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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “Epitaph Two: Return” (Season 2, Episode 13) SERIES FINALE

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And so it end, not quite in glory, and not quite with a whimper, but definitely quieter and a bit more touchingly than I’d anticipated, based on the last several weeks of breakneck storytelling. For those who haven’t been keeping score, the series had a two-part finale. Part one, “Epitaph One,” never aired, and was produced back in May of 2009. Part two - which I’m reviewing here - aired a season later.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “The Hollow Men” (Season 2, Episode 12)

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Last week we learned that Boyd was the founder of Rawson, the corporation that runs the dollhouse. What could follow on the heels of a revelation like that? Let’s find out, shall we?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “Getting Closer” (Season 2, Episode 11)

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You know what? This was such a barn-burner that I’m not even gonna’ bore you with my normal preamble, let’s just get right to it. In my massively spoiler-heavy synopsis to come, I’m going to list things in chronological order, rather than the order they were revealed in the show.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “The Attic” (Season 2, Episode 10)

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Last time - like an hour ago - as you’ll recall, Dollhouse more-or-less concluded that true love has a kind of eternal heft, regardless of the memories or circumstances surrounding it, it is a direct connection between souls (Even though Topher doesn’t believe in the soul). The show also concluded that the sum of what we are is greater than the total of the part, though in Echo’s case, you know, she’s got a lot of extra parts in her head, so she’s kind of greater still, way greater than average, kinda’ blowing the bell curve for the rest of us.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “Stop Loss” (Season 2, Episode 9)

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Man oh man oh man oh man oh man! Remember back when we were in our early twenties, and we all watched Star Trek: The Next Generation, and we liked it even though we were all aware that it was kind of a disappointing show that really wasn’t all that good? Remember how we’d schlog through five or six boring or openly lame episodes in a row to get to a good one? Remember how excited we’d get at watching an episode that we would rave about simply because it was better than mediocre?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “A Love Supreme” (Season 2, Episode 8)

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Last week - by which I mean five minutes ago, before the last commercial break - you’ll recall that Echo and Paul returned to the Dollhouse as part of some larger scheme that wasn’t revealed. As it’s a cold night and my carpal tunnel is acting up, I’ll just jump right into it without my normal coy introductions.

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An ex-millionaire in a trailer home is talking to someone unseen about how he blew all his money on The Dollhouse. Alas, the unseen man turns out to be Alpha, who kills the man.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “Meet Jane Doe” (Season 2, Episode 7)

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Last week, as you’ll recall, a whole heapin’ hell of a lot of stuff went down because Fox is burning off episodes of this show two at a time in the Friday Night Death Slot, in the midst of the Christmas Doldrums when everyone is on the road or vacation or shopping like crazy or driving around looking at the lights, or doing whatever the hell it is that people do this time of year, rather than watching TV. (My wife, for instance, is in the Christmas play at church rather than watching TV. I, for instance, am watching my wife in the Christmas play at church, rather than watching TV.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “The Left Hand (Part 2)” (Season 2, Episode 6)

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No real need for any preamble, let’s just jump to it, shall we?

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Echo and Senator Perrin are captives of the DC Dollhouse (Ask about opening a franchise in your town!). Adel and Topher have gone east to visit the DC ‘House and see about recovering Echo. Topher is extremely uncomfortable, geekish, nervous, agoraphobic, and just generally a hyper frenetic pain in the ass. Adel explains that they need access to the DC House mainframe, and he needs to get that by hook or by crook, or all is lost. Topher, looking scared, agrees.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “The Public Eye (Part 1)”(Season 2, Episode 5)

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…And we’re back! Dollhouse is back from a month-long hiatus, all tan, rested, ready, and sentenced to death. It’s cancelled, but it’s back. As if slouching to its execution wasn’t enough, the powers that be (A guy named Lenny and his friend Sam, over at Fox. One of ‘em is a lunch guy, the other, I think is a janitor or something) have decided the show should spring in sprightly fashion to the gallows, rushing to its fate.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Dollhouse: “Belonging” (Season 2, Episode 4)

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This may just be the sort of thing you hear on the playground, with no truth to it, but just so you’ll know, word is that this is our last episode of Dollhouse for a while. While Fox has committed to running all 13 episodes they ordered for Season 2, the ratings are so damn bad that they’re pulling the show entirely during the November sweeps period, in order to bump up/rehabilitate their Friday night ratings a bit. So enjoy it, it’s your last taste for a while.

On the bright side, it was a damn good episode.

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