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Laurie carries the show
on 2 August 2007
As a proud TV-series Junkie, House M.D. didn't pass me unnoticed. In the beginning, I was absolutely thrilled. Hugh Laurie posing as an eccentric genius cripple doctor, included with black belt sarcasm was a real refreshment to the 13 in a dozen main characters new shows usually offer. I often found myself doubling over by his one-liners (Hugh's timing is impeccable.)
The patient (a.k.a. the puzzle) was always interesting and I always found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what they would come up with this time. The supporting cast is nice, (supporting being the key word) Camaron is a pretty lady who has the tendency to go all golden retriever on the poor patients, Chase has, as quoted: pretty hair, and Foreman is the guy with the biggest mouth of all 3. All in all, nice characters with great potential.
So there's my complaint: why isn't that acted upon? There's barely any character development throughout the season, and every episode follows the same strict formula:
1. patient goes down with strange illness, is wheeled into the hospital. 2. House is assigned to play Sherlock with his merry band of helpers. 3. Initially, everything they dish out is not working or even worsening the condition, 4. house finally finds the key 5, figuring it out in his genius mind while whirling his cane or jojo. problem solved.
Now I'm not saying that's bad. The show is good, and anyone looking for some comic relief, without an actual comedy should certainly watch this. The problem is that the show isn't "great" like it could've been.
I wish they'd put in some episodes not revolving about some interesting illness. Maybe they should follow ER's example. The best ER episode, in my opinion (I wish I could tell you the name, but don't remember) was the one where the main characters were stuck in an empty building during a snowstorm, initially going there to attend a lecture. Forced to sit out the storm, they entertain themselves. Result: some great character exploration. For once they weren't doctors dishing out difficult to pronounce names and walking around in white coats: they were people.
And that's really what I'd like to see on House. Just an Ep outside of the hospital. Some different storytelling. Wouldn't it be great to have the whole merry band (House, Wilson, Cuddy + the 3 ducklings) together in a situation that didn't involve any illness? Sure, the makers of th show often show us glimpses into their lives outside the hospital, but they're all too interesting to just leave it at that.
By now we've come down to the final and most important question:
"Should you buy this?"
If you're looking for an entertaining show with good actors, an acceptable, though thin plot, a main character who is an eccentric genius (and all the witty oneliners you'll ever need) then this is your show. If you're looking for something with more depth, then you might just watch it on tv first to make a conclusion.