The teacher was pretty close to the victim...he was her teacher. Echo said that it's most likely one guy with information (ie, the teacher), and 3 guys with the inclination.
I concur. Our family is friends another family that lives in Cuidad Juarez. The nightmarish news we here every week frightens us. We're trying to help them leave Mexico legally right now. Anyone remember the nightmare that was Colombia a decade or more ago? That's happening in Juarez right now. This episode did touch on that kind of kidnapping . . .Right now, drug violence in between rival criminal groups and between the criminal groups and the law (military, cops, politicians) in Mexico is mind-blowing and kidnappings have become a very common tool to make money and/or strike back at your rivals. It is a different beast than how kidnappings in the US tend to go.
This about sums it up for me. Whedon's putting together a show with a lead role that has to be able to convincingly portray a nonstop cavalcade of different personalities, and he chooses Dushku for that role? How can that NOT turn into a lead balloon? What has she ever doen to demonstrate any kind of versatility?[cross-post from CM]
In my opinion Eliza Dushku is not a good actress. I know that is not going to fit well with some Buffy and Angel fans. But, it's my strong opinion.
She's soap-opera level. 90210 level. She exaggerates lines because she seems to think that is "acting". She makes for a fine supporting character, because she is pretty and can hold down a character actor role good enough to get by. In fact, she can make a pretty good one-dimensional actor if there is enough smart alec in there to distract from the fact that she cannot portray more than one personality. But she cannot play the lead in this kind of show that calls for depth of personality, and have the show be good. And she isn't going to get any better - because she has enough experience to have had that development happen already, and it did not.
Maybe they will wind up using Dushku only as a show starter, phasing her out as the limited ability dries up and phasing in someone with greater versatility, perhaps even an unknown.
Finally got a chance to see this, and I can't believe that there are people who think Dushku is the biggest problem with the show (not that she's anything great, it's just that there are much bigger problems).
Very disappointing. IMO Joss is vastly overrated as a TV producer. More and more I'm convinced that David Greenwalt was the true talent behind Buffy and Angel. *shrug*
I didn't really post before since I didn't watch all of it and didn't really want to be negative about it. I got bored with it half way through and went to bed instead. All the acting had that stilted daytime soap opera feel to it,
You completely missed the character then. All I got was that he's the anti of what I've seen on other shows. Wish Joss would have went with a cable network with this show.I've been thinking about this some more, and I really don't think the acting was the problem. The characters are bland and uninteresting, but it's the writing much more than the acting (though the acting isn't great by any means).
Take the FBI guy - he's an incredibly generic character. Let's see - argues with his superiors? Check. Obsession with the case destroying his career and his personal life? Check. Disregards procedure in pursuit of his goal? Check. He's basically a Dirty Harry clone, watered down for network television. Where have I seen this character before? Oh, that's right - every other cop show ever made.
I've been thinking about this some more, and I really don't think the acting was the problem. The characters are bland and uninteresting, but it's the writing much more than the acting (though the acting isn't great by any means).
Yes, I'd enjoy an ensemble. Whedon does ensembles really well. He used to say that he learned from doing the first season of Angel that a one-man-show is pretty limited.Yeah. They should let it be more of an ensemble piece. I'm sure we're going to see teams of 'dolls' working together in future, and I hope there's more Whedon-style humour. But judging by the ratings, if things don't pick up, it's going to die a quick death.
You completely missed the character then. All I got was that he's the anti of what I've seen on other shows. Wish Joss would have went with a cable network with this show.
The ratings and reviews for new Joss Whedon show Dollhouse weren't exactly wonderful, but there's one place where the love for the show is easy to find... Apple's iTunes store.
"Ghost," the first episode of Whedon's new Fox series, is the best-selling TV show at the Apple store, having spent the last few days slowly creeping up the charts (It started as the 19th most popular, on Saturday).