Dollhouse: Season 2, Episode 13 'Epitaph Two: Return' Review - Featured

Really, why did you hold this one out on us, come on!

This is the quality I wanted, probably for the past two seasons. Arggh, this was actually a cool idea for a series and they blew it! I want to have more episodes of this series, I don't know what the previous episodes were about, but this one was clear about the exact quality in producing, action and the acting by Eliza Dushku was unbelievable! This is the Dollhouse we want. Why did you wait until now to give us this one, why!

As you probably gathered from the ranting above, I was a bit disappointed by this one, and not in the 'this episode sucked' way, but in the 'this episode flew through the hills and now the series is being canceled' kind of way. Whedon should have started from scratch for Season two, he should have used the same style of this episode and portray possible flashbacks, anything better than what he gave us.

This was his plan all along, I knew it, he wanted us to give poor reviews and poor comments and he wanted us to criticize until we begged for a cancellation, his end game would be to shove it to us "You see, this is what you are going to be missing out on, I had good ideas", but that really sucks Whedon, that was a low blow.

It would be generous if someone could pick up the same style and change the overall name of the series. I mean really, I always admired the original idea of this series and I expected so much out of it. Instead of focusing on sending actives on engagements, or even during, they should have focused on developing characters like Boyd and the organization he worked for. Look at how beautifully Dushku pulled off that 'grief ridden' scene, the actors and actresses needed more room to bring out their true talents. My only regret on their part is that the chance is probably gone now, when we could have gotten so much more out of it.

Terrible, truly terrible.



Five Stars (...for the Finale)

Grade A-



Default avatar cat
Jan 31, 2010 6:53PM EST

What is any other show doing so perfectly that Joss-f******-Whedon couldn't do with even the worst case of writer's block! Dollhouse was brilliant, from beginning to end, from the concept, to the characters, to it's winding road with all its twists.All I ever hear is people criticizing the writing and character development, but how can anyone disapprove of something they should feel nothing but wonderment over because it's so thought-provoking and for the most part, whipping our hair back because its skimming over our heads so fast.The problem was the timeslot and the lack of promotion for the show; and any of the show's content problems came from Fox meddling and adding what they thought was demo appeal, period. Joss's fanbase wasn't enough to please the unappeasably immature Fox network, so we lose out on what was such a special project.All America wants is soap-like primetime medical dramas, and reality shows. And then we parody these things, and point out how empty and stupid they are, but they consume the attention of every television owner across the nation. I have no faith anymore.

Default avatar cat
Feb 1, 2010 6:57PM EST

Sorry Did not like this last episode. All the other episodes from the start of 2010 have been really amazing with wonderful twists that gave me goosebumps. I hated that they added "3" new characters for part of a single finale. I think the time would have been better spend following Victor/Anthony before he reaches the house where his family is and then cut between him and the Echo/Ballard breaking into the facility to kill leaders again.
I also think it would have been interesting to show a glimpse of what the world was like when Echo surfaces a year later.

Default avatar cat
Feb 2, 2010 12:01PM EST

darynx, they were not three new characters, they were the main characters in Epitaph One, the unaired finale.
I for one loved this finale, it was perfect, and I agree that the whole season should have been like this.
Plus, Felicia Day was in it. Can't go wrong.

Default avatar cat
Feb 2, 2010 1:23PM EST

Actually itastenice Epitaph One was the unaired pilot or what the original pilot was supposed to be before Fox execs made Whedon redo it because they felt it was too confusing for a pilot.

Default avatar cat
Feb 2, 2010 3:11PM EST

So you are saying the executives were wrong on their call, because I certainly would have loved a pilot like that. They should have left it up to the fans if that were the case.

Default avatar cat
Feb 3, 2010 12:09AM EST

JoyL2 no, the unaired pilot is basically the first 6 episodes without most of the story, you can watch it on here.Epitaph one was the first season finale that was cut by Fox because of budgeting constraints.

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