House M.D. Season 6
At the end of season five we saw House entering a psychiatric hospital and that’s where we find him back at the start of season six. You think he’ll be solving cases from the start, but instead the makers decide to go deeper into his relationship with the nutjobs in the psych ward, his fight against his own issues, and a blooming relationship with a female visitor. A nice change of style, but luckily this takes only a couple of episodes as otherwise it wouldn’t be “House M.D.” anymore.
After the psych ward episodes have passed, we get back to the usual House show we know and have come to love, with House being pretty much himself (although a bit softer at times), and plenty of strange cases that need his expertise to get solved before the patient dies.
And of course there’s plenty of moral dilemmas for the rest of the cast as well.
Sound and Vision:
Just like last season we get very good image quality that nicely fits the emotional state of House depending on the scene (with blue and green tints taking the front in the psychiatric hospital, and warmer colors in the later episodes). Detail is still high and artefacts are down to a minimum. Great stuff.
Again a 5.1 soundtrack is present that perfectly adds to the atmosphere.
– Before “Broken”: The Concept Reel
– A New House for House
– A Crazy Cool Episode: Epic Fail
– New Faces for a New House
– “5 to 9″ Commentary track
– A Different POV: Hugh Laurie directs
– “Wilson’s” commentary track
Just like with the previous seasons we get a couple of nice features that add to the package.
Overall, season six of House M.D. is again of high quality, but the episodes tend to be less balanced than before. It’s clear the writers are starting to have a difficult time keeping the standard high and while episodes are truly great (Ignorance is Bliss, The Down Low), others (5 to 9, Lockdown) tend to be less interesting.
Season six is yet again fun to watch, but hopefully season seven will prove to be more balanced over the entire line.