Joss Whedon says best is yet to come on Dollhouse

Because television as it's made is on a different timetable as television as it's watched, there's always a disconnect between the people who work on television and the people who consume it. So when Joss Whedon was all giddy over the sixth episode of Dollhouse--"Man on the Street"--while we were all watching the first, fans were scratching their head trying to figure out what the big deal was.

Joss checked in with the media this morning, and guess what: we're all about to watch episode number six, and he's still all giddy over it. It's about time we reconnected!

"What happened with 'Man on the Street' is it came to me as a concept really quick," Whedon explained. "And I pitched it to the network, and they said, 'Oh yeah, we get it.' I wrote it faster than anything I've ever written. It really was a game changer for us, a lot of tumblers fell into place."

If Whedon's promise of greatness is correct, then it means kick-ass things for the future of the series. Whedon says 'Man on the Street' isn't just a singularly stand-out episode, but it was used as a model of the rest of the episodes.

Those who haven't seen Dollhouse or tuned out after the first few episodes won't have a problem getting a grip of what's going on in "Man on the Street," according to Whedon. Everything gets explained in the episode, because the major emphasis of the episode is… to explain everything.

"['Man on the Street'] gets under the skin of the Dollhouse," says Whedon. "It comes at [the series] sideways."

Many of Whedon's faithful fans may already be staring at the screen sideways when watching Dollhouse, looking for the witty banter that Whedon is known for. Well, they can stop looking for it.

"There is humor in the show, there's a lot in the episode after 'Man on the Street.' But the fact of the matter is this isn't a comedy. If there is a typical Whedon show, this is not it," says Whedon. "If people are feeling like its too serious, then either their expectation has to be changed, or we have to lighten up a little."

By now, fans are also wondering what's up with the show's mysterious characters, like Paul Ballard, Sierra, Victor, and others. These mysteries won't be solved right away, says Whedon, as the attention of season one is squarely on the Dollhouse and Echo. However, the rest of the cast will be fleshed out if Dollhouse lives to see a second season.

Dollhouse has definitely kicked it up a notch since that yucky third episode--agree? Do you think "Man on the Street" will kick it up to your must-watch list?

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I really dont like the new show. Loved Buffy & Angel though..
Hey Josh, how about blowing some life to Buffy Movie?
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I'm a faithful Joss Whedon follower, and I love this show!!
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I'm starting to love this show, it gets better and better at every new episode.
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the picture on top the one of victor isnt from man on the street its from echoes.
personally, im crazy excited about the next episode awakening....
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Man on the Street was the best episode so far on Dollhouse. The episode after it went back downhill. *sigh* hope the next one is better than Man on the Street.
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Did not see that coming. Man on the Street was fab...(and I think I just got something from the title)...it's definitely getting better.
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Its getting there, I'm still hoping for some great Joss humour to appear... but it is getting better than the first five episodes.
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YES JOSS IS BACK, loved the show and no one has fights like Whedon shows, they make other shows fights laughable. Great job, Joss.
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so i saw the episode and all i can say is "LOVE IT!" they definitely got my love for the show back! i was NOT expecting the thing w/ paul ballard (tahmoh penikett) and his next-door neighbor (molly?), but i love how shocked i was! let's hope that fox keeps dollhouse around!
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wow I just cant wait, so far im in love
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As I read this comments I must say "wow tastes really differ". Not that it isn't obvious, but I guess we all share a love for Joss Whedon series and the genre in itsself, so yeah I really did not expect to read so many different views. Personally I like Dollhouse, liked it from the beginning, the Plot, Echo and her handler kept me interested. Still with every episode it grew on me. Every little what the heck... She should not know, he should not do, how come they... got me more and more excited and after the last episode I definitly love it. I can't wait for the next episode! So yeah before Friday it was a I want to watch Dollhouse its cool, now it is I have to watch Dollhouse, I wanna have an other woah moment, and have to know what the last woah moment meant.
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There are 3 flowers in a vase, the 3rd one confirmed my suspicions of the neighbor.
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Dollhouse is getting better every week.
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i really can't wait for this show to air in the UK
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I really hope this show lasts. FOX needs to give Whedon a chance to spread his wings. The WB did and look how Buffy AND Angel soared. His shows always start out as the little show that could before turning into blockbusters unlike anything we've ever seen before.
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Joss is right. Expectations need to be altered. The sixth episode was good. Nice twists. However, watching the end gave me this cliffhanging "Guess what? FOX just canceled another of my shows!" feeling. There are 7 more episodes listed. Firefly only had 14. I think Joss will have to go to 22 for me to believe there may yet be hope that FOX isn't as big a douche as they usually are. Since Tim Minear is involved with the show, I'm worried. After all, his two shows (The Inside was very good and Drive had possibilities) were bailed on before six episodes aired. It could be that FOX's brain is in its backside when it comes to any intelligent writing outside of House.
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The man's not wrong.
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Joss was right of course. Man on the Street was brilliant. I enjoyed every minute, and am officially in love with that picture of Victor.
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omg he was right this episode was the best ever! if people weren't hooked before they should be now
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I'm already a fan. Can't wait for tonight's episode.
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I still love it
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Its been mentioned already, but exactly two words "Joss. Whedon." The man is smart, he knows what he's doing, he's ideas and visions are ALWAYS big picture and if is good at anything, its character development and plot progression. I trust him. Dollhouse has been interesting so far, but hard to REALLY care about because we know nothing about the characters, but if i know anything about whedon, he's gonna reel us in, he's going to MAKE us care. There is definitely something here, somethign interesting about Dollhouse, and as long as it's still on the air, i'll keep watching and hoping for the mysteries to be solved.
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I am still not totally into Dollhouse so I'm hoping this will be the turning point that makes the series really great.
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I think that Dollhouse is good, its not great, but it has the potential to be great. Every show needs a chance to develop and find its footing, especially in teh first season and thats what Dollhouse is doing. I actually like the sub-plot with Alpha and can't wait until they actually reveal him. It just needs time to find its footing.
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I hope it will have at least ten seasons and we-ll be enjoying Dollhouse for the following decade. Go Joss Whedon! Go Dollhouse!
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Dollhouse has been good so far...good, but not great. I don't doubt that by the end of the season this will have become a great show. What we need isn't plot development (I'm sure that will come). What we need is chemistry among the characters! I'm also convinced that we need another STRONG semi-lead character in the show. Maybe that will be "Alpha," I don't know. But right now, Echo's character simply isn't carrying the show.
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i have 2 words for you: "joss whedon" im sorry but i trust him; he has NEVER dissapointed me and i dont think he ever will. I know that Dollhouse is hard to watch, because its not as light hearted as his other shows but the thing is that the theories behind it and all the philosophical/moral questions are amazing!! and so i will bide by joss words "give the audience what they need not what they want" and keep watching till the awesomeness that is joss whedon gets discovered by ALL
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I think you should give the show some time to build a story u can't go from A to C u must pass through B if knew what i mean
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As one of the most vocally disappointed watchers of this mess (so far), I can only hope that Whedon is right and we can forget the first few shows and start over. (Of course, before the show opened to 'wonderful' ratings, he was saying how much he agreed with all of Fox's suggestions.) I won't detail everything that is wrong so far -- I've said it in the forums, repeatedly. But how he's going to change problems that seem systemic is interesting. How DO you change a background that makes no sense, give lifeless characters life, or -- this he MIGHT achieve -- deal with the real ethical problems the Dollhouse causes. And how to erase from memory the existence of "Grey Hour" a show so badly written and thought out that it belongs with "Spock's Brain" and VOYAGER's "THRESHHOLD" in the list of worst episodes of all time.

