April 17th, 2008
|12:31 am - This is not the sort of plotline I was trying to get my brain to work on|
It's wrong to have speculation, not just for a TV show that is yet to be in existence, but for said speculation to be crack series arc stuff, isn't it?
Yeah, I thought so.
That's what I get for trying to get my brain to think on plotty lines (Shush, I have Creative Writing stuff due at the end of the week).
Anyhow, I read this outliney thing for the Dollhouse pilot (you know, Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku's upcoming show. I'll be watching at least the first episode, even if I ditch it then).
And thus, I have come up with (and am firmly convinced by) the following theory:
They are totally pulling a Deckard with Paul Ballard.
The FBI dude, trying to find out what the hell the Dollhouse is? Actually a Doll under assignment himself.
I even have a quote that backs up my theory (sort of): Tahmoh Penikett's FBI agent Paul Ballard is obsessed with opening up the Dollhouse, but he may have more in common with—and already be closer to—the Dolls than he even knows.
I just think it'd be really nifty for the show to have not just the ongoing (and obvious) plot arcs of Echo developing her own identity versus Ballard finding out about the Dollhouse, but also have this underlying, greater thing going on, for the audience to try and work out who is pulling Ballard's strings, and why they want him to uncover the Dollhouse.
Plus, Ballard coming to terms with the fact that he isn't who he thinks he is would be a neat mirror to Echo.
ETA: Another site has seen the script. I would now put money on "Alpha" being Ballard's Doll code name.
...I am mildly unnerved at how this theory is looking less and less cracky, and more genuinely probable.
...Yeah, I've put far too much thought into this. I shall still hold it as fact until prove otherwise, though.
Yes, my brain is crack.
ETA: Day Three of the Lexion trial of great lulz. Fandom, just keeps on bringing it.
And now I shall go to bed.
Current Mood: insane
I did look at this and think Oh, Joss has got someone to pay him to make his own wet dreams again! But then I am still in denial over Alien Resurrection. And I don't really have a problem as long as he has televisually worthwhile wet dreams.
Mmm, I think I agree with that. I can see how there could be some definite issues with the concept. I can also see how it'd make for a fascinating TV show (I also think Joss has gotten better with time, but then Firefly is my fave of his shows, so I'm a bit biased)
I am quite intrigued by how he handles the concept largely because he's chosen to start with something so potentially dodgy. And I liked Firefly most also so yes, I am a bit enthused about a New Thing.
Also, Eliza Dushku is an evil choice because really, who wouldn't be a bit tempted? And at least this time I won't be stuck having to defend westerns all the time because I wax horribly mythological and that brings out my innate pretension and I never enjoy that.
I'm trying to work out if the way even I can see how dodgy this could get is a reflection of the inherent dodginess of the concept, or just the fact I've gotten more clued in on this stuff in the last couple of years.
That said, if done well the concept has potential for great awesomeness.
And I'm not gay for Eliza like I am Freema, but she always was the most attractive of the Buffyverse girls.