October 28, 2009
Dollhouse Season Two, First Impressions
Dollhouse always had the best pedigree of all the recent SF TV shows: its creator is Joss Whedon who has created Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dr. Horrible. A rather good back catalogue.
And I've always felt that Dollhouse had the best raw Science Fictional material of all the recent SF TV shows: mind transfer, that classic SF trope which can still source many a new story.
Yet the beginnings of Dollhouse were poor, nothing more that what you'd expect from the rather dodgy title sequence, an adult version of Joe-90. Things began to change around the midpoint of season one, it became more interesting, things started going wrong, questions began to be asked. Season one peaked rather nicely, and then topped itself with the DVD only Epitaph One.
Season two, I'm happy to say, is, so far, pretty good. Rather than the dull and predictable problems with a doll's engagement (such as The Target), the story lines are focussing on greater problems: problems with the technology and the people, moral problems and personal problems. And how the technology affects people, not just using it as a backdrop, but bringing it into the core essence of the story. And the show is much, much better for it. The characters are becoming human and rounded, the stories are intriguing, and it feels like there is much more to come.
If you were put off by the first few episodes of season one then you should give it another chance.
I think it's the best Science Fiction show on TV at the moment (that I'm watching!), and has the potential to get even better.