House of Lies “Microphallus” Review

House of Lies "Microphallus" Episode 3 (7)

Despite the misleading episode name, this week’s episode “Microphallus” took a look at the emotional, self-destructive side of Marty Kaan. Given that the first episode started with him passed out naked in bed, starting the third episode with him crying after dreaming of his dead mother was a bit startling. One thing is clear about House of Lies: Our heroes are only capable of visceral reactions to things that happen to them. There is no understatement and no subtlety. The show comes right at you and doesn’t make any apologies about it.

This episode continued in that same vein. Marty’s son can just be a cross-dresser experiencing gender confusion, now he’s a cross-dresser who may be a bisexual. It makes sense, but it also makes me wonder how far are they willing to go with the son angle? I haven’t been given a reason to care about his home life yet, so why would I be interested in if he likes boys or girls? I understand that we are looking at the whole person of Marty Kaan, but his son comes off as a distraction to Marty and the viewer instead of a viable part of the show that’s worth exploring.

In addition to the issues at home, Marty and the gang continued to perpetuate the view that rich people are into weird stuff. The CFO of the Company of the Week has a foot fetish, and his wife is into a vast array of different bondage and role play fantasies. This scene served to accomplish only two purposes: Give someone the opportunity to use the episode’s title in dialogue and to remind us that we were on pay cable so anything goes. For the record, I take no issue with either purpose.

On the business front, Marty again discovered a clever out to find a way to extricate his team out of a mess. Though Marty does a nice job of selling us that consulting is a business founded mostly on the basis of complete BS, I would still like to see Marty flex some impressive business acumen on occasion. The other members of The Pod provided next to no intelligence or assistance with the company they were consulting for this week. I don’t need to see the whole process, but I would like to watch those guys do something, ANYTHING to contribute to their firm’s success. From what I have seen, they should be thanking Marty just for the privilege of getting to work with him everyday. Sheesh.

I feel as if I am being a little extra harsh on the show this week. Trust me folks, it’s only because I believe there is a really good show in there somewhere. It’s just too manic right now. I would love to see them slow things down a bit in order to develop some of these characters a little further. There is a ton of talent on this show and a fun premise to work with. I’m going to continue to reserve final judgment on this show, but I need to see a lot more from this show in the coming weeks if it wants to maintain its Season Pass status beyond this year.

What did you guys think? Is House of Lies hitting the right notes with you? What changes would you recommend for this show at this point? Let’s talk it out in the comments section or on Twitter.

The TV Czar