But, hey, maybe Whedon IS the genius he keeps telling us he is -- and BUFFY really was representative and not his other mistakes (including the movie version of "Buffy" which wasn't his fault either).
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Still love Dollhouse! I am excited for this next episode they are hyping!
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Corko21: (i) Have you seen the new Knight Rider? (ii) Are you watching the same show I am?!
- The fact that you have acting in this puts it Miles(!) above the new Knight Rider (not having tire screeches during a high-speed chase on sand helps as well)
- The little bits of "Whoa - She/He/They shouldn't remember/know that" in each episode are great.
- As for the above article: Yucky 3rd episode; Are you NUTS!?
** SPOILER FOR THOSE NOT UP TO DATE **
- The Victor (Russian Mobster) is Victor (Doll) was - Whoa!
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I wouldn't mind this show getting interesting...as it stands it is just Knight Rider with marginally better acting/writing. They need to give people a reason to keep tuning in/being interested...a reason that doesn't involve any of Eliza's ridiculously sexy physical assets.
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I'm a huge fan of the show so far, each episode has me wrapped in and I'm giddy on Fridays while waiting for it to come on.
And now of course I'm bursting with anticipation for this next episode!
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I hope it lives up to the hype.
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I'm still hanging in there. It's already getting better so I believe the episode will live up to his hype:-)
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I like that the show has picked up, the first couple episodes were sleeper honestly. Most of Whedon's shows started off a bit jittery so I'm expecting big things especially for this episode.
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I can't wait for this episode! I really hope it'll change the way I look at the show... because it's kind of a disapointment right now.
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I am very much looking forward to the upcoming episodes, this is the one show that I make sure I watch.
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Me too second season!! second season!!



XO XO



:):)
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Can't wait!! I want a second season!!!!
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i really don't understand the hate , it's not perfect yet but , it's way better than alot on TV , and i am pretty much sure it will be more than perfect so soon
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Dollhouse is already on my must-watch list! I watch it every week!
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LOVE Joss Whedon.
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I didn't really enjoy the first episode, but I'm loving it now.
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I am really enjoying this show and can't wait for more, i just wish it was a little bit funnier like joss' other stuff
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I agree, the show is getting better and better!
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Dollhouse is amazing! I liked all the episodes with "The Target" being my fav so far. Hopefully, the new one can be even better. I can't wait to see it! :)
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Yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!! Oh please don't cancel this show! I love it so much
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Yea... seems to be improving - but not impress with Whedon's standards.

I do hope what he right when "Joss Whedon says best is yet to come on Dollhouse".
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I'm pretty much gonna say that Dollhouse get's better with every episode so I agree.
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