Dollhouse: Season 2 (2009 - 2010)

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Season 2
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Critic Ratings: 21

86%

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User Ratings: 96
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 25, 2009
2
Air date: Oct 2, 2009
3
Air date: Oct 9, 2009
4
Air date: Oct 23, 2009
5
Air date: Dec 4, 2009
6
Air date: Dec 4, 2009
7
Air date: Dec 11, 2009
8
Air date: Dec 11, 2009
9
Air date: Dec 18, 2009
10
Air date: Dec 18, 2009
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"Dollhouse" just barely received a second-season renewal following some pretty dismal ratings, and creator Joss Whedon decided to use that extra time to depict how the corporation behind the titular organization was planning to silently take over the world—and how that attempt eventually led to a nightmarish future in which most of humanity has their minds scrambled. Echo (Eliza Dushku) continues to delve deeper into the conspiracy, while doing her best to hold onto her personality as her memories are wiped by the Dollhouse's technology. At the same time, Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) adjusts to his new role as Echo's handler, Dr. Claire Saunders (Amy Acker) confronts an existential crisis and Adelle DeWitt (Olivia Williams) makes a power play against her employers.

Cast

Tahmoh Penikett
as Paul Ballard
Olivia Williams
as Adelle DeWitt
Harry Lennix
as Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz
as Topher Brink
Summer Glau
as Bennett Halverson
Miracle Laurie
as November/Madeline/Mellie
Amy Acker
as Dr. Claire Saunders
Jamie Bamber
as Martin Klar
Alexis Denisof
as Sen. Daniel Perrin
Reed Diamond
as Laurence Dominic
Keith Carradine
as Matthew Harding
Stacey Scowley
as Cindy Perrin
Vincent Ventresca
as Nolan Kinnard
Ayre Gross
as Professor Gossen
Zoran Radanovich
as Hugo Taubman
Joe Sikora
as Terry Karrens
Clyde Kusatsu
as Dr. Makido
Ray Wise
as Stewart Lipman
Adam Godley
as Clyde Randolph
Tzi Ma
as Matsu
Philip Casnoff
as Clive Ambrose
Danielle Langlois
as Aunt Shiela
Deanna Douglas
as Little Sister
Tara Holt
as Big Sister
Jay Malone
as Young Man
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Critic Reviews for Dollhouse Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

And so another richly realized Joss Whedon universe comes to its end, not with a bang but with a whimper. I count myself among the mourners.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

You should check in, however, to keep up with the cool, unfolding overarching Dollhouse story.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Who knew that Joss Whedon's darkest, sickest show would turn out to be his most optimistic and life-affirming?

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

While we can look back on Dollhouse and think of what might have been, had Fox given the show more time to grow, at least we got solid (albeit rushed) ending, which is more than can be said for a lot of great shows out there.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Dollhouse definitely feels stronger now than it did for much of Season One, with a more layered storyline... Dollhouse is still not 100 percent there yet, as far as truly being appointment TV, but the positives are beginning to take root.

Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Dollhouse had some amazing potential, the majority of which was never realised.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

There's something to be said for the heady rush of getting a lot of business done fast; in fact, the task of wrapping up the show in a season has given Dollhouse an urgency that it sorely needed from the beginning.

Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The cast is very talented and Whedon is still one of the best TV creators of the last twenty years. But the show needs to settle on a tone. Stop trying to have it both ways.

Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

There was the promise of something wonderful, and occasionally, audiences got to see that promise paid off.

Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It is to the tremendous credit of Dollhouse and Joss Whedon that it got me to care, greatly, about these challenging, and fascinatingly mutable, characters. Partly that owes to the show's storytelling brio and writing.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dollhouse: Season 2

  • Oct 28, 2017
    could have been so good it was not given a real chance still wish eliza had done the faith series
  • Nov 20, 2015
    The network made a wise decision in killing this show. An intriguing idea made idiotic by script and acting.Sexist
  • Nov 01, 2015
    Some awesome, chilling moments. Shame it was cancelled, this season and especially the end were super rushed. There was potential for much more but it was wasted.
  • Apr 18, 2015
    Everyone was stunned when Dollhouse was renewed for a second season. Considering the show’s poor ratings (brought to you by your good friends at the Friday Night Death SlotTM), it was widely assumed that Dollhouse’s thirteen episodes would stand alone. However, FOX decided to give it one more try. Although they would later cancel the show, they gave the creative team a heads-up a few episodes in, allowing the producers to tie the series up with a bow. The series has kind of a weird progression. It starts ramping up slowly, with episodic content largely driving the story, and then moves to almost a completely serialized story towards the middle, before finishing off with a season finale that was a sequel to the unaired-thirteenth-episode, but also ties in to both the end of the second season and (retroactively) the end of the first season. The first real game-changer happens in the two-part “The Public Eye” and “The Left Hand.” It brings together a lot of cool plot ideas, and introduces us to another Dollhouse programmer, Bennett Halverson (played wonderfully awkwardly by Summer Glau). We also see the conclusion of the Daniel Perrin (played non-Britishly by Alexis Denisof) storyline, which establishes the L.A. Dollhouse as the closest thing we have to Good Guys. Other episodes of note are “Stop-Loss,” which focuses on Victor being reintroduced to the world, and “The Attic,” which starts really head-trippy, but give a lot of extremely important backstory about Rossum’s plans. Finally, “Getting Closer” gives us more context for Caroline and Bennett, and it finishes in a spectacular reveal, which pays off in “The Hollow Man”. Here, I find the setup of the series (Season 1) was better than the payoff (Season 2). As Whedon & co. were expecting to be shut down at a moment’s notice, you can scarcely blame them.
  • Dec 30, 2014
    Just finished Dollhouse season 2. Awesome show sad its over, Eliza Dushku & Joss Wheden are awesome!
  • Aug 04, 2014
    Yes, it is disappointing this show was cut so short in the middle of so many different unraveling plots, and the end result unsatisfying given the fact that it could have easily done with at the very least one more season. There's so many points of intrigue given very little development or screen time that could have gone on for entire episodes, but I still find myself un-ironically in love with Dollhouse and everything to do with this fun, often hilarious, campy series that has delivered to me an abundance of thrills within its meager two seasons. I thoroughly enjoyed what I got out of this series, though I could have easily gone for more.
  • Mar 31, 2014
    Fantastic concept, excellent delivery.

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