Hi. My name is John. I used to not belong to the cult of Joss Whedon, then I saw Buffy.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer has an unlikely title and was based on a movie that I had actually seen and it was only OK. So forgive me that everybody praising it didn’t get me to watch it while it was still on. But then Firefly got the same kind of praise and so did the movie Serenity (based on Firefly). Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was the latest Whedon thing and was much loved last year. But even before Dr. Horrible came out, I had already decided that I should give Buffy another shot. Maybe it would be good. Surely it had to be better than Smallville, which appeared to be composed of beautiful people and the same two or three plots recycled over and over again for seven seasons.
Buffy wasn’t just good, it was some of the best TV I’ve had the pleasure to see in the last couple of decades. Whedon does great dialog and great characters and is very good at changing the world around them. The characters themselves don’t live in stasis either. They grow, they change, they get older, they learn from their mistakes. From just about any dimension you want to approach it, it’s good story telling.
That’s why I’m here to tell you that you have a show you need to watch. It’s called Dollhouse and it’s his new show on Fox. There are 13 episodes in this season and we want to see all of them aired and have it picked up for next season. Fox stuck it on Fridays at eight which is a horrible timeslot. But you don’t care, we’ve got Hulu, Tivo, and iTunes to fix that.
This one is the pilot, it’s a little rough around the edges. That’s OK, wait until you see the second one. It’s very good indeed and is starting to show what we can expect:
OK, now you’ve watched them both and you’re interested. You think, I’ll have to watch that next one. Do that. Set your Tivo or watch it live. Buy it from iTunes or steal it off the freaking Internet if that’s how you roll. But tell other people about it. Get them to watch. Then we’re all happier.

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