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Re: House M.D.

Postby HarleyQuinn » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:22 pm UTC

I think the most recent episode was pretty bad. There was no music or sound effects, it seemed, and nothing really happened. Barely any major twists or issues. *sigh*
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Re: House M.D.

Postby SlyReaper » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:23 pm UTC

But they had someone being sucked into a black hole.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby frezik » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:20 pm UTC

HarleyQuinn wrote:I think the most recent episode was pretty bad. There was no music or sound effects, it seemed, and nothing really happened. Barely any major twists or issues. *sigh*


Agreed, but it does come after a few episodes that I thought were among the best of the series.

I think this is also the first really big use of CGI this season, which I'm guessing is due to budget cuts.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby Ryom » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:04 am UTC

The CGI of space was silent until you passed through a gas cloud. As it should be!

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Re: House M.D.

Postby BlackSails » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:29 am UTC

frezik wrote:
I think this is also the first really big use of CGI this season, which I'm guessing is due to budget cuts.


Isnt CGI generally much more expensive than regular filming, particularly when you account for the fact that the actors dont get paid any more to do a few more scenes?

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Re: House M.D.

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:31 am UTC

In space, no-one can hear you... unless you have gas.

Do I have to post a 'silent but deadly' joke now?

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Re: House M.D.

Postby frezik » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:26 pm UTC

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I think this is also the first really big use of CGI this season, which I'm guessing is due to budget cuts.


Isnt CGI generally much more expensive than regular filming, particularly when you account for the fact that the actors dont get paid any more to do a few more scenes?


Rereading what I wrote, that was a confusing sentence. What I meant was, the lack of CGI this season is probably due to budget cuts.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:45 pm UTC

I was hoping that after that girl started foaming, and it went back to CGI space, it would zoom all the way back to Earth, then focus on the hospital, possibly with a shot of House walking in. That would have been fantastic, but they didn't do it. I am disappoint.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby headprogrammingczar » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:02 pm UTC

Honestly, nothing can top Wilson in a porno. Be not afraid, more good House episodes are yet to come.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby The Utilitarian » Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:28 am UTC

I have to say though I was really disappointed with the "cognitive imaging" nonsense they used in that last episode. House usually seems to have such a high standard of in the way of keeping things medically sound. What they showed there was straight out of science fiction as far as I know.
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Re: House M.D.

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Re: House M.D.

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:28 pm UTC

Blocked at work, but if that's talking about what I think it's talking about, the images were extracted from where the optic nerve meets the brain. The brain did no "image processing" on it first.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby ArgonV » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:35 pm UTC

The scientists were able to reconstruct various images viewed by a person by analyzing changes in their cerebral blood flow. Using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, the researchers first mapped the blood flow changes that occurred in the cerebral visual cortex as subjects viewed various images held in front of their eyes. Subjects were shown 400 random 10 x 10 pixel black-and-white images for a period of 12 seconds each. While the fMRI machine monitored the changes in brain activity, a computer crunched the data and learned to associate the various changes in brain activity with the different image designs.

Then, when the test subjects were shown a completely new set of images, such as the letters N-E-U-R-O-N, the system was able to reconstruct and display what the test subjects were viewing based solely on their brain activity.


That's what the article talks about

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Re: House M.D.

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:17 pm UTC

Slightly cooler than what I thought. But that's still an image (and a simple image at that) the subject is actually looking straight at. Is there anything to suggest such a technique would allow you to see what the subject is thinking or dreaming about?
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Re: House M.D.

Postby ArgonV » Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:22 pm UTC

For now, the system is only able to reproduce simple black-and-white images. But Dr. Kang Cheng, a researcher from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, suggests that improving the measurement accuracy will make it possible to reproduce images in color.

“These results are a breakthrough in terms of understanding brain activity,” says Dr. Cheng. “In as little as 10 years, advances in this field of research may make it possible to read a person’s thoughts with some degree of accuracy.”

The researchers suggest a future version of this technology could be applied in the fields of art and design — particularly if it becomes possible to quickly and accurately access images existing inside an artist’s head. The technology might also lead to new treatments for conditions such as psychiatric disorders involving hallucinations, by providing doctors a direct window into the mind of the patient.

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Re: House M.D.

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:32 pm UTC

Please don't let Joel Schumacher anywhere near that machine.

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Re: House M.D.

Postby The Utilitarian » Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:22 pm UTC

The procedure discribed there is also quite a long ways from what we saw in the episode. For that matter we have no evidence to suggest that "memories" are represented or processed in the brain in the same way that normal vision operates. I've come to expect this kind of ridiculous misrepresentation of new technology in CSI: New York, but I really thought House was holding itself to a higher standard.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby Robstickle » Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:52 pm UTC

Personally I want to know why that professor thought the universe being huge might mean that our solar system is unique...

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Re: House M.D.

Postby frezik » Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:01 pm UTC

For some reason, House bouncing that cow's eye around like a superball had me rolling.

I haven't read the Polite Dissent review (site seems to be down), but is this the first time they used a defibrillator on this show to defibrillate something that needed defibrillating? As opposed to trying to restart a stopped heart, which as covered earlier in this long thread, is counterproductive, but gets used in Hollywood all the time.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby Kaelri » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:11 am UTC

This week's show was quite a step up from Lockdown. I was sorely disappointed by that episode, especially with Hugh Laurie directing - though I'm fairly sure the problems lie in the writing, for which he can't be blamed. The only plot I really liked was the Chase/Cameron reconciliation. And the House/dying patient was good, if a little overdone by now. But the Thirteen/Wilson game, despite some good moments, felt forced and gimmicky. Taub/Foreman was just dumb. And the conclusion of the Cuddy plot, complete with schmaltzy, utterly unearned music montage, was decidedly a wallbanger.

I thought I might have been nitpicking at first, but then I saw Knight Fall, which was legitimately well-written - a proper House episode - and the contrast was obvious. So I dunno what happened.

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Re: House M.D.

Postby frezik » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:59 pm UTC

Kaelri wrote:This week's show was quite a step up from Lockdown. I was sorely disappointed by that episode, especially with Hugh Laurie directing - though I'm fairly sure the problems lie in the writing, for which he can't be blamed.


I thought Lockdown was decent, but not good enough when just coming off a mid-season hiatus. You should put a stronger foot forward when doing that.

I thought I might have been nitpicking at first, but then I saw Knight Fall, which was legitimately well-written - a proper House episode - and the contrast was obvious. So I dunno what happened.


Really? I thought it had some very poor writing. The occult reveal went nowhere. The stuff that happened around the main story, like House bringing the tranny on a date, was classic, but the main medical mystery was haphazard.

And adding a Renaissance Faire with no, as far as I can tell, Blackadder references? The pen went down, words were written, but the brain has fluttered off.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby ArgonV » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:49 pm UTC

frezik wrote:
And adding a Renaissance Faire with no, as far as I can tell, Blackadder references? The pen went down, words were written, but the brain has fluttered off.


My gripe with the episode exactly. I kept waiting for House to call someone Baldric

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Re: House M.D.

Postby -.Mateo.- » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:35 am UTC

I spent most of the episode trying to figure out were I saw her before...Sara from Prison Break!
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Re: House M.D.

Postby PossibleSloth » Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:12 pm UTC

Did anyone else notice the framed picture of Stephen Colbert in House's office? Colbert has had a picture of "Dr. House" on a shelf on his set for years (next to his honorary doctorate of fine arts) and I like that House was returning the favor.

I also recently found out that one of the most senior oncologists where I work is named Dr. James Willson. Freaky...

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Re: House M.D.

Postby frezik » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:21 am UTC

PossibleSloth wrote:I also recently found out that one of the most senior oncologists where I work is named Dr. James Willson. Freaky...


Quick, go steal his sandwich!
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Re: House M.D.

Postby -.Mateo.- » Tue May 04, 2010 4:43 am UTC

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The karaoke scene was the best thing that ever happened in this show.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby frezik » Tue May 04, 2010 2:44 pm UTC

So much win in this episode.

It must suck to be Cuddy.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby SlyReaper » Wed May 05, 2010 6:29 am UTC

So...
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spirits are the new vicodin?
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Re: House M.D.

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed May 05, 2010 1:56 pm UTC

Well...
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he realized the hard way that he had a lot of fun, and felt great, while really drunk. Of course, he was also with people who really to sort of try to be his friends, but he's probably ignoring that symptom as irrelevant.

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Re: House M.D.

Postby Lounge » Wed May 05, 2010 4:02 pm UTC

My friend I had watched it with thought that
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Since he was hungover at the start of the episode, the end of the episode implies that he was spiking his drinks the entire episode. (Even explains that milk bit... somewhat.)


I didn't take it that way, but I thought I could see where she was coming from.

I think it's just showing a step backwards in his recovery - What happens next when this isn't enough?
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Re: House M.D.

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed May 05, 2010 4:20 pm UTC

He moves on to the hard drugs, like tobacco and caffiene!

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Re: House M.D.

Postby frezik » Wed May 05, 2010 4:43 pm UTC

Kutner and Amber will get into a death match for House's subconscious. It's gonna get weird.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby Reborn » Wed May 05, 2010 4:45 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:He moves on to the hard drugs, like tobacco and caffiene!

And Pringles!
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Re: House M.D.

Postby headprogrammingczar » Wed May 05, 2010 5:48 pm UTC

frezik wrote:Kutner and Amber will get into a death match for House's subconscious. It's gonna get weird.

That would be hilarious, if the actor who played Kutner wasn't currently working at the White House.
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Re: House M.D.

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed May 05, 2010 5:52 pm UTC

Maybe he can get Obama for a quick cameo? Or Colbert!

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Re: House M.D.

Postby Mo0man » Wed May 05, 2010 7:54 pm UTC

He's not working there anymore. As of last month, I think
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Re: House M.D.

Postby -.Mateo.- » Thu May 06, 2010 2:24 am UTC

Mo0man wrote:He's not working there anymore. As of last month, I think


which means they killed my favorite character for nothing...
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Re: House M.D.

Postby crowey » Thu May 06, 2010 4:12 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:So...
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spirits are the new vicodin?

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and gambling.

The kareoke scene was hilarious, it was nice to have some of the old lighthearter bits back, like in the first few series with the snippets in the clinic, or House and Wilson playing pranks.

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Re: House M.D.

Postby smw543 » Fri May 07, 2010 4:55 am UTC

The single best part of that episode came and went in about a second. It was the look on 13's face when the patient said, "I'm just as straight as any of you!"
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Re: House M.D.

Postby -.Mateo.- » Tue May 11, 2010 5:22 am UTC

This was one of my favorite episodes.
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the case wasn't very interesting, and the team barely appeared, but seeing only what House wants you to see it made it awesome.
-In his version of how the team responded to his idea to find out where she lived, thirteen looked like she had a crush on him or something...so did Chase, but that was more obvious and it was pointed out by him saying "brilliant" or something like that

-Cuddy barely appearing was like a clue, he was not-saying her name very loudly (the only significant scene where she appeared was the one with Wilson, where the discussion was about House and Wilson, and nothing was said about her)

-The book thing was a real "awwww" moment for me...

There were other things that I can't remember now...
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