Dec 19, 2007

[TV] House, M.D. - Season 2 (2005)

House, M.D. - Season TwoHouse, M.D. - Season 2 (2005)After the success of their debut, Fox was more than willing to bring House back for a second season that continued to play to the strengths of the first season while exploring new areas of opportunity in terms of the characters and the medical cases.

The entire ensemble returned for this season with the addition of Stacy Warner (Sela Ward), House's ex-girlfriend and new legal counsel for Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.

Given all the progress made in the first season, this return to the series certainly provided new opportunities for the show to explore the character interactions further while pushing the limits for them as individuals as well. This season also sought to further explore into House's more humane side with the addition of Stacy to the character pool as House explores the possibility of reuniting with his ex-girlfriend despite her new husband in a way that only House would have the audacity to pull off.

This season earned Hugh Laurie a Golden Globe for his efforts and he definitely deserved it given all the twists ands turns they subjected him to.

It's hard to pick out a favorite episode, but definite kudos have to go out to the two-part story Euphoria (Episodes 20-21), which has Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps) becoming a patient as well and bringing into question House's methods now that he's on the receiving end of his unique bedside manner. Apart from that, the season ender, No Reason (Episode 24), which has House trying to think his way out of a hallucinatory reality.

The series continues to push the limits of both decency within the medical profession and of course that of the imagination in this second season. It's still a very strong show and it continues to gain momentum and I doubt I'll stop watching this series anytime soon.