Let me preface this by saying that I love Joss Whedon. I wasn't a Buffy fan from the start. I didn't get into it until the 6th season but I quickly caught up & got into Angel as well. I went so far as to attend a completely awesome convention for Angel in 2005 where I got to meet Joss Whedon. This is gonna sound weird but he was really sexy, I think it's a power thing. See my Celebrities album for photos.
Back to the show. The first episode of Dollhouse starring Eliza Dushku was okay. It centered around a hostage negotiation. I just have an intense dislike of those, I'm never watched an entire movie that centered around that because I find it boring. So that's a lot of talking. Add to that is the fact that they have Eliza Dushku looking too prim & proper in bun & glasses. Sure that appeals to some people some time but I would have went for the obvious choice.
I would have had the first episode have a lot of action & Eliza looking sexy as hell. I know that's gonna sound like pandering but I think when you have your premiere episode come out that it wouldn't hurt to pander a little. I mean you do want the chance to do all manner of interesting things right? Down the line? That doesn't happen if you get cancelled like 3 episodes in. Don't tell me that doesn't happen. I've watched far too many shows that got cancelled after 1-3 eps. Do you remember Girls Club, Miss Match or The Street? Probably not.
At any rate, I'll continue watching cause it's a Dushku Whedon show. BTW-It started very strong with the whole motorcycle dancing thing.