[…] episode “FeLiNa” and on what it revealed about the show as a whole, though I still will never prefer House. This post also expands on my response to Don Miquel in the comments under the prior BB […]
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House, had someone that would have been his wife, had not the complications from the infarction, he suffered at Princeton/Plainsboro,
not manifested himself.
I'm guessing House has no particular love of the law or interest in politics, and that his respect for conventional morality is highly situational at best. Probably he respects the Hippocratic Oath and generally his word is his bond, and he seems to enjoy the role of truth teller. The fact that he's a drug addict (which drug?) implies that he must habitually break some laws, and deal with criminals.
Has he fallen in love? If the person he was in love with was endangered, is it hard to imagine him taking the law into his own hands rather than wait for the authorities to handle the situation?
Just watched a breathtaking episode of BB that culminates with Walt in effect murdering his partner's girlfriend. The motivations are perfectly set up, as it's become clear that she's a lethal threat both to Walt and to his partner, and that all he has to do is let her drown in her own zonked-out heroin addict's vomit, rather than intervene, in order to remove her toxic influence from the Earth. Can you imagine House doing such a thing? I'm thinking probably not. He'd have to find some clever way of neutralizing her, getting her sent off to prison or something, but what if his options were narrowed - if the victim had some information that could destroy House or someone he cared about?
He has parents, of course. He has no wife or children, which is the opposite of Walter. That was the point.
House has a family, his father was played improbably by R. Lee Armey, the pain from the botched operation, did mark him, somewhat like Watson's jezail round in Afghanistan,
It seems that House is "bad" without being evil. In going from being in danger to being the danger, Walt goes from being defined by his disease to being definable as a disease. He is heroically determined to define himself, to maintain control over his definition, but the only way to do it is through doing evil.
But I'll stick to Walt since I don't know House. Maybe Walt is more a gnostic character than a Job, but on his own terms he seems to be pretty clearly an atheist and skeptic. I'm not sure if he ever uses the word "God," even in a curse, although his partner prays or pleads when desperate for something to happen. Walt does have wisdom in addition to science, but he doesn't acknowledge any larger spiritual or political purposes at all, even to the extent of considering and rejecting them. It's as though he, and the show, have no awareness of them at all, other than to observe the economic downturn without naming any names or getting specific at all.
At the party celebrating the remission from cancer, he is asked to speak. All he says is that when he first got the diagnosis, he asked, "Why me?" When he was told of the remission, he says, he had the same question. That's all he says - before proceeding to get drunk and act out some of his resentments. It seems that the lack of an answer, or of anyone or Anyone to answer, is the fundamental assumption: So Walt's world is overall meaningless as well as painful, but that doesn't mean he can't choose to protect the people he loves, even from that recognition, to the best of his ability.
Maybe at some point this season he'll have to tell the truth to his son (who by the way is a teenager suffering from cystic fibrosis, so needs to use crutches and has something of a speech impediment, but has not been developed much as a character in his own right).
Well, his drug addiction puts him in his own league as far as television super doctors go. Interesting that Walter makes drugs and House takes them. I wonder what that says about our respective identifications with the characters? Walter has cancer. House is a cripple. Walter has a family and is trying to do for them. House has no family and never lets his best and only friend know that he's doing anything for him by way of selflessness--deceiving him right to the end when he lets Watson, I mean Wilson think he's dead until it can be revealed that House's manipulations have fooled the authorities and enabled them to ride happily into the sunset for the six months that Wilson still has left to live. Not sure if any of those differences are meaningful in the context of your critique but there you are.
Walter is Thanos, the visage and destruction that the Avengers will confront, as the last snippet confirms, he cannot help but
wreak destruction and misery, the parallel to Moriarty is not accidental in this regard, House as is his model, Doyle's Dr, Joseph Bell, may be antisocial, meanspirit, iracible, but ultimately a healer, I think the latter ending was a cop out, he had dealt enough
bad juju that he escaped consequences,
Well, I think you should go on anyway, but I'm just selfish that way. House's infallibility will have to stand under the "super-doctor" comments. Haven't watched the show anywhere near enough to know its rules.
Sorry to quote so much of what you wrote, but this is the crux of the issue:
BB‘s anti-hero Walter White’s world feels more like my world. Walt appeals to those who know they’re wrong for the world, or right for the wrong world because wrong, and who therefore move from crisis to crisis, with all their greatest victories hidden to all, especially the people closest to them – because the wrong world that requires those victories also rejects or pretends to reject them, or simply does not see them or seem to see them or admit seeing them at all. Walter White is the exact opposite of House in that respect. When Walter solves an impossible problem through some combination of courage, knowledge, stubbornness, and creativity, the truth of it, its depth and excellence, is and usually must remain a secret. It’s between him and God/the universe – and us. If anyone else knew – his wife, his partner, his closest friends, his doctors – it would destroy him as well as the work itself. Not that his work is perfect or anywhere close. If Walt were perfect, he wouldn’t exist for us as an object of identification: His stratagems often fail, and his self-control slips. His normal human desire for recognition leads him to take unnecessary risks or to act out emotionally, generally the same thing.
Strangely, you've helped me understand my identification with House. You're right about what House represents from a normal world perspective. He's not a loser. But from a yoga world perspective, he is breaking bad. If I acted like House in the yoga world I would have to do it within the context of what you explain here. And actually I do. What I do is between me and God/the universe because if it wasn't it would destroy me as well as the work itself. Not that my work is perfect or anywhere else. If I were perfect, I wouldn't exist for students as an object of identification.
The only thing you don't address (maybe you get there, I don't know because I stopped at the above paragraph to write this) is that House is "always right." I could explain that point of my identification but you would hate me for it, and while I'm okay with people hating me, I think I'll just not go there any more than I already have by bringing it up like this at all.
And you will find that Fring's operation is 'enabled' by large foreign commercial interests, that's how the Feds track him, as to his string pullers are, back across the border,
Just watched the episode where they meet. One main thing they have in common is that, like spies, they are distinguished within the narrative by their success at leading double lives. Fring appears to the real world to be a vaguely comical owner-manager of cheap chicken restaurant - though Walt recognizes his counterpart.Though one theme is that everyone lives a double life, Walter and Fring are aware of it, know the hidden identity as the real one, and see through everyone else's false fronts. Most people - White's pregnant wife sneaking a cigarette or flirting with her boss, the boss himself hiding income from the IRS, White's sister-in-law shoplifting - think that their public identities are their real ones, and their private selves are diseases, mistakes, exceptions.
It's arguable whether White ot Fring who is the real Moriarty, seeing as House is a Holmes/Bell composite.