Wednesday, April 05, 2006

"The handsome man with the boyish, open face"

Dr James Wilson
Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson. Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Nigel Parry/FOX
Apparently that's what they were looking for when they were casting Dr Wilson, and they found it in Robert Sean Leonard, who says, "I like being the guy who isn't the guy but that the guy counts on. Plus I've wanted to be Tony Randall all my life." That's a reference to The Odd Couple, by the way.

But that's just scratching the surface of who Wilson is. I sat down a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd make a list of things I could write about here in case I needed inspiration later. It's a huge list!

  • Why do we like Dr Wilson?
  • Women, wives, marriage and divorce
  • Advice given about relationships
  • What do we find out in each episode?
  • Is he a womaniser?
  • What else does RSL have to say about Wilson?
  • Attitudes to patients
  • Wilson and House - why are they friends?
  • Wilson/Cameron
  • Stacy
  • What kind of woman does he go for?
  • Why is he so attractive to women?
  • Wilson the oncologist
  • The affair(s?)
If there's anything not on the list that you'd like me to write about, please leave a comment. And I’d love to hear from anyone who can point me in the direction of any quotes from RSL about Wilson, because that one up there is the only one I've found so far!

One final thing - yes, I'm aware of the Wilson/House slash that some people try to find in the show, but I’m not going to talk about it unless it’s actually mentioned in an episode (ie. Spin).
Just FYI


Blogger Nakanna Lee said...

Wilson, to me, is such an interesting character. While he's House's conscience (well, if House would listen, that is), he's not exactly the model of "great decisions" himself.

For someone who seems to be the standard "best-buddy," have steady moral standards, and a keen awareness of guilt, it surprises me that he keeps ruining relationships with affairs.

Hmmm. He doesn't seem insecure, so why would he need other women's confirmation? He puts up with House and makes that friendship work (look at how miserable even living with him was!) and yet can't figure out how to do the same with his marriage.

Wilson's still such a likable guy. No matter what mistakes he's made in past relationships, he's easy to root for.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Hope said...

I think it's a little close-minded to acknowledge the very plausible subtext (and occasional stated context) of homosexual qualities to the House/Wilson friendship and then refuse to discuss it. Yes, you say you'll mention it when it's mentioned in the show, but very often a viewer does not have to look all that deeply into the dialogue between the two characters to infer the double meaning behind much of what is said.

I don't think the writers intend the viewers to assume that House and Wilson are off having a gay affair underneath the blunt reality of their televised friendship. I do, however, believe that the producers, writers, and directors are clued in to the theories surrounding House's relationship with everyone in the show, not the least of which is the one he and Dr. Wilson share. To post about these characters and leave out an intergral, acknowledged facet to the way viewers read their relationship makes your blog less honest, deliberately uninsightful, and a whole lot less engaging.

4:16 AM  
Blogger anca_saphire said...

Wilson is so much nore than just a guy with a "boyish, open face".
He is a great doctor (he is in his thirties and he is the head of Oncology in a well known hospital), he cares about people, he is always concerned with the greater good, he is willing to sacrifice himself for a friend... and much, much more.

The strange thing is that we like him no matter what. He cheats on his wifes and we like him.
Normally that wouldn't happen. Or, at least, it wouldn't be so easy to like him. I think the secret is the fact that he isn't a womaniser, as many people think.
He doesn't just sleep with women. He has relationships with them. They are important to him. When a woman needs someone, he is there. He helps her, he becomes her friend, and eventually more than just a friend. Most of the times, the husband.
But sooner or later the woman stops needing him and either he or she move on to someone else. And he goes back to helping, becoming a friend, maybe something more...

4:28 PM  
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