It’s not that it’s a huge surprise, just a huge disappointment. It’s true: Today is the day that FOX officially axed the sophomore series, wiping its hands of the series after it finishes its 13-episode run.
To be fair, at least it’s allowing Joss to finish up the series in some sort of fashion. According to the article:
The sci-fi series, which is filming episode 11, is expected to finish its 13-episode order, and Whedon is expected to give the show a proper ending.
And again, I’m not surprised. Well, I’m surprised that it was announced now, but after the show was pushed away from November sweeps, it didn’t surprise me that the show would eventually be pushed out the door. Plus, with the comment that the show was only finishing its run because the bossman at FOX was afraid of the fans, well, that certainly didn’t help (though it did make me laugh).
But I am disappointed. The show really hit its stride mid-last season, and this season it’s been better than ever, as the latest Sierra-centric episode showed us. We were finally seeing where the show could go and how it could develop. Echo was finally more than what she seemed (which was the big complaint of season one), and I was all amped up to see what would become of Whiskey, aka Dr. Saunders, when she returned to the Dollhouse.
The characters alone kept me coming back. Boyd was probably my favorite, and even Adelle was starting to develop into areas yet unseen. And the shades of gray that were the Dollhouse’s morality just became more and more complex the more we got into it this season. God forbid we keep a show that made you think.
But there’s still time to ask the morality questions and to even see what happens to our favorite characters. We’ve only seen half of the season, so there is a little more time to enjoy it. So tune back in on December 4. To say good-bye and to appreciate when good television was on the air.
Update: This is probably the most heartbreaking part of it all. Dichen Lachman‘s latest tweet:
Feel sad though. Joss told us this morning.
Another update: Joss Whedon’s response. Key phrase:
By the time the last episode airs, you’ll know what my next project is.
That’s tantalizing, right?