Hello and Happy Monday!
Thanks for your patience during the mini hiatus last week, and without further ado, let’s get back into this series!
I have mentioned before that the season four finale is not one of my favorites. But because many people do really love this episode, I don’t want to rain on any parades. I’ll make it quick.
Whenever I think of this episode, I am reminded of the Tina Fey joke (from a Weekend Update many years ago) :
The idea of this episode is okay, but I always think “hey, maybe put the tower of buffalo wings on the back burner and FINISH A STORYLINE!”
You can substitute “John F. Daley’s real life band” or “Motley Crue” for tower of buffalo wings too. Haha. For me, it’s all of the ambiguity (which I know is something other people like a lot). Like…is it Booth’s dream, or Brennan reading her own story aloud? Or some amalgamation of the two (which is acceptable). But even with that premise, some things (like calling the band Gormogon—neither one would have done that!) just don’t work…it’s too formulaic for a story she’s writing and it’s too linear to be a dream. Plus, like I’ve mentioned before, it was annoying that Booth again had some medical trauma for what ended up (at the point of this episode) being used for some other plot (to absolve Zack?) or whatever. And I know the very end scene had a lot of unintended ambiguity (Booth has amnesia? confusion?) etc. that HH and others on the show…well, I don’t want to say regretted because that is a strong word, but maybe would have tweaked a little bit (I can’t find the exact article or tweet, but it was basically like “oh, people thought THAT? Um…well, no, that isn’t what we had in mind.” HH once said he felt like this episode was a huge inside joke to the most loyal fans, and while it was fun to see a lot of different characters in some ways, I would have preferred seeing a more contiguous storyline. For me, it is like having a friend who owes you $100 and buys you $50 worth of candy. You like candy and you’ll eat it, and that person is still your friend, but the friend is thinking “look what I did for you–it’s the thought that counts” when what you really want is your $100. Again, just me 🙂
And of course there was the infamous TV Guide article that promised B&B would be in bed together in this episode…and some fans weren’t happy with how that played out. I was okay with that (because I believed the beginning was not part of the dream/story/amalgamation), but that might just be hindsight.
The baby storyline does make sense, since they were talking about it in the previous episode, and there are some good lines in this episode. And like I said, I do believe that the opening scene was meant to be ‘real’, as in not part of the dream and perhaps a flash forward to the end of the series. Of course that was many years ago and a lot has happened since then…which is also fine and the nature of the biz. I think the scene holds up if it does end up being mirrored in the final scene of the series at some point. And I think this was the time when Bones was renewed for two seasons (5&6), which of course means strettttttttttttttching everything out further than planned 🙂
The other thing that sort of annoys me now is how they have handled 4:47 since the S4 finale, which was sort of special, and now is so ambiguous. (A good 2011 blast from the past BT post by Stephanie on the 4:47 stuff here )
Did I say I was going to keep it brief? LOL, well, there *is* more I could say, but I will stop here. And I do love most of season 5, so come back tomorrow! 🙂
Let me know what you think of this episode, what you like and what you don’t like.
For now, here is your moment of B&B: