May 25th, 2006

A Pocket Full of Murder

HOUSE: "No Reason"

Wait, before I forget -- again -- because I have a brain like a broken sieve --

Happy Belated Birthday, jalara!

Sorry I didn't catch you on the day. I suck at birthdays. :(

Anyway, on to the topic of this post. I've been reading quite a few comments about the House season finale, many of them surprisingly (to me) negative. I realize that not every story is to everyone's taste (and I can certainly think of any number of things about this one that might not have been to people's liking) but some of the reasons that have been given for the dislike strike me as... well, bizarre, to say the least spoilery example #1Collapse ). And even from those who enjoyed the episode I've seen some fairly odd interpretations of events spoilery example #2Collapse ).

Well, far be it from me to tell other people what they must or must not like. However, I do think that this was a well-written, effective episode and a perfectly legitimate season finale -- not as good as "Three Stories", of course, but then what is? -- and many of the objections being made about it are inconsistent, irrational, and/or the result of careless viewing. (Except for the "EW THAT WAS THE GROSSEST PATIENT CASE EVER" objection -- that one I entirely sympathize with.)

But anyway, gross-out factor aside, it was not a bad episode. Here's why:Collapse )

I've watched the episode twice now, and while I won't say it's the best thing ever, I think there's enough there for some pretty meaty analysis and speculation, and it hasn't done violence to my understanding of the characters or screwed up the balance of the show, which is all I would really hope for in a season finale.
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