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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

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.

29th-Nov-2007 11:48 am (UTC) - Re: dreams or hallucinations?
she explicitly stated on her LJ that she doesn't think a physical relationship between House and Wilson makes sense to her version

which is a large part of the reason i adore her! i don't know what you read into my dream--but i'm not a slasher. i'm not even a shipper! to me, the house-wilson dynamic doesn't involve romance; nor does it involve sex. i see the house-wilson dynamic as a bond that transcends that of brothers [to paraphrase a beautiful line from star trek--tos].

if you've ever read any of my fiction, you're aware that i don't write slash. never have. don't read it either. so i'm giggling, and a bit curious [okay--a lot curious] what made you think i was referring to sex? or to anything other than their amazing stupid, screwed-up friendship?

ETA: forgot to ask--what's BGW? [maybe i should know, but i haven't had coffee yet....]

Edited at 2007-11-29 12:08 pm (UTC)
29th-Nov-2007 06:35 pm (UTC) - Re: dreams or hallucinations?
Hah, whoa, sorry! I don't have time to read a lot of fiction and when I do (and I know this is bad form), I don't always remember who wrote it. So meta-posts on the content of the show and fanfic posts are totally separated in my mind, anyway.

I was idiotically assuming everyone on the H/W comm was a slashing shipper. Apologies!

Anyway, BGW = Big Gay Wilson. It's kind of a tongue-in-cheek reference to Big Gay Al on "South Park". Whether or not you slash House and Wilson, I am really curious to hear what you think of Wilson's feelings towards House. While I somewhat understand your point about their relationship transcending that of brothers, in my mind, transcendental friendship usually involves romantic love.

I actually don't think in canon that the characters of House and Wilson are having sex offscreen or that they ever will. I do think there is the canonical possibility of Wilson harboring unrequited love for House and (while I know that makes me sound like the teenage girl I actually am) wrestling with some deep-seated sexuality issues.
29th-Nov-2007 08:18 pm (UTC) - Re: dreams or hallucinations?
quite all right! not a slasher, but the house_wilson community has accepted me and my friendship!fic warmly and kindly anyway, bless them!

i've never seen south park, so i'm afraid the ref was lost on me.... as to wilson's feelings towards house? i think they're as complex as house himself [and how's that for a pseudointelligent copout? hee].

oh, and btw--if you'd like a short [600 words] taste of my writing, i just posted a brand new one-shot right here.