Last week, actress Felicia Day’s Twitter post about a fourteenth episode of “Dollhouse” and the fact that U.S. fans would have to wait for the DVD release to see it set off a flurry of posts and speculation about the first-season series. And while it’s true there is a fourteenth episode being made and that U.S. fans will have to wait until the DVD sets come out to see it, it’s not a case of Fox (once again) sticking it to a Joss Whedon created series.
The decision had to do with the studio saying, ‘We need another episode for our package, and we can’t afford one,'” Whedon told SciFi Wire. “‘Can you do a clip show? Can we show the unaired pilot?’ I’m like, ‘No, you can’t. It wouldn’t make any sense. Besides, we cannibalized it for parts. Most of it’s in other episodes.’ And they were like, ‘Well, we really have to have 13 for foreign.’ And I said, ‘I’ll tell you what. I’ll shoot a post-apocalyptic thriller that’s all on our sets in six days with a cast of four other people, then we’ll pepper it with different bits from our regular cast, and we can do it all during the schedule. It’ll cost you half. I can do this.’ And I was so in love with the idea that I just came up with off the top of my head, and that’s what it turned into. It’s one of the best episodes we’ve ever made.”
Fans can catch the episode when the DVD sets hit the shelves in July.
But the big question many fans have is whether that set will represent season one or the complete series. If you ask Whedon, odds are it will be the complete series.
“[The chances are] not very good but in limbo,” Whedon said. “Obviously our numbers are pretty soft, and there it is, but we live in hope. I’m really proud of the episodes that are coming out. More than that, I can’t really ask.”