Marked Melody

May 9, 2009

Petition to save Fox’s Dollhouse!

Filed under: FYI — Alisa Hathaway @ 8:16 pm

Ok, so this isn’t about music. It’s not even a review. It’s a plea to save one of the only good shows on TV – Dollhouse, created by Joss Whedon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly fame).  The show appeared midseason this past year on a crappy timeslot (Fridays at 9 p.m.) and already has a horde of rabidly loyal Whedonites that would be devastated to see this series stilted.


The internet community, especially the Twitterverse, has already begun a campaign to save the show, not even twenty four hours after the season finale aired on Fox.  You can go here to join the uprise, and right here I’ll share with you my piece on why this show deserves to stay on air:

Dollhouse deserves a second season because of all the things it is NOT… it’s NOT a show about doctors, lawyers, wealthy housewives or whiny teenagers. It’s not a show with the same basic plot outline in every episode, say, for instance, a certain “snarky-but-brilliant doctor diagnoses patient, turns out to be dangerously wrong!, diagnoses once more, and oh look, manages to save the day in the knick of time.”

Dollhouse is sci-fi without aliens, mysterious fantasy islands, superhuman ninja women, werewolves, sparkly vampires, or human deformities. Dollhouse is a good, old fashioned mystery with a 21st century spin. It’s about relatable characters with realistic motives that are never generic, and it’s told in a way that leaves viewers breathless. It speaks to metaphors of humanity and inhumanity with Whedon’s signature fresh, witty dialogue. Dollhouse deserves a second season (and a better timeslot, certainly) because it unlike anything on TV right now.

And honestly, most of us middle class, average Americans would be perfectly content watching Eliza Dushku do just about anything on our TV, i.e. sleep, poop, knit, whatever.


So in a day and age where having a “cause” is trendy Facebook fodder, I say it’s time to rise up.  Breast cancer, illiterate kids, beaten puppies, and Sudanese child soldiers all have their champions; it’s up to us to fly a banner for good television!



(Also, this is important.)



  1. Can I get an Amen?

    Comment by TJ — May 9, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

  2. Has there even been talk of canceling the show yet?

    Comment by zwood — May 9, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

  3. noted and contributed–
    Dollhouse is on at a totally lame time on a terrible day for TV–I’ve caught all the episodes on Hulu instead. the series had me hooked from the first episode. something about Joss Whedon’s character creation and story arcs is always so compelling, while usually shying away from being predictable. As in all his other series that I’ve seen, there are all the endearing moments, witty bantering, and conflicted love interests that keep his shows both fresh and real.

    Comment by Cassie — May 10, 2009 @ 2:32 am

  4. […] if not somewhat cynical push to save what is probably the best show on T.V. I think my friend Alisa put it best in her own push: “Dollhouse deserves a second season because of all the things it is […]

    Pingback by Dollhouse, Comics, and Other Things. But Mostly Dollhouse « Painted Smiles; Written Words — May 14, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

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