First of all, I don’t plan to do these retrospective posts every Monday, but for now…they seem to be working for me. We shall see what happens. For now, here are a few thoughts I’ve had in the past few days:
Back after Doctor in the Photo aired (Like 13 months minus a week ago), I was feeling raw, for sure, about Bones, and after Body in the Bag aired (you know the one–where it ends with Brennan and Hannah together at the bar drinking to their friendship), I was mad! Won’t get into all of that now, but the point is that I may have said something on Twitter that involved Hart Hanson’s name and a cuss word and a directive to “Fix this”. Maybe. (LOL, who am I kidding–I totally did that.) Some people agreed with me and some not, and sometimes I agree with what I did and sometimes not! But one particular response I received from someone was “The gloves are off”, and yes…I felt comfortable with that assessment. Since that moment, I wasn’t looking for a fight, but neither was/am I willing to declare something ‘good’ if I don’t believe it is. Rest assured that BT will still be a positive place to hang out–but I also hope that it’s as transparent and real as it is positive, if that makes sense. From an accountability standpoint, my objective for this year is to be as ‘credible’ as I know how. I’m also not planning to dwell or harp on issues I have with a particular episode *coughTopFiveTuesday-100TimesBrennanHadEmpathycough* Haha. I will not be doing that, no matter how badly I want to. I was telling pal BBMagic the other night that it annoys me that I’ve already spent so much time talking about what annoys me, ha! The point is this: the gloves are off in terms of loving/praising every single thing because it happens to be on the show. I’m not looking for a fight, but I can throw a few punches if needed, not that I plan to 😀
(PS…SJGR is an acronym created by pal Laffers for one of her fave phrases that “Stuff (ha!) just got real” If you can imagine a worse smelling word than ‘stuff’, then that’s it…)
2. The standard for The Standard
One thing that really stuck out to me this week was how annoyed I was (okay…just one more thing!) when anyone said “That was _______ (fill in with a negative adjective here: lame, low, clueless, awful), even for Brennan”. This is not a dis on anyone who did say something like that, and I am sure I have said things like that in the past. But for some reason, this caught me off guard—both how many times I felt like I saw it AND my reaction to it. I thought—isn’t a statement like that enabling/encouraging the writers to let Brennan act a certain way? As if to say “we expect her to fail in this way”. Of course, Brennan can have moments where she doesn’t do the right thing or doesn’t get some popular culture reference, but the “Even for Brennan” cap seems harsh to me, as if to say “she’s handicapped in this way, so we let it go, but really in this instance, she went too far”. And I was thinking “what’s the standard for the standard?” Is the expectation that she will ALWAYS fail in social situations? Not even ‘always’—even a statement like “More often than not, Brennan is likely to _________________ (fill in the blank: do the wrong thing, miss the whole point, say something inappropriate, take extra long to wrap her mind around relationship stuff) and this is expected” just…I don’t know, annoys me. Again, not a dis on anyone who has said that. But for me, I don’t want to have that mentality. I don’t want the relational expectation for Temperance “I never got a B and I never will” Brennan to be a solid C- or worse. All in all, I’m not going to say something like “let’s all not say stuff like that”, because you can say whatever you want ( no spoilers and nothing bad about a real person 😀 but other than that…), but let it be known that I will not be saying stuff like that. If I DO, then call me on it. Even I should know better (HA!). Same goes for Booth, of course, if I were to ever dis him by saying something was ” ____________, even for Booth”, let me know!
I don’t know about you, but one thing I feel has worked is the level of episode involvement from Emily Deschanel. I of course don’t want her to have limited appearances in episodes, don’t get me wrong. I just meant that overall, I haven’t noticed any issues. While I don’t love all of the moments in each episode, I know the hot topic of having fewer episodes to compensate for her real life pregnancy also meant that Sweets might be in the field more, etc, etc. And so far…when it comes to the Booth/Sweets interactions–it’s totally working for me.
Again, when I was talking with pal bbmagic about it the other day, we were trying to figure out why it seemed to be clicking, and we decided (for now, haha) that it comes down to Booth’s confidence level. I agree with us (so generous!), that in this pairing right now, Booth is totally alpha and very, very comfortable with his situation. And that TOTALLY works. I’m sure this will be discussed more and more in the coming days. But for now, whether it’s the food scene in episode one:
Those hands, that mouth, that mental protuberance.
The Jedi talk in Ep 2:
…it’s working. Thoughts from you?
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS…just for a little Monday fun–let’s put it to a vote: Which is hotter, Booth and the pineapple from Man in the Wall-Season One, -or- Booth and the orange slice from Memories in the Shallow Grave- Season Seven? White Polo or White Dress shirt?!? 😀