As I watched a new episode of House last night I found myself getting extremely bored. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge fan of the show and I think that Hugh Laurie plays far and away one of the greatest characters on television. I’m always entertained and the show always manages to keep me interested. However, like I said, I found myself somewhat bored at times.
The plot wasn’t all that great. Nothing major really happened. We wound up waiting the entire show for Chase to tell Cameron about his murder. Foreman was pretty boring. And of course 13 didn’t even make an appearance. About the only fun thing that happened is when House drugged Wilson (yet I was still amused by House thus me watching the whole episode).
So it’s no wonder that in the coming attractions for next week that House will be an integral part of the show again and will be harassing his former team to try and get them back. It looks like it’ll be a memorable episode and I’m pumped to watch it.
But this begs the question of whether or not last night’s show was “on purpose.”
For whatever reason it is, I felt that last night’s show and many episodes of popular shows are simply “transition” shows or what I’d even call “filler” episodes.
They are the shows where we the viewers sit there saying “man this one’s kind of weak, I’m a little bored.” You still watch it because you’ve at this point become a loyal fan. At the same time you realize if they keep putting up these stinkers that you’ll eventually lose interest and turn on a different channel.
But do the creators of these shows realize this? Do they get bored? Are the writers really thinking of bigger picture and just trying to fill in the time before that huge controversial show airs?
The truth is we’ll never know. The writers may have been sick that week. They may have said “ah screw it we have the viewers, let’s just hold em over with some stupid sudafed episode and we’ll blow ‘em away next week.”
Still though, I don’t think these shows are a coincidence. I think it’s the ebb and flow of a series. You have your ups and downs. And we as viewers remain loyal (as long as the first 3-4 shows bring us in). So while these transition slots may bore us, I fully think they are necessary to engage us on what I call the “real” episodes.