Much more surprising but no less welcome was the fact that for the first time ever I found a Dollhouse character sympathetic! \o/ It's a breakthrough moment. Thing is, I've never bothered to remember her name. The doctor chick played by the girl that played Fred? Anyway her. I'd been really unhappy with her deciding to remain a doll but this episode explored why really well and I loved seeing someone actually go crazy in response to the discovery--for the first time ever it approximated (ok, still in a very TV-cheesy, toned down way) the psychological devastation that would result. Also, she can torture Topher any time she wants. Something with knives and hot pokers would have been more to my taste, but I'll take rats if it's all I can get. I wish she'd decided to nuke the place rather than drive off into the sunlight, but again, I'll take what I can get, which is more than most episodes offer me. Really nice acting by that chick too and some really good lines.
I do feel that showing what happened with Whisky (I'll just call her that) kind of undermines Paul and Echo's grand plan to free everyone (while colluding)... but I'm sure Joss will magically come up with some way that makes it possible to free the dolls WITHOUT them all having mental breakdowns. Alas, I will at that point find the show reductive again. :-/ Still, I got half an ep's worth of interesting. And I felt the episode had quite a lot of suspense. And I just might have to keep watching now because I want to see if there's any more sympathetic moments and in the vain hope that Paul doesn't get his happy ever after. Damn you, Joss! *shakes fist at him*
In other news, I watched the first episode of Community and am completely charmed! It was FUNNY! *blinks* Sorry, guys, but I'm not used to actually laughing at US tv. Well, not at intentionally funny US TV. I laugh at dear Smallville all the time. But Community was actually funny! Wow! I'm so ditching Glee and watching Community instead. Community was everything Glee is not: charming, witty, and with a cast of characters I actually like! Seriously, I think I liked everyone! Except maybe Annie because I find it hard to relate to driven characters... but I'm prepared to believe they could win me over on her too! Love the premise, love the lead character. I love that he's an intelligent habitual liar! And lazy! LOL. I relate to that more than I should admit. The line about intelligence meaning that you don't actually have to work at life? Really hooked me in. And I love how he PWND everyone with the simplest pop psych of all time! LOL. It's true. People are so easy. :p And cute pun for his name? 'Winger'? Hee.
Love the support cast. Lead chick has balls, Abed is adorable and his film refs were teh cute, Shirley is awesome (I so want to see her slam someone's head in a jukebox!) and old dude loltasticly accurate to some people I've encountered in real life. I just hope it sustains itself beyond the pilot.
And I've been reading! Joining the BSG crowd in reading Hunger Games (thanks, Tara!). First up, the book was very entertaining and I'm totally hooked on the series. Katniss is a great lead character, definitely. The premise is a bit of a stretch but it's page-turning-ly written enough that I just went with it and it worked out well. So yay! Shipper-wise though, I think I'm on the fence. I don't really feel like we got to know Gale at all. It was cool that he's anti-Capitol but that was only really an informed (not demonstrated) attributed, and he was otherwise largely defined by being in love with (oblivious) Katniss. That... doesn't do a lot for me. I felt like we got to know Peeta a whole lot more, and I found the author's use of Katniss's viewpoint actually really hooked me into Peeta because it was so obvious that Katniss didn't 'get' him. Since he was a lot more active in this story, definitely got sucked into their romance. Though even then I think I held back a little bit from shipping because it was totally clear that Katniss didn't care deeply about him. I definitely wished she would by the end of the book though! And I felt it was a pretty ouchy ending. Going forward, I honestly don't know who I'll ship. Unless they give Gale some actual 'page' time and proper characterisation, probably Peeta/Katniss.
I actually felt the Lee-like qualities were pretty evenly split between Peeta and Gale. Yeah, Gale's the hunting buddy but we didn't get to see a lot of that, and while Peeta may not be Katniss's equal at hunting, I did feel there was equality in their relationship in other ways. Peeta was smart, he protected her by risking himself with the Career Tributes... I liked the 'together even when they seem like they're on opposite sides' vibe going on there. Also, Peeta's capacity for self-sacrifice and his little moments of compassion and tenderness for Katniss, as well as his unrequited love, totally felt Lee-ish. Sorry, Tara!
As I say, I just feel I didn't get to know Gale at all.
Anyway, good fun, and I look forward to more. And now I can go catch up on my f'list's posts on the subject! ;)