|I miss the dynamic the old team had. House definitely summed it up on the plane in "Airbourne", when he had the random passengers pretending to be Chase, Cameron, and Foreman. The old team balanced each other out, but there was enough between all of them that the relationships were interesting. By that I mean that Cameron could have an interesting conversation with Chase or Foreman, even Wilson or Cuddy, as could all the other characters. They were all a lot more connected with each other, and we got to see their opinions, of themselves and each other. With the new team, it's all about their indivudual relationships with House, and I miss that whole team dynamic when House isn't around. They don't challenge House the way the old team did, so we don't get all those indights into House that we used to. The show's lost something, definitely, with the new team, because it's all ABOUT the new team. They've focused so much energy on making a dramatic change that they lost what made the show great in the first place. I fell in love with House because it was centered more on the man and the mystery than all the drama. This season, there's hardly and Clinic Duty, or funny House/Wilson or House/Cuddy scenes that don't have to do with the new team. Cameron's not hanging around trying to act like she's not in love with House, when we all know she is. I think that by trying to be too edgy, House lost a lot of its edge.|
I agree with all this. I've been barely hanging on this year, suffering through the horrible CIA episodes and House's over-the-top lewd and crude remarks, the absurd thong challenge, his inexplicable preferential treatment of Thirteen, and House's conflicting hiring practices, to name just a few, in the hopes of seeing the old team reunited and back in House's orbit. When we first found out about the changes, we were assured by Katie Jacobs that the old team would return in "full force" by the end of the survivor arc. Instead, Chase and Cameron are hidden in the background as much as ever, while the bland and wooden new team, led by the horrible Thirteen, is still being shoved down my throat.
The depth in this show has nearly disappeared. Instead we get to see just how outrageous House can be, and Cuddy has been rendered completely ineffective this season. The Gregory House I remember would never have allowed Thirteen to get away with her pointed drug use comments. He would never have murmured a sweet, "I wish I could have kept you" to Thirteen after we were momentarily delighted to think she was being fired. He would never have allowed Thirteen and the others to drug him, tie him down, and perform a biopsy without anesthetic! The old Greg House would have fired the lot of them, or at least made their lives a living hell! Who is this guy? Apparently he's a guy who thinks Thirteen is "so hot." Ick.
I don't agree with the poster who passes off our reasons for not liking the new team as simply "not liking change." There have been very valid reasons given why people do not like the new team. I've given them 11 episodes to make an impact on me and I still don't like them. I resent them. I liked Chase, Cameron, and Foreman right from the pilot episode. They had charm, charisma, and depth, and they all cared about House in spite of his treatment of them. They did not allow House to run roughshod over everyone the way he does now. None of them would have participated in the ridiculous thong challenge.
I do not understand the argument that we will "learn new things about House" through the new team. It's been through the clinic patients (such as the rape patient in One Day, One Room) and the patient of the week (such as Gabe in Son of a Coma Guy) that we've discovered keys to House's past and what makes him tick. We're not going to get any such revelations with the new team. The only revelation I've seen so far is that House is a hypocritical idiot when it comes to hiring his team.
I noticed there are petitions on the House main forum for both Cameron (Jennifer Morrison thread) and Chase. It probably won't do a bit of good, but for anyone who feels the need to do something, however small, you might want to sign in.