When a Joss Whedon show ends, it’s typically not really gone. The TV show may be over but he creates such rich characters and stories that many fans will gladly follow them to another medium. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel characters have lived on in comics and novels. Firefly continued in printed form as well as in the feature film Serenity. But what about the latest casualty, Dollhouse? Will those characters return in some new way as well?
Dollhouse revolves around a group of people whose minds are wiped of their own identities and implanted with temporary memories for jobs-for-hire. The cast includes Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz, Tahmoh Penikett, Enver Gjokaj, Dichen Lachman, Olivia Williams, Amy Acker, Reed Diamond, and Miracle Laurie.
The series was renewed by FOX for a second season last May, despite lackluster ratings. The show’s luck ran out in November though and the network decided against ordering any more episodes, effectively cancelling the series.
Tonight, FOX aired the series finale of Dollhouse. The episode takes us back to the bleak future that was last seen in episode 13. (You’ll recall that FOX opted not to purchase that particular episode but it is available on the season one DVD set.) But, what of Dollhouse’s future? Will the characters return in some other form?
It doesn’t look likely. Whedon has ruled out continuing the show in comic book form, at least for right now. As for continuing the story online or in some other medium? Dushku tells the LA Times, “Ummm, I don’t think it could. It was a big show, and to get the level of production value and the world and the expansion of the dollhouse — not just the L.A. dollhouse — but a huge international corporation. The bigger that it got, I don’t think that it could necessarily live in another way.”
What do you think? Would you like to see the Dollhouse characters return in some way? Perhaps, to fill in the gap between the present day and 2019? Or to pick up where the series finale leaves off? Or, should it just be left alone?
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