In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s November 3rd. Doesn’t that seem nuts? Like we’ve had that date in mind for months now, and…it’s today. Like high school graduation or something!
Once again, a reminder to keep things spoiler free around these parts. And at 10 PM, I’ll open a post for people to come and chat. Note that if you haven’t seen the episode at that time, and you come around to that post, you are likely to be spoiled.
But for today, as season seven is about to begin, I wanted to just hop on a little soapbox and talk BONES.
There’s the saying, “I love the age I am, because I’m still all the ages I’ve ever been,” or something like that. And I think the BONES writers would be good to consider that sort of an idea when it comes to Booth and Brennan, and their individual characters as well as this new relationship–whatever that turns out to be.
Sure, all these years, a lot of us have been arguing that they are in a relationship–they just weren’t sleeping together, etc,etc. But wherever we fall in that argument/discussion, there is something different about them living together and being parents together.
Toward the end of season six, there was this idea that Booth and Brennan were starting fresh with one another. They agreed that some things were better left unsaid, they seemed to just put the past behind them…with no regrets and no judgements on it.
But as they make this fresh start, (and the writers bring them through it), I feel that it’s incredibly important for the characters to maintain what it is that made each one fall in love with the other in the first place. Does that make sense? Whether we can pinpoint those moments, or if it’s been a journey between them to love–it did still happen. All of that history needs to exist in the present. The ‘age’ they are now needs to reflect all the ‘ages’ they have ever been. Some of that includes some imperviousness.
In this case, when I think of imperviousness, I’m saying that the attributes that are solely Booth’s or Brennan’s need to still exist. There should be some things that remain the same and are impenetrable. There are a lot of real-life couples who don’t agree on politics or religion and stuff like that, but they make it, because they learn to work around those differences. It’s when people get too soft that all that is left over is a gooey mess. I don’t want B&B’s characters to be so soft toward one another that all we are left with is a gooey mess. I don’t want Brennan to lose ‘the last of her imperviousness’ if it means she doesn’t stand up to Booth. I don’t want Booth to completely lose his hard edge and anger, if it means he just is constantly going with the flow. Does that make sense?
Booth and Brennan today are not the same characters from the Pilot–and that is BOTH good and bad. Right? If they were still sort of antagonistic and getting into each other’s personal space a little bit– constantly challenging one another…that would be bad. But a little bit of that wouldn’t hurt, and actually would work.
Not to put thoughts into peoples’ minds, but I’m thinking each of us has a little bit of an idea what it might look like for B&B to be together. My idea involves bickering, maybe some heated moments, but both of them standing their ground and eventually coming to a compromise. They also make each other laugh and happy, and are there for one another in the sad moments. And ALL of that centers around the idea of the work that has been laid out in the form of their partnership.
We’ve talked about what seems like countless awesome moments where they have just…understood one another. And even if they don’t agree, there was always a lot of love and respect there, right? From the moment Brennan told Booth she wanted to help him with his ‘catch as many murderers’ mission–they were connected. Of course, he told her about that because SHE had revealed to him that her parents had disappeared when she was young. Give and take.
The only way give and take works is if someone is giving. But also, only if someone else is taking. Right? I don’t want them to be in a completely ‘give and give’ relationship–that’s not them.
Throughout the series, they’ve been generous with one another, and often times held something back– for each of them, it’s different, at different times in their relationship/partnership. On the surface, a healthy relationship between these two means that they don’t have secrets, they agree with one another a lot and they respect each other. But I’m afraid that, based on last season, the characters might have lost their way as to who ‘they’ are–each one. Last season was supposed to provide that for both of them, from what I saw, so it will be interesting to see if this season continues in that vein, or if the people we see now as Booth and Brennan are basically almost nothing at all like the people who fell in love with one another, and who, for me at least, I fell in love with.
Again, I don’t expect them to not have any growth at all–but…okay, here’s an example…
Sometimes beautiful people who are actors and actresses (and all kinds of jobs, I suppose) will use a little plastic surgery in order to maintain their ‘younger’ appearance. It usually works for awhile, until they think they need more. If too much ‘enhancement’ is used, the beautiful people do not even have the same face as before. Does that make sense? I’m afraid that the little bit of ‘work’ that B&B each had done in the past season will end up being such that we won’t even hardly recognize their ‘faces’, or in this case–their histories, their partnership, etc, etc. Will B&B being ‘together’ really be the culmination of what we have seen, or is it like two strangers, who are just navigating life with a baby in the mix, a la “Look Who’s Talking”.
It will be interesting to see.
But, in this blogger’s opinion, BONES needs to remember who these characters were, to know who they are.
Thoughts from you?
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS…see you tonight!