Okay, so admittedly, when it comes to the lyrics of this song, this ‘dream’ might not be considered “sweet”, as it really is a nightmare. I could have gone with the coma dream, but I honestly feel like this dream in Boy with the Answer is under-discussed, if that is possible.
The episode is a very popular one, even if the very ending crushes our hearts and makes us bite our fingernails nearly off. Oh, I’m the only one who still does that? Okay, I see how it is 🙂
But seriously, this dream Brennan has is very fascinating as it lets us take a look at Brennan in an intimate way we never have before. Those of you who mention that the show is called BONES because we’re seeing Brennan, but through the world Booth has built around her are correct, I think. So it’s very rare that we see Brennan home alone. I can only think of a few moments: when she watches the videotape of her mother, when she has this dream, and then later in season six, when she is preparing dinner for Hodgins, Angela, Booth and Hannah. Of course, there is an actual show to ‘show’, and so it’s not realistic to have a lot of time spent with Brennan alone in her home, but even if we consider Brennan’s ‘house’, as Booth called it (The Jeffersonian), it’s rare that we see her alone there for extended segments of time, unless it’s for effect.
In the case of this dream, we learn about Brennan’s thought processes and fears. And while we might have suspected she felt them, it all becomes very real when we actually SEE her dreaming about them. And that she (mostly, but not for long) compartmentalizes them away and works the case gives credence to the idea that she’s been having dreams for a long time.
She tells Booth that she does and that she’s worried, and she tells Angela later that she’s worried all of the time. But we see in her dream that she’s not just worried about Booth.
Brennan dreams that Hodgins is killed; she dreams that Booth is drowning; she dreams that she is taken captive, that her mouth is covered and she can’t speak and once she is able to speak, it’s only to find that she is being buried alive.
Though it’s painful to watch Brennan experience this dream, I do love that she’s the one having it. Not that I enjoy her suffering; it’s more that I am impressed that the writers had Brennan dream this dream, and not Booth, whom we might expect to have tendencies to feel as if he is failing to protect the ones he loves. But I think this dream reveals that Brennan shares that tendency. She is afraid that Booth will come to pain because of her, or that she won’t be able to stop it if he does in another way. She also fears the GraveDigger, but I believe the dream held more significance than just the impending case.
What do you think? Beyond the fact that she and Hodgins shared the experience being buried alive, is there significance that she dreamt of him?
Does her dream of Booth represent only anxiety she felt (but did not show much) when he was trapped inside the submarine, or does it represent a different anxiety she is feeling toward (or about) Booth? Do you think that even when Taffet is convicted, she still has the same fear regarding her relationship with Booth?
Peace, Love & Bones