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House ( Do I Need To Say More?)
on 13 August 2008
To tell you the truth, I wasn't expecting much from this forth season. Sure I'm a big fan of House, but season three ended in such a way that left me somewhat disappointed, and I wasn't sure how the show was going to recover from that rather unexpected final. I also wasn't sure what direction House was heading in, and if they could improve on the otherwise brilliant previous three seasons. Thankfully it didn't take long for my fears to pass and I was proven wrong in the best possible way as House Season Four is exceptionally good.
Hugh Laurie (as usual) is remarkable as Gregory House, a doctor who describes himself in the final episode as a "...lonely misanthropic drug addict." He is supported by Lisa Edelstein (Cuddy), Robert Sean Leonard (Wilson), Jesse Spencer (Chase), Jennifer Morrison (Cameron), Omar Epps (Foreman), as well as the new members of his team (I won't spoil it by telling you who he finally hires in case you haven't yet seen it.) But all of these actors and actress are absolutely stellar in their roles. Doctor Wilson especially is unbelievably good though out the season. Whether he's kidnapping House's twelfth thousand dollar 1967 "Flying V" guitar or helping to diagnose a patient that's trapped at the South Pole, you can count on him to be fantastic. Everything about the series is pretty much perfect. The medical cases and patients are terrific, House's mind-games with Cuddy and Wilson are still brilliant, and the humour is well suited. Each episode really is superb and a masterpiece of creation, perfectly scripted, and planned out.
I thought that the last two episodes in the series were the best. Simply because the cast members are all at their personal best creating a very emotionally charged rollercoaster ride. The series final was the most moving forty five minutes I have ever seen on TV.
I did find the beginning of the series somewhat confusing, with people being fired left, right, and center, it was slightly difficult to keep up and remember who's who. But once the dust had settled and House's new team emerged out of the chaos things became clear (while still throwing up plenty of unexpected twists.) Plus we get to know the new characters pretty quickly thanks again to the wonderful writing and acting. It's a real shame that the season was reduced to only sixteen episodes due to the writer's strike, but those same sixteen episodes are well worth it.
It's almost unbelievable to think that I discovered House entirely by accident one night early last year while channel surfing. Now I can't imagine my life without it. House is truly unmissable. Ignore any critics that say otherwise. I highly recommend it as a must-see-at-all-costs show and I can't wait for the next season.