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Harry Lennix == Chiwetel Ejiofor,

Topher Brink == a pale copy of Tom Lenk

Reed Diamond == a pale copy of Alan Tudyk

Olivia Williams == a potentially better version of Stephanie Romanov

I'm simultaneously afraid of an intrigued by the potential of all these interesting side characters. On the one hand, side characters are something Joss does better than anyone. He fleshes them out more than most showrunners bother to do. On the other hand, they're in danger of falling into the archetypes he's already set up in the past, especially when the casting produces such look-a-likes.

That said, I ADORED Amy Acker. Her character has more potential than all the rest, to become a deep, multi-faceted person.

The plot was stupid, and felt like it had Network Notes all over it. However, I'm willing to be patient and see where the Arc stuff goes the rest of the season.

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Date: 2009-02-14 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tx-cronopio.livejournal.com
Yep, I pretty much agree. Some of the previews cast some doubts on Eliza's acting skills, and while I bristled on her behalf at the time, I did think there were some cringe-worthy moments as she tried to play hostage negotiator. (and Eliza is one of the women I'd switch teams for!) Still, maybe she'll grow in the part -- DB sure did.

I liked Amy's hair :)

I'll give it a chance, but I'm not all that sanguine.

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Date: 2009-02-14 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicken-cem.livejournal.com
I wonder if Amy's character will get a Dixie Chicks poster ;-) -- that was some great political commentary. I liked her hair, too.

Eliza is actually mostly good (except yeah, some of hostage stuff was off), but some of the writing felt seriously clunky, probably because the network messed around with it a lot.

I'm trying hard just to watch for the Pretty, as with Smallville, but we know how well that worked, I stopped watching it a couple of years ago. And yeah, seeing Steven S. DeKnight's name in the credits didn't help me deal with that very well. I don't think he has lived up to his potential as a writer AT ALL on Smallville. Bleh.

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Date: 2009-02-14 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunnyohare.livejournal.com
I though the titles listed Amy as a guest star, right? If the network follows the Firefly pattern and cancels the show after only 6 episodes her guest starring in the first few will seem to us like she's in a large chunk of the series. :)

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Date: 2009-02-14 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicken-cem.livejournal.com
Not that we can believe IMDb as a general truth-teller, but they claim she was in 7 episodes, and I think Joss has said in interviews that they already have the entire 13-episode 1/2 season run in the can, so ... ??? I agree about the Firefly pattern though, the Friday night death slot can't be conquered just by forcing Summer Glau and Eliza Dushku to do incredibly cheesy promos.

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Date: 2009-02-14 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunnyohare.livejournal.com
Let us not forget their attempt to keep us watching by having Eliza's costumes be as skimpy as possible. That white dress was shorter half of my shirts.

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Date: 2009-02-14 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicken-cem.livejournal.com
It did actually look more like a negligee than an actual dress.

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Date: 2009-02-15 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keever.livejournal.com
I'm with you pretty much straight across the board here. Nothing with the exception of Amy Acker grabbed me at all. I'm considering waiting to hear if it gets better and then just watching it on DVD later.

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Date: 2009-02-15 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicken-cem.livejournal.com
I may let them build up on the DVR a bit at least -- Whedon is usually better in large "one DVD disk at a go" chunks.

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