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It's House - - In It's Fifth Season,
This review is from: House Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)
After the explosive, unexpected, tear-jerking, and edge of the seat final two episodes of season 4, it's safe to say that I was very eager for season 5 to begin. It picks-up approximately two months after seasons four finished and House owing to the fact that he hasn't spoken to Wilson since Amber's funnel, is on edge when Wilson comes back to the hospital for the first time.
I felt that the season had a slightly shaky start. The first few episodes while decent fail to inspire and were not the strongest point in the history of House. Thankfully when things get going, they really get going and its well worth sticking through it.
The season is considerably more serious than those before it and has a number of darker undertones. Foreman seems to be failing as the head of a department, Thirteen is trying coming to terms with her Huntington's disease, Taub is unhappy, House finds his world collapsing around him towards the brilliant final few episodes, and Kutner - well I'll just say that you'll be shocked and disturbed with episode twenty.
A benefit to the series is that we get even deeper into House's character as well as the other main cast. We begin to see more of Cameron and Chase through the season which I was glad to see as they were almost non-existent in season four.
Highlights of the season include Wilson loosing his temper, House hiring a Private Investigator, Cuddy adopting a baby, and House trying to be nice to his patients. However the most enjoyable scene was watching Wilson drunk and enjoying himself with a striper.
Everything that made House so good in the past continues in the fifth season, with perfect acting, amazing plots, and that comic element that Hugh always manages to inject.
But for me the best part has to be the season final, I knew it was going to difficult if not impossible to top the end of season four, but the story is so unexpected and shocking it makes for a real cliff hanger.
However there were a number of small issues that I wasn't happy with in this season, nothing that serious but a few things I feel that I should still mention.
I don't like what has happened to the character of Doctor Eric Foreman who seems to have been dumbed down considerably and comes across as more of a less vocal, less confident, and less intelligent character than in previous seasons. Quiet often you'll see him sitting down staring into space adding little or nothing to the team efforts.
At one point House is forced to diagnose a 'patient' at gun point, while the episode and its story is good enough, I was surprised at House's attitude and in your face defiance with the gunman. Considering that he was shot several seasons before, I feel that it would be highly unlikely that he would have such composure when faced with another gun.
I'm also really beginning to dislike the very repetitive tread for characters to be fired, or resign only to be rehired several episodes later. They've used it so many times for so many of the cast that it's lost all impact.
However after all that is said, I'm still perfectly happy with House and it remains one my favourite shows.
It's great that House is still going strong after five seasons with such a committed fan base. While I do have a few small issues with this season, I still feel that it's one of the best shows on television and an essential DVD boxed set to buy. If you're new to House than I suggest that you begin with the first season and work you're why up to this point, it won't take long when you get hooked. If you're a House fan then this season is a welcome addition.