Archive for Dollhouse

Happy anniversary to us!

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , on February 6, 2010 by Jerrod Balzer

Our wedding anniversary is actually tomorrow, the 7th, but in case I’m not on the computer so much then, I’m saying it now.

We’ve been together ten years, and married for seven of them. And I wouldn’t trade ’em for anything.

We got ourselves Dollhouse Season One on Blu-ray (thanks to a heads up on Whedonesque when it was Amazon’s deal of the day) so we’ll be enjoying that all day, then have supper at a great new Chinese place that opened in Keokuk. She’s excited so it sounds like a plan to me!

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Virtual Echo from Dollhouse

Posted in Cool stuff with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

During last night’s Dollhouse (which was awesome), they advertising a free software download that puts Echo on your desktop in various personas.  I immediately downloaded/installed it and it’s fun!

CHECK IT OUT!

At first, it only gives a few versions of Echo, but if you go into Settings and click “Download Videos,” you get the full 11.  There’s also a neat-looking feature that requires a webcam, but I don’t have one so I’ll have to pass on that for now.

Echo might come out and shoot a hole in your screen, or slash it with a knife, leave a bomb, spill champagne all over it, lots of cool stuff.  There’s even one that tells you to get back to work (might come in handy).

Dollhouse

Posted in Cool stuff, Life, Robin Balzer with tags , , on February 20, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

***Mild spoilers for those who haven’t seen episode 2.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s official.  Dollhouse rocks!  The first episode was great, but not mind-blowing.  I thought it was a fine introduction to the series – a nice setup for what’s to come.  And the second episode didn’t disappoint at all.  Robin was at the edge of her seat during the last fifteen minutes and there was even a point where I straightened up and yelled, “Yeah!  Kick his ass!”  Well, I may have done that more than once.

Being on Fox, the fact that it’s so good probably means it will be gone within the month, but we’ll be enjoying it each week while it’s around.  And I hope Fox surprises us by keeping it.

As with much of Joss Whedon’s work, it also hits us on a personal level – well, mostly me.  I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but it’s just so true.  See, when Robin has episodes, she doesn’t remember them afterward.  Take last night, for example.  I couldn’t convince Robin that there weren’t people staring at her from the corner with needle-sharp teeth.  Not until I said what I often say to her, “Don’t you trust me?”  She’ll then look at me and say, “Yes.”  And, no kidding, sometimes she answers with “With my life.”  So yeah, Joss gives me goosebumps sometimes.

Then later, when she’s feeling better, she’ll look at the clock, wonder where the time went to, and ask if she fell asleep.  I give her the same look that Boyd gave Echo in the similar situation.  I felt for the character.  He remembers everything that she went through, did his best to protect her during, but doesn’t have the luxury of having it wiped from memory.

Kudos, Joss.  You’ve done another excellent job.  You’ve also managed to really freak me out with some of the dialog (the bit about trust and falling asleep), but that’s cool 😉  I just love it that much more.

Also, kudos to the cast.  Eliza and everyone else are great on this show.  We’re both looking forward to more.