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November 17 2011

The Word-Pocalypse: Joss Whedon's Dollhouse and Dystopian Language. A very detailed examination of the show's relationship with language.

I must be one of maybe two Joss Whedon fans who looks at Dollhouse and never wants to return to it. It amazes me that it's spawned comics and an afterlife, though essays like this I can understand because of all the ethical questions the show raised.
I'm the opposite, NL197. As soon as I saw the Dollhouse finale I wanted to watch it again immediately. It's not always as "fun" as Buffy, Firefly or Angel can be, but I think it raises the best questions.

I'll have to sit down and read the whole essay when I have the time. Although I'm not sure I agree with the idea of the cited linguists that "thought is produced by language." Unless we're using different definitions of thought, is he implying that babies and animals don't have thoughts?
You aren't alone in that sentiment, NL197. I started coming to this site a few months before Dollhouse started, and during its run there were a sizable number of comments each week about not enjoying this show. I think Dollhouse is probably Joss' least liked show amongst his fandom.

Personally, I loved Dollhouse, partially because of the ethical questions it raised, but also because of the characters and the overall storyline. But I will freely admit, it wasn't a show everyone enjoyed.
Dollhouse might possibly be my favorite of Joss's shows, but probably the one I enjoy the least. Does that make any sense? Maybe what I mean is it took more effort to appreciate it, but the reward for watching was greater.

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