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House M. D. - Season 6


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#1 of 176 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted September 21 2009 - 01:11 AM

House is back for a 6th season with a 2-hour premiere at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox.

From the previews, it's a bit of ""One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".


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#2 of 176 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted September 21 2009 - 02:11 PM

Fantastic episode. An embarrassment of riches in the way Dr. Nolan got him to confront issues he's been skirting around for five seasons now. It was also an embarrassment of riches in that we got two hours with nothing but Hugh Laurie as House. When you think of a normal episode, he's probably only in it about 50 percent of the time. Getting to see him tackle his character with no medical mystery of the week as a distraction was incredibly rewarding.

Finally, it was nice to see him follow through. How many episode have been built around a social occasion or milestone that provides House the opportunity to finally connect, building it up so we really think he's going to reach out this time, only to end with him home alone playing his piano or guitar? The moment in the hospital after Freedom Master took his leap was big, the moment where he allowed two patients to help heal one another by understanding them rather than simply diagnosing them was huge, and House's visit to his Russian lady's, well, house, was epic. I was bracing for him to destroy yet another family through his self-destructive behavior, but no.

I actually feel like they earned him getting out in one long episode. I hope that the man that returns to Princeton Plainsboro is the man who rode off on that bus, though. I'll be really disappointed if things go back to the status quo again.

(On a technical note, I loved the cinematography for this story arc: Starting with Kutner's death, the picture got murkier and murkier until the season five finale looked like absolute crap. After detoxing, the picture was crystal clear but utterly desaturated and bleak. The color came back little by little until the voicebox scene where it flooded back looking warmer and more inviting than the show ever had before.)


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Posted September 21 2009 - 02:17 PM

Incredible episode.  One of the best of the whole series.  The cinematography for this was fantastic.. incredibly good.  I thought the entire setup, storyline and method of this show were fantastic. 

I kept looking around the room for House to figure out a medical mystery.  It was great in that it made the audience want to believe that.  And in the end, the medical mystery is that not all mysteries are apparent or can be solved.  Great, great stuff.

Maybe the best of the series.  Talk about coming back with some energy!


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Posted September 21 2009 - 02:42 PM

Agreed, I can't believe how good that was. After a couple of seasons of mostly formulaic comedy, they just knocked that out of the park.

I loved that they managed to get a House cure in there, by the time it happened I thought they wouldn't even go there. I love that the cure was one of the more miraculous depictions of the series, but it works so well all due to House's personal journey. It was very different and I'm sure will remain unique for the show, just how it should be.

At one point I thought the story was so good it could have made for a great film, but then quickly realized it wouldn't work nearly as well if we weren't already so familiar with House-the-man. I think that's what makes it perfect television.

And now, in a way, the show premiers all over again next week!

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Posted September 21 2009 - 02:54 PM



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I actually feel like they earned him getting out in one long episode. I hope that the man that returns to Princeton Plainsboro is the man who rode off on that bus, though. I'll be really disappointed if things go back to the status quo again.
I doubt that there will be a reset button type moment to go back to normal, but at the same time, I could see if he jumps back a little bit since it's easier to change for strangers than for everyone he already knows.  That'd make sense to me, but just going back and resetting completely to normal would just annoy me on a show that's already done that way too many times.


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Posted September 21 2009 - 03:09 PM

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I doubt that there will be a reset button type moment to go back to normal, but at the same time, I could see if he jumps back a little bit since it's easier to change for strangers than for everyone he already knows.  That'd make sense to me, but just going back and resetting completely to normal would just annoy me on a show that's already done that way too many times.
Absolutely. I'm not expecting him to be as open with the Princeton-Plainsboro people as he was with Dr. Nolan. I am expecting him to build on what happened, though, so that behind the snarky one-liners he actually starts to integrate himself with those around him.


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Posted September 21 2009 - 04:02 PM

Just glad to have House back, hitting rock bottom in his psyche, but working his way back out of the darkness in his soul.



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#8 of 176 OFFLINE   Zack Gibbs

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Posted September 21 2009 - 06:03 PM



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Absolutely. I'm not expecting him to be as open with the Princeton-Plainsboro people as he was with Dr. Nolan.
Speaking of which, I'd really like to see Andre Braugher return. Their 'friend' moments were nice.

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Posted September 22 2009 - 12:07 AM

What a poingnant episode of TV. I love the subject of mental illness, and even thogh I watch The Mentalist, this episode of house felt much more organic. The acting was great by all involved. All the other aspects (writing, directing, set..) were also spot on.

It was fascinating watching someone who functions at such a high level deal with also having mental illness. I think once House kicked Vicodin, he could have continued on without the treatment he received (most people do), but I'm glad he received it.

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Posted September 22 2009 - 12:36 AM

It had shades of One Flew Over the Cukoos Nest but I thought it was a great House movie style length episode.

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Posted September 22 2009 - 04:54 AM

Never doubt the power of House.. grew in ratings half-hour by half-hour, hour after hour.. up from last year.  In this environment, that's pretty amazing.  But Fox has got to be happy.  "Bones" opened up higher then last year, up.  "Fringe" had a very small (2%) drop from last year's 2-hour premiere, and "House" is up from last year.  Fox has to feel VERY good about their lineup.

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Posted September 22 2009 - 04:54 AM

Excellent, excellent stuff.  HOUSE is always at its best when it bucks the mystery of the week formula and this episode bucked it more than usual.  It actually felt like "House - The Movie".  In a way, that's exactly what it was.

Of course, 2 hours of Hugh Laurie, Franka Potente (German, not Russian), and Andre Braugher is hard to beat.  I absolutely expect to see Brauer back.  They connected, and House trusts him now.

Here's hoping this really  changes House as we move forward.

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Posted September 22 2009 - 05:19 AM

I wonder how much more vibrantly Hugh Laurie wanted to perform in the talent show, but had to downplay his instincts due to being House.

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Posted September 22 2009 - 05:57 AM



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Excellent, excellent stuff.  HOUSE is always at its best when it bucks the mystery of the week formula and this episode bucked it more than usual.  It actually felt like "House - The Movie".  In a way, that's exactly what it was.

Of course, 2 hours of Hugh Laurie, Franka Potente (German, not Russian), and Andre Braugher is hard to beat.  I absolutely expect to see Brauer back.  They connected, and House trusts him now.

Here's hoping this really  changes House as we move forward.
Trouble is the show now has to go back to its normal setting.  This episode has pointed out what the biggest problem has become for the show.


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Posted September 22 2009 - 06:12 AM

This single episode of House was the most moving and profound thing i've seen on any television show.

It's something that I as a viewer have been starving to see since I began watching.

I really can't find any words to sum it up so I will just say one...magnificent.

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Posted September 22 2009 - 08:40 AM



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I wonder how much more vibrantly Hugh Laurie wanted to perform in the talent show, but had to downplay his instincts due to being House.
I sort of expected a piano solo type thing instead of him helping out with the rapping.



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Posted September 23 2009 - 02:31 AM



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Never doubt the power of House.. grew in ratings half-hour by half-hour, hour after hour.. up from last year.  In this environment, that's pretty amazing.  But Fox has got to be happy.  "Bones" opened up higher then last year, up.  "Fringe" had a very small (2%) drop from last year's 2-hour premiere, and "House" is up from last year.  Fox has to feel VERY good about their lineup.
 
Not to knock House, but this is actually a perfectly normal pattern for TV shows.  Most shows on most nights build their audience every quarter hour as regular viewers who were late getting to the set tune in or people who get bored by other shows change the channel.  Anytime you see a show that holds steady or loses audience as it goes along, you're looking at a show that's in trouble. 

Anyway, I really enjoyed the premier. The first half, "House Flew Over the Cuckoos's Nest" was fun, and the second half was even better.  It will be interesting to see House 2.0 try to reintegrate into his old life, and especially to see how his relationships with Wilson and Cuddy are affected.  (I must say that I'm surprised nobody ever stated the obvious - In the hospital scene when House describes Andre Braugher's character as friendless, work-obessed and lonely.  He's describing himself, of course, but I wish that had been more directly acknowledged by somebody in the show.)  

From what we saw in the preview, I'm not so sure that House is going straight back into his old life.  I think there may be a week or two of working things through before he is 100% back to his old life, if indeed he ever is.

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Posted September 23 2009 - 11:24 AM

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Not to knock House, but this is actually a perfectly normal pattern for TV shows.  Most shows on most nights build their audience every quarter hour
 But hardly any shows grow year-to-year any more, much less grow their timeslot 170 percent over the previous year.


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Posted September 23 2009 - 03:11 PM

fantastic episode. I wish we had more of this style

Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers, Lo, there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning, Lo, they do call to me, they bid me take my place among them, In the halls of Valhalla,where the brave may live...

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Posted September 23 2009 - 05:43 PM

Great show. i have seen all episodes of this show and also excited for season 6