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iTunes making Dollhouse: Epitaph One available for everyone

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 12th 2009 4:25PM
"Epitaph One" didn't air as part of Dollhouse's first season. But fans at the San Diego Comic-Con got to watch it, as do those that plunk down their hard-earned cash for the Season One DVD. But, if you're still on the fence about the show, now you have the opportunity to watch "Epitaph One" to make up your mind via iTunes.

And if you found absolutely anything at all to like about Dollhouse, then you owe it to yourself to check out "Epitaph One." Not only is it by far the best episode of Dollhouse yet, it's one of the best single episode installments of any science fiction premise I've seen; I go on and on like this in my review of "Epitaph One" from a few weeks back.

With the new season gearing up to go soon, this is a brilliant move. "Epitaph One" is one of the best reviewed episodes of the series, and one of the most buzzed about "lost" episodes in quite some time for any series.

Now to give fans a legitimate opportunity to see the episode, since FOX is still not saying they'll air it, you can see what is, for all intents and purposes, the ultimate fate of the Dollhouse and its denizens. Kind of. While Whedon says "Epitaph One" is canon, he also indicated that since we're told the future history through memories, there's no guarantee that they're 100% reliable.

Regardless, FOX has said they're going to leave Whedon alone with this one. If he can even match the numbers for the first season this year, they'll probably renew it into a third season. This is an amazing show of faith by the network that Whedon does know what he's doing, and can do better work when he's left alone *cough*Firefly*cough*.

Even Dollhouse is a very different show than what FOX would have had us believe with the firt few episodes; they were tinkering again. Just watch "Epitaph One" or the aborted pilot to see how Whedon wanted to get deeper into the inner workings of the technology at play here from the beginning. So if you gave up on it early, don't.

And, of course, all of this keeps Dollhouse in the news and on people's minds for the season premiere Friday, September 25th and 9pm.

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It's only $1.99 for the standard def version.

August 13 2009 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have ITunes but come on 3.99 for a 50 minute episode? Why doesn't Fox.com make it available on thier website for free with the other "DollHouse" episodes? At least for a limited time.

August 13 2009 at 1:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"iTunes making Dollhouse: Epitaph One available for everyone"

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August 12 2009 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just had Disc 4 from Netflix a few days ago. Watched it right away, then again with the commentary, and the original pilot, before rushing it back so others can get to it. It was a GREAT episode. It's so hard to believe it was an afterthought for the DVD set--in retrospect, it feels like the whole first season led up to it (except maybe the 4 or 5 standalone shows).

Whedon's already said that he'll put enough information from it in the 2nd season's episodes to explain things to viewers who missed it. But if you've seen the first season, you owe it to yourself to watch "Epitaph One".

It's the first time I had the feeling that "Dollhouse" could run as long as "Buffy", and even have as many good characters as that show did. It opened up so many directions that the show can go in now. I can't recommend it more strongly! Rent the disc, or pay for the download, but don't miss it!

August 12 2009 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's on Amazon VOD, too. Which is good for those who have a Tivo and not an AppleTV

August 12 2009 at 9:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So they're going to build off of what happens in this episode for the second season, but the only ones who will know about it are the ones who have bought the Season 1 DVD set or who have downloaded it for $3 from iTunes?

Good job guys! That's how you build an audience!!

August 12 2009 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Frank's comment
Dan Buckley

They've said that you didn't need to see this episode to go into the second season. I think they were saying that this is more like the way the show will be in the second season.

August 12 2009 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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