So, thoughts on this?
I don’t know about you, but when Booth’s voice gets kind of low and sincere and he just says “Bones, you are the standard”, I melt like a puddle. This is not news per se, but with The Killer in the Crosshairs in mind (where Brennan makes a definite verbal stance that she will always stand by Booth), it has led me to thinking…
What was (or is, because I still believe it’s true) it that makes Brennan the standard? Can Booth still believe in fate and believe Brennan is the standard? Does that make sense? Do those two things contradict one another? Basically, if it was fate, does Brennan NEED to be the standard? Hmmm…
On the other side, now we have Brennan pursuing Booth toward the end of season six. Remember her birthday toast to Booth (in season four) where she talks about him being strong and quiet? I find parallels between that and the way she acted toward Booth in Killer in the Crosshairs and Hole in the Heart (and other eps).
I, like a lot of us, I suppose, always figured some huge major event might bring B&B together, and sure, VNM (sniff, sniff!) was huge, but still…there was this quiet strength between them, particularly from Brennan to Booth that NOW proves to me that she was paying attention to him and she was being deliberate and testing the waters etc, etc…
I’m sort of getting off topic, but what I’m trying to ask is this: What also makes Booth Brennan’s standard. In the past, she would say it was professional – why would someone with her success partner up with anything less than the best, right? And like a lot of you have pointed out in the past when we talked about Critic in the Cabernet, Brennan made it clear that Booth had personal qualities she admired and would want for her children. But beyond all that—does she consider him the standard?
There is, I believe, a third additional piece, and that is this:
Viewers hold B&B as a couple to a (perhaps unrealistic?) standard. Thoughts on that? Do we expect one or both of them combined to act perfectly, or at least, to anticipate troubles and not have issues? Perhaps ‘issues’ isn’t the right word, because we have discussed several times that they probably will have some issues. But is there still that ‘grade card’ for lack of a better word, where we’re all sitting in front of our televisions (or computer screens) with mental checklists? “Oh, Brennan flirted with another man”
“Oh, Booth had the audacity to say that it’s possible to love more than one person in the span of a lifetime”, etc, etc. If we look at partnerships, friendships, and romantic relationships we’ve had with other people, do we hold B&B to a higher standard than we hold ourselves?
So, three parts: Brennan, Booth, and then B&B from a viewer’s perspective. What are the standards? Are they fair (in terms of fiction)?
Peace, Love & Bones,