I watched the first episode of season six of the acclaimed House M.D. a few hours ago on FOX. I've been a big fan of the series, although I watch TV shows on DVD usually. So I've watched all five seasons within the past six-seven months, that's how I watch my TV shows, but now I'm trying to watch a show live on TV and its proving to be an annoyance.
Here's the central problem with House: They never change anything. Look at the first episode and one of the last episodes of season five, House is still a dick, still a maverick, same job, same people, slightly different crew (only two of the three aren't there, but they're still there a lot). Throughout these five seasons we've had all these possibilities: Vogler, a new team, Sandy love interest, Cameron being the boss, Foreman dying, Wilson leaving, characters being written off or never returning, Tritter, Huddy relationship, and you know what? NOTHING CAME OUT OF ANY OF IT.
The entire show is setting up conflict to resolve it again with no change to the formula or flow of the show. They're being super conservative about it and its making the show into a borefest. Even now, House was in a mental hospital, a love interest was introduced, and quckily done away with, and after one episode of him being in treatment, he's going to come back to being his old self next week. The show needs to take a damn risk. I'm sick of him always solving the case, always being right, always being on Vicodin. If your character can't form and be interesting, your show isn't interesting.
There are three shows I hold to high regards when I think of good television. ER, Angel, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Two of which come form Joss Whedon, and I like these shows because people FUCKING DIED. ER completely changed its starring line up not once, not twice, not even three times but four god damn times. And it lasted 14 seasons, granted it kind of went into "meh" territory near the end, but it lasted so long because they were able to write new characters with new inner-struggles and strife. Paitents didn't always live, doctors weren't always right, and sometimes people got fired, died, or left.
Same goes with Buffy and Angel. They're not doctor shows, but if the person is always right, then you're never wondering "what's going to happen next" because you know. House is turning into James Bond, but there's no action scenes to be blown away by, or hot girl eye candy to drool over. The humor is nice, but it doesn't last longer than six seasons.
Add on the fact that I started watching ER, Buffy, and Angel live on TV, right as they were announced as cancel, and it seems like the fate of House is obvious. Unless they start changing something in the formula, or at least killing off a few patients, the show is going to be canceled.
That being said, I'll be tuning in next week, at least so I can see what's going to happen with House and Cuddy.
Saw a midnight showing. A full review will be forthcoming, with a little announcement I guess. But here at the bullets:
All the actors and characters were fantastic. Tarantino is known for his characters, and this movie certainly doesn't break the trend
Very very long movie, midnight show ended at 2:50. Given some traliers and previews, that's roughly 2 1/2 hours. Be prepared.
Very funny, enjoyed all the plotlines and side stories, had a lot of charm as always, however
For a movie called Inglorious Basterds, they barley show up. You see more of a the German Inspector and Jewish French girl than any of the basterds. Side note: BJ Novak of The Office fame has four lines in the entire movie. Eli Roth has around five lines, so the only basterd you'll be hearing from is Brad Pitt.
Extremely long build ups to everything. We're talking a 35 minute set up to literally a five second death montage. I'm not exaggerating.
Zero action in the movie. I'm not complaining, but one of the people I went with was expecting "silly nonsense like Death Race" there is not a single fight scene or shoot out in the movie. All the violence is quick, its mostly talking. Just go in with the right expectations
Overall I enjoyed the movie, to what extent, not sure yet
This movie is destined for cult status. It takes some super ballsy moves that haven't been done before, but at the same time there are a few problems that are going to have people leaving the theater saying "I don't get it, why do people like this movie?" I would recommend it with the right expectations and fans of Tarantino, if you haven't seen something like Pulp Fiction though, you don't want to start with Inglorious Basterds.
PS. Love midnight crowds, clapping and cheering throughout the whole movie.
So, hate for another plug, but its all I got time to write. Actually fuck that last sentence, I'm not going to delete it, but forget its there.
I know there are at least six or seven people on GiantBomb who have listened to my TalkGames podcast before. Well got some bad news for people not up to date, it ended. The last podcast went up last night after five hours of recording which resulted to three hours of show. You can find the mammoth episode here (and directly download it) or go to iTunes and look up TalkGames and you'll find it in there.
Its probably the best podcast we've ever done, too bad the new guy Slade was introduced for the last show, because he was really good. I had a lot of fun doing the podcast but it had to end because it wasn't working anymore. That being said my co-host Tom Bowen will create a podcast soon and you'll find out more information as he updates his YouTube channel. I'll probably post a blog if it ever goes up as well.
I just wanted all the GiantBomb followers/fans of the show to see this was the last episode, and hopefully get some comments from them. I asked people to email me in the show, but more people have sent me PMs on GiantBomb then sent emails. So tell me what you think of the show, and any thoughts on the podcast, favorite moments? Favorite co-host maybe? Or maybe send me some suggestions for future podcasts im on. It would mean a lot.
Here you go. I'd give it a 3 out of 5 stars by the GiantBomb scores. I implemented my face being in the video since a lot of people have been clamoring I do it. Just to make sure it's me or something. 8 Comments