I have to admit that even though BT has been in existence since July 2010, this feels like the first season premiere we’ve experienced together. So, pardon me for the next few days (or however long it takes) while I process through the episodes! I hope that we process through them together. I always see BT as this really (REALLY) long conversation–mostly a lot of questions asked, and people share their opinions, but because the show is still happening, ‘answers’ or observations are a little more…fluid. We’re analyzing the show in real time, vs. a college course that might study why and how Leave it to Beaver had an effect on popular culture, for example. So I try to keep that in mind–that something I might be SO SURE ABOUT last year, last month, last week, etc, has changed.
However… Fun Monday Fact: I can be kind of judgmental sometimes. It’s not something I’m proud of and I try to work on it. In fact, it’s my 2012 New Year’s Resolution to focus on being less so. Why I’m waiting until then and not now is a good questions…but…here we are!
It’s not that I am always looking for ways to judge, but it’s more that I just say stuff as if they are definitive instead of getting all of the evidence. I can usually tell when I’m making those statements and then will (usually, haha–and how long this takes is always dependent on how much I want to be right) try to find out the facts and evidence for both sides. I like having BT around to toss these ideas out to and get a bigger picture. So I have three things here, that I have observed in the past week or so, and I’d love your thoughts…
Observation #1. Kathy Reichs
The other day when chatting with a friend, I said “If I were Kathy Reichs, I’d be asking the world to stop mentioning that the character of Temperance Brennan was based on my life”. I mean, Brennan is not the same character (and not just in a personal growth way) that is in the pilot episode, let alone a reflection of Kathy Reichs and her job (that we know of).
But then, I saw pal IDigBonesTv (who, if you’re looking for a comprehensive single-column “everything about Bones-world, spoilers, actor interviews, writer interviews, family interviews, etc” blog–this is a blog to check out).
She tweeted about an interview with Kathy Reichs, about how Ms. Reichs was pleased with the differences between “her” Temperance (from the books) and the Temperance of Hart Hanson’s TV show. It’s an audio clip and it’s worth a listen, if you have the chance.
As I listened to it, I thought, “Okay, she’s taking more of a ‘live and let live’ approach here, and she doesn’t feel threatened by Temperance on TV.” Whether that is a reflection that she thinks Temperance on TV has nothing on HER Temperance or not–that doesn’t really matter, right? In other words, I stand corrected!
Observation #2. “If B&B are happy, then we are happy”.
I was not expecting this sort of reaction from fans, and after seeing a screening of S7 E1 & E2, I spent a couple of weeks thinking about what BT would look like, and what would be the best way to frame questions to keep things from getting ugly, etc (because if people think that an unhappy fandom is good blog-business, they are on crazy pills). Then, in the days leading up to the premiere, I noticed a TON of optimism. I was happy about that, but also felt some dread– like, “Okay, what’s best…telling someone they were about to be disappointed, or letting them experience it and then BEING there for them once they ARE disappointed??” This is what I mean when I say that I can be quick to make assumptions, haha. I just assume what reactions might be, because I want to prepare for them–and I want to help. And I mostly just want everyone to be happy ALL OF THE TIME! Haha. Buuuuuut, imagine my surprise when after the episode aired, everyone was mostly happy. Not that we were all vomiting rainbows or as pal Lauren said, “I’ve never thought HH was Midas”, but yeah…there was just this general sigh of relief, like “It’s all good.” People are still asking questions and analyzing, of course, which is good for blogs like this one 😀
In both of these observations, I’m very happy to have proven myself wrong, if that makes sense. And as I re-watched the premiere, I’m thinking that some of the audience ‘sigh of relief’ comes from the comfort level B&B had with one another. Booth tells Brennan, “It’s been five months, and we are together all of the time” or something like that, and it’s like “okay,”. Awesome. Consider me standing corrected 😀
This brings me to my third observation, and it’s totally something I want to hash out with you all–to get your thoughts…
3. Booth & Brennan & Living Together & Marraige
A few questions in this one:
A. Was anyone else surprised when Brennan stated that Booth had told her (at some point) that he wasn’t going to live with someone again unless he was married. Hmmm…interesting, right? First of all, I’m curious how that conversation came up. Was it something that was discussed pre-Hole in the Heart, or sometime during the ‘show-hiatus’ , that maybe Brennan asks if he wants to move in together, and he says he won’t.
B. What are your thoughts on Booth’s ‘physical’ affection toward Brennan–in his apartment and in her office? I think last season, a lot of people saw Booth’s physical affection toward Hannah and declared that relationship “ALL ABOUT SEX ONLY, THE HORNDOGS!”, but we’ve talked here a few times about what Booth’s love language might be, and ‘Touch’ seems to be moving up the list. If he is talking with Brennan, and it’s a nice moment, he wants to ‘seal it with a kiss’, so to speak, right? All of this is sort of swirling around in my mind, something like this, “Okay, so if Booth is like that with Brennan, then does that assume that when he was with Hannah, that it really was genuine affection, OR does it assume that with Brennan now, he’s really more concerned with the physical, and–” etc, etc…and all of these equations that keep me up nights, hahahaha! I think we have learned from this post so far that it is not safe for me to assume.
C. As n2SeeleyBooth mentioned in the comments yesterday, she found the ‘moving in together’ conversation differences between Hannah and Booth and Brennan and Booth interesting. We remember from Maggots in the Meathead that Brennan was surprised that Booth hadn’t offered up a more traditionally romantic way of asking Hannah to move in with him. Booth just shrugged, but here, we see that when Brennan offers up her reasoning for moving in with him (he’s handy to have around, practically, emotionally and sexually), he wishes for something a little more romantic. Thoughts on this from you?
D. Marraige. AHHHHH! Okay, this idea that they have this competitive rivalry between them on who will ask whom is what I loved most about this premiere. I have it slated for this week’s Scene Study, so I will lay out all of my thoughts at that point, but quickly for today…I’m trying to do the math. If, as Brennan states, Booth has stated that he won’t live with someone unless he’s married (which…interesting, right, from a ‘will Booth demand marraige’ standpoint–or maybe he’s just goading Brennan), but he’s also wanting to move in with Brennan to have ‘their place’, is he assuming that he will change his mind, or that marraige is def in the cards? His reasoning doesn’t add up, is what I’m thinking. But Brennan didn’t tell him that–she just laughed at him (but in the best way).
Okay…enough from me. What are your thoughts? Anything else you’re thinking of? Let’s discuss!
Peace, Love & Bones,
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