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Dollhouse 1.7 – 1.13

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It is deeply unfortunate that ‘Omega’, the final episode of Dollhouse aired in the US, closes to the sound of Beck’s version of Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime. That cover version was recorded for Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, a film that covers similar ground but does so with an intelligence, wit and poignancy that is utterly lacking from Dollhouse. This may be the “good” half of the season but it is still hopelessly crude.

And then we have ‘Epitaph One’. Not aired in the US, filmed apparently as an afterthought and only available on the DVD and foreign transmissions, it completely explodes what has gone before. It doesn’t change the rules but it does change the game. It awakens a tiny thought that hey, maybe the second season might actually be interesting. The DVD also includes the original first episode, ‘Echo’, which turns out to be far superior to the aired first episode, ‘Ghost’. If it hadn’t been shelved it would also have mercifully eliminated the pointless clutch of turgid episodes that opened the season and almost derailed the whole series. Ah well, it wouldn’t be a Joss Whedon programme if you didn’t regret what might have been.

Written by Martin

19 September 2009 at 18:17

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