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Cats' Corners: the little HOUSE in the woods....
Where House is NEVER safe...
Aiming a cannon at canon 
3rd-Oct-2007 09:01 am

Last night's episode of House left me cold.  Had "The Right Stuff" been my introduction to the series, House would not currently occupy highest priority on the DVR; nor would Tuesdays be the highlight of my week.  It would be like Law and Order--fine if I happen to catch it.  Also fine if I don't.

Three scenes that I enjoyed:  Wilson convincing House that Cameron and Chase were in Arizona, the wonderful 'cane' scene when House busts Wilson about his lie, and--the one I most enjoyed, and was most moved by [which is amazing because I could care less about any of the Fellows]--the operating room scene, with Chase speaking from the Observation area, and the questioning, almost pleading look House gave him when one of the new kids asked if House was going to hire Chase instead.

The rest of the hour?  Eh.  Neither the PoTW nor the diagnostic gymnastics grabbed me.  The antics of the 'contestants' were... predictable.  Cuddy was under-utilized.  Wilson was overly analytical [and not in a concerned way], and I'm with House on that one--it's tiresome, and beginning to verge on annoying.

But.  BUT.  The biggest problem for me came after the show ended, with the preview for next week.  It appears that the writers have [yet again] conveniently "forgotten" canon.  I ended the preview with my mouth open--and not because House was lying on the floor, apparently in cardiac arrest.  My mouth had already fallen open when Wilson preached, "You don't know there's nothing; you haven't been there!"  Uh... what?  

That one line blasts a hole in canon big enough for all forty fellowship applicants to waltz through.  Hey; Three Stories ring any bells, writers???  You know, that little episode where House recounts his clinical death, complete with descriptions of what he "saw" while he was dead?  Remember that whole "I find it more comforting to believe that this isn't simply a test" speech?  Visions, white lights, the whole nine yards.  Is it starting to come back to you, writers?  You guys been into the Versed again???  

Eh.  Go ahead; kill 'im next week.  Then, why don't you have Cameron awaken him with a kiss--it'll be just as plausible as expecting us to disregard the existence of Three Stories.

3rd-Oct-2007 06:12 pm (UTC)

I enjoyed the episode considerably more than you did, and seemed to enjoy at least some of the parts you hated and vice-versa. I will say that if they are trying to get RSL to listen to the advice of others and bail, they should just keep on the way they are going. As much as I enjoy the glimpse into the larger world that they are showing us right now, still... there is only so much time per epi, per season.

To answer your main point b/f I run away into the sun, I think he was speaking in a larger sense. That is, yes, House stuck a toe into the water during the infarction, but no, he's never gone all the way to the Other Side. Or at least that's how I justify it, since I initially had the same response that you did. We've already seen that Wilson is a master of exaggeration as well as lies, in addition to having a certain critical lack of imagination and a huge fear of abandonment. All of which color both his speech and his speaking.

Overall, yet another point in favor of having a show bible. Worship that book as much as you do your own Holy Texts, writers! Please. :-) And remember, if you would as well, the meaning of the blessed word 'consequence'. My husband and I were ranting on this particular subject the other night and he pointed out a show where they remembered five years later to put in a tiny detail that just made it so strong. It's possible. And not that hard. Just do it! A phrase not just for footgear.

4th-Oct-2007 11:13 am (UTC)
well, if house's previous near-death experience wasn't "large" enough for wilson, then perhaps wilson's suppressing an unconscious death wish for his bestest bud? still not buying it......