Hello and Happy Monday!
I’ll be doing a Top Five Tuesday with Harbingers tomorrow, but for the rest of the Premiere Week posts, it seems like the best approach to just kind of put a question out there and then discuss.
When I think about the season four premiere, there are several things that come to mind (drunk!Booth for one), but I know one thing that really annoyed a lot of people about this double-ep was how ‘out of his element’ Booth was–especially for someone who has been in several different countries around the world in the Army.
I saw (at the time) arguments that just because someone was stationed in the desert for years didn’t make them world savvy, and then other people who argued that it didn’t matter if Booth had NEVER been out of the U.S. before, he still wouldn’t have acted like he did, if he went to the U.K.
And that issue (I’m sort of in the middle about it. It was kind of funny, but also kind of dumb) is something that I think happens throughout the series in smaller doses, and what is interesting to me is that it seems like either Booth or Brennan are the ‘fish’ in any given scenario. And I made me wonder: why is this? Why do the writers seem threatened by the idea of allowing B&B to both be secure and qualified in situations? It’s like one of them has to freak out (think Brennan with snakes, whenever Booth is around, or during her high school reunion, and think Booth with his family or when he’s in another country or interacting with Walter Sherman) so the other can come through for them.
That is nice in theory…and certainly there have been several special moments for the both of them being there for the other. But at some point (and I suppose each of us has had a ‘some point’), it gets kind of old. At some point, B&B both need to be as competent as we know they are. They need to both be skilled and aware of themselves and their surroundings.
Can you think of times when they have both been ‘good to go’ so to speak? I am imagining the way they approach Sweets sometimes–when it’s him against them, and they present that united front. I’m guessing that’s one reason why we don’t see B&B and Sweets sessions any longer–mainly because they don’t fit the plot, but also, I think B&B as characters are so strong that it would be clear in the session that they don’t need assistance. Splitting them up in various ways (even just in two different rooms) allows some ‘non-issues’ to be ‘addressed’.
I’m getting away from the main point, I suppose. Basically, I feel like there is a natural ‘give and take’ balance between them, but when that is taken too far, then it’s an abuse of the individual characterizations…and it creates the ‘fish out of water’ issue, whether they are in another country or just in the lab.
Thoughts from you?
Peace, Love & Bones,