REVIEW: HOUSE new episode 8X02 TRANSPLANT… it DIDN’T suck!!!

13 Oct

Time for the review of the second episode of the new season of House, “Transplant”, and PRAISE THE LOOORD, it didn’t suck! I was actually happy about this episode; It’s not that I think it was flawless, but I think it was a good start that sets a lot of possibilities for a good season. As I’ve said before, I think last season was crap, and that I think this season’s premiere was a safe approach that worked as damage control, saved a little rating, and was the best way to resolute all the hullaballo in as little time, so as to get back to business as soon as possible… I still think that. Never the less, I think that this new episode not only showed the “moving on” is going on a good direction, but I think the creators and writers have actually made good drama out of once regrettable situations. Foreman as a boss was actually good … I originally thought it was going to be Wilson, and it kinda broke my heart that it wasn’t… buuuuut, I have to admit that Foreman brings a lot of interesting conflict with him, while Wilson would be pretty much a House puppet in that position. Beyond that, I think it was a good choice that Wilson stays in his actual job so as to keep his relationship with House as it has always been.


I don’t want to tell much about the story of the episode because if you haven’t seen it then aaaaall of this will probably spoil it, and if you have, then you don’t need me reminding you. In general terms, House was put on bail because Foreman needs him at the hospital, there is a new girl working with him that shows a lot of promise, and things seem to be getting back on track. What’s different? House is different. He has gone through something like nothing before, he is broken hearted and has just had his whole world gone upside down. Everybody is judging him further than usual and he wants something to change. Why do I say that last part? Cause once again, he was set on not returning to medicine, on secluding himself from humanity and going into research… a good puzzle once again made him change his mind, but that doesn’t mean his “wants” and needs changed, it just means that, as he always says, people don’t change (that easily). The truth is behind all of that, he thinks he shouldn’t be mixing himself with people again, and he is (and with a bunch of new ones now), so that is going to be interesting.


Ok, so now, I just want to say that the scene where House firsts enters the room where the team of doctors –including Wilson- is tending to the patient (a set of lungs) was a real masterpiece. The tension between him and Wilson, as well as with the rest of the group is done perfectly, no over acting, no long dialogs, just plain body language and fine acting. It is said, concerning acting for film (meaning for single camera filming instead of live tv, multicamera or stage acting) that the acting has to be concentrated in facial expressions and conveying through the eyes, because of the nature of the media, and that is why I think this was great… without letting aside House’s over talkative nature and spark, the scene was concise and evocative, without being obvious and “soapy”. House used all the strength he could muster to appear strong and break through the awkwardness and tension, to make him feel empowered and everyone else completely shut down.


If there was something that bothered me a bit, it was the last scene, where Wilson comes and punches him in the face, followed by a dinner invitation. To contextualize a bit, Wilson was said to be over House once again, not wanting to have anything to do with him. House told him that he was welcomed to punch him in the face if that would make him get over their whole problem. Wilson still didn’t want to have anything to do with him, until finally, after House cured the patient, he changed his mind. Don’t get me wrong, I think it was a beautiful scene; it made me laugh and cry a little and it made me happy. What’s the problem, then? That it was not believable (again). House almost ran him over with a car and destroyed his friend’s home!!!! And the reaction was one we have seen before.


Again, I turn back to my mediocre film education to say, in the structure of a story you shouldn’t resolve a problem with the same solution twice; for a story to move forward and keep you interested, each conflict should mark a point of no return, where you can’t go back to what you had before, to what worked before… even if it happens in life, ordinary life doesn’t make a story. So, out of the top of my head I can elaborate this small series of events: On season 1, House was responsible for Vogler firing Wilson because of his own selfishness and pride. As a result of that, Wilson decided their friendship wasn’t worth it because House was an awful guy and was ready to leave Princeton. The day was saved at the end by Cuddy, House made googly eyes and Wilson folded. Further on, on season 3, when House was having a problem with Detective Tritter, it came to light that he had been forging Wilson’s signature on prescriptions. As a result, Wilson decided he was awful friend material and “dumped” him, only to later be humbled by his medical actions, calling him a good influence on the world and deciding to perjure himself and go to jail instead of him (that didn’t get finalized, obviously). At the beginning of season 5, after Amber died, once again Wilson decided to tell House he was awful and that he didn’t want to be anywhere near him and decided to leave Princeton. After much persecution by House, they ended meeting, House got on his good side, Wilson decided to unleash all his wrath towards him by throwing a bottle through an elaborate window mosaic on a church, and everything went back to normal. (See how it is even annoying that I repeated the word awful for the three cases… well that is how I feel when the show is so obviously repetitive). So anyway, even though it’s cute that they are friends again, Wilson can’t be that gullible over and over again, at least for entertainment’s sake, we should have seen House grovel for a long time, beg and redeem himself by something more than what he does every week.


That was all I had to say. I am still cautious about the future of this season, but I am happy to see that hope isn’t lost. Good episode, hope those who saw it enjoyed it and those who haven’t, go and see it. (I thought this was going to be a short one since it was not bad, but I seem to be incapable of that)



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