I'm sure Joss Whedon means well, but ugh. If this is his idea of "feminism," he's way off base. Echo is being put forward as a weepy victim - she gets herself into this mess, and her only excuse is that she was "confused and scared," poor dear - as though that's a valid excuse for a grownup to use.
She's presented in an objectified fashion, yet we're supposed to cheer her ass-kicking abilities and root for her to get out of the situation that was caused by her weakness and stupidity, or maybe just gullibility, in the first place.
In short, Echo is presented, not as an adult women but as an overgrown child, in desperate need of protection by her big, strong FBI rescuer.
I have the sickening feeling that we are witnessing Whedon's fantasies about saving nubile young helpless females, and I really don't care/don't want to know about his rather distateful fantasies. But who knows, maybe the evildoers at Fox are to blame?Dollhouse
's premise is similar to that short-lived show at NBC this season, My Own Worst Enemy
, about a brainwashed spy whose amnesia kept his "innocent" self insulated from his other side. Okay it wasn't the best show but somehow NBC managed to keep from sexualizing Christian Slater in the least. Now why oh why can't Fox manage the same trick with a female lead character in a very parallel role? Hmm, I wonder.
Dollhouse is a thinly veiled metaphor for prostitution, in my opinion.
That's not a bad thing to base a show on, as long as it really is a metaphor (meaning the prostitution is never literal). Even better would be to explode our expectations by making the lead character male, and even better still, not particularly attractive. If the prostitution is metaphorical, you don't need Eliza Dushku.
Is this an "apology" for his supposed glamorization of prostitution in Firefly (And I didn't think it was particularly glamorous there)
This is far too exploitative to be an "apology." He's capitalizing on the titilation associated with his very thinly disguised prostitution metaphor and hypocritically trying to hide behind the excuse that after all, the Dolls kick ass. While wearing very tight clothes. Who does he think he's fooling?
Edited by Temis the Vorta, Feb 22, 2009 @ 8:51 PM.