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27 September 2007 @ 01:04 am
Tee Vee  
I've been feverishly refreshing TV Torrents looking for the season premiere of Scrubs.
Then I looked again at the schedule and it airs on 25/10, not 25/09 as I had previously thought.
A whole extra month! :(

Oh well, until then I'll have to keep myself busy with Heroes, How I Met Your Mother, Survivor, QI, Californication, House, Corner Gas and My Name is Earl (the season 3 premiere screens some time in the next 24 hours).

There's also Dexter, but since the first two episodes of season 2 got leaked early, it's going to be mid-October before a new episode is out for that anyway.

The question I put to the fellow scurvy pirates reading this is: are there any awesome shows coming down the pipe at the moment that I'm missing?
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Jacobyak_boy on September 27th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
Re: Hammer time
Oh, believe me, the show is deeply flawed, and I question myself over why I watch it.

House is meant to be the medical Sherlock Holmes - and they aren't subtle about the connection. House (Holmes, get it?) solves the medical mystery as his trusty friend Dr Watson Wilson watches on. If that's not ramming home the allusion, House actually lives at number 221B. It's very much a mystery disease of the week scenario.

I don't know why, but I find the whole thing very compelling viewing - the medical stuff is interesting (although I have no idea how accurate; apparently the most accurate portrayal of medicine on TV is on Scrubs - no kidding) and the show is filled with plenty of humour and pathos. And like the accent or hate it, Hugh Laurie's performance as House is actually superb. His accent is apparently so convincing that, when he auditioned, Bryan Singer apparently singled him out as a "real American actor".

So, that's what's good about the show. What's bad about it really is how formulaic it is:

On an episodic basis it is that whole mystery/disease of the week. The episode opens with someone collapsing, roll credits, cut to House's boss trying to convince him to look at the patient (apparently because he's such a genius he's allowed to only treat cases he finds interesting), he makes a diagnosis and starts a treatment, the patient gets worse, new diagnosis and treatment, patient gets even worse (now, they're DYING), eventually House has a Eureka moment and figures out what's going wrong with the patient (sometimes this happens after the patient is too far gone to save, but there'd be no drama if the odd patient didn't go toes up).

That summarises every episode.

But that's actually not really the formula that's the problem. The problem lies in the overarching storylines; the stories that go on over multiple episodes. That formula is extremely frustrating because it's all about the status quo.

Every single multiple episode arc involves something coming in and disrupting the status quo - and even more annoyingly it always changes the status quo (cue dramatic music) forever. And, in case you didn't see it coming, every story arc ends with everything somehow going back to how it always was.

To me, the sign of a truly great show is one that isn't afraid to really mess with the status quo (see: Whedon, Joss), one that uses disruption to the status quo for dramatic effect (will things ever get back to normal? find out next week) is just head against the wall frustrating.

And that's my issue with House - the show annoys the absolute crap out of me, but still I watch it. Why? To be honest, I'm not sure, but it's probably got a lot to do with Hugh Laurie.