“Holy Last Minute Redemption Batman.”
July 15th, 2010
I have to preface this review by saying that I am a Joss Whedon fan. The man does great work, but most is just under appreciated. and now dollhouse...
This show started off great. It was sci fi but somehow believable. The show is about an agency that erases peoples minds (they volunteered) and gives them different personalities and skills on a daily to weekly basis. They do this at the request of very rich people who want to have specific needs met. Sometimes it's companionship, sometimes a bodyguard. The show focuses on a character named Echo (Eliza Dushku). It gets very complicated from there but that's the plot in a nutshell.
The characters were very likable, and the first season left me hanging at the end of each episode. I bought the season dvd so my brother could watch it. We made the mistake of starting it around 7 pm, and around 3 30 we were trying very hard not to watch just one more. So when the second season started I was very excited. It was getting a little more advertisement and popularity, but then I watched the premiere. Eh. It was okay, but the cliffhangers weren't quite there and the show just felt ..directionless. After I had stopped watching for a while, I finally wore down my tivo list and got back to it. Around the fourth episode into the second season, Dollhouse was back. It was like season one again, I guess the writers had a break to review their earlier work. LIGHTBULB! The end of the show was great. It sort of had two endings. The season could've ended on episode 12, but episode 13 tied back to the epitaph one episode that never aired and really put the show to a proper end.
As happy as I am that season two redeemed itself and restored my faith in Joss, I am also glad it ended there. It was a good story, but it was really a two chapter story. After all the characters went through, a third season would've made them look like Jack Baeur. I mean how many bad days can people have.
So until Joss' next great idea, I'll be watching Firefly re runs.