Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Crank in the Shaft - Discussion

It's Bones time! Post your thoughts about "The Crank in the Shaft" here.

I'm going to a baby sale tonight (darn scheduling!) so I won't even see the episode live. Gasp! I will have to avoid my own blog until I can watch it!

But you all post ahead and I will be thinking jealous thoughts (just a bit) while I'm elbow deep in baby squint clothes. (New appointment today - all is going great with both of them!)

24 comments:

mo said...

you would think tht having DVR would be good, right?? wrong!! it cut off the last 2 minutes of Bones... so now i have to wait till 2moro... anyways, overall, i liked the episode... definitly not my favorite, but it was pretty good! <333

ADDhole said...

I am curious as to my own reaction. This was not a stellar episode but I enjoyed it. I found it a slow pace but not at all a bad thing. Intern Fisher was worth a broad grin. I think I am feeling the same influences were behind this episode as were involved in the season premier and I HOPE it is not DB's "touch." If this was supposed to be character driven rather than process/case oriented? . . I'm not sure it offered much. It was "cute." I liked it. Really. But . . I will not find it memorable for much. Cam was the most well represented. Why is someone so insistent on making Booth a characature rather than a character?

Anne said...

I liked this ep...not the best but it was a good one, did anybody think Bones' gaze was jealous when Booth touched the girl at the end to comfort her...I thought she seemed Jealous...

Hannah said...

I KNOW! My DVR did the same thing!! So now I don't get to see the last minute nor the preview for next week!!! UGH

mo..again said...

hannah.... i am now going to start recording the show after Bones... it is driving me crazy... 2nd week in a row!!! i dont think Brennan looked jealous at the end... she looked like she was in awe tht Booth was comforting the lady... maybe i will have to watch it again!

firefairyangel said...

I'm really surprised at how much the fans are nitpicking at all these new episodes. Every week, I read complaints: there's not enough character, there's too much character, they ignored Angela, they didn't mention Zack, and on and on. They can't cram everything into each episode, and I like how they're spacing it out, and giving each storyline the time it deserves.

As for this episode, I thought it was an excellent blend of humour and an interesting case. Fisher is my favourite intern by far, because he's so different and so much more interesting than the others. The case kept me pretty interested, and I had no idea who it was until the very end.

Did anyone else notice Brennan looking Booth up and down a few times when he said that he was Hercules compared to the others? This episode had some hilarious lines (ie. Cam calling Fisher "Eeyore", the whole Queen Bee part)

CupcakeBean said...

firefairyangel, I think you'll find that the negativity seems to be running rampant on tv.com (I recognize you from on there), but not as much on other sites, especially here on OWB. For whatever reason, the forum there seems to have become the place for voicing frustration and nitpicks. I used to participate on that forum quite a bit but I'm finding myself visiting it less and less. I agree with you, I like how the writers are spacing out the big plot points (Zack, Hodgela, etc.). Otherwise, it would feel too cramped, a la "Pain in the Heart."

vacelts said...

Overall a nice fun episode (well expect for the whole murder thing). I like the humor of this ensemble.

My favorite parts of the episode:

When Angela comes to Brennan for advice and then has to tell her what to say was hysterical. But even funnier is that after the conversation, Brennan is proud of herself for “helping.”

That when Brennan and Booth went to the office to try to identify the victim the news of Patti’s demised had circulated around the floor before they had even confirmed it was hurt. Gotta love office gossip.

When Fisher was telling Cam about his summer job at the suicide hotline, she had to ask if he was for or against.

Anne said...

it was hilarious when Angela came to Bones for help than Bones giving the ''Boy i'm gettin good at this social stuff'' while we all know she failed Angela miserably...i was laughing so hard at that...in all I take back what i sais it was a very good episode and the case was really interesting plus being killed by a stapler is very creative...good job writers

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it but I found this episode to be boring. There were few good lines, and I liked how they threw in "vampire", when they found the two puncture wounds in the skull, but the rest bored me. The only good moment was when bones put her hand on Booths knee at the very beginning of the episode.

I am finding that this season B&B are too buddy buddy. Have Emily and David lost some of the chemistry that existed between them? I hope not, but so far I'm not seeing a lot of hot sexual attraction between them on screen. Enough with the hugs and bickering, its season four! I need to see something exciting happen between them very soon.

On another note, I feel like since they've already solved the mystery of Brennan's past and she now has her family back, there's no underlying storyline to follow anymore.

L said...

Overall I thought this was a pretty solid episode, and it made me laugh quite a few times, so I consider that a good sign. ^_^

My love for Sweets/Ange grows by the episode...

One tiny nitpick I had was that they singled out that one guy as the "only Asian" at the office, when actually, the young man of Indian descent is also Asian. Though I know nothing about what exactly the DNA told them so maybe it was only indicative of people of Japanese, Korean, or Chinese descent? Hm...

Lauren said...

Maybe I just need to watch it again, but I was not a fan of this episode. I think it's my least favorite so far this season.

They just tried to cram entirely