You’ve seen the films, kiddo. It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
Hello pals! I hope you are having a GREAT Wednesday! Isn’t there a little crackle in the air…a sense of anticipation? Perhaps you are eagerly awaiting the day when I’ll ‘eventually’ be done with Eventually Week! That day, my friends, is tomorrow. Or perhaps you’re feeling excited because of what ELSE is happening tomorrow. Oh yeah. BONESDAY, baby!
PS…I solemnly swear on page 186 that I will not go into tomorrow night’s episode with a judgmental attitude based on my dislike for episode 101 and will in fact be open minded toward it, even if it fact it is not a series game changer.
Okay, we’ve gotten THAT out of the way and now it’s time to talk about one of my all time favorite subjects: the man, the myth, the legend…Seeley Booth.
What I find so fascinating about him is that he’s developed into this incredibly complex character. The series starts out presenting him as the ‘straight man’ to Brennan’s quirks. They aren’t ‘The Odd Couple’ or anything like that, but the underlying principle is the same. She’s the one with people skills issues…he’s sort of what tethers her to ‘the real world’. And then, somehow, over the course of a few years, he’s tethered to her and his world revolves around her. “You’re in love with her,” Dr. Wyatt tells him. “You’re building a world around her.”
So…how did that happen? How did she become the steady? Right? When did it get to the point where his redemption was found in her?
Does that seem over-dramatic? I don’t mean to be, but I do mean to be very serious about it, because I’m completely serious about it.
How does Booth believe in love? And don’t say he just does, because that will just annoy me. Haha. And…honestly, what is it about Brennan that keeps that hope alive?
What is it about her that makes this inevitable?
What does Brennan represent to Booth? And what makes it (and her) so worth it? Her sweet innocence? Her harsh reality? Her quest for the truth? Her acceptance of his truth?
That’s the hard part for me; not because I don’t love Brennan or see her worth, because I do…it’s more that I’m just so curious about Booth and what motivates him. I think Brennan is ALSO insanely curious about him; it’s something we have in common. Plus our far superior intellect. Haha, kidding, kidding.
Is it love that encouraged Booth to convince Brennan to work with him on the Cleo Eller case? Or was it just his desire for justice for Cleo’s parents? What is it that keeps him close to Brennan? He’s literally sought her out over and over and over again. I’m not saying all of those times have been ‘in love’ moments…but they’ve been something. Some sort of giving of himself in a way that seems reserved for her from someplace deep, deep down.
And at the beginning of the series, the idea seemed to be that Booth would be the strong one. He’ll be the one to help Brennan break through her pain. Gifts, guy hugs, saving her life, a Christmas tree…
But as the series continues, a new question circles around the core of this storyline. What about his pain? Where does it fit in this story? What about his desire to just once…is it too much to ask for once in his damn life…get what he wants? Is that what keeps him coming after Brennan? Is that what ties him to her? To love? Is it because she trusts him?
Is it because the MORE she gets to know him, the more she trusts him? Has that ever happened to him before?
We talked on Monday about the ‘real’ Temperance Brennan, based on what we know about her childhood and what we’ve seen so far.
What about Booth? Is he genuinely sweet and giving? A boy with a sensitive heart? Stubborn about what is right? Did he give his mother grubby handfuls of dandelions? If he hadn’t been a (at least) 3rd generation soldier for the United States…what else would he have done?
As desperate as Brennan can be to block love from her life, I see Booth just as desperate to believe in it, despite his surrounding circumstances. He’s just as desperate to know that love is strong enough to ‘overcome evil with good’, basically. That his good deeds will outweigh his bad; that his love for his country will be justified…that his protection of his brother will keep him out of trouble…
And that the love he has for Temperance Brennan will be worth it.
…That even if he has to settle for second best for awhile, that everything…all the stuff, as he told Brennan on that pier that day so long ago…all the stuff he thinks won’t happen…it’ll happen. He’s just gotta be ready for it.
“Come on, Booth!” I want to cheer for him. I love Booth. I want him to get what he wants…what he desires…what keeps him up nights from the center of his heart and what helps him get up every morning.
I want to repeat his words back to him, “It is worth it. And everything around it is worth it… Every moment. Everything is worth it.”
It’s not over till it’s over, Booth. You can do it, baby!
Peace, Love & Bones,