Thursday, November 30, 2006

Season 3, Episode 9: "Finding Judas"

You might be wondering (yeah, right) why I didn't post last week.

That's because I'm running out of ways to say that I basically hate the character of Detective Michael Tritter with a sense of horrible loathing, while still loving David Morse, the guy that plays him. Sometimes I'm not sure how that works, but it does.

David Morse is a pretty good actor. I'm not a huge fan of his, per se, but when I see him in things, I go, "Hey, it's that guy," and I know he'll give a good performance. My problem is that, IMHO, he's done exactly what he said he didn't want to do: get cornered into playing the bad guy. David Shore claimed Tritter wasn't just going to be the bad guy, but that's all he comes across as. Morse's arc has (I think) an episode or two left on it, so if they're going to character-develop him, they better do it fast, because all he looks like is a hypocrite cop who's just as big of an ass as the guy he claims he needs to take down. Some of the stuff he's doing would be bordering on unethical. It's hard to be vested in the plotline, when it's just overbearingly grating.

That said, Wilson ratting out House was nowhere near as big a plot surprise as it was probably intended to be. Chase was obviously a lame duck, considering they'd already used him as a mole in the Vogler arc. Sadly, a lot of plot twists in television can be figured out just by thinking like a TV producer: what decision would be the most apparently shocking? As put upon as Wilson has been recently, it really wasn't that shocking to see him finally snap.

Hello, Lisa Edelstein's screen time. We have missed you. Thank you for coming back.

Now we have to wait two weeks for a new episode...


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