So one of the most exciting things about this blog that our lovely Sarah/seels created and has been running is that it has GROWN by leaps and bounds. It is amazing to see the dozens of comments on each and every post and I know that I, for one, love visiting this site each and every single day. It’s smart, snappy, and witty – just like BONES itself.
I will tell you (and if you’ve ever read all of the comments in the past I clearly already have told you) that I have many, many opinions about this show. I can run with the best of them when spouting theories and passionate truisms about these amazing characters that cause our insides to roil in turbulence at their words, actions, behaviors, and dazzling eye. . um . . . exchanges.
One of my majors in undergrad was English. I always describe myself as the atypical English major because I can’t quote literature and have forgotten a lot of what I’ve read. I miss subtext and underlying themes in what I read all of the time. Symbolism, unless it is more obvious, is often lost on me. So, when folks start talking about the Season 4 finale, I cringe because honestly, I have no idea what most of that episode means.
SO. Although this post is NOT about helping me out with that episode, it IS an opener, which might eventually lead to aspects of that episode.
This is a “you tell me, please” post. For those of you who are superb at this kind of analysis of subtext and symbolism, I look forward to your thoughts.
First, seels, in her post, “The Ends and Beginnings: Season Finales and Premieres” reminded of this wonderful connection.
That because of what we learned in the 100th:
We have this:
I have always loved that right from the start, these two have been each other’s personal space. Sparks. Fire. Chemistry. Explosions. Sheer Unadulterated Hotness.
Okay. Drank down some ice water. Moving on . . .
Here’s what I’m wondering. Booth meets up with Brennan at the firing range (saying that he thought he’d find her there – which I have no idea why he would, but maybe he’s just THAT GOOD at reading people, right? Whatev. Not the question, yet). After he finds out that Brennan “looked him up” and found out about his past as a sniper, he picks up her gun and does this:
He purposely misses his shot.
The dialogue that follows:
Brennan: [Chuckling] Were you any good at being a sniper?
Booth: A sniper gets to know a little something about killers. Senator Bethlehem, he’s no killer.
The best I can think of for why Booth, this cocky-as-all-get-out FBI agent, would do this is because of his comment about snipers getting to know something about his killers. Did he miss to prove to Brennan that he does not know her very well, yet? Did he miss to prove to her that she doesn’t know him very well? Or perhaps he missed in order to prove the point that the target is still an unknown? Or . . . WHAT??? I don’t know and it drives me nuts that I don’t know this. I’d say it is unimportant, but throughout the series it is evident that his aim IS important.
We know what he does next, but in case you want a visual:
Because, well, there’s a lot of symbolism in this even for me. Plus, I really love hands and just look at this one and that unbuttoned cuff below it. My other question might simply be why is that so freakin’ hot?
But I digress. Booth misses his shot. I don’t know why. Do you?