Thursday, May 10, 2007
Awwww.... vs. Meh
Some sweet moments at the end of Bones tonight (as in, Hodgin's not proposing this time so Angela does, and they hug whilst Booth and Brennan share a home-cooked meal..."awwwww"....) - whereas the night before on House...meh, not so much.
I often find myself lumping House and Bones together...not sure why, perhaps because they're both mysteries with quirky comedic characters. Perhaps because they originally aired back to back. Perhaps because both showrunners are clever funny Canucks. Who knows, but I do.
Bones continues to play the mystery light while exploring the intertwined personal relationships of the 'Squints'. It's gotten more and more Moonlighting and less and less CSI, and to its credit it's working. The mysteries are still twisty and interesting, but other things are happening. Characters and relationships are evolving. And changing.
Here's my buddy Hart on YouTube talking up the show...
There was also an interesting interactive element for tonights Bones episode - guest characters were given MySpace pages and you could log on and try to figure out the mystery ahead of time. I'm not sure how much it was accessed or if it made a difference in the ratings, but I'm sure the fanboy/girl's loved it.
House, on the other hand (and I feel I'm just going to get into a scrap with Diane), is starting to spin its wheels. It's seeming more and more like a season of 'do overs' and 'didn't really happens'. This weeks episode had Dr. House act kinda goofy happy throughout until he finds out Wilson doped him with some anti-depressants or something...and just like his whole addiction through line and the vengeful cop arc, things revert back to the way they were, sort of like it didn't actually happen.
Much like so much of the relationship stuff...like Wilson/Cuddy...or Chase/Cameron...or House/Everyone else...
Changing...but not really.
And hanging over this episode was the 'is Foreman really leaving' issue, and it's already feeling like a bit of a wank. If he is actually leaving, then get him out the door. Don't spend entire episodes talking about the why or who or what with him, just do it. And if he ends up changing his mind or getting his mind changed and he stays, then his resignation will be like 'it didn't really happen' again.