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An unfortunate victim of bad circumstances
I have only seen Alien 3 on television being that I was too young at the time it was out at the cinema. What strikes me as this: It's not that bad. Granted, it's not as brilliant as the first two films but you could see where Fincher was going with this. If there was ever a case of the whole not adding up to the sum of its parts this would be it.
Alien 3 was the third film in a hugely successful, highly profitable franchise. Fox didn't want to screw it up and were understandably very anxious about the film so they interfered constantly in its production. Ironically this ended up causing all manner of problems for Fincher as his predecessors. Fincher himself was young, it was his debut film and I imagine he was probably overwhelmed with the amount of pressure piled on by the studios and too inexperienced to know how to deal with their constant attempts to intervene.
Secondly, at the time Fincher took over, the production was over half way complete with no actual, definite script being followed. Let me repeat that, nobody actually knew what the story was and they had already started filming! No wonder the film became a mess of ideas and has several plot inconsistencies. Again, is this Fincher's fault? No. If he had been more experienced though perhaps he would have had the sense to either have pulled out or started to exert some real control.
Alien 3 is the rather depressing story of an overbearing studio, an inexperienced but brilliant director and a film with all the weight of the world on it to succeed both critically and commercially. The result becomes somewhat analogous to the Titanic, it sunk under its own expectations.
House M.D.: House Training (2007)
One of the best episodes of House, but not for the titular character's clever one-liners or the inventive way they diagnose the patient. In fact, there aren't that many one-liners in this episode and this is one of the few occasions where the team not only fails to diagnose the patient, but effectively kills her through misdiagnosis. Foreman who is attending to the patient feels it particularly bad since he is the one who suggests the treatment that eventually ends up killing her. On top of this, Foreman's parents, including his mother who seems to be suffering from some kind of dementia, have come to visit him. Foreman, who sees his family as an unwelcome reminder of his past, has not seen his parents for 8 years and his mother, because of her dementia, can't even recognise who he is half the time. Ultimately the death of the patient and the stress of having his parents come to visit results in Foreman letting go of his emotions as he is unable to come to terms with what he has done.
After you see Foreman putting up barrier after emotional barrier between him, his patients, his friends and his family throughout the series; it's gratifying in a bitter-sweet sort of way to see these walls come down for just a little bit, to see the man underneath. The ending of the episode also hits a tragically tearful note as when Foreman goes to his mother to confess what he has done and look for forgiveness, she doesn't recognise that he's her son. This final revelation revealed in the last line is a devastating twist and Foreman's expression is truly heart-wrenching.
Praise goes to Omar Epps for his fantastic acting in this particular episode, without which, it would have nowhere near the right amount of emotional resonance it has.