House vs Heroes

Monday nights at 8 pm, I am still tucking children into bed and getting things ready for the next morning. Sometime between 9 and 10 pm, I settle in for an hour of recorded television. Every Monday, it comes down to a choice between House and Heroes.

Heroes is fluffy fun and I should be able to turn off my brain and escape while watching it. Instead, an irritating plot choice they made last season is going to be one of the main driving forces of this season and it keeps distracting me. There is no way to move beyond this point without something as ridiculous as ‘Pam dreamed it’. Heroes is capable of making common comic book themes look clever and making villains likable. They don’t seem capable of consistency.

House started off this season with a beautiful episode that secretly revealed that old sitcom sidekicks end up in psychiatric hospitals. It also sets the stage for the bi-annual House goes off and back on his meds season. Everyone ignores the lack of personal growth in the characters because they are so interesting to watch. No matter how darkly comic House is, eventually real life tragedies that prove there are no all-knowing medical detectives coming to the rescue will send viewers elsewhere.

I like both House and Heroes, but I secretly wish that SyFy would take ownership of Heroes and Dr. House would experience enough happiness to end the show.

2 thoughts on “House vs Heroes

  1. I finished the first season of Heroes this weekend and really enjoyed it but it was kind of bittersweet knowing the newer seasons have rather sucked.

    I finally sat down Saturday to watch the House premiere. I didn’t love it, but I feel the same way in that I want to see him overcome some of his issues and be slightly more functional, but it is true, it is his antisocial and assholish behavior that makes me tune in for the most part. If the snarky one liners ever stop…there will be no reason to watch the show really. I love that its basically a critical thinking/science based show (even if the science is made flashy for tv or isn’t based in reality). Its great that they make hypothesis and test them and adjust to what results they find. I think we need more shows like that in America.

    Zak absolutely hated this episode. He was dreading that he’d stay in the psych ward for more than one episode, but I was pretty sure they’d have to get back to House being in his normal habitat (which I saw happens from the preview).

    I suspect House MD can’t last for too much longer…they’ll want to quit while they are ahead. Plus, did you read the interview that @thesnarkeyone (I believe) posted about Hugh Laurie? It said the limp was starting to have a negative effect on the actor. That’s dedication…but I guess if I was getting paid as much as him, I might too cause myself slight physical harm, lol.

  2. Last season, they gave Sylar the best dialogue of the entire series. It’s a mixed bag show, but the good still outweighs the bad.

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