Entertaining Platt: House Series Finale – “Everybody Dies”
May 22, 2012 § 3 Comments
For just a moment, I thought the House series finale was about to deliver a great storytelling twist.
Don’t read past this point if you don’t want to be spoiled…
As Wilson gave a eulogy about his best friend, a cell phone started chirping. I hoped it would end up being Wilson’s, and it was, but I had hoped it would be waking him up rather than being something actually in his pocket with a message from Gregory House telling him to shut up.
In my imagination, the series ended with Wilson waking up in that burning building and maybe House was just a tumor-produced personality in his mind.
But, hey, I get it, the show’s never been about Wilson, it’s always been about House.
So, somehow, a burning roof fell on a crippled, drug-addled House, and he just managed to slip out the back without so much as a nasty burn, let alone crushing injuries. Somehow House managed to switch dental records with another guy without anyone noticing.
I understand that House has always been a modern day take on Sherlock Holmes, but ending the series with a death fake-out (especially one that makes no logical sense, unless we choose to believe that House was planning his patient’s death in that building from the start, thus making him a homicidal killer) is a pretty cheap way to go out. Yes, it’s something that happened in the Holmes books. But it also just happened on the BBC Sherlock Holmes show and it happened in the recent Game of Shadows movie with Robert Downey Jr.
If the fake demise of Gregory House was planned all along, why are the ghosts of Princeton Plainsboro Past, Past, Past and Past visiting Scrooge in the middle of an inferno? And why no Cuddy? (Behind the scenes, I’m well aware that Lisa Edelstein probably wouldn’t want to come back, but if you can’t have her sparring with House in those flames, why bother with Kutner? Kal Penn seems like a nice guy, but he’s no match for Hugh Laurie.)
I used to enjoy this show a lot more when it was focused on the unusual cases, colorful patients, the puzzles that required solving. It seemed to stop being that about the time of the bus crash that killed April a couple of seasons back. Then it became more of a soap opera: House goes to the insane asylum. House drives a car into Cuddy’s house. House goes to prison. House jumps a motorcycle over a shark-infested pool at the county carnival. Well, that last one never happened, as far as I know.
As television show finales go, it wasn’t great. It can’t stand up to the end of M*A*S*H or St. Elsewhere or Six Feet Under. As House episodes go, it was probably one of the weakest. Yes, it gives closure, but I don’t think it satisfies.