*crawls out of work induced cave* Hello out there! SO sorry for the lack of posts last week (or at the very least, the lack of saying there wouldn’t be posts), but now I’m back and ready to talk some BONES again. I was trying to do some rationalization the other day and maturely accept that it really makes sense not to have a couple of BONES eps air at the end of September only to have the show take a break for the Cincinnati Reds to win the World Series (see how I snuck that in there? 😀 ) and then come back and air more episodes in November, right? It DOES make a lot of sense. But there’s still a small part of me that is thinking, “Wait, it’s August 1st and we STILL have three entire months until a new episode?!?”
I’m sure we’ll survive! Okay, here is something I’ve been thinking about lately…
Who actually IS the lynchpin of the team(s)?
When the season six premiere aired, and the ‘lynchpin’ talk was hot and heavy, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I was annoyed (as you probably know) with Cam when she was so aggressively upset with Brennan for having gone away, even though Brennan had gone away before, there was a definite amount of time specified, and all of that. I never quite figured out if Cam was jealous that after Brennan left no one else wanted to stick around, or if there was something else going on there (for example, that Cam was annoyed that her good friend Seeley J Booth was back in a war zone, and she saw Brennan as somewhat responsible for that, a la Brennan being annoyed with Booth in season three about Zack being in Iraq) or what. Thoughts on that? Basically, I thought Cam was kind of out of line.
I also really, really liked the idea of the possibility of a season where Brennan would begin to see just how valuable she was to each member of the Jeffersonian team—not just as the premier forensic anthropologist in the universe, but as a person, right? She’d arrived back from the Jeffersonian with a new outlook on life and how she was going to approach her relationships with people. But I was kind of disappointed that in a lot of ways, that part of her character got muddled and with the exception of the season premiere and her reflection to Booth on Vincent Nigel Murray’s death, there weren’t a lot of moments in the season where she considered her role in the lives of the people she worked with or who worked for her.
That’s sort of getting off topic, and my main question is about the lynchpin aspect. Is Brennan the lynchpin? If so, while she claims to be it –based on her professional self-assertions- does she really ‘know what that means’? Brennan herself (and the show, so to speak) alluded to the fact that Caroline was really the lynchpin, but I don’t think that’s realistic, considering Caroline, though awesome, isn’t as involved with everyone in the show.
Owl’s last two fantastic posts (scroll to the right side of the screen and down to check out the links for those) were about family and the way the team was slightly disjointed this season (on purpose), and I was thinking about those as I was thinking about this idea also.
Who would you say is the lynchpin? Who is the glue? Also, has it changed since the series began? For example, the squints have a loyalty to Brennan, basically from day one. But is it Booth’s friendship and partnership with Brennan that allowed her in the early days to be more open to interpersonal relationships with her co-workers?
Does the lynchpin idea even apply to the characters on this show, OR was it already negated in the season three premiere by the ‘center’ metaphor?
Peace, Love & Bones,