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Dollhouse Poster season 2 with Eliza Dushku

"Dollhouse" Season Two Premiere Review by Suzanne
Airing on FOX Fridays at 9/8 c
Premieres Sept. 25

This is a great show. I loved it from the first episode, but it's only gotten better and better.  The second season looks like they will be shocking us even more and really hitting their stride in terms of great quality.

I should explain that I received an advanced copy of the first season episode, what they call a "screener". I was thrilled to get it, and even more thrilled to get a "Dollhouse" T-shirt as well. However, there are no worries that my review has been bought because I am always honest about whether I like a show or not. I love SciFi, and I especially love anything by Joss Whedon (his previous credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly/Serenity).  He does not disappoint his many loyal fans.

The DVD came with a note from Joss, explaining that this screener is not quite the finished product. That's okay, it was quite good anyway. You can be sure I will be watching the regular finished premiere next Friday as well.

Everyone is just outstanding in this episode. There is poignancy, raw emotion, laughter, sadness, evil, intrigue, and kick-ass action. You just can't ask for anything more than that in any TV show.  At the end of last season, FBI Agent Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) had to give up trying to expose the Dollhouse, so instead he joined them.  Now he is working with Echo (star Eliza Dushku), but she is still have some fried-brain problems that enable her to remember all of the people she's been implanted with. Dr. Saunders AKA Whiskey (Amy Acker) is trying to deal with the fact that she is not a real person.  They come up with a clever way to deal with the fact that Amy Acker is going to be on another show for a while as well. She and Topher (Fran Kranz) are just wonderful in this episode.

They have two guest-stars: Jamie Bamber (previously seen as Apollo on "Battlestar Galactica") and Alexis Denisof (previously seen as Wesley on both Buffy and Angel).  Bamber is just on this one episode. He is great, but I don't like seeing him as a villain.  Denisoff's role is more long-term. He plays a politician that is warning people about the dollhouse.

The episode is great, as I said, and there's a super action sequence at the end, too. You can't go wrong watching this show because it always delivers in every way. Joss and company seem more confident in the show and grateful that they are still around.  The show is now shooting in HD as well.

I can't wait for the rest of the season!

Info from FOX:

ECHO WEDS A MYSTERIOUS STRANGER AND ADELLE MAKES A DEAL WITH AGENT BALLARD ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF "DOLLHOUSE" FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, ON FOX

Episode Written and Directed by Series Creator Joss Whedon

Jamie Bamber ("Battlestar Galactica") Guest-Stars

Picking up a few months after the first season finale, Echo, who now sporadically remembers past "imprints" due to Alpha's machinations, weds a wealthy and charismatic British businessmen tied to one of Agent Ballard's open FBI cases. Dr. Saunders struggles with being an Active and makes Topher the target of her aggression, and Boyd mixes business with pleasure in a risky venture. Meanwhile, Adelle makes Ballard an offer he can't refuse in "Vows," the season premiere episode of DOLLHOUSE airing Friday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Interview with Joss Whedon.

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