House Rundown: Episode 19, "Locked In" - Featured

This week's episode of House comes at us largely from the perspective of its patient, a man who had a bicycle accident that rendered him "locked in" with no way to communicate save for blinking and moving a computer cursor with his brain. House - who conveniently crashed his motorcycle and ended up in the hospital bed next to him - becomes fixated on figuring out what caused his syndrome, while the patient is forced to listen to the everyday dramas of House's team with no way to escape the monologues. Ready to talk about it? Just read more.


So, how well did House do with shooting an episode from the patient's point of view? My reaction was mixed. I liked the patient's sarcastic inner comments to some of the team's more inane conversations (in particular his bored reaction to Foreman's story about being bad at choosing jewelry), and I would have loved to see more of that. Sure, it's a little hard to get into the rhythm of his thoughts in the first half of the episode, but then there are a few moments in the second half - like when he's struggling to move his finger - when I really wanted to hear what he had to say. Part of the point of the episode is how difficult it is to communicate when "yes" and "no" are the only things you can get across. But we get exposed to the patient's inner life for a little while, and it was enough to make me miss it when it went away.


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Mar 31, 2009 10:51PM EDT

House is by far one of my favorite shows ever, but I think they dropped the ball with this one. After about the first 10 minutes of watching, I wanted to vomit because of the camera angle.

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Apr 1, 2009 11:11AM EDT

At first I hated the change in POV, but then 1/2 way through when he lost the ability to blink and they went back to the old way of filming, I was irritated and wanted to know what he was thinking.I really liked the change, and the fact that it went back to the old school "bizarre simple illness that almost kills you" instead of the recent maladies which have been lame.

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Apr 3, 2009 12:12AM EDT

i like that who ever wrote this episode seems to have watched the movie butterfly and the divingbell, a fairly recent movie about a man who had a stroke and is filmed from his POV while he can communicate only by blinking. the shot where he says no to seeing his kids is almost the exact same dialogue. its pretty much the same shot for shot on the opening. over all, a pretty lame episode though...house is only good for hugh laury, although i like mos def but i mean....hes too much of a stoner to take seriously

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