Dollhouse really picked up starting with episode 6 of Season 1. The first 5 episodes had to be done the way Fox wanted. Admittedly, the additional problem is that Eliza's supporting cast is significantly more talented than she is. The episodes that focus on the Dollhouse itself or the supporting cast members are the better episodes. Regrettably, Eliza is the weakest point of the show. Everything else, however, works perfectly fine, especially the subtext of what is actually going on.
As for V, if they had painted themselves into a corner outright, I would agree with you. But they left at least 4 things open to being explored: the V's true motives, how long they have really been here/traitors, influence & expanding on the dangers of blind devotion and the Resistance (where I would love to see it develop into a more covert version of Red Dawn/French Resistance style).
I only mention Dollhouse because it had equal amount of hype for me & had a relative (although of course opposite) problem. Just basic enjoyable pace of storytelling.
In Dollhouse's case it was too slow in the beginning. If Dollhouse is great now then cool. I'm just not interested any longer. It relates because the first epi of V was going way to fast for me. Again the pace is off. My point with my statement was that I had a large amount of interest in the show & when it didn't improve I jumped off the bandwagon. That's all & I'm sorry if I gave you the impression that the show needed defending. I've only seen the 1st four epi's.
I hear you on the direction V can go but only like 2 out of those four things would interest me in the slightest. That is why they came & the resistance that would fight against them.
I'm totally not trying to be a fanboy about it, just saying that without a good play out on those 2 things I'm probably going to get bored & unhappy. I am also a fan of Lost but like many people who watch the show we all know they didn't have a middle to that thing so thus we got Season "What the Hell? Are we in Hell or are we just In Bruges?" or more widely known as most of season 3. Thus I don't need it to be long & drawn out, just make use of your time wisely so it's more enjoyable (notice I didn't say coherent because everything about the first epi of V was understandable, just wayyyyyyyy too much at one time)
Problem here is whe already know everything that there's to know, so why go slow? They need to make things new, to surprise a little bit. i enjoyed the whole conspirancy thing, and i think that wasnt in the original series.
Hated to see Alan Tudyk die so quickly. I expected him to be a visitor, and at first i was a little bit dissapointed that he wasnt... and gladly surprised when all the "they have been here for a while" was confirmed by the revelation that he was indeed a visitor.
Knowing what is going to happen doesn't make reading the book over less enjoyable. Telling the story all disjointed & way far out of pace just might though. That's what I mean with what I was saying.
They are right on Alan, he will be in the 2nd epi but I think that's it. He is only listed as a guest star.