As the sci-fi drama wraps up later this month, Joss Whedon takes a look back over the ill-fated Dollhouse.
Joss Whedon has not a great deal of luck in his dealings with Fox, with the cancellation of Dollhouse marking the second time one of his shows has been taken off the air prematurely, following the untimely demise of Space-Western Firefly.
Dollhouse had a much rockier start than its older sibling however, with lackluster viewing figures and mixed reviews. Despite these obstacles, the show was renewed for a second series, but the plug soon got pulled, with the final episode airing later this month.
Whedon himself seems to be taking the end of Dollhouse fairly well, and seems to be viewing it as a learning experience: “We are wrapped, and I have finalized the cut of the last episode. I just have to mix it,” Whedon said. “I’ve already packed up my office. It’s terribly sad, but I do like the last episode. So there’s that.”
“The only regrets I have about it are the things I didn’t do right … I just look back and go, ‘I wish I had figured some things out a little earlier.’ But that’s all the time I have for regret. It is what it is,” he added.
Whedon also made it clear that Dollhouse would not be coming back as a comic, as happened with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “I don’t think it’s a comic … There are themes in it and ideas that could work in a comic, but for me to spend the amount of time it would take keeping the comic true to what’s already out there when I’m already doing that with Buffy would be a ridiculous waste of my time … It just makes no sense to do a comic with Dollhouse.’ I don’t get it, and I’m not sure I’d read it.”