There is a heartbreaking episode showing how Sierra came to be at the dollhouse. This episode is integral to Topher’s role and his evolving viewpoint on the work he is doing. Victor does not get as much of a featured back story, but we do learn why he is there. Enver Gjokaj’s acting is a highlight of the series. Gjokaj effortlessly changes personalities so flawlessly it’s easy to forget he’s even doing it. His dead on impersonation of Topher is not to be missed.
While Dollhouse was by no means a perfect show I still would put it in the “cancelled too soon” category along with Firefly. Dollhouse had so much unrealized potential it’s a shame it did not catch on with audiences. It would have been great to see more about the head of the Dollhouse, Adelle DeWitt (Olivia Williams). I could never figure out where she came from or why she was involved with the organization. I’m sure more would have been planned for her had the show continued. I also have to wonder if the twist revelation in “The Hollow Man” (second to last episode) would have been the same if the show had been renewed. I am grateful the show drew to a final conclusion, unlike Eliza Dushku’s previous show Tru Calling, rather left the audience hanging forever.
The DVD features commentaries on two episodes, as well as outtakes, deleted scenes, the shows defining moments, and a looking back discussion with the cast and Joss Whedon. I really enjoyed the “Looking Back” featurette. It had Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku, Alan Tudyk, Dichen Lachmen, Enver Gjokaj, Miracle Laurie (Mellie), Fran Kranz, and Olivia Williams. They discussed their favorite moments on the show and what it was like playing their characters. It was a good wrap up to the show, and a nice farewell from cast.