Saturday, August 30, 2008

Who Needs Summer TV?

Of the many wonderful gifts Australia gave Inky and I, one was a TV show that had been under our noses, even before we went down under the first time in '05. On our trip this May, we were up and at it early every day. We walked at least 5 miles each day on our way to see all the cool things Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria and the Outback had to offer. A byproduct of these long days starting at 8 am, was that we were back at the hotel and ready to go to bed early, but before we did that, we watched some TV.

Along with the Aussie TV we enjoyed (All Saints, Home and Away, Neighbours, Rove, etc) we picked up one new American show. We began watching the Fox show House M.D. which was in reruns down under, on one such lazy night following a day of exertion. We were both surprised how much we liked the season 4 episodes we watched in Oz, so upon returning home we put all 4 seasons in our netflix queue.

For the last few weeks we've been following House, Wilson, Cuddy and all the fellows at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. In so much as this show is a medical drama there is a lot of cool doctor type shit, but the real genius of this show is the personality conflicts among the staff and between the staff and the sick folks. Hugh Laurie is well worthy of all the praise that has been heaped on him over the years that Inky and I have been ignoring this show.

The added bonus to watching 4 full seasons of the show over a month and a half is not having to wait weeks or months at a time to find out what will happen in a big cliffhanger. The storyline flowed quickly and allowed us to immerse ourselves in the world of the show, so much so that I've had more than one dream about the show in the last few weeks. And more than one of those have focused on Cameron or Thirteen, to no ones surprise.

Now, we are down to our last disc of season 4, so we will have to wait till next month to know that happens in the world of House. We'll be no different than any other viewer, but we'll still be grateful to that Hostel in the Newtown area of Sydney that brought the show to us.


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