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Lavern08
05-22-2012, 08:36 PM
Who watched it and what did you think?

(I'll share my thoughts later) ;)

veinglory
05-22-2012, 08:45 PM
Durn, missed it.

Violeta
05-22-2012, 10:54 PM
LOL I've watched it. It was just like any other episode... except, when it wasn't. I loved the
twists and turns it took, some I saw coming, some I didn't. But loved them nonetheless.

I can't believe we have -already- reached the end of an Era.
So sad to see him go. . . :poke:

P.S. the ending song was A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

BunnyMaz
05-23-2012, 03:52 AM
I was initially really pleased that they didn't wuss out on killing House since it seemed like the right way to end his arc.

And then I was really, really pleased when they found a way to do that AND manage a happy ending. Very clever, and not what I expected.

frimble3
05-23-2012, 04:29 AM
Nicely open-ended, lots of room for speculation and fan-fiction.
I stopped caring about the show a couple of seasons back, when it stopped being about the medical mysteries, and became all about House and his endless suffering. Oh, the angst. I watch now because I have a buddy at work who loves it.
But this was a good wrap-up. And the final scene, and song, was great. Not 'Newhart' great, but way better than the 'Medium' finale.

And, it was preceded by a one-hour tribute to the people who made the show, the behind-the-scenes folk. That was thoughtful, to remember that it was as much a part of those people's lives for eight years as it was for the cast.

rhymegirl
05-23-2012, 04:29 AM
I watched it.

Interesting and surprising ending.

Susan Littlefield
05-23-2012, 08:23 AM
I watched it. I didn't like the first half so much, but the second part was excellent! Loved the ending.

Diana_Rajchel
05-23-2012, 08:52 AM
I'm still bewildered by the first part. If he was faking his death why in the hell did he DO the heroin?

Mclesh
05-23-2012, 09:09 AM
I was a bit disappointed. The first three-quarters dragged, but I did like the ending.

nighttimer
05-23-2012, 09:30 AM
My wife and I caught the last 90 minutes. House dropped out of our regular viewing habit years ago. We got tired of "The patient has a mysterious ailment which the idiot doctors will diagnose and/or treat incorrectly until the brilliant curmudgeon Dr. Gregory House figures it out in the last ten minutes and insults everyone within earshot for the first 50" storylines.

I had no emotional investment one way or the other. I didn't believe he was dead. I just thought there was too much airtime remaining for everyone to sing the praises of this miserable excuse for a human being.

For the hardcore fans who stuck it out to the bitter end, I hope they were satisfied. I did like the Warren Zevon choice for a final song. That was pretty cool.

Maryn
05-23-2012, 06:04 PM
Ugh. It had the icky not-right feel of one of their "special" shows, with a tenor and tone completely different from the usual episodes, diverging too far from the reason I like the show in the first place.

Here there be spoilers:
I intensely disliked that they brought back characters who left the show, many of whom looked different than they had, just so the audience could see them once more. Really, in death you've gained weight, or had plastic surgery? The afterlife is different than I'd have guessed. And what's bringing back old friends, departed and living, without Cuddy, or even mention of her character, as if she'd never existed? Glaring omission.

The so-called plot twist was a failure for me, too, as executed. First, James LeGros's body type doesn't match Hugh Laurie's--no competent ME is going to say, "Yup, dental records match, that's him, never mind the width of hips and shoulders, or the height difference of over five inches." I can't remember the nature of House's leg injury, but it's supposed to involve muscle atrophy and possibly bone damage, both still present in burn victims when the fire was extinguished before the bodies are nothing but ash and bones (according to "Bones," anyway)--and remember, firefighters were on the scene when the fireball exploded.

Second, computers record movements of files. You don't just swap dental records and nobody can ever tell. Well, maybe if you're a hacker or something, but not regular computer-literate types. There's also stomach contents, blood tests for all sorts of drugs, and more.

Which is not to say I dislike the concept of House faking his own death to be there for Wilson. I just thought it could have been done in a way far more in keeping with the show's canon. I'd have liked fewer guests, and only those plausible--House's ex, the lawyer, was friends with Wilson, wasn't she? If he'd asked her the right questions about the law, without spilling the beans, the ending could have been truly satisfying instead of sentimental pap.

Maryn, who felt cheated

Lavern08
05-23-2012, 07:03 PM
SPOILERS:

I never liked House - thought he was a selfish, mean-spirited jerk - Lurved the show, however.

So needless to say, I was really bummed when he and Cuddy (finally) hooked up. Yuck!

Was very disappointed when she didn't "visit" him while he was lying on the floor of the burning bldg. (although I read somewhere that it was Lisa's decision to NOT return for the finale)

I actually thought that the whole "faking his death so he could be with Wilson" thing would turn out to be another of House's self-serving stunts.

My guess is that Wilson's cancer will go into remission and he and House will return in a year or so in another series.

;)

Grrarrgh
05-23-2012, 11:07 PM
I feel rather like Maryn did. I especially don't understand how Wilson and Foreman watched the ceiling come down on House in the front of the house, but somehow, he, with his bum leg, having just fallen through the floor, managed to high-tail it to the back of the house and get out. Then he managed to hack into or physically break into the computers or offices of at least 2 different dentists, after apparently cleverly figuring out who the heroin addicts dentist was, and fool everyone into thinking he's dead, even though, as Maryn pointed out, the dead man's body was completely different from House's, the leg damage being a pretty huge giveaway.

I was surprised no one mentioned Cuddy, but I think I read somewhere she wouldn't be back for the finale, so I wasn't surprised to not see her. Although I would have thought they'd toss in at least one line explaining her abcense at the funeral.

I like the thought of he and Wilson tooling around for the next 5 months, but I can't stop trying to figure what he's going to do then. It was a noble gesture, but House isn't exactly old. He's going to have a lot of life left and what will he do with it? He's dead. He can't practice anymore, he can't contact most of the people he left behind, he can't show up anywhere because he faked his death. Maybe he won't care at that point, and he'll just face it and do what he has to do, but I would have liked to know if he had a plan. But that's mainly my own need to wrap things up. :)

Mclesh
05-23-2012, 11:16 PM
I feel rather like Maryn did. I especially don't understand how Wilson and Foreman watched the ceiling come down on House in the front of the house, but somehow, he, with his bum leg, having just fallen through the floor, managed to high-tail it to the back of the house and get out. Then he managed to hack into or physically break into the computers or offices of at least 2 different dentists, after apparently cleverly figuring out who the heroin addicts dentist was, and fool everyone into thinking he's dead, even though, as Maryn pointed out, the dead man's body was completely different from House's, the leg damage being a pretty huge giveaway.

I was surprised no one mentioned Cuddy, but I think I read somewhere she wouldn't be back for the finale, so I wasn't surprised to not see her. Although I would have thought they'd toss in at least one line explaining her abcense at the funeral.

I like the thought of he and Wilson tooling around for the next 5 months, but I can't stop trying to figure what he's going to do then. It was a noble gesture, but House isn't exactly old. He's going to have a lot of life left and what will he do with it? He's dead. He can't practice anymore, he can't contact most of the people he left behind, he can't show up anywhere because he faked his death. Maybe he won't care at that point, and he'll just face it and do what he has to do, but I would have liked to know if he had a plan. But that's mainly my own need to wrap things up. :)




I felt the same way regarding your first paragraph especially. Totally implausible.

acelticdream
05-27-2012, 08:11 AM
I didn't know it was a series finale until 2 hours before airing. I haven't watched much of this last season just, as mentioned before, they steered away from the patient/medical problem driven script to a House introspective script. I'd rather they had interspersed the introspective stuff throughout ... like they did in the beginning seasons.

And as mentioned in previous posts ... the overall ending doesn't make sense logistically (everyone has pointed out the flaws, so I won't duplicate). I think everyone involved in writing the script was trying to be clever, but failed.

While I think the show "jumped the shark" a season or 2 ago ... I do hate that it is ending. It was one of 6 shows I watch throughout the year. Now I'm down to 5.

Maryn
05-27-2012, 07:19 PM
Ooh, ooh, I just thought of something I'd have loved to see in the finale. Remember that cop played by David Morse who was so doggedly on House's case in one of the early seasons? I hated that story line, FWIW, but it provides useful backstory.

I'd have liked a final shot of Morse's cop standing at the, hmm, no spoilers, standing at the place where it went down, and saying, "Hm, something doesn't look right." With the implication that he's going to be just as determined to figure out what became of Gregory House.

Maryn, quite pleased with herself

frimble3
05-27-2012, 11:53 PM
Ooh, ooh, I just thought of something I'd have loved to see in the finale. Remember that cop played by David Morse who was so doggedly on House's case in one of the early seasons? I hated that story line, FWIW, but it provides useful backstory.

I'd have liked a final shot of Morse's cop standing at the, hmm, no spoilers, standing at the place where it went down, and saying, "Hm, something doesn't look right." With the implication that he's going to be just as determined to figure out what became of Gregory House.

Maryn, quite pleased with herself
Or, just after the credits, waiting around a corner in the road with the Highway Patrol. (Sort of a gift for those of us who watched all the way.
This also makes for a sequel: 'The Fugitives'.

Lavern08
05-28-2012, 12:43 AM
Or, just after the credits, waiting around a corner in the road with the Highway Patrol. (Sort of a gift for those of us who watched all the way.

This also makes for a sequel: 'The Fugitives'.

^ Yes, brilliant! http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/icons/icon14.gif

Vernie, also impressed with Maryn's ideas. ;)

Mharvey
05-28-2012, 12:53 AM
I enjoyed it. Didn't move me to tears, but it hit all the right emotions to make it a worthy ending to an incredible series. I got a little concerned at the wake, thinking "there's no possible way they can make this work well without some massive curveball."

And of course, David Shore read my mind. ;)

Susan Littlefield
05-28-2012, 09:45 AM
what is up with these spoilers that turn out white, and how do you make them invisible and then view them when they really are invisible?

Duh, now I get how you do a spoiler.

KTC
05-28-2012, 03:58 PM
I thought it was the stupidest series end ever. It was pathetic and not thought out. Horrible.

Susan Littlefield
05-28-2012, 08:33 PM
Kevin,

I liked how House showed humanity and selflessness at the end, because the entire series was about what an ass he could be. Yet, everybody loved him.

fireluxlou
05-28-2012, 08:37 PM
I enjoyed it. Definitely the end of the 2004 tv show era. :( Like I was sad Desperate Housewives ended too.

Lady MacBeth
05-29-2012, 07:02 AM
I enjoyed it.

DavidZahir
05-31-2012, 05:14 AM
I liked it very much. Me, I grew very tired of the medical formula a long time ago and loved how it became increasingly about the characters rather than the (usually wildly inaccurate, according to doctors) "mystery." Park, Thirteen, Foreman, Taub, etc. as well as Wilson and House and the others easily eclipse the esoteric medical stuff going on that I don't understand--and evidently if I did would know is all wrong.

Some of the above comments I find...odd. Cuddy was in fact mentioned. If you didn't notice, that was on you. As for a certain feat that House performed--he was very determined and got lucky. 'Nuff said.

The story moved me. I'll miss this show. A lot.

KTC
05-31-2012, 03:16 PM
Kevin,

I liked how House showed humanity and selflessness at the end, because the entire series was about what an ass he could be. Yet, everybody loved him.


On the contrary. Everybody loved to hate him. For me, the finale was a sickening cop out.

And the visitations and such...they didn't even make sense in the end, since he wasn't even planning to off himself. It's like they didn't know what to do with the ending. It was messy and non-sensical. So did not stay true to the series. YECH!

JanDarby
05-31-2012, 06:28 PM
I really, really liked it.

I'd been thinking that one of the weaknesses in the current season was that they'd gotten away from the serious chronic pain issues that are a factor in House's issues, and that I thought they portrayed brilliantly. He doesn't take drugs, as he pointed out in an early (first year?) episode, because he likes drugs, he takes them because he's in otherwise unbearable pain. (Okay, then he indulges a bit too much, but some portion of the drug is necessary.) Over the years of the series, the drug-taking and pain had become more of a joke than a significant component of his character.

But the last two episodes circle back around to the seriousness of it, which I thought made for a fitting ending.

Maybe it's just me, because I have my own serious chronic pain issues, but in the penultimate issue when he snapped when someone was trying to tell him he should be more understanding about Wilson's pain, and he rants a bit about how much pain he's in, and how he fights it anyway, so why can't Wilson? Well, that just pushed so many buttons for me.

Then, in the finale, I was getting bored with the hallucinations (never did like that story structure, which they've used a number of times), when the last ten or fifteen minutes happened. Yeah, there had to be some serious suspension of disbelief, but for me at least, that gap was redeemed by House's line, "Cancer is boring," and before that, when he says (paraphrasing) I'm dead anyway, so let's go live for five months. Me, I'm pretty sure that means he's going to intentionally OD as soon as Wilson dies, and, sad as it is, that's the perfect ending. Sort of like Thelma and Louise driving off a cliff. Sad, but so right for the story and the characters. Like Wilson, House has suffered enough that even his gift as a doctor doesn't require him to keep on suffering.

Alpha Echo
05-31-2012, 08:15 PM
I finally watched it and LOVED it! I'm disappointed the didn't bring Cutty back though. I expected her to be there. I thought it ended perfectly,*spoiler* though I was pissed House made me cry. Like, SOB. When I thought he was dead. I really loved how it was just House and Wilson, together on the open road there at the end.**

MsJudy
06-01-2012, 09:14 AM
I've got absolutely no problem with the logic flaws in it. Or the medical inaccuracies. Because that was never the point. The point was always Just how unlikeable and difficult can he be, and still be a fascinating character? They pushed the limits of every relationship he had, because they were pushing the limits with the audience.

Why do we keep coming back for more, when he's so awful?

Answer: Because we "get" him. We get the pain he's in. We get the way sometimes a puzzle or an obsession can take over and crowd out everything else, including other people's feelings. None of us would ever take it that far, but fiction isn't about what could really happen. It's about pushing beyond the limits of what could really happen, and finding out something more.

House's pain wasn't just physical. It was the pain of being smarter than everyone else. The pain of (almost) always being right, and having to invent conflicts between people just to keep life from becoming so boring it isn't worth living.

I thought the ending was awesome. And I can certainly picture him after Wilson dies, hanging out in public places and watching people and finding puzzles that need to be solved. Medicine isn't the only area where things need to be solved.

Gilroy Cullen
06-01-2012, 11:27 PM
It was okay. House fell off my viewing board because Fox moved it too much.

My only disappointment, really It wasn't Lupus.