Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Pain in the Heart - Review

...is taking forever. It might be Wednesday before it's up. This episode feels very much like 2 big stories, Booth's faked death and Gormogon resolution, mushed into one block.

Please comment on what you liked, what you didn't, what you didn't understand. Anything that comes to mind. I'll post my review as soon as possible!


Amanda said...

I've seen people comment on various boards/sites that it was odd that NONE of the squints seemed to be grieving at the funeral. My take on that, fwiw, is that it's possible Sweets told them, but not Brennan, and also told them that Booth didn't want Brennan to know.

Also, it WAS 2 weeks after the shot... and I've seen people react to sudden deaths in ways that seem odd-- no overt grieving, but weeks, months, or even years later completely break down from the loss.

Booth healed up crazy fast--not even a shadow of a bruise (deep tissue bruising can sometimes take MONTHS to fade) when he was in the tub. Must be those three glasses of milk a day. I HAVE seen someone injured MUCH worse than that be functional after just a few weeks, so it's theoretically possible he could move around without much trouble after two weeks, assuming there was only soft tissue damage... though I'm not sure he would have been good for a fist fight, or even holding the rifle steady (since they fire blanks, I'm unsure if that's an issue). I'm curious about why he had to move from the Color Guard when the FBI should have had someone there who would have recognized the guy they were after. For that matter, having Booth at the funeral at all seems odd since that could have jeopardized his mission.

Ah well, I guess I can use the line from due South: "That's not important. What is important is...."

I do want to complain about the lack of a flag over the casket, however, from a cinematographic POV, the fake body would have been hard to expose if the casket was flag-draped.

*shrug* I liked the episode well enough, it just bothered me that there were pretty serious goofs for a show that takes pride in being very scientifically and procedurally accurate.

On a completely different note:

That uniform... daaaa-yum!! In the interest of full disclosure, I liked that better than the tub. Seriously. I know there is anthropological significance for thinking people in uniform (or 'neat' clothes) look better, but I'm not sure if it's relevant, *G*

Amanda said...

Okay, I just rewatched the tub scene (am rewatching the whole ep, but this is where I am now). There is SOME bruising still left on his chest, but not nearly enough from a bullet wound that fresh.

(same amanda as above, but apparently there are two of us posting comments, just to make life confusing)

Evi said...

Hah, well that's okay. It's nice to have new faces around even if you do have the same name.

Work/family are killing me today. No review-writing fun for me tonight.

Bruce said...

Is it really "very scientifically and procedurally accurate" in any episode :) Can they really pinpoint my house if I boil my victim in my local tapwater? etc :)

Amanda said...

Bruce, I'm no forensics expert, but I would hazard a guess that yes, it could be done. I used to work in water and wastewater and know various bits of stuff could be traced back 'upstream' to its original owners.

I can't remember where I heard it (I think on the DVD commentary) that Popular Science voted the show the most accurate of the procedural dramas. Also, a military/police friend of mine was pleasantly surprised the first time a room was cleared on the show and it was pretty close to real. Though I think a Flyers hat might be a little over the top *G*.

Samira said...

Can someone please explain to me the logic of Zach on everything he did?

The conversation.
Brennan: Assumption number 1: Secret societies exist.
Zack: Accepted. Hodgins has been explaining this to me for years.
Brennan: Assumption number 2: The human experience is adversely affected by secret societies.
Zack: Accepted.
Brennan: Assumption number 3: Attacking and killing members of secret societies will have an ameliorating (improving) affect on the human experience.
Zack: Accepted.
Brennan: All of your assumptions are built on a first principle, Zack. To wit: the historical human experience as a whole is more important than a single person's life.

Anonymous said...

why do the show writers feel it was right to do this to the show? the dynamic of all the characters just worked. i for one do not like it when a show takes a working cast and just for general principal decides to shake it up. spend more time on new types of crimes or scenarios and less energy trying to make us wonder who or even if the replacement character will work. just bring back zack and leave it alone, it works and if it works dont fix it.

Anonymous said...

I liked Zack. I believe they should have kept him. but there could be circumstances that he was leaving and they found a good and interesting way for his exit.

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