Hello out there!
First of all, I just want to say that I’m loving the Star Wars references this season. Can I do a happy dance for all of us nerds who love Star Wars?
Okay …Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system let’s get on to the real topic of my ramblings. Actually, Star Wars is relevant to what I want to explore. Well sort of… I guess Booth muttering to himself in his office about how he went to bed Han Solo (who is hot by the way) to waking up Obi Wan Kenobi (the old one) is relevant enough.
The true inspiration for this post is from an experience I had with a friend’s younger sister. I was at my friend’s house watching BONES when her sister and her friend, who are both teenagers, walked in. The first thing out of the sister’s mouth… “He’s old.” I was shocked and hurt. Booth? Old? It simply wasn’t true! I tried to defend him. He isn’t old, he’s… experienced?
That’s when it hit me.
He’s not old to me because I’m in love with him… you know, within the context of the show of course (glance around nervously). I’ve seen him grow and become the man he is now or was… however you prefer him to be (in regards of the current tension in season six). He can’t possibly be old! …Can he?
And then The Shallow in the Deep aired.
I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to prefer Sweets (who is good looking in his own right) to Booth. But they did! I guess the women were on the Cougar Cruise for a reason though right? They prefer younger men. Between Sweets and Booth, Sweets is the younger man. I guess it’s coming to the point where Booth isn’t as attractive to certain women. He is starting to show his age, not in a bad way mind you. At the beginning of this episode we see him struggle to the front door, sore and stiff from a bad night. He had back issues in season four that Brennan tried to rectify in The Princess and the Pear and The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond. SIDENOTE: Can I just say that I love Brennan’s genuine concern for Booth and his body in The Princess and the Pear and The Shallow in the Deep? She is just so concerned and she knows (surprisingly) a lot about his body and what he’s done to it. I also love Booth’s surprise over Brennan’s knowledge of his body.
How old is Booth anyway? I think the general consensus is 39. At some point, in the third season I believe, he reveals that he is 35 years old. Add the five year age gap between him and Brennan and then four-ish years, and I’d say that 39 is a pretty good guestimate. Plus, Booth is about two year younger than David Boreanaz. We’ll say that Booth is 39 years old.
So is Booth old? I don’t think so. He’s got a past to rival Brennan’s and experience to back him up with his job. I mean, there is a reason he is ‘Special Agent’ Seeley Booth. He’s worked his butt off to get there. He’s shot men; he’s killed men; he’s solved murders; he’s brought in bad guys. He’s not old. He’s experienced. And his experiences have made him the man he is today, the man who is right for Brennan- despite the circumstances they both find themselves in (a.k.a. Hannah). He’s the heart and she’s the brains. It’s as simple as that.
I don’t think of Booth as old. He’s definitely done some aging and growing in the past five and a half seasons. But he’s not old. He’s just Booth.
…A man whose life experiences (growing up with an abusive, drunken father, fighting in a war, having a child, quitting gambling, working for the FBI, and working with Brennan) have made him into the man we all have come to love, respect, and admire. A man in FBI standard issue body armor. In my eyes, Booth will never be old (despite what a couple of teenagers may think). He’ll always just be… simply Booth.
So what do you think? Is Booth old? Is he showing his age these days? Let’s discuss. And, to keep things fair and above-board, let’s keep our responses to just Booth and not David Boreanaz related, shall we?