It's been a good fall-premiere week for Fox in the ratings, but will anyone finally watch Dollhouse tonight? With a shit lead-in like Brothers (not the worst new show of the season, but close enough), Fox isn't doing Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku any favors. ---
Welcome to the Season That Was Never to Happen, Whedon’s second or third chance at selling sci-fi on Fox Fridays--pay no attention to the corpse of Sarah Connor over there in the corner. Dollhouse, about an underground company that rents out the services of persona-imprinted “Dolls” whose brains are wiped clean after every escort/mission (or are they?), didn’t creatively click until the series really got into the negative effects of repeat personality-swapping toward the end of Season 1--like, say, creating a homicidal lunatic with a head full of voices and revenge plans (show-saving Alpha, played by Whedon alum Alan Tudyk). Now that Dollhouse is back on the narrow-but-still-cute shoulders of Eliza Dushku’s Echo--who now has full awareness of what, if not who, she is--can she carry it? Geek survey says “Yes!”, but they might be blinded by upcoming guest shots by Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Summer Glau (Fox’s Terminator) and Ray Wise (Reaper). Bet on Whedon--he has something to prove.
Season 2 begins tonight, opposite Medium on CBS and pretty much nothing on the other channels--still not getting the hopes up. If, like most of America, you missed Season 1, here it is in 11 minutes: