Dollhouse: Season 2 (Blu-ray)
If you were one of the many Joss Whedon fans out there clamouring for a new show from him, then you were most likely eagerly anticipating the series DOLLHOUSE. It sounded like an interesting concept, it had some Whedon alumni in it and oh yeah, the writing was supposed to be amazing. Sadly, after the first season of DOLLHOUSE finished even Whedon fans were having a tough time defending the lack of plot and even the acting of lead Eliza Dushku. Only through petitions from hardcore Whedon fans did DOLLHOUSE: SEASON TWO even get made. So if you were one of the millions that watched the first season and couldn’t stand the thought of sitting through another, let me assure you that the second season was ridiculously better. Of course, I think it was only better because everyone knew there was no likely chance they would be able to pull off another season so they just wrapped everything up.
DOLLHOUSE centers around a company that hires humans (called “dolls”)to have their brains wiped and reprogrammed and sent on assignments paid by an outside party. From crazy dates to mixed martial arts, there is nothing that can’t be programmed into a dolls brain. When one of the dolls, Echo (Dushku), starts remembering her past she decides to bring down the Dollhouse from within in order to save the world (because Joss is always trying to destroy it in his shows).
At the end of the first season there was one episode in which the entire world is in a complete state of disarray because everyone was able to reprogram their brains. The season finale of season one was really spectacular and made the rest of the rest of the season look like poo in comparison. When season two starts, we go right back to where the story left off before the finale of the prior season (which quite frankly was confusing at first). However, after the first episode the entire series arc starts to shape and puzzle pieces are dropped into place making the overall storyline begin to shine. The series finale is the second part of season one’s finale and everything is wrapped up in a nice bow and you leave feeling very satisfied.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I think one of the big problems people had with DOLLHOUSE was Eliza Dushku. She was great as Faith, a supporting character in the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER series, but has a tougher time as a commanding presence on her own. In fact, one of the reasons she played Echo so well was because she is able to hold this blank expression like someone who really did just have their brains wiped. This of course helped her in this particular series, but really it was the knock-out supporting cast that really made this show what it was.
DOLLHOUSE: SEASON TWO was fun to watch. However, I think that had Fox and Joss not known that this was probably going to be the last season, they would have continued with the poor storylines of season one. As it were, because they knew the inevitable was near, they could go all out and tell everything they wanted to and make sure there were no gaping holes. It’s actually a little bittersweet how everything turned out, too bad a lot of television shows don’t get that opportunity.
Video (Widescreen 1.78:1): Great video although sometimes it was a little dark.
Audio (5.1 DTS-HD): No problems in the audio department, each episode sounded great.
Outtakes (5:36): These were actually pretty funny, especially with Alexis Denisof. Good stuff.
Deleted Scenes (10:35): I don’t understand having deleted scenes for a television show because it’s tough to know where they fit in unless you watched every episode back-to-back. But here you go, these just drag the plot a bit.
Defining Moments: A retrospective with Joss Whedon(13:27):If you are a Whedon fan then this is interesting and it gives a little more information about all the drama that happened with the potential canceling after season one. Lots of cast and crew mini-interviews as well.
Looking Back: Roundtable with Joss Whedon and cast(16:18):This starts off with Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku, Enver Gjokaj, Fran Kranz, Alan Tudyk and Olivia Williams sitting around a table talking about the series. Slowly other cast members start to show up, it’s like eavesdropping on a dinner party. It’s sprinkled with clips but is very fun to watch.
Commentary is available for select episodes in the season