Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse makes its second season release but this is the end of the line for the unconventional storyline that continued probably past its prime.
Film making 18/25
Bonus Features 18/25
Dollhouse continues to puzzle me through the second season and raises more questions for me not about the show but about Joss Whedon and his inability to keep a show going. Dollhouse season 1 ended not with a season cliff hanger but with an odd episode in the unaired Epitaph which went to the future to show the possibilities of the Dollhouse world.
Dollhouse season 2 continues the story of the Dollhouse and the dolls, people who have their minds wiped and given personalities of someone else for a price. People, rich usually, pay to have a companion doll, a volunteer who takes on a whole new personality complete with memories and abilities of someone else.
Companions, lovers and hired killers are just some of the companions people purchase for a time and a high price but the problems involved from the first season continue. Alpha is still out there, he was a first season doll who had hundred of minds dumped into his head at the same time and has a split, multiple personality.
Echo is the star, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, who continues to have each new personality added inside her head but she almost handles the multiple personalities. Other dolls help her out from time to time dealing with the Dollhouse problems but either Echo or the writers needed to keep the show together and just can’t.
The main recurring theme in the second season is the other Dollhouses across the world seem to be gearing up for a worldwide event of some kind. It seems whoever is behind the Dollhouse conspiracy is making a device that can turn anyone into a doll without using the machines at the Dollhouse.
Dollhouse Season 2 is pretty good but the show just does not keep a steady pacing with the main theme, this started with the ending of the last season and continued here. I found the one episode of going into the future alright but they continued this disjointed look at Dollhouse into season two in a few episodes.
Keeping to the main theme should have been important for the show and in several episodes they spent too much time concentrating on business as usual for the dolls. Season 2 left me with a feeling of getting too far from the shows center until things picked up toward the middle of the season but by then it was too late.
Dollhouse will go down as the second series that Joss Whedon could not keep on the air long enough but it did make its stand till the end as an entertaining enough show. I would have liked for this show to take off more but the plot did not do much of anything, this started more so in season 1 than the second and final season.
Video for Dollhouse Season 2 was great with solid colors and especially in the dollhouse scenes with vibrant textures and clear details. The show was shot in various locations with at least half at the dollhouse or at other dollhouses across the world.
The video looks great and audio was well done in DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound but lacked punch for most of the episodes. Surround and LFE only really came into play and made itself noticeable during larger gunfights and other various exciting scenes.
Bonus content also lacked much in the way of punch as the show seemed to be winding down and losing its momentum, audio commentary and a round table highlight the additional content. Other bonus features included deleted scenes and outtakes but the main bonus worth a look is Joss Whedon’s Defining Moments talk about the film.
Dollhouse Season 2 is a finale of the Dollhouse series and kind of wraps up this show in a unique and noteworthy epilogue of Joss Whedon’s second attempt at a series. Dollhouse: The Complete Second Season is well worth the expense if you liked the first but is really for fans of the show and Joss Whedon’s work.