Hello to you all,
As you probably know, September 11th is a significant day in the United States. In that vein, here are a few moments I appreciated when Bones took on the subject in the season eight episode, The Patriot in Purgatory:
1. The squints
I didn’t care for any of the whole Phil Jackson/Brennan coaching piece, but I did like seeing all of the guy squints together on this one. It made for some dynamic scenes, when Arastoo called them out on wrong thinking and also when each one reflected on where they were on 9/11. It was also nice to see them all work together.
2. Booth’s interaction with his friend Ben at the Pentagon. I just love any time we see Booth interacting with someone from his military past.
3. Booth becomes focused on finding out what happened to Tim Murphy, and Brennan promises him he will find out.
I like this because it is sort of a reversal for them. It is usually Brennan saying she needs to find out the details, and Booth saying things like “we will. I promise”. And I like that it was eventually Booth who figured out that “Walk in Moore Park” really meant Walken, Moore and Park, the names of Tim’s former co-soldiers.
4. The funeral
Bones just gets it right when it counts, so many times.
5. The end scene.
To me, this scene toes the line just a little bit. I think Brennan feels some conflict over the fact that she didn’t ‘shed a tear’ when she helped identify remains of 9/11. Brennan has had a lot in her past to feel remorse about, but the fact that she can compartmentalize and in that way, bring some justice and closure to so many people is very honorable. I am grateful for people like that (and EMTs and any field of work that requires, to change up a Booth phrase, putting the heart in neutral and the brain in overdrive) and that sort of skill is NEEDED in times of crisis like this. I get that what they were trying to do was show that now that Booth is in Brennan’s life, she really does see more than just ‘the face behind every skull’– she gets more ‘truth’ vs just facts, and that would be incredibly difficult. She realizes that it could very easily been Booth in that situation, if life had gone a different way. It was a good reminder to us all that there is no favoritism when it comes to how war affects people.
I have no problem with her crying about it now, but I didn’t particularly like that she was hard on herself about it, as if she feels shame now, that being a methodical scientist is a fault. I liked that Booth told her that everyone processes things in their own way. All in all, it is a very beautiful scene between these two. I also like how this episode was a very organic way for them to still be learning more about one another.
If you are looking for a Bones episodes to watch today, I recommend this one.
Okay, enough from me. What you like about this episode?
PS…will be off tomorrow, but will pick up the Vintage Bones series again on Monday, September 15th and end season 5 on the 19th. From the 22nd-25th, we’ll have a few ‘premiere week’ posts to gear up for the season premiere.