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18 May 2010 @ 02:27 pm
House 6x21: Help Me  
Really, show? That's the note you want to end the season on? Really?

I mean, I'm sure various fans will be delighted, but it seriously leaves a bad taste in my mouth. That last scene really undermines Lisa Cuddy, who wasn't exactly the world's most richly developed character to start with. She gets engaged, and then the next day realizes, oh, wait, she JUST CAN'T HELP LOVIN' THAT (OTHER) MAN, and of course everything's all BINARY (she can have Lucas OR she can have House BUT she can't have anyone or anything else, right), so she has to kick Lucas to the curb? A guy who, until a few hours ago, was so important in her life she was going to marry him? A guy who doesn't dick her around and undermine her at every turn?

Look, I like the character of Greg House, but that's because he's so fascinatingly screwed up. He's done nothing to earn this. Nothing. He's crude, rude, and cruel to anyone who shows him the slightest kindness. He has decided his therapist can't make him happy and walked out of therapy, and his best friend has realized that a different relationship makes him happier and is pulling away. One moment of stepping outside himself long enough to talk a victim into accepting amputation, no matter how much he uses himself as the counterexample, really isn't enough redemption for everything he's done before. Making one human connection (that backfired on him) isn't enough to redeem his character, either. And having his lustbunny show up to say she loves him after all really isn't enough to counter the horrible mental space he was in five seconds earlier.

Could that ending have felt any more tacked on? The best I can come up with is that he is actually hallucinating. Which would also annoy me, because the show has already gone there and because I'm kind of sick of big! dramatic! stuff! without consequences.

That said, Thirteen asking for time off? So she might go away? That makes me happy-dance, I'll admit. I could get used to Taub/Chase/Foreman. Sure, women are underrepresented, but given how offensively the show writes women anyway, I can live with that.

Then again, maybe it's time to punt this show to the curb. Six seasons of "how cool is [faked!] medicine?!" is probably more than enough.
Frith: Atlantis - fanficfrith_in_thorns on May 18th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
I just watched this a few minutes ago, and I was left with basically the exact same reaction. I just... he's in an utter pit and then Cuddy walks in and everything's shiny and happy? I don't care if she's his ultimate aspiration in life, whatever, that was just... NO. Not how it works.

Also... she has a kid. I don't want to try to imagine what growing up with House as a father figure would be like, I really don't.
michelel72: SGA-RodneySam-Sadfacemichelel72 on May 18th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad it's not just me.

Yeah, there's a term for when that happens in fanfic, and it's not a compliment.

And ... seriously. Poor Rachel. Lucas seemed to be reasonably good with her, too, and of course he'll suddenly vanish from her life. And I know tons of people with bad parents turn it around and manage to be fantastic parents themselves, but ain't no one gonna convince me House is one of them. Not without a good decade of trying first.
Stacie: TV: House (YOU)sheerpoetry on May 19th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
I was looking for pictures of last night's episodes and came across your entry.

I was also seriously unhappy with where House and Cuddy ended. Though, he did finally admit he's amazingly screwed up and might be ready to fix himself. (You know, ignoring that whole hallucinating thing.)

Also: I am SO not sure whether they actually got together or not. In a way that made me throw the remote at the TV...
michelel72: Cat-Gonzo-Roundmichelel72 on May 19th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Welcome! Yeah, it was ambiguous even for the 'shippers ... and I'm skeptical that this occurrence of his realizing he's screwed up will somehow be the one to stick ....
Stacie: TV: TBBT (Sigh.)sheerpoetry on May 19th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'd SO like for this one to stick...if it actually happened. (Though I'm not exactly thrilled about the whole Cuddy-thing.)
Four months. We can handle that, right? o_O