“The answer to the question that you’re afraid to say out loud is…yes. He knows the truth of you, and he is dazzled by that truth.”
For me, I’ve always (well, since it happened) thought this was sort of the crux of the series as far as Booth and Brennan were concerned. Brennan’s pre-rebuttal is that people would certainly love her because she is beautiful and intelligent, but Avalon tells her it’s more than that… that Booth (she doesn’t say his name, but it’s him!) knows the truth of her, and he’s dazzled by it.
That’s been one of my issues with this season. NOT that Booth has been more hesitant toward Brennan–that makes sense. But this idea that somehow the truth of Brennan has had to be modified in some way. We’ve talked about it a lot around here… has Brennan changed, in what ways, etc, etc. And I think Stephanie was right the other day when she said that Brennan did make some changes, but for herself, and because she wanted to. Those changes we saw in the season premiere (being more open about saying how she feels about people, etc) were good and weren’t “character-reset” changes so to speak. I know, I know…the word reset puts fear into our hearts. HOW MANY TIMES CAN THEY DO THAT?!?!
But I think there’s a difference between character development and the changes that come with growth,and character destruction– which would be changing a character to fit the plot. We’ve seen both happen to Brennan this season, in my opinion. For me, it’s easy to tell which is which…when Brennan grows as a character, Booth is dazzled. When the character is being manipulated by the writers, Booth is not dazzled.
In other words, stop messing with the ‘truth of her’, writers, and just let her be herself! Booth (and a lot of us) were plenty dazzled already, you know? Not EVERY episode needs to be some lesson learned for Brennan! I liked what Lenora said in the comments of the scene study this week, that while most of the series has been looking at Brennan through Booth’s point of view, now we’re seeing him through her point of view. That was a new thought for me, and it helped me reconcile a few things.
Likewise, Janet pointed out the other day that it’s not as if Booth could ALLOW himself to be dazzled and that he purposefully stopped himself from feeling that way, and I agree with that. I think it’s happened over the course of the series too, and perhaps I just notice it more this season.
But I think even beyond that, beyond the fact that Booth wasn’t exactly in a place where he could allow himself to be dazzled, the truth of Brennan should have been able to resonate a bit more. When it DID, Booth was still dazzled, no matter who he went home to at night, you know? It’s not just her beauty or her intelligence. It’s the truth of her. How is it explained and measured? I don’t know…just that Booth still seems to be the measuring stick (so to speak, ha!).
I don’t know, y’all, am I missing it? It’s just that…I can’t even count the amount of times in the series we’ve seen Booth dazzled by the truth of her, and it was because, as he said to Hacker, “She’s just…Bones”.
Again, I understand the purpose of character development, but from where I sit, her “just Bones-ness” didn’t need changed.
Here are a few examples, and then you can weigh in, and let me know if I’m just typing crazy! 😀
Brennan is very beautiful, that is true. And she does have sex appeal, but she’s not exactly sexy always. I don’t mean that as a dis, I’m just saying that Booth’s regular type seems to be a little more blatantly sexy. Brennan is blatant about sex, but that’s not the same thing. She can talk about sex, but she’s still wearing a button up shirt and lab coat. She’s sexy…I’m not saying she isn’t. I’m just saying that, in the above scene, her dress is very beautiful, and she looks beautiful in it, and Booth is blown away by how pretty she looks.
2. Season Two: The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House
The ‘dazzled’ Booth feels in this scene is that she’s sharing with him. Yeah, she took Sully to Carly’s, but she’s cooking for him. She dismissed that cooking is a form of loving, but that doesn’t even register with Booth, who just cannot believe that she is taking the time to cook for him. Brennan shrugs it off as no big deal, but we can see that Booth thinks it’s a very big deal.
3. Season Three: Santa in the Slush
She ALSO just kissed him under some mistletoe, sure, but this scene is one of my favorites of all time. It was my *I KNEW* moment–that they were totally in love and meant to be together and rush to blockbuster to rent seasons one and two and watch them in one week moment. Haha. Somebody was dazzled– let’s just say that!
4. Season Four: Critic in the Cabernet
Do not tell me that Booth’s brain tumor is messing with his ability to know whether or not Brennan is dazzling. That is all.
5. Season Five: The Goop on the Girl
*shrugs* It’s just evidence. Evidence that he’s dazzled by her. And by the way she’s peeling off his clothes in the lab. Haha. It was such a “Brennan” thing to do, but that’s my point again…and my question to you. Would Brennan do this sort of thing now, and if not…is that a good thing?
6. Season Six: The Hole in the Heart
The look isn’t even THAT dazzled, but after a few weeks of feeling ‘undazzled’ by the turn of events, this confident and adoring look in Booth’s eyes works for me. Sure, there were a couple of moments this season where he was dazzled, like I said before (namely in the elevator and when she’s giving the science performance), but also like I said, those were very much “Brennan” moments–something she might have said or done at any point in this series. Sure, her bringing the potted plant here is a little awkward, but it’s also incredibly meaningful, and THAT is what dazzles Booth. She got his attention when he first met her, but she KEPT his attention in the Cleo Eller case when she shared how she knew Cleo’s parents felt.
Brennan doesn’t have to get it right for Booth to be dazzled by her– she’s been being herself and trying this entire time, and he’s been plenty dazzled. That’s why his comment this season about wanting others to know how special she was is condescending and pat BS that the writers can shove back into their own pens. I blame them and not Booth, as you can see, haha, but still…
Each character has their own level of interaction and knowledge of Brennan. Like we talked about yesterday, Angela gets to be Brennan’s BFF (or BBF), and the others sort of move closer to her and further apart at her discretion. But Booth…he knows the truth of her, and he’s dazzled by that truth. Always has and always has been.
So maybe it’s the writers who are afraid to let themselves ‘write’ that question out loud. Which is too bad, because they’ve already said it many, many, many times.
OOOOKAY! Haha, well, enough from me! I need to also make a list of the times Brennan has been dazzled by the truth of Booth, because there are also many. But for now, what are some other moments you can think of where Booth has been dazzled?
Talk to me!
Peace, Love & Bones,