I’ve heard several people say that the chemistry between Booth and Brennan (or Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz) is gone, but I tend to disagree. It’s not the chemistry that’s gone…it’s the innocence.
Have you ever seen Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show or any of the other Christopher Guest and Company mockumentaries? There’s an incredible amount of talent needed to play the part of a completely average, regular person. We might think it would be really easy to play the part of a local travel agent and his wife, but Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara (and the rest of the group) never fail to blow me away with the way they manage to sort of rise above acting to act ‘normal’. I’m not explaining it perfectly, and it’s not even really the point of the post, so I’ll move on.
Except to prove my point, which is this…
It takes just as much acting chops and chemistry for Boreanaz and Deschanel to do what they are doing now than it ever has.
If you have the time, re-watch the season five premiere.
I’m talking specifically the scene where Angela calls them out on the fact that apparently neither one revealed to the group that part of the book/coma dream symbiosis was a little teensy ‘this changes everything’ speck of a thing called the fact that Brennan was pregnant.
The subsequent reactions of Booth and Brennan as they both try to pretend to laugh it off, but just can’t quite do it…combined with the way they sort of are trying to gauge the other person’s reaction, to make sure they react the exact amount or less…well, it’s some of the best timing work I’ve seen between two actors, ever. Boreanaz and Deschanel have incredible timing together. What we see as a natural conversation between the two of them is (I believe) the culmination of hours of practice at it. Of planning who is going to look at whom when and for how long, and when B&B will touch one another, and how, etc. Sure, over the years there might come a sort of natural rhythm to that, and I suspect, based on the HH commentary in the pilot, where he sort of describes how ED got the part of Brennan, there is also an underlying natural chemistry between Boreanaz and Deschanel. To have to act ‘above’ or around or sort of against the current of that…well, I find that amazing. I think every thing we’re seeing is just as deliberate as the scene at the end of Fire in the Ice, where B&B are skating and talking and making each other laugh and reveal things they might not normally reveal.
That scene in particular, now it almost hurts me to watch it. Not that the moment has been ruined, but it’s more that I just feel too jaded or that I hurt for the innocence they have between them. The innocence is gone (it feels like, to me), but the chemistry…that’s still there. It’s just in the form of…well, I’m not exactly sure how to describe it.
Sometimes when I get the flu, I’m not sick necessarily, but it’s just that every single inch of my skin feels sensitive, either to cold or to heat, or just air. I shiver and it’s both sort of invigorating and uncomfortable at the same time. That’s how I feel about the B&B scenes these days. Not in the ‘I want to vomit’ way, haha, but just more in the ‘I think I just touched a live wire’ way, and that feels new and kind of dangerous.
It’s new, I guess is my point.
It’s because the innocence…that’s what’s sort of gone.
Keep on Tryin.
Mac & Cheese.
We’re the Center.
All of these things feel sort of raw and edgy to me right now. Despite the fact that both Brennan and Booth have issues and had rough childhoods and deal with death and murder and gruesome, gruesome things, there’s always been this underlying innocence to them.
And we’ve shared in that. Or at least, I have. And I guess I feel like that is what is gone. It’s not that B&B can’t get together, but I just wonder if they (the writers, I guess) can sort of regain that sweetness between them. There have been tiny snippets of it (the red bow, the thumbs up, the flea) that lead me to believe that it’s possible, but sometimes I just don’t know.
Maybe they’ll break your heart, maybe you‘ll break their heart and never be able to look at yourself the same way.
I guess at this point, we just have to believe that though it may note ever be quite like this again…
…that what’s in store for them is better. And that’s where my curiosity is piqued.
I want to know how it’s going to happen. From a writing/storytelling perspective, I want to see where this goes. I know that personally, I’ll sort of waffle between being able to examine it from a ‘big picture’ standpoint and the feeling like it’s way to intimate and personal. It will be a balance, I guess. I think sometimes I have to open my heart toward things and sometimes I have to harden my heart, just to survive. This is true in all of my life, not just BONES; the show is more a microcosm of that issue in the rest of my life.
And yeah, I’ll admit that there is a teensy part of me that wants to know if HH and Co can really pull this off. Not that I want to see it fail, not even close, but I’m just really curious to see if by the end of this thing, I will be stunned with amazement or if I’ll be like, ‘what the heck?’ and annoyed. Based on the interviews throughout the series, I think HH and the actors never necessarily wanted to do a procedural; that was sort of the vehicle that allowed them to get their story on the air. For those who sort of despise the change in the show from seasons 1-2, I get that. It’s not the same show as it was. For some people, they just aren’t interested in what’s happening now. I remember when I first joined up with the BONES World, there was a lot of anger that things weren’t the way they used to be in seasons one and two and a lot of hurt and anger about Zack, etc. And in season four, people complained that things weren’t as good as season three, and in season five, some people clung to the amazingness that was season four…and so on. So I think there is a natural sort of nostalgia that we place on former BONES episodes that gives them a free pass at times. Right now, it sort of feels like “survival of the fittest” as far as Bones fans or blogs or communities, and I’m just curious as all get out to see what is going to happen. I’ll be honest, there’s a part of me that still hates the season four finale (I’ll talk more about this soon, with the help from pal @Choebe who loves this episode a LOT…) but another part of me that wonders if HH gave that to us as a gift…just so that we could sort of ‘keep on tryin’, etc. And I’ll be honest again…if so, that kind of annoys me, hahaha. I’m not annoyed for the gift, but just that I’ll have to (very begrudgingly) accept it and know that I was wrong! I don’t like being wrong, though I suppose that if me being wrong means that this is what happens….
…well, I guess I can be okay with that.
So for right now, curious is a good place for me to be.
Of course, all of this is just my opinion. Perhaps you agree or disagree. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Is the chemistry intact? Is it just the innocence that’s lost? And how curious are you to see what happens next? Talk to me!
Peace, Love & Bones,