Good Morning Bones Theorists!
School is in session for the last day of Brennan Week, and it’s time for a little bit of an anatomy lesson. No, I would never dissect a woman’s appearance in print (though can I just say that I adore that Temperance Brennan is not, as Bridget Jones might say, a “Blonde American Stick-Insect” ? 😀 ) — instead, we’re going to take a look at what makes Brennan ‘Brennan’.
If Booth has ‘iron fists and a lion heart’, then Brennan has qualities to examine too. At least I hope so. You be the judge in the comments. Until then, here is…
1. Genius Brain
Brennan is a genius. Not just in the “OMG, you’re a genius” way Booth can gush about her sometimes when she provides the missing link on a case he can’t get his mind around, but in the IQ way. She’s in the ionosphere, while a lot of us have to Google which level ionosphere really is. When on pain killers, she feels ‘like normal people must feel’. She has an incredibly steep learning curve, as Dr. Goodman told us in the Pilot episode. She speaks several languages; she’s the best in her field, and she has multiple incredibly successful careers. Where Zack couldn’t contain his genius, Brennan is able to.
2. Discerning Eyes
She can look at a pile of bones and determine age, gender, physical history and ‘favorite sport’, Booth told us in the beginning of the series. And though she doesn’t always read ‘fleshy’ people as well as bones, she knows enough of her partner and students to know when they are not being 100% sincere.
3. Instructing Mouth
Brennan takes what she knows and shares it with others. It’s assumed at the beginning that she got into forensic anthropology to perhaps be able to identify her parents—why they left, etc. But once that was finished…she didn’t stop her work. She could have retired immediately and lived in Fiji for the rest of her life. Instead, she teaches. She takes in graduate students and helps them learn from the best. She gathered a team of people together, and she includes them—even when it would probably be easier to just do it herself.
4. Determined Jaw
Whether it’s catching a killer, identifying a victim and its cause of death, protecting those she loves or comforting a friend, Brennan is fierce. She sometimes can veer onto the side of too stubborn, but that is excusable as the flip side of her unwavering determination to see a task to completion. It’s what’s made her the best at her job, and it’s what’s made her a good partner—and it’s (one of the things) that will make her a good mother.
5. Passionate Heart
Passion is an emotion, so it’s not something she always shows, but it’s still always there…under the surface. Her passion flows when she’s encouraging Booth, when she’s teaching her students, when she’s fighting for the innocent. She laughs openly at jokes she thinks are funny. She hurts deeply when those she loves are in pain, and she sacrifices herself if (she thinks) it will make others happier.
6. Skilled Hands
A genius brain might not do her any good if she didn’t have the ‘outlet’ to complete the incredible tasks she must for her job. She can take a fragmented skull and piece it together to completion. She can ward off any unwanted attention with a swift chop. And she can turn the iron fisted, lion-hearted man to putty with a single touch… (or maybe that’s with her eyes…)
7. Smart Ass
Or maybe it’s with her…
Haha, I sort of joke. Brennan once said that she is very smart, but it has nothing to do with her ass. That’s pretty much all needs to be said about that! 😀 But seriously, I love her sass. I love the way she pushes Booth’s buttons. I love that she can turn him inside out with a word (Giddy-up), a sway, a black dress, a single touch, etc.
What do you think? Let’s discuss our favorite anthropologist and just what makes her so incredible!
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS…Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the start of Premiere Week!