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Thoughts on House S7?

I hate being over a week behind everyone else this season due to my refusal to get television. Anyway, having watched "Unwritten" and read an interesting post on the subject by readingrat , and another on House_Wilson that I want to credit but can't remember, I am seriously wondering where the writers are going - with House/Cuddy, with Sam/Wilson, and with the show in general.

There's been some speculation that House and Sam's conversation about the Jack Cannon series, in which House asks "Why can't he love them both?", refers to a possible future relationship with Sam, given that he seems to have a lot more in common with her than with Cuddy. Personally, I much prefer the interpretation that House is learning to like Sam and may actually be able to share her civilly with Wilson - that is, that the "he" in question is Wilson and not House. But that in turn would suggest that Sam/Wilson is long-term viable, and what are the chances of that, given Wilson's track record? (House/Cuddy, as portrayed so far on the show, seems clearly not to be. And it's really pissing me off that they are both being written so out-of-character when, given who they are, there should be plenty of fodder for humor and drama without resorting to that.)

There's also House's outrage at Alice Tanner's decision to end her series on a cliffhanger, which I think we should take as a warning. I don't know if there are any guarantees for an eighth season of House, and at this point I'm almost hoping not (much as I regret coming so late to this party), but I think we should be prepared for a major lack of resolution - not just about the ships (although god would it make me glad if House and Wilson openly had the chance to choose each other, even if the actual decision was undisclosed), but about House's future. I'm expecting something very dramatic, given what we've seen so far - like House on the verge of choosing either life or death. Because I think that otherwise we'd just get death by accident or suicide (or, hell, possibly homicide) as the natural outcome of the character as written.

And while we're speculating, what reason do you think we'll be given for Wilde's leave of absence? What would make Thirteen say that things are "not okay" and leave a fake note before disappearing, but not without House's knowledge? I'm ashamed to admit this, but I actually started composing a story in the shower this morning in which Thirteen seduced Wilson after the truth-or-dare game in Lockdown because she wanted to get pregnant, but then she had CVS to check for HD and House convinced her to abort when it came back positive. So if you have a better idea, please save me from myself! I'm begging you.

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cuddyclothes
Oct. 15th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
I think your fic would be more entertaining than the season has been. I'm a little too tired for thinky-thoughts right now, but I wouldn't read too much into anything. Laters.
yarroway
Oct. 15th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
I think the loving them both line referred to both House and Wilson dealing with each other's new relationship, that gaining a girlfriend doesn't mean losing a...friend.

Wilson's track record includes like a 7 year marriage to Bonnie, IIRC, so it's not inconceivable that he and Sam could last a while. We haven't seen enough of them to really gauge much, but they lost me as a fan when Sam got Wilson to move House out (you can't convince me that isn't how it happened), and then broke up with Wilson in the milk argument, and then asked him back within 2 days.

House/Sam? I could see it happening as a fling. I'd cheer.

Thirteen--I don't know or care why the character has gone, I'm just glad she left. If you want me to argue you away from your scenario, okay. How about this? Wilson has been married three times and has no children. He strikes me as very rigorous about birth control. Also, he's aware that Thirteen is on the list of candidates most likely to have an std and would not touch her without wrapping her in Saran Wrap first. I know I wouldn't.

flywoman
Oct. 15th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
I agree with your interpretation of loving them both. And I would never try to convince you that Sam didn't pressure Wilson to have House move out.

Sam and House... I don't know. House doesn't really seem to do flings. Except that one time when Nolan kind of tricked him into it and watched to see how he would handle it (which scenario was totally ridiculous imo).

I definitely agree that Wilson would be careful - it's in his nature generally, and he's managed to avoid having children thus far. LOL, I totally agree about the Saran wrap, too. I did try to take this into account while I was coaxing my spark of an insane idea into a full-blown ficlet.
yarroway
Oct. 15th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
And that's just one of the many reasons Nolan should have his license revoked. Don't get me started. Broken is a shining example of what happens when writers don't do any research.

House has in the past done flings. In the episode with Stephen Fry, House reveals that he had one with Fry's gf back in college, and IIRC he told Honey the nutritionist that he wasn't always faithful. Unless he meant with hookers, he had either flings or seriously dated more than one person at a time.
flywoman
Oct. 15th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Not Stephen Fry, but his friend Crandall, right? He seemed to feel awfully guilty about it though. Some of us do learn from youthful mistakes. I had completely forgotten about his conversation with the nutritionist. Probably because I wanted to :P.
fleurione
Oct. 16th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Except that one time when Nolan kind of tricked him into it and watched to see how he would handle it (which scenario was totally ridiculous imo).
Mm, but even in this one House was devastated when Lydia chose her family over him, suggesting it was more than just a 'fling'..
flywoman
Oct. 16th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree, for him it meant more, however unrealistic his expectations may have been.
menolly_au
Oct. 15th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
Well, I don't know where they are going but I really hope this season gets a lot better quickly! I'm finding it hard to even care enough to download the episodes to watch them...haven't bothered to see what the reviews are like. I thought the House/Cuddy thing would crash and burn rather rapidly but they seem to be settling in for the long haul, though hopefully will be moved much more to the background.

I assumed that the Thirteen absence was something to do with the Huntingtons (though I honestly don't really care) but I like your idea :) I think the team is really out of balance though with just the three guys (and really what are Foreman and Chase still doing there???)

flywoman
Oct. 15th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Amen to moving the Huddy much more into the background, sister. Particularly given how it's been written thus far.

And yes, I think that they set it up towards the end of S6 (particularly in the lesbian bar scene) so that we would assume that the Huntington's symptoms were getting worse. And I agree about the balance being off. It's 1) really annoying that they can't seem to find an excellent female team member (especially given that med school classes have been gender balanced for a while now) and 2) really ridiculous that Foreman and especially Chase are still hanging around after six plus years. No self-respecting doctor would do that.
menolly_au
Oct. 15th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
I know it won't happen but I want a new female member of the team to be a bit plain and dumpy looking rather than another stunning beauty :)

flywoman
Oct. 15th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
I also would appreciate having someone who looked a bit more like the average nerd and not a supermodel!
fleurione
Oct. 16th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
I find it hard to see House/Sam. I think even if he learned to like Sam, he would get on better with her as a rival than a friend, and I don't see any situation in which House/Sam isn't going to hurt Wilson - and I don't see House doing that to him.

I'll need to rewatch that ep for a further interpretation on 'why can't he love them both' but I think my initial thought was House loving both Cuddy and Wilson (but hey maybe that's just my shipping glasses out to try and get Wilson into everything)
flywoman
Oct. 16th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
It's funny isn't it - House wouldn't hesitate to mess with Wilson's prospects of a relationship, like when he went along with Nora's assumption that they were gay partners, but I think he'd only try to sabotage an existing relationship if he thought it was for Wilson's own good. And even if they broke up independently, I find it hard to imagine House dating Sam given the incredible awkwardness that would create. I also think that House meant he could love both C and W (or that W could love both S and H), but then again, I'm wearing the same glasses ;).
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