Here we have a character who has an over reliance on drugs. Is unsociable and seemingly rude to everyone he comes across. He is witty and incredibly intelligent in his field having the ability to deduce things in an instant. This is Sherlock Holmes. This is also Gregory House.
I might even say that the character of House is closer to the original inspiration behind the character of Holmes since Sherlock Holmes was inspired by medical Doctor Joesph Bell whom was a friend of Arthur Conan Doyle and could diagnose a patient upon seeing them without even needing to ask them what’s wrong.
If you keep your eyes open the homages to Sherlock Holmes are obvious. Holmes – House. Watson – Wilson. Their addresses are the same, 221 B Baker street. House has been shot by Moriarty. House’s first patient in the series is one Ms. Adler. It’s a wonderful re-imagining of the Holmes character that I am very fond of. House really got me interested in Holmes.
Of course House is very much it’s own show and thanks to Hugh Laurie House is a character that people love and feel mortified by at the same time. He acts as a man with no conscious. The game to him is solving the puzzle. The patient isn’t important. Wilson is House’s closest confidant, his conscience. But it’s his team of Doctor’s that provide the serve of the tennis ball, allowing House to bounce back their conclusions and ideas so he may ultimately get closer to the solution. Although the character seems morally bankrupt deep down he does care which is why he keeps his distance from his patients in the first place, to avoid developing relationships that will cloud his judgment. As a man he is alone and flaunts himself as a someone very comfortable with his own personality however he is deeply vulnerable if he does get close to someone and often spirals out of control when relationships with people he is close to collapse. He therefore turns to Vicodin. House’s drug to ease his leg pain which goes far beyond just physical pain.
It’s the last season of House as I write this. How’s it all gonna end? Will Stephen Fry appear as House’s smarter Brother with two limps? Will House be the final patient his medical teams treats? Will he die? Will it finally be revealed that House is a Father? (I always felt there were hints to this sprinkled throughout the series and is partly why he is who he is and why he tells people to not throw their life away on kids they don’t want)
Favorite Quote: “You think that the only truth that matters is that truth can be measured. Good intentions don’t count. What’s in your heart doesn’t count. Caring doesn’t count. But a man’s life can be measured by how many tears are shed when he dies. Just because you can’t measure them, just because you don’t wanna measure them, doesn’t mean it’s not real.” – Moriarty