TV Club: Battle Creek: “Heirlooms”

If there’s one thing I associate with House—and, by extension, with its showrunner, current Battle Creek head honcho David Shore—it’s the narrative blind alley. (Well, that and the misanthropy, but we already touched on that in the last review.) The red herring obviously wasn’t original to Shore’s show, and plenty of other procedural shows use protracted, wrongheaded inquiries to make up for the fact that precious few mysteries actually need a full 60 minutes to solve if no mistakes are made along the way. But House always took a special kind of pleasure in going as far as it possibly could in the wrong direction before finally snapping back, which sometimes meant the show only left itself a few minutes to identify not just the solution but explain what the problem actually was in the first place. The potential advantage of that kind of …

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