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A Queen of Swords in a Dollhouse

I just finished watching season one of Dollhouse for the first time, and I confess that my favorite character is Adelle DeWitt, the boss of the house.

In her, Joss Whedon has created what I consider to be a perfect portrayal of a Queen of Swords. Adelle is emininently logical, decisive, in control, divorces her emotions from her business dealings, and when a weapon is brandished in her face by someone she knows is a) quite capable of using it and b) has every reason to kill her (as has happened at least twice so far), she remains cool and composed. At the same time, as the season wears on we are given glimpses and then entire scenes of her emotions and vulnerability.

We even get a scene of her in an intense, passionate fencing match, which is one of my favorite kinds of foreplay.

I have mixed feelings about the show as a whole, but I adore DeWitt.*







* Okay, yes, she's one of the bad guys. I don't approve of her, but I still love her.

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wyldlingspirit
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Fencing -- even intense -- is too constrained for me. I prefer a hand-to-hand match, no holds barred. If nothing else it's an excuse to rile my partner up and let zir pin me to the ground.
qos
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
I agree with you about fencing -- but I will add that this bout did *not* end in accordance with official rules. ;-)
rocket_jockey
Dec. 12th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
As an ex competitive fencer - I found it the perfect mixture of calculation and murderous violence. At the end of a nine minute bout I'd be dripping sweat and mentally revved up and ready for anything.
qos
Dec. 12th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Wolfling's #1 Christmas gift wish this year is a sword and sword-fighting lessons. I'm going to start with fencing lessons and share your comment with her, since her primary interest is more broad-blade weapons.
rocket_jockey
Dec. 12th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Rain City Fencing Center is in the Overlake area, right off the freeway, and they at least used to be focused primarily on youth classes. For the wide blades, Academia della Spada</i> is the only choice in town.
qos
Dec. 12th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I can see giving her a Rain Tree class for Christmas and then danging a summer class at the Academia as a reward for improved grades. . . I've been looking for the proper motivational tool. . .
athenian_abroad
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Hmmm...so, how'd you feel about Catherine Weaver?
qos
Dec. 11th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen The Sarah Conner Chronicles yet.

Should I watch it?
athenian_abroad
Dec. 11th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, definitely. It was canceled after just two seasons (argh!!!) but it's good stuff while it lasts. I think you'll have a lot of fun with it. There's a strong family element in the show, too; I think you and the Wolfling would enjoy watching it together.
qos
Dec. 12th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
It's been added to the Netflix list.
margoeve
Dec. 11th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Tee hee. Just wait til season 2.
qos
Dec. 11th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
We have to wait longer than I'd like! Netflix offers season one as streaming video, but season two is only on DVD -- and my library system doesn't have it.

Thanks for joining me here!


ETA: "QoS" -- for Queen of Swords -- was my first journal name here, and the Robin Wood QoS icon I used on this post was my default userpic the entire time. I kept that name for more than four years before I changed it twice, seeking more balance, finally settling on Queen in Autumn within the last year.

Edited at 2010-12-11 03:11 pm (UTC)
margoeve
Dec. 11th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
I've used the Robin Wood Deck since I was 16. :-)

Queen in Autumn works for you. Season of Harvest and Endings, making the way for the new beginning. Definitely works.
qos
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
I've been using the Robin Wood almost exclusively for the past twenty years. (Kind of scary to think of it that way!) The QoS icon is part of what drew LB and LM to my journal in the first place.

Thanks for the affirmation. . .
nicanthiel
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Definitely second this. Season 2 made Adelle my second favorite character (behind Sierra/Priya)
qos
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to season two!
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