April 13th, 2005
|02:24 pm - Hmm, didn't think I'd like this show|
So I watched my first full episode of the medical drama House last night.
I've seen bits and pieces before, and while the title character (aka Dr. Brilliant, Abrasive, and Cynical) intrigues me, as does the quality of the writing, I was annoyed by the sheer levels of cynicism he projects.
So I guess it was the fact that he was proven wrong and partially wrong in last night's episode--about human nature, anyway--that made me willing to like this show. I particularly was grabbed by the scene where House shows the Senator the positive result of the AIDS test, and the Senator maintains that he *couldn't* have AIDS, and lectures House about giving people the benefit of the doubt, even if it means sometimes being dissapointed. House listens, then orders another round of blood tests... and we discover that among those tests, he's testing for AIDS again, and discovers that the Senator was telling the truth. He *doesn't* have AIDS.
And in the subplot, too, House discovers that the patient wasn't lying. She wasn't consciously sleeping around, just sleepwalking down to her ex's apartment every night. *eyeroll*
May not watch this show every week, but I see why people do.
Current Mood: impressed
and I have been enjoying this show nearly since the beginning. House used to be a lot funnier, not just so painfully cynical, but the thumb screws have been tightened a lot since the beginning. At this point, he's just full-on biting the hands that feed him. He's not one to hold his anger or opinion in. I think I keep watching because I've discovered that I actually care about the characters. I love to hate Chi McBride's villian, Vogler. The actor and the writers have done a great
job with that character. I've never liked Chase (the blonde Aussie model-looking doctor), but then, he's turning into Minor Villian In The Ranks, which could be interesting.
The little side-plots with random people in the clinic aren't necessarily believable common situations. They're mostly used for comic relief and the occasional profound moment or unexpected perspective. They're usually those medical disorders that aren't big enough to warrant the Dying!Person main plot, but are still interesting and fun to explore.
House used to be a lot funnier
I got that he could be--I mean, I winced as he was giving his "speech", but it was also very amusing. House, you rebel, you.
I've never liked Chase (the blonde Aussie model-looking doctor), but then, he's turning into Minor Villian In The Ranks, which could be interesting.
Yeah, he was annoying--but in a good, conflict-potential way. *resists allure of Aussie accent*
I don't know if you watch CSI, but the final scene made me think about Grissom and Sara; the parallels are...interesting. Now I want to write fic with House and Grissom in it, to watch them interact and/or fight. :-)