I love this bit of dialogue from Boardwalk Empire (episode: “Broadway Limited“) for its brevity and how Nucky controls the scene. (This post is more for me than you. You’re welcome.)
How is he still alive after three days out in the cold?
What the fuck’s that supposed to mean?
He’s insulated. I dunno. How the fuck should I know? The cold, and the buckshot–I’m no doctor.
I thought we killed them all.
‘Thought.’ Fuckin’ Aristotle. [To Eli] So, what are they doin’ to him?
What difference does it make? Guy’s got a hole in his stomach big as a grapefruit. He thaws out a little–he’s a goner.
Now you’re a doctor.
What are you mad at me for?
I’m late. Let nature take its course, help it along if you can. And you better hope he dies real soon.
Joss Whedon doesn’t have the best luck with television shows (or with Fox *shakes fist*), but he does have an amazing track record with fans. Even though Dollhouse only lasted two seasons, there was enough leftover fanatic fervour to inspire an anthology of fan-written essays.
Smart Pop Books gave fans (like me!) a chance to submit essays on the series as part of a contest and then published the result in Inside Joss’ Dollhouse.
Enticed by the thought of Whedonverse alum and prolific TV writer Jane Espenson reading and editing my work, I wrote an essay titled “Goliath is People! How Dollhouse Took Distrust to a Whole New Level” and – huzzah! – it got chosen.
The book is available to buy here, but if you’d like to win a copy, just answer this question and email it to me (zalina @ zalinaalvi.com) by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, then I’ll randomly choose a winner from the pool:
What is the name of the (evil) corporation that turns people into dolls in Dollhouse? AND what play does the name come from? (There’s actually a whole essay on the subject of the company’s name in the book!)
Please include your full name and mailing address. Oh, and partial answers will NOT be accepted.
Thanks, and good luck!