Hey out there fellow fans! Welcome to HODGINS WEEK! It’s a very exciting time, frankly we can’t WAIT to talk more about him.
So, the other day I was watching the fifth season of BONES on DVD. Being the total dork I am, I was actually watching The Beginning in the End with commentary with Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan, and Ian Toynton. (If you’ve never watched an episode with commentary by Hart Hanson, I highly recommended it. It’s awesome!) Anyway, Hart Hanson said something that just struck me as funny yet totally true. Pretty much he compared TJ Thyne/Hodgins to Ned Flanders from The Simpsons. If you’ve never seen The Simpsons, please let me explain. Ned Flanders is The Simpsons uber-religious, conservative neighbor. It turns out that Flanders is actually very ripped beneath his green sweater and uptight exterior. I laughed out loud. I thought that this was great comparison.
I recently introduced BONES to a good friend of mine. She was really into it. We’d watched a few episodes and I asked her what she thought. She was very honest when she admitted that although Special Agent Seeley Booth was very attractive she really liked Dr. Jack Hodgins a little better. Well let me just admit this. I was blown away! I mean, who would… who could like Hodgins more than the incredible Booth??
This is what I took from her explanation:
Because Booth is so attractive and so kick-butt, to the regular girl, he’s way out of her league, he’s unattainable (which, unfortunately, I agree with). Whereas, Hodgins may be attractive but being a scientist and not so kick-butt, not in the FBI sense anyway, makes him more attainable to the average girl. So I’m here to prove that despite my intense love for Seeley Joseph Booth, Jack Hodgins has a lot going for him too.
When we first see Dr. Jack Hodgins, he comes across as an angry, paranoid, super-smart scientist who deals with bugs and slime. Compared to Seeley Booth and his hotness, Hodgins seems pretty low-key. I mean you take the curly blonde hair, the blue lab coat, and the paranoid conspiracy theories and you’re not really interested. At first.
This may be really shallow of me to admit this but the moment Jack Hodgins sparked my interest as more than a supporting character in BONES involves a certain decontamination shower shared with Zach. That’s right, I’m talking about in The Man in the Fallout Shelter. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure I almost drooled when Hodgins walks out wet in a towel. Wow! That man as a nice set of abs. He should walk around in a towel more often. (No, I’m not drooling right now… not at all.) Oh, oh! Remember in The Gamer in the Grease, when he’s testing pipes and he’s in a wife beater. Oh man! He has some amazing biceps.
As a lover and aficionado of arms TJ Thyne has really great arms. And the tattoo of Angela! I love her reaction when she sees it and her reaction when he asked why he should get it removed. I love Hodgins’ reaction even more. She walks out of the room and he kind of half grins down at his bicep. (Seriously drooling here!) But I digress. Let’s continue with the matter at hand.
On a deeper level, I truly believe that as the series goes forward Hodgins’ character evolves into a very confident and attractive man. A man a woman could love and respect. After Angela (he’s too good for her- but that’s for another day) rips his heart out and does a River dance on it, he got brooding and more pensive. Your heart just goes out when he’s sitting in Sweets’ office admitting that he’s angry at the world after the breakup. But I never worried that he was going to curl up and die. He kept pushing on. He kept working at the Jeffersonian (even though he doesn’t have to) and working with Angela. I mean, how hard is that? I think it’s proof that he’s a good man and that he has a big heart. He loves deeply and he hurts deeply. (I guess if I were going to delve deep enough I’d say that if anyone can relate to both Brennan and Booth I’d have to say it was Hodgins. But that’s not the point.) He’s still a conspiracy theorist but he doesn’t seem as angry as he did in the beginning of the series. He’s a developed man. He’s a great friend to both Brennan (Remember The Beginning in the End with the unsolicited advice?) and Booth. He’s actually quite a catch, if you ask me.
The point I’m going for with this comes from quote my previously mentioned friend, Michelle, gave me when I asked her why she found Hodgins so attractive: “Maybe because on paper he shouldn’t be hot, but he is.” I totally agree with her. On paper, Dr. Jack Hodgins should be a total geek, a true squint. But underneath the smart, science layer you find a very attractive, warm man. He’s hidden behind Booth and his shiny FBI standard issued body armor. But I personally think Hodgins is totally worth our time.
I guess what we can learn from Hodgins is that sometimes we think that the shiny object in front of us is what we want but we soon realize that the shiny object is just beyond our reach. However, sitting next to the shiny object (i.e. Booth) is something less shiny (i.e. Hodgins) but just as valuable and probably more obtainable. I think Hodgins is very underrated, even by me. I think we, as true BONES fans, should try to take a deeper look and find out what else we undervalue.
P.S. Special thanks to Michelle and Amylee for your advice and insight on this post.