Want to know the real reason Dollhouse was canceled? The secret is out, thanks to the only fandom that might possibly be as enthusiastic and dedicated as sci-fi fandom. And that fandom is—crocheting fandom.
Yes. Crocheting fandom.
Back when Wired asked Joss Whedon about how publicity was going for Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, he joking replied, "Fact is, there's been some buzz, but it hasn't reached the places it would normally. Where's our write-up in Crocheting Monthly?"
Funny guy, that Whedon. But to the crocheting community, that was no joke. Kim Werker over at the Crochet Me site put out a call to crocheters everywhere to get Whedon's attention—and they did!
So what could Whedon possibly have to say on the subject of crocheting? Based on the interview the site scored, plenty.
Because guess what? Crocheting and sci-fi intersected on the set of Firefly:
In Firefly we were really trying to evoke the idea of things you make for yourself, of a life that you create with your own two hands. It was all very pioneer spirit, and so it ended up just looking really '70s in the decor, which was not exactly the original intent, but that said, that was very deliberate. On something like Buffy it just sort of came to be. I think people tend to fall back on it, you know, to represent something comforting and homey and good. Like, good people in movies and TV have things that are, you know—obviously not sweater vests—but, they have things that are wooly and handmade and very sort of earthy, and evil people live in cold, steel, modernist houses, you know, and wear shiny suits. It's sort of inevitable.
But what about Dollhouse? Want to know the real reason the series got canceled? Werker asked about Eliza Dushku's character Echo and whether "maybe she'll knit or crochet or decoupage in one of the episodes?"
And Whedon replied:
Obviously decoupaging is too racy for Fox. So, I mean, they couldn't allow that. It's just Standards and Practices, they draw the line at this kind of thing.
At last it all makes sense.
It was the lack of decoupage that doomed Dollhouse!
For more of Whedon's crafty revelations, check out the complete interview over at Crochet Me.