This streamlined video helps you finally get into Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

Dollhouse has always been the neglected stepchild of the Whedonverse. While Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly all have their devoted fanbases and frequent references in pop-culture discussions, Joss Whedon’s tale of people imprinted with different personalities is at best a curiosity, and at worst its two…

One-season what-ifs: 14 TV series that should’ve stopped after one season

FX shocked viewers in 2011 by announcing that the poor, unfortunate Harmon family was but the first in a revolving door of American Horror Story victims. It was an occasion for rejoicing, and not just because this meant the permanent shuttering of the first season’s absurdly crowded haunted house. American Horror…

Chad Michael Murray and Dollhouse’s Enver Gjokaj join Marvel’s Agent Carter

Agent Carter, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. prequel/Captain America sequel series, is starting to take shape. We learned back in June that Dominic Cooper would reprise his role as Howard Stark—Iron Man’s dad—in the show, and now we know that he’ll be joined by Dollhouse’s Enver…

What’s a piece of art you know you should like but just can’t?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Ratings Roundup: Second episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. garners modest ratings, confirming it is indeed a Joss Whedon show 

A Nick Fury cameo, anticipation for Thor: The Dark World, and the world-conquering success of The Avengers can’t disguise the simple facts about Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: It’s still a Joss Whedon show (Joss Whedon adjacent, at least), and by Nielsens’ Law of Transitive Ratings, it must therefore receive poor to middling…

How Dollhouse toyed with the idea of how people and institutions are formed

The blank page is a portal and a prison. Writers can call into existence anything that can be put into words, and through the miracle of revision, can make heinous mistakes that never survive beyond the first draft. That’s a tremendous power to wield. But there are also deadlines to meet and an audience to please, and…

You’ve got to go on waiting for the miracle to come: 63 of our most anticipated entertainments of 2013

1. TV shows are back! (throughout the year)
You name it, and there’s a new season of it this spring or fall. Excited for more Mad Men? We’re betting that’s back in March again. How about Girls and Enlightened? They’re back in a matter of weeks! Dexter wraps up what will hopefully be its final season next fall, and…

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