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05 July 2012 @ 05:00 am
Some Dollhouse feels.  
I honestly wish that Sierra/Priya Tsetsang was the main focus on Dollhouse.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Echo and I adore Eliza, but looking back on everything I sometimes feel like there wasn't enough there. I felt that there was more of a story with Priya that would have been more powerful than the one with Caroline. Hers was more sad and tragic, that there was something more disturbing, more perverse with the way she got herself mixed up the organization that was unlike any of the other participants, since she never consented, she was literally forced, trafficked in a horrifying manner. Had the show centered around her story, we would have seen a young woman slowly become self-aware, realizing her true identity and how she came to be there, and overcoming certain obstacles and horrors and defeating those demons (the survivor regaining control of her life again), and there being an option and opportunity for escaping and finding ways of stopping Rossum for good. It would have added more of the creepiness and commentary of perversion the show was originally supposed to have from the beginning, and it would have captured more (positive) attention had it been done in that way. Showing a survivor fighting back against her abusers, regaining that control and putting a stop to everything, also showing her finding friendships and even love in the process.

While I loved Dollhouse for what it was, I do think there could have been improvements in certain areas. This is one of them that, the more I think about it, the more I realize it was a missed opportunity. Again I love Echo, but let's be honest, many people found themselves more attached to the other characters like Sierra and Victor rather than with the actual main character.

Not to mention that Dichen Lachman is a phenomenal actress. She alone could have carried the show by herself and I wouldn't have minded. She and Enver Gjokaj were amazing together on screen, and I wished we could have seen more. ♥
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M: DH - V + S will always find each othermfirefly10 on July 5th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Couldn't agree more, tbh. Upon a re-watch, I...didn't dislike Echo/Caroline but I didn't like her, either. I think her back-story was rather dull and didn't really show us the EVOL behind the Dollhouse the way Priya's would have. I also think Eliza's performance took a hit thanks to the stronger performances by the people around her whose characters were more interesting and had more depth.

IDK...The show had a lot of potential but I don't think it ever reached the heights of quality it could have, despite still being enjoyable.
Renée: Dollhouse. Victor/Sierra.rogueslayer452 on July 5th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm still rather confused on who Caroline was and her entire purpose, because her backstory was never quite clear. I did like the evolution of Echo, but I felt it took too long to reach that point (and once it did it was too quick of a transition) and I never quite got why she was considered special.

With Priya, we would have gone more into the morality issues of the show instead of going to that "special" place. Which is why the show could have shifted more towards Sierra/Priya being the main focus instead of Echo, it would have made more sense.

I also think Eliza's performance took a hit thanks to the stronger performances by the people around her whose characters were more interesting and had more depth.

Sadly, I agree. As much as I love Eliza and what she brought to the show, everyone else kind of pushed her to the background when it came to performances. Not that she didn't do a good job herself, but when compared to Dichen and Enver and Fran, there's no contest.