Okay, so obviously we’re here at Bones Theory, but haha, I just could not resist the Gunn quote from Angel’s “Waiting in the Wings” (I rewatched that ep last night to make sure I had the quote right, and it’s such a great ep. “Stop calling me pastries,”. Ha!) . But what the heck?
Last season, though while tempted a few times, I held off on having WTF? be the MAQ, always trying to at least come up with something else to discuss. But this S7E2…I am just not feeling it. There were so many WTH moments for me, and it bums me out that in a 13 episode season, this garbage takes up one of the slots. For me, it goes back to one thing that annoyed me about S6: Time management. I haven’t, for awhile now, been willing to concede any “well, the writers were in a tough place because they had to fit this in, in this amount of time” excuses, and absolutely will not now nor ever going forward again. They are professionals; they know what they are doing; there are ways to concede to network and story demands without so much bullsh#t.
B&B are together, for possibly the last season of the show, you have 13 episodes for that, and you want Brennan to learn empathy? People who start sentences with things like “I feel like I’m rational, but…”, usually aren’t, haha. But I FEEL LIKE I AM RATIONAL enough to NOT have this long bucket list of things I DEMAND from the writers. I might have a couple of things in mind that I would like to see, but I don’t feel like they are too much to ask. “Brennan making it through an episode without that glazed, confused look on her face or the pinchy frown between her eyebrows,” for example.
“Oh, it’s their vision”, I hear(d). “I completely trust them”, I read. But I just can’t see it–at this point. And worse…okay let me see if I can describe what I’m feeling.
Remember the end of Couple in the Cave, when Brennan is alone at the bar after Booth leaves with Hannah? I think I had argued at that time (and I still believe this), that Brennan falling in love and having a family and giving up some autonomy–that was only going to happen with Booth. Not that he had created her out of some Frankenstein-esque sitch, or whatever…it just has been clear to me that she wasn’t out in the world searching for romantic love and then she found Booth, but rather…she met Booth, they grew as partners, etc, and she loves him. He’s the one. But at the beginning of season six, she was more alone, and she felt the loss acutely–because she’d allowed herself to feel those emotions. The situation wasn’t possible without having experienced the other situations, so to speak.
Basically this…I never cared this much about a show before, but if I do care now, it’s because the show ‘made’ me care about it. If I hold the show and Brennan to high standards, it’s ONLY because that’s what it was about! I’m such a Booth in a lot of ways, and Brennan, as a character, has taught me a lot (the ability to say “I don’t know what that means” and have it just be a simple fact–not a weakness, the ability to sometimes separate emotion from situations and just observe, etc). If I have expectations, I feel that they are only based on the years of evidence provided to me. In that way, I’ve become a Brennan–observing all of the information and trying to come to a rational conclusion. YOU TAUGHT ME THIS, SHOW!
I feel like I’m sitting at the bar alone, while the ‘thing’ that helped get me to that place and recognize the journey there is now sharing a drink with a vapid blonde.
This episode makes me cuss. A lot. I’ll spare you that, but I can say that I certainly have the ‘glazed, confused look in my eyes and frowny pinch between my eyebrows’.
What am I missing? What is it that made other critics stand up and cheer it as “Bones at its best” or “Greatest season ever”?
Peace, Love & Bones,