who play Father and Son. I swear John Noble better get an Emmy nomination or something for his role on this show. The emotion range he portrays is nothing short of extraordinary.

I am absolutely stoked for the next season. The season finale kicked the show into next gear and has set up a very expansive story for us to get read for.
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The ONLY reason I was interested in seeing this show was because of Nathan Fillion. I will watch anything he is in. So I tuned in just for him, not knowing much about the show, just it's basic premise. Let me tell you not only is Fillion amazing in his role as Richard Castle, but the rest of the cast shine almost as brightly as he does.

If you don't know what this show is about it's about Richard Castle, an uber successful mystery novelist who gets called in to the NYPD when someone starts killing people exactly the way it happens in some of his books. After meeting Det. Beckett, played by Stana Katic, Castle immediately finds, in her, a new character for a series of books. He manages to finagle his way in to being able to accompany her on murder cases and more often than not is a big help to the investigation.

I was not sold on Stana Katic's character right away, but she has grown on me a lot and the chemistry and banter she has with Fillion is very natural and convincing. The rest of the cast all work phenomenally with the two leads as well. Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever play detectives on det. Beckett's team. They work very well together and I love every scene they are in and never fail to make me laugh. I can't talk about the supporting cast with out mentioning Molly Quinn. She is so good in her role as Richard's mature teenage daughter, Alexis. She has great screen presence and commands your attention every time she is on screen. She has an incredibly bright future ahead of her.

Obviously these great characters would not be as endearing as they are if it weren't for great writing. I am very impressed, each episode, with it's writing. I think the best way to describe it is to say it's not lazy writing. Sometimes it seems like some writers don't put much effort into their writing and rely mostly on the actors to make it seem better than it is. But I don't sense that with this show. I feel like the writers work very hard to make the dialogue witty and believable and I am glad for that.

This show quickly became my favorite out of all the mid season replacements and I am looking forward to more.
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I am a huge, HUGE, Joss Whedon fan. I'm talking, like, everything he's done. Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Serenity, and the other couple movies he's done. The man can do no wrong in my book. Dollhouse is no exception


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This season certainly had a lot of ups and downs. I thought this season had some of the weakest episodes of the whole series while on the other hand I thought it finished very strong with the best season finale since the first season


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Let me just start off by saying this is a show that more people should be watching. It is consistent and has an interesting way of telling a story that could potentially be very boring. The show explores many themes mostly about human nature, I think


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Pushing Daisies: Comfort Food

December 4th 2008 20:02
This episode is easily the best episode of the second season, if not the whole series. Two mysteries are played out in this episode to great effect. Ned and Olive try to solve a murder at a cook off while Emerson helps Chuck clean up the mess she created by tricking Ned by keeping her father alive after Ned brought him back to life.

Like always the guest stars are put to great use in this episode. I love how Beth Grant recreates her role of Marianne Marie Beetle who previously appeared in the episode of Wonderfalls entitled "Muffin Buffalo" a show also created by Bryan Fuller


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Fringe: Safe

December 4th 2008 19:30


This is the kind of episode people were expecting from Fringe from the beginning. What a great episode. It was exciting and intense. It mislead the audience, leaving us guessing to the very end and gave us an incredible cliffhanger. If they[the creative teams] can keep this quality up, they're going to have one amazing show on their hands


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House: Let Them Eat Cake

December 3rd 2008 19:00
Best. Prank. Ever.


Well, this episode was a big step up from the last one. It had good sub plots and a some what intriguing medical mystery. And the best prank ever. Seriously, I did not see that coming


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Prison Break: Deal Or No Deal

December 3rd 2008 17:49


This season just keeps picking up more and more steam and doesn't seem to be letting up. The plot is kept tight and focused making absolutely sure the audience can't miss a minute. This show is not afraid to take risks with the twists and reveals and kill off characters to keep the story from spinning out of control


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Comment by Ben Whitcomb
on My Thoughts on ABC's Castle

April 12th 2009 04:24
I believe this show has a huge potential to become something great. I agree with you about the supporting cast. Molly Quinn REALLY shines in her role and I love the scene where she confesses to her father that she jumped a subway turnstile. Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas, in my opinion are underused. I think they have provided a lot of subtle humor that is overlooked. They crack me up every time.

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on Heroes: I am Become Death

October 8th 2008 02:27
I am so glad David Anders is back as Adam, in my opinion he was one of few redeeming qualities of season 2.

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Comment by Ben Whitcomb
on Where Were You When . . . . ?

October 7th 2008 17:48
I was only alive for 3 of those events and was only in the 1st grade when the Berlin Wall came down. I don't remember hearing anything about it. But I was at a golf tournament in my hometown, caddying for a friend when someone came out of the clubhouse and announced the Death of Princess Diana. I was in Fayetteville, NC, getting ready for work when a friend called and told me and my roommates about the first plane going into one of the twin towers.

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on House: Adverse Events

October 7th 2008 05:27
Hugh Laurie and Micheal Weston have some amazing on screen chemistry.

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on Pushing Daisies - Season 1

October 5th 2008 04:52
This is a very well written assessment of the show. I like your style of writing.

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on The Difference Between Harry Potter & Star Wars

October 4th 2008 04:42
Arrrrg... Every thing I know is wrong.

No, but for real that was hilarious.

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Comment by Ben Whitcomb
on Supernatural: In The Beginning

October 4th 2008 04:37
It’s Supernatural meets “Back to the Future”!
That's exactly what I thought! haha, especially when Dean meets his Dad in a Diner, clearly a reference to BttF when Marty meets his Dad in the past under the same circumstances.

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Comment by Ben Whitcomb
on Get out of the way 90210, supernaturals back!

September 30th 2008 16:27
it may be due to the fact that it is on a school night?

I have another explanation: IT'S A TERRIBLE SHOW!

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Comment by Ben Whitcomb
on TV on DVD, better than the real thing?

September 27th 2008 04:22
I know many people who won't watch a TV show, like 24, Lost. or Prison Break, because they do not want to sit through commercials or wait a week till the nest episode. I think that TV shows on DVD have had a much bigger impact on ratings that pirating has.

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on What Do You Think?, Your Review!

September 22nd 2008 18:03
The Butterfly Effect is one of my favorites. I don't know about everyone else but that movie really made me think about my life. And, come on, Ashton Kutcher is only in a third of the movie and he really wasn't that bad. Those child actors were amazing. But yeah it made me think about all the things, in my past, I wish i could change. the movie made me realize that changing them won't necessarily make my life better. And how different my life would be by changing even the smallest part of my life.

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