HOUSE "Broken" Early Review

The season 6 two-hour premiere episode from House, "Broken," airs on Monday, September 21 at 8pm on Fox.

I have two words to describe the episode: "Unbelievably brilliant!" This is officially not only the best House episode ever, but it's the best episode of the Fall season (new and returning shows included).

There are so many elements that make this episode incredible that I thought I would give you the top 5 reasons this episode is the ultimate MUST WATCH, especially if you're a House fan.

But first let's refresh our memory. If you remember, last season ended with Dr. House committing himself to Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital in order to get rid of his hallucinations. In the season 6 two-hour premiere episode "Broken," we find House in the hospital trying to deal with his issues. This episode doesn't feature any of the regular characters (except for a brief cameo of Wilson) which turns out not to be a bad thing.

So here are the top 5 reasons why "Broken" is the best House episode ever:

1) Hugh Laurie

We all knew Hugh Laurie was a brilliant actor, but you've never seen him like this. It's almost feels like the supporting cast have been bringing him down, but this time without them in the picture, Hugh Laurie is able to give it all he has and shine. If there ever was a performance worthy of Awards, this is it.

2) Franka Potente

Franka Potente (Run Lola Run, The Bourne Identity) guest stars in this episode as Lydia, a woman who visits her brother's wife and best friend at the Asylum every week. Not only does Franka Potente hold her own against Hugh Laurie, she is a breath of fresh air for the show. She also becomes a love interest for House and to be honest, she is my favorite one to date (yes she beats out Cuddy, Dr. Cameron and House's ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner).

3) House "playing" with mental patients

I mentioned that we love the show because of House, but now imagine House amongst mental patients... just let that sink in for a sec.

For someone who likes to push buttons this is like winning the lottery. Just picture this, House going up to an anorexic girl and calling her fat!!! Who does this? But it's so brilliant and so House. And that's only one example.

4) A different side of House

While watching House pushing buttons is fun for a while, this episode also shows a more vulnerable side of House which is something I don't think we have ever seen in the last 5 years. It was so refreshing and so well written that I cannot wait to see how it affects the rest of the season.

5) It's like watching a movie

A big reason this episode was so great is because it honestly felt like I was watching a movie. It had a beginning, middle and end, it followed the journey of this character, House, in a mental institution. It honestly could work without the show, although not perfectly because you need to know the show in order to understand some background information, but still, it's really close.

I cannot say enough good things about this episode and I wish every episode could be as good as this one.

It also makes me question the need to have a supporting cast. How about we get rid of all of them and just make a new show about House? Who's with me?.... anybody? Ok fine, I guess I would miss Wilson at some point... and the show might get boring if it stayed at the asylum, but still.

Of course, don't forget to watch House on Monday, September 21, at 8pm on FOX.

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Default avatar cat
Sep 21, 2009 4:55PM EDT

Nice review! Really looking forward to epi now :D

Default avatar cat
Sep 22, 2009 2:58AM EDT

Loved the premiere. After that jaw-dropping finale of last season made one feel that "oh. my. god. now wut?" feeling, this first episode is kinda like the day after, where you think "hey.. things are going to be alright"
I just think its cruel to have had to wait a whole summer for that, though =P

Sep 22, 2009 7:20AM EDT

I loved this ep. We all know what an amazing actor huge Laurie is but i totaly agree with the review he was amazing in this ep.
Bit worried about him being all better, I would hate to see him change to much, it wouldnt be the same show without the huge amount of english sarcasm. But considering the briliance of the writing and acting in the series I think all will be good.
I will be really interested to see how he interacts with the rest of the cast once back to work

Default avatar cat
Sep 22, 2009 9:42AM EDT

it was amazing alright! its not very often you finish an episode of a tv series and think 'i kinda wanna watch that again'! its what i think after great movies not tv shows!what an amazing start to the new season.

Sep 22, 2009 11:50AM EDT

I liked the beginning of the episode, and I liked the House-Lydia interaction but I thought that the ending was corny. I was hoping all the time that the mute girl would not end up being cured but, to make things worse, she even ends up playing the cello again. Not realistic (getting cured by a music-box?) and sentimental and corny.The episode clearly tried to make some references to "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest", but, in contrast, that film was not predictable, and didn´t play on easy sentiments.Also, House did give in quite easily on the rather second-rate "you showed you cared" sort of philosophy of his psychiatrist.On a positive note: Laurie plays very well, and the first part of the episode is ok, although the manic roommate seemed a cliché character (reminded me of Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys).

Default avatar cat
Sep 22, 2009 12:01PM EDT

I watched this episode and i can only say it was absolutely awesome.
I'm so speechless. That's all i can say

Default avatar cat
Sep 22, 2009 2:01PM EDT


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