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For Whedon/Dushku fans
on 12 September 2012
I bought this as a gift for a very big Whedon/Dushku fan, but since I watched it myself I might as well give you my view on it. Said big fan got a kick out of it at the time but hasn't devoted weeks to re-watching it as with the Buffy/Angel series.
I found the initial idea gripping and I enjoyed the way the story was told - never knowing where the show takes you or even just who anybody really is. I understand that Whedon thought it out as a longer series, much like he did with his previous shows, in which case the rather slow pace at unfolding things and the somewhat rushed wrapping up of S2 might make better sense. I didn't mind the feeling of being just one step behind what was going on on the screen.
My problem was the dreadful acting. Starting with Dushku, who has limited abilities, especially if you don't find her particularly hot, and continuing with pretty much everybody else. What with the "dolls" taking on new identities every week, this could have been a bonanza for actors ready to try out new things. Unfortunately, this is a fast action Hollywood show, not a psychological study, so all acting skims the surface - which could be as much the fault of the performs as of the writers/directorial team.
In conclusion: if you're not a Whedon fan it might be fun to go through once but you'll soon forget about it.