House</i> has been an unexpected surprise to me in other ways too. I'm generally pretty informed when it comes to new fall shows and midseason replacements. But I had heard nothing about House until I caught a commercial by chance one night. My first thought was "Is that Hugh Laurie?" followed by "What the hell is he doing on an American TV show??". So, being a fan since I first saw him on Black Adder I tuned in even though FOX launching an intelligent and witty drama is about as likely as J Lo's current marriage being her last.
No surprise to any of you, I was impressed. I mean, I thought I could eviscerate people verbally, I bow before the king. ;) I liked the show a lot from day one. Last week I fell in love with it. And sometime between last night and tonight it hit me that this is my favorite show of the 2004-2005 season. Like Buffy, Farscape, and The X-Files before it, it's all about the characters for me. I could care less about the patient or illness of the week, it's the journey of the doctors and seeing how they deal with the latest life and death situation thrown at them that so fascinates me. Also like those others shows, House has ruined me for my other weekly regulars.
I won't go into detail because there really is no point in me wasting my time or yours, but in comparison to brilliant amd nuanced writing and acting I saw Lost in a new and unflattering light this evening. The flashbacks, once a clever way to reveal the history of our leads now seem like pointless time fillers. Characterization, sketchy and superficial at best, has now come to a screeching halt. And apparently because it was done out of love, we're suppose to overlook the complete suspension of logic of Charlie's actions. When Charlie and Claire are boring me, JJ you've got a problem.
I had really mixed feeling about this episode until the last five minutes. There were moments that I thoroughly enjoyed. Specifically, Sydney's paranoia manifesting itself and, much like Vaughn's confession a couple weeks ago, us being made privy to what's been haunting Syd. Sloane betraying her - a no brainer. Her fear that her father despises her because she's a reminder of her mother? That was a bit of a surprise. But, not the kick to the gut that was her pronouncement to Vaughn that he betrayed her by marrying Lauren. I loved that moment for several reasons. First, Syd has neither gotten over nor, perhaps worse, forgiven that as she claims to have. Vaughn may try to reassure her that he knows she wasn't herself when she said it, but you can tell both of them know better. The feeling is still there and while Vaughn may have earlier wanted to discuss that they needn't take it so slow, I'm sure he's rethinking that satnce.
OK, as much as I love Syd and Vaughn smooching that fight was damn hot (starting with the "on your knees"...um, I'll be in my bunk...). Reminded me a bit of Spuffy. ::sniff::
But, the very best part of this episode? The Dixon verbal smackdown of Sloane. Not just because that speech was perfect. Not just because it was about damn time that we were shown that Dixon hadn't forgotten about what went down with the death of his wife. But because the big problem with this season thus far has been our heros working with the villian. And Sloane needs to be the villian or at the very least the outsider who they are only forced to work with out of utter necessity. This one big happy family schtick just ain't cutting it. To now know Dixon knows it's all a load of crap and that's he's just waiting for Sloane to reveal the truth gives me hope that a truth will soon be revealed.
And now I'm going to yake a moment to brag, which will probably blow up in my face, but, oh well.....
I'm going to meet Bruce Campbell! I'm going to meet Bruce Campbell!
Well, me and anyone else who buys a copy of his new book. He'll be doing a book signing here sometime in July. Now, I *really* wish I had some Brisco County merchendise for him to autograph. Hmmmm, wonder if there is anything on ebay.....