Primetime Show Reviews
"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
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
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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