Wednesday, October 31, 2007

“No-one’s keeping score! You’re losing.”: House

Foreman’s back (baby) and better than ever. Though he had always been a strong character well-played by Omar Epps, Foreman was getting a little dull by the end of season three. This may have been because he was straddled with Foreman’s mini freak-out over becoming too much like House, which had worked fine as a character trait but as an actual plotline ended up making Foreman kinda irritating and whiny. No longer. The last couple weeks he served well as a slowly building B-plot, and this week he returns to the forefront. It’s a relief, really, to see Foreman is now closer to the guy we liked in the first place.

Even nicer was the developing relationship between him and House. Their respective progressions were hardly groundbreaking on a plot level – they start out both hating the situation and trying to change it, but by the end they’ve made peace with it – but what made it great was seeing these two as something close to friends. Laurie and Epps (both on high form, if this even needs stating) have a great chemistry, whether they’re locked in a battle of wills or just chatting friendlily (a rare sight that made a heart-warming final scene for this episode). It’s true that the writers have pitted these characters against each other many times before, and ‘Mirror Mirror’ was occasionally a little too reminiscent of the season two plotline where Foreman briefly became House’s boss. But lets not begrudge House a little story repetition here and there, especially not in a season of almost complete upheaval for the show.

The patient this week was my favourite of the season so far. The progression of his medical state was actually pretty confusing, but wisely sidelined. Instead he was used as a device to explore the remaining applicants for House’s team. He has something called mirror syndrome, a condition that forces the sufferer to read and imitate the person they’re speaking to, which creates a clever situation of the characters verbally confronting their own consciences. So it seems that Thirteen is scared, House has the hots for her, and Travis is bored and doesn’t want to be there. (There was also some cool stuff about Kal Penn, although I can't recall the specifics.) I could have done with a little more use of this idea, or with seeing some of Cole and Thirteen’s exploits.

I don’t have any more to say about this one, so I’ll stop. But I will note that House is now the show I most look forward to seeing every week, a status it hasn’t had with me since its first season. This is quite a resurgence, Shore and co., so please keep it up!

1 comment:

Uncle Ira said...

I’d just like to add that I think this was a particularly good episode for Cuddy. They seem to be trying to make her a little more active this season, and I think that’s a good move. The look on her face when House hinted that he might have switched her birth control pills was hysterical...