January 9th, 2010

sad cactus

Captain Kirk in the Dollhouse??

From io9.com's article: Out of Their Element: What If We Forced Famous Heroes Out Of Their Franchises?" Found this and had to share!

Scenario Three: Captain Kirk in Dollhouse

If you don't think this is a good idea, I say good day to you. Good day.

Captain Kirk is more than qualified to be Doll. For crying out loud, the man has already spent most of his adult life wearing pajamas! Add to that the stilted speaking and the fact that his skin appears to be plastic, and I'm not entirely convinced that Kirk wasn't a Doll designed to be the ultimate starship captain.

But how would he do in the Dollhouse? It would depend on the season. In season one, the Dolls' main goals were to hang on to their own personalities despite having different histories grafted on to them each week. In that season Kirk would do well. He has, as all of us know, a very distinctive personal style.

Season two has been all about using those different personalities like a library; slipping into each of them and allowing them to take over long enough to solve a problem. Here is where our boy might have a little bit of difficulty, as his main way of solving problems tends to be bedding alien women and picking fights with Klingons. (And anyone who has seen TJ Hooker knows that any crime-fighting personalities are a dead loss.)

No matter how well or badly James T would fare in the Dollhouse, there is one episode we would all watch. In season one, Echo is sent in to defend a singer who is being stalked. How is that made for Kirk? Because the singer can't suspect that she's being watched, Echo is guarding her while also performing as a background singer. With Eliza Dushku playing Echo, the episode was the one of the mediocre lead-ins that killed the series. If Shatner had played Echo, it would have been a television event that rivaled the moon landing. What an opportunity we missed.