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Where House is NEVER safe...
House: 4.09 Games--they shoulda called this one on account of rain. Or stupidity. 
28th-Nov-2007 09:19 am
longtripalone

The conclusion of last night's episode left me confused and disappointed and  angry  and irritable.  Oh, and did I mention confused?  Continuity gods, why dost thou continue to forsake us?  Our forgiveness for last season's Tritter arc wasn't a large enough sacrifice?

And speaking of arcs.  I enjoyed the Stacy arc.  *ducks*
I tolerated the Vogler arc [well, really I just pretty much ignored it.].
I despised the Tritter arc.
The Survivor arc?  Makes me want to crawl into bed with my seasons one and two DVDs, and pretend to be awaiting season three.  It's not that I despised it.  It's not that I enjoyed it.  It's that I didn't care one way or the other.  And that?  Saddens me.

Some questions.  Where is the medical mystery that drove season one?  Where is the characterization that drove season two?  And even--where are the highs and lows that drove season three?  But most importantly:  Where the hell is Dr. Gregory House, the brilliant, damaged genius whose glimpes of humanity and vulnerability were all the sweeter because the rest of the time we were slicing ourselves on his barbed-wire personality?

For me, the character of House has become a caricature of himself--and a poorly drawn one, at that.  I feel no sympathy for S4 House, nor even empathy.  I love him still--but that's only because I can still remember how utterly complicated, how poignant, how amusing, he used to be.   I'm able to recreate that man with my fiction because I know that--underneath this season's confused, self-indulgent, shallow idiot, that man still exists.  He's simply hidden underneath the rubble of bad writing and inconsistent characterization.  Not his fault.

And where is Wilson?  You know who I mean--that man who  was House's anchor and his foil, his conscience and his catalyst, his reason for not throwing in the towel and completely, finally, turning his back on the human race?  The man who, with one gaze would have let both House and the audience know, last week, that he was worried sick about his abused, mistreated, misunderstood, vulnerable best friend?

I can't complain about the House-Wilson dynamic this season, because there is no House-Wilson dynamic this season.  I've adored watching Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard revel in each other's company each time they're on screen together.  I've cheered on the rare occasion when they've been able, solely through their skills as actors, to overcome the horrid writing and convey true glimpses of the complex men each has worked so hard to create.  And I've sighed sadly when even they are unable to overcome the writers' lack of characterization and continuity, and a scene between them comes off forced, or phoned in.

The plotline involving Wilson last night is a prime example of the reasons for my despair.  Yeah--I get that Wilson is a good-hearted, sincere, upstanding fellow who was about to let a patient walk all over him.  I get that it was House's job to prevent that from happening.  I even get that the writers may have been attempting to convey to us a Deep Message about the way the two are always looking out for one another.  What I don't get is why they couldn't give us a lousy three-second shot of House staring after Wilson, concern evident in his eyes, a la season one [just as, last week, I wanted the same three-second shot of Wilson's eyes, brimming with compassion, as he looked at his ill, defeated friend].  Instead, they left us to figure out for ourselves what House had done, and why.  And I'll tell ya--after last night's show, I visited a few chat and message boards, and was unsurprised to discover that the majority of posting viewers had totally missed the well-hidden intent of the plotline.

I want House back.  I want Wilson back.  I want the House-Wilson dynamic back.  And--because I am a foolish optimist, with unshaken faith in Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard--I will continue to watch the show faithfully, awaiting the day when the medical mysteries again capture my avid attention, the day when the writing again makes me laugh and cry and sigh and snort, all in the space of five minutes--the day when House and Wilson, the current confusing and separate entities, become again House-and-Wilson, two intriguing "halves" who make the most complex "whole" on television.  Or until the writers succeed in running the show into the ground.  Whichever comes first.

Thoughts 
28th-Nov-2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to give the season/show a try each episode, but there are just things that just don't work for me. But I'm not saying everything has been bad, I've really loved some things. (Maybe it's the fact that I don't have a already made season dvd in my hand that's mixing me up.)

But here has been many confusing things, and also some things that could have been something big if they were used better. I mean IT WAS FINALLY LUPUS!
I really don't like the way House's has been. I can't even remember when he last popped a pill. I've even found myself missing all the gory scenes. I was so excited to see the rock star puke all over himself at the beginning.
I really did not understand 4:09. (I thank for explaining the meaning, cause I really didn't get it.)
I'm also really upset because all my favorite fellows are gone. I just began to like and appreciate CTB, but of course she got fired.The competition was okay at first, but then it got tiring. I may not like the new team all that much, but I guess it's better then nothing.

I'm obviously a House/Wilson fan, but like you, It's the House and Wilson dynamic that got me interested. Their relationship with each other, and others are really important to me.

I just got finished watching the Stacy Arc on my dvds. I can't say I really liked it, but I did enjoy it. I often found my self cringing and wanting to turn away, but there was so many good things happening, and I really wanted to find out what would happen next.

I honestly can't remember season 3 all that well, but I was okay with it for the most part. I agree that it was darker then the first to seasons, but it was good in its on way.

Also Cuddy's portrayal been bugging me. I've felt that's she's really given up and 4:09 kind of showed that, but it a good way. I think because we actually get to see Cuddy and how she's reacting to everything is much better.

I don't mind the angst. I think I like angst the most because it's easier to see all the inner and outer conflict.

I'd don't know how I would react without Wilson. I don't even want to think about it.

I'm really trying to be patient. Maybe in the long run, everything will look like it fit together all along. I'm probably thinking too much about the show, I should just enjoy it like (sort of) said. I'm not going to give up on the show, I still love it.
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I feel much better after reading all the comments.

28th-Nov-2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'm probably thinking too much about the show

i'm laughing in complete empathy with that feeling--but hey, that's why we're all here, right? ;)