Read Before Watching: February 15th

Ok, I’m going to go ahead and get the big question out of the way this week, that being, “How is Dollhouse?” Sadly, I must report that it isn’t very good. The much anticipated pilot episode, written and directed by Joss Whedon, debuted last Friday on Fox. The pilot was very flat in that nothing about it really excited me. Other than Eliza Dushku, the acting was not very inspired and the characters didn’t grab me at all. A lot of things felt forced and contrived and there were many story points that didn’t make sense, and not in a “ooooh, cool mystery” kind of way, but in a “that defies logical storytelling” kind of way. There was none of Whedon’s signature humor, at all. It sort of felt like a fanboy attempting to write a Joss Whedon-esque script and failing. In fact, Whedon’s name is really the only thing going for it right now. He’s the reason I’m willing to give it another couple of episodes to see if it improves. If it had been produced by anyone else I would not even have watched the entire pilot. And because Whedon’s name is all over it I’m mostly just left feeling really, really disappointed. Five years away from TV and this is what we get? I may be getting inappropriately melodramatic, but, hey, so did the Dollhouse pilot. By the way, am I the only one who saw the interior set of the titular “dollhouse” and thought, “Wow, they really spruced up Wolfram & Hart?” Tune in to Fox Friday at 9:00PM and see what you think.

Reversing gears now, I completely apologize for having ever doubted Chuck. I finally got to see the 3-D episode last week and, wow, that show is just firing on all cylinders. I am a fool for doubting and I will do so no more. Chuck is new this week after being bumped last week due to the President. Also new is Heroes. I’m still enjoying the fugitives storyline, especially Sylar getting a sidekick. I like that Sylar’s little trip on the light side has only served to make him a stronger bad guy. Daddy has a lot to answer for. NBC is the network and from 8:00-10:00PM is the time you want to block out for both of these.

The Mentalist (9:00PM CBS) and Leverage (10:00PM TNT) still make fine Tuesday viewing and both are new this week, the latter airing the first part of it’s two-part season finale. Both are still solid shows that consistently entertain week after week.

Wednesday brings my most anticipated show of the week, Lost. Last week continued to bring the mind-numbing reveals and story twists. They are really pulling out all the stops this season and it is making for some very compelling TV. If you aren’t glued to ABC at 9:00PM on Wednesday, then there is no hope for you. DVR Lie To Me at the same time on Fox, however. It is proving that it can maintain consistently good quality, but it still has some quirks that could prove detrimental in the long run. I’m nowhere near giving up on it, but we’ll see how I feel about it next season, should it get a pickup.

Thursdays still have nothing for me, which makes it a good night for me to catch up on things. I had hope for Fridays, but Dollhouse may have spoiled that. However, last week’s Battlestar Galactica (SCI FI 10:00PM) proved to be one of the show’s best episodes as we got lots of information and reasons why. Five more weeks and then that one is done and I’m starting to feel the first twinges of missing it. In light of the new revelations, I am even more intrigued by how this will all play out and how they will give us a satisfying answer to it all in just five more hours.

That’s it for this week. Again, let me know if I am missing anything compelling on Thursday. Next week, I’ll do a little recap of what’s happened on Lost this season so far. In two weeks, I will be taking a look at a British show making it’s American debut on BBC America. Stay tuned!