Joss Whedon's Dollhouse is back for an exciting second season! Caroline (Eliza Dushku) - code name "Echo" - is an "Active," a member of a highly illegal and underground group of individuals who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Last season, Former FBI Agent Paul Ballard, determined to solve the mystery of the Dollhouse and find the missing Caroline, accomplished his goal and was convinced (or was it coerced?) to become Echo's handler. Dollhouse continues to revolve around Echo's blossoming self-awareness and her desire to discover her true identity. But with each new engagement, comes a new memory and increased danger inside and outside the Dollhouse.
This second season seemed to delve more into the corporation behind the Dollhouse, and the politics of it, than the actual adventures of the Dolls (or "Actives") that the first season did. There were several surprises, and some sad moments as well; and overall it was a very satisfying ending, in my opinion. People bash FOX for cancelling this show; but keep in mind that:
A) It renewed the series for a second season despite very low ratings. and B) They let Joss know about the cancellation early enough that he was able to give the series a proper ending (Unlike with "Firefly")
Eliza Dushku, while not my pick for best actress, does a good job as "Echo" and the evolution that the character takes. She blends the various personalities very well. Alan Tudyk, as always, is amazing in his role here as ****SPOILER WARNING**** Alpha. His ability to flow from hilarious to sinister is nothing short of amazing! ****END OF SPOILER****
One note, about the finale...I suggest that before you watch the finale, "Epitaphs II" you first read the graphic novel "Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs" as this will fill in some blanks that were absent from the episode; particularly about Alpha. That graphic novel can be found here: Dollhouse Volume Epitaphs Andrew Chambliss
While I wish the show could have gone the entire five years that Joss had planned out; I personally found this second season (and series finale) to be satisfying.
The first season of Dollhouse (four stars) is a great season of TV. It's entertaining, artfully written, and finely acted. It stands alone as a series of stories, but it really comes into its own when seen through the full perspective of season 2 (five stars). Therefore you really have to watch both seasons, or neither.
Dollhouse may have a trope or two you think you've seen before, but here it's done properly. The motivations for things make sense here. There's a huge movie franchise I could mention, the premise of which you might sense echoes of here. But in that franchise the motivation for the premise is infantile. Here, it's been thought out with true intelligence, maturity, and discernment. There are several storytelling elements in Season 2 that are truly delightful, and rarely seen. Whedon is a master of the art.
I was skeptical at first about this series but after watching the first few eps i was hooked so i ended up buying the blu-rays season 1 and 2, i've only bought one other series i thought was worth it. Dollhouse and Firefly both on blu-ray.
Love the characters and the situations they're faced with as an 'active'. Living in their abode 'Dollhouse' and summoned or activated when needed, the dolls are faced with real life missions or preferred 'engagements'. Each doll has their flaws even when so called programming them with professions to be the perfect companion for clients which can sometimes land them in sticky situations.
Plot twists are mind guessing having you thinking about whats going to happen in the next episode and to whom.
The supporting cast all play their characters well particularly 'Echo's' faithful handler 'Boyd Langton played by Harry J. Lennix (season 1) and Olivia Williams as 'Adelle DeWitt', the 'don't mess with me' underground facilities manager.
Enjoyed the series overall and it was a nice fresh idea from all the over rated crime and medical series we're force fed. Dollhouse was sadly cut short of its time not allowing the series to grow to it's full potential.
Season 2 contains 3 disks which includes all 13 eps plus extras such as deleted scenes, out takes and a short doco with Joss Wheddon and the cast.
Its a nice transfer to blu-ray although not a perfect one, but clean never the less and is in 1.78:1 widescreen format and 6ch DTS-HD audio.
Finally watched the complete second season. I think I would stick with my thoughts on the first season about inconsistent acting and something of a far fetched story line. Nevertheless it was entertaining. Didn't care much for the way they wrapped it up in the epilogue episode. I suppose that's what you get when a program doesn't get renewed for a third season and you don't want to put a lot of effort into tying up loose ends. For what it's worth, Enver Gjokaj, who played the part of Victor should have received an Emmy nod for best supporting actor. What a range!
Season 2 of Dollhouse came about, in part, due to extreme demand. Season 1 was a truly awesome mindgame. I thought Season 2 might have been somewhat hindered due to possible lack of screenplay, however, it is still well worth watching, if you were one of many who were nuts about season 1.