2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Much as we worship Joss Whedon, we’re still not fully on board for “Dollhouse,” the “Buffy” creator’s drama about a covert organization that traffics in mind-wiped hotties programmed to be whomever its clients want them to be. As wary “doll” Echo, Eliza Dushku can fill out a tank top like nobody’s business, but she’s less capable as an actress who has to morph into a new persona every episode. Still, we’re encouraged by the show’s ambitious exploration of exploitation and consent, and the explosive, late-in-the-season appearance of Whedon vet Alan Tudyk.
The Season 1 DVD offers all 12 episodes, as well as selected commentaries by Whedon and Dushku, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and deleted scenes. But the Holy Grail here is “Epitaph One,” the never-aired episode featuring America’s biggest geek crush, Felicia Day.
Alternating between flashbacks, present day and 10 years from now, the episode reveals a world where the Dollhouse’s personality imprinting technology has gone viral and only a handful of “actuals” — authentic, original humans — remain. Day, as a renegade searching for the “cure,” is reliably compelling, but the surprise performances come from series regulars Olivia Williams, Amy Acker and Fran Kranz, who alternate between their past and future selves with heartbreaking results.
Fox may have chosen not to air the episode out of concern about its grim vision of the future, but with its multiple twists, dark prognostication and knockout performances, “Epitaph” is the most promising thing the Dollhouse has yet to produce.
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Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.