On the Season 2 DVD, Joss Whedon says “Dollhouse” was a pebble he could’ve turned over for as much as seven seasons. Unfortunately, we only got 26 episodes, but “Epitaphs” (2011-12) – a six-issue comic book series from Dark Horse – turns over the pebble of this great concept a little bit more.
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It started as an anthology show that allowed Eliza Dushku to play a different character every week, but in its second season (2009-10, Fox), “Dollhouse” embraces its identity as a serial story exploring what makes a person a distinct individual. It approaches this theme from dozens of different angles, but rather than running off the rails, it’s not only comprehensible, but also compelling and insightful.
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Coming out five years after Joss Whedon’s Big Three series (“Buffy,” “Angel” and “Firefly”) left the airwaves, “Dollhouse” Season 1 (2009, Fox) had massive shoes to fill. On its original airing, I saw it as an experimental series that allowed Eliza Dushku to fulfill the actor’s dream of playing different roles while also having a steady job. And it was hard not to be distracted every time another Whedonverse alum (Amy Acker! Alan Tudyk!) popped up.
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For anyone who wanted to look closely, the “Dollhouse”–Philip K. Dick comparison has been obvious since the first episode, but it has really struck me during this more serialized second season.
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From the beginning, “Dollhouse” was a rickety premise for a series, but it strikes me as being purposely rickety — as if creator Joss Whedon wants to challenge himself — with each episode attempting to prop up the foundation.
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