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House writers shoot the bull

In light of recent discussions and fic about the ending of "Out of the Chute," I thought that this L.A. Times interview with writers Moran and Kaplow was very interesting. In fact, they offer two alternative interpretations of House's state of mind, so it seems that we fans are justified in having many different takes on it!

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barefootpuddles
Mar. 18th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
I hate the idea that the people writing him have to different thoughts behind their words. Fans can have different interpretations, but an act like building jumping should have one clear motive on the character's part. Though I am a bit disappointed that neither of them saw it as a possibly suicidal act. It could have been as House could have missed the pool or broken his neck jumping into 5 feet of water from 60 feet up (I fell once 60 feet into a river and was black and blue all over. Plus I went down pretty deep, far more than 5 feet. Also I was 21 at the time, not 51 like House. Oh well, realism is not this show's strong suit I suppose). Watching the show I thought it was an intense bid on House's part to find something - anything - that brought a fleeting moment of happiness and that if he died, he no longer really cared. I figured he yelled "cannonball" when he realized he was going to make the pool, and he finally felt that exhilaration he was desperately seeking.

I do wish the writers would have mentioned what Wilson felt afterward and if House had seen him. The interviewer's questions could have been better IMHO.

Thanks though for linking!
flywoman
Mar. 18th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
I hate the idea that the people writing him have to different thoughts behind their words.
I know what you mean. This just reinforces my annoyance about the lack of characterization continuity that can't help but result when you have a bunch of writers working on the same overall project but lacking the same clear vision.

I do wish the writers would have mentioned what Wilson felt afterward and if House had seen him.
Me too - seemed like an afterthought for them, when it's the one thing all of the House/Wilson fans are obsessing about. Guess we can thank RSL and/or the director for making it central to the scene.
pgrabia
Mar. 18th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not a real writer, so I guess I can't criticize, but these writers appear, at least to me, to be very shallow in their thinking about who House is as a character. I agree with barefootpuddles. I think House was looking for something to move him or thrill him because nothing else does and that it was a self-destructive, possibly suicidal act. I can see the aspect of freedom from the expectations and rules of others. Cuddy put a lot of unspoken and spoken rules and regulations on him. Were they all wrong? No, but in my opinion most of them were unreasonable for a person who supposedly loved House unconditionally. Wilson is also very good with setting rules and standards for House, though I think he realizes that House will probably disregard them and cares for him anyway. House has always been a rebel. However, I think it goes much deeper and darker than that.

I think that the directors, producers and actors must take what appear to be shallow scripts and fill them out, make them meatier with subtext and deeper motivation in their interpretations of what's written. When you watch HL you see multiple layers of motivation, emotion and intent come through in his portrayal of House...and thank goodness.
flywoman
Mar. 18th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
I agree with you and barefootpuddles, I think. The thrill came from the risk of injury or death, and the freedom from not caring.

I firmly believe that the House character could not be beloved (certainly not by me) without the depths that HL brings to him. I think many of the writers just get off on seeing how outrageous they can make him, but HL conveys the kind of complex, damaged humanity that makes House a compelling antihero.
justjuly4
Mar. 18th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
I can't write better than Pgrabia and Barefootpuddles already did. I totally agree with their vision. I've read the interview with hope, but felt disappointed. There were much more dramatic subtext in the episode... Thank God, Hugh sees House as he does.
flywoman
Mar. 18th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Hugh is amazing.

As a(n amateur) writer, I'm always interested to see what the show's writers have to say, even when it makes me mad or disappointed. Producing a tv episode or movie (or play, to a lesser degree) is so different from writing fiction because there are multiple visions being integrated more or less successfully (writer(s), producer(s), actor(s), director being only the major ones). I find it fascinating in theory (although I suspect that I would find it very frustrating in practice).
menolly_au
Mar. 18th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
So it sounds like the one guy just thought it would be really cool if House jumped off something tall, at least the other guy thought that he might be depressed. You would really hope that a bit more thought went into character development than that...and oh yeah, we had hookers! hee hee..

flywoman
Mar. 18th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
No kidding, I'm starting to feel like the pitch for every script probably starts out with, "Hey, wouldn't it be cool if..."
blackmare
Mar. 18th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Isn't Moran the dude who brought us the Much Less than Three Stories episode this season?

If so, 'nuff said.
flywoman
Mar. 19th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Hee. He also wrote "Fidelity" and "Detox" from S1, but maybe he's been losing his touch lately.
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