Welcome to the end of season three!
I think this season 3 finale is one of the most controversial episodes of the series. If I had to make a list of the top 5, they would all be episodes that, at the time, had explosive reactions, and continue to make people upset. And while I don’t want to make that list (who wants to voluntarily make their blood boil–not me today), I do think that what puts this episode on the list is that there are several sore points.
1. The quick ‘resolution’ to the Booth being shot thing.
2. The quick ‘resolution’ to the Gormogon storyline.
3. The quick introduction and somewhat suspense-inducing story of Zach as evil-conspirator
For me, I wasn’t 100% pleased with every decision, but like a lot of people, I was willing to wait at least until season 4 to see how they really resolved each of these stories. After all, they were cramped for time with the writers’ strike, etc. So it made sense to give a little leeway there. The problem (for me) came in S4 when the show sort of moved on in a lot of ways, or just made jokes out of some of the issues. I think a lot of the residual anger the show gets from people over this episode (including the Bring Back Zack fans) is their own doing. Many people are fine with most storylines as long as they have organic development. And these just didn’t.
It’s tricky, and I think I would have done it differently, but they don’t ever ask me, haha.
Not that I hold grudges or anything–and there are a lot of things I do like in this episode, including Booth in his uniform, the entire scene after Booth finds out it was Sweets who didn’t tell Brennan about his death (#SlugHim + the whole conversation about Brennan’s taste in pie, haha!), the way Brennan later gets in Sweets’ face about manipulating them, and the way Brennan puts her face against Zack’s in the hospital room—I was blown away by her acting there. I also liked Booth in the bathtub, and the beer helmet didn’t bother me. I believe it was season 3 where Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz were named producers of the show, and it’s in this season and beyond that we see a LOT more playfulness with the characters, something that (based on interviews with them), they wanted to have happen. The scene definitely has grown on me in hindsight.
Here’s your moment of B&B. It’s a little bit sad, but I think it also represents that Brennan has forgiven Booth and she is relying on him, which is and was a big deal for both of them.
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