Friday, June 1, 2007

REVIEW: House M.D., Season 2

House M.D. - Fox - 2005 - 9/10


Hugh Laurie reprises his role as genius diagnostician and constant cynic Dr. House and the the rest of the team, Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps), Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Dr. Robert Chase (Robert Sean Leonard), are back. This season continues the Stacy storyline - showing new sides of House as he struggles with emotions he has kep locked away for a long time. The rest of the team deals with equally strong emotions as Cameron struggles with death and loss while Chase makes a costly mistake that forces House to make a difficult choice. Foreman concludes the show battling a powerful foe and coming to grips with his family problems while making a cruel, selfish choice for his own gain. Cuddy's search for a sperm donor becomes more evident, forcing House to criticize her. Wilson's marital problems bubble over once more and this time he moves in with House forcing their relationship to move to a different level of life advice and force choice. As usual, House takes each new change in stride - or rather he nurses a strong opinion for a long amount of time while keeping it to himself until he unleashes it in an argument-induced rage.


Hugh Laurie continues his tour de force as Dr. House and his brillance and contribution to this role knows no bounds. He is simply amazing. The supporting characters each get their own chance to sign in this series as they begin to get fleshed out a little more. Chase is given more humanity and more general depth, Cameron's softness and care is explained, and Foreman's lack of attachment and parallels to House are continued. Cuddy's attempts at happiness continue to show her motherly instincts and Wilson's new changes show his weaknesses that strengthen his character. Stacey's character however seems to follow an unlikely and unpredictable path, and how she makes her choices is left somewhat in the air. Her story is the main weekpoint in the progression of the characters in House. The writing and directio continues to be solid, and the sparse and far between "connection" of episodes with Stacy's storyline helps bind the episodes for awhile, but does not last long. When that happens, the show devolves into little vignettes until, when the last three episodes comes along, returning abruptly to a three part episode. These episodes show how great the show could be if it chose a different course - a course of conjoined episodes that build on each other.


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