So, after the most recent episode of BONES, The Bikini in the Soup, I found that many people were disgruntled with Cam and what they saw as her selfish or insensitive attitude towards the case and the victim. I could spout out all kinds of my own thoughts about this topic and defend her (or not) and all that jazz, but that’s not really what this post is about. In reality, her behavior and attitude in this episode caused me to reflect more upon character change and development, namely the change and development in our lovely team that surrounds our beloved “center” of Booth and Brennan (or Brennan and Booth, I won’t argue the order…too much…hahaha).
Cam is my catalyst to the conversation, but interestingly, I feel that she has changed the least. Her actions in Bikini did not strike me in a negative way mostly because I felt she was still acting in character. She has a life outside of the lab, in spite of the previous episode’s attempt to show us that she is a workaholic. (Mother and Child in the Bay – looking for a quick wrap up for weekend of poker, Aliens in a Spaceship – suggesting a weekend in NY with Booth, just to name a couple of examples). She has a cop mentality, which means she isn’t necessarily straight scientist (Mother and Child in the Bay – “give the prosecutor exactly what she needs”, The Girl in Suite 2103 – creating a file that implicated the son of the Colombian judge). So, like her or not in this last episode, I will suggest that at least she was not acting differently, overall.
But what about the other characters? I’ll admit that I am primarily thinking of two that have changed most visibly on the surface, Clark Edison and Colin Fisher. Fisher, the “morose bastard” as Hodgins so entertainingly and now incorrectly calls him, went from a pessimistic, fatalistic view of life to one who meditates and smiles. Clark has moved from “Oh god why am I always around for this personal stuff” to sharing more than anyone else, as well as asking for and giving personal advice. Truth be told, his flip flop kind of freaks me out the most, but I’m rollin’ with it.
Are these changes realistic? Do they serve a purpose? Sure, in The Couple in the Cave, when Clark gave us that line about expecting Booth and Brennan (or Brennan and Booth) to get all “butt nekkid” we felt he was speaking for the fans, but does his behavior still do that? Or does it have a different purpose? Fisher has a relative optimism and lost the black painted fingernails. Does his change provide us with comic relief, or is there something else?
Perhaps these two particular character changes help mirror Brennan’s development. Clark opening up could be correlated to Brennan’s open heart; Fisher’s optimism could reflect Brennan’s realization in her belief in love. Or perhaps both of these character changes really are strictly for the fans, to symbolize the almost infamous “eventually”. If Clark can open up and get personal in the workplace and Fisher can overcome his fatalistic tendencies, then surely other changes will come, too, right?
I only mentioned these two characters, but I could speak about Sweets, Angela, and Hodgins as well, although I view their changes to be less conspicuous. What say you all? Do you like these changes? Are the changes significant or are they simply entertainment propaganda? What changes do you see in our supporting cast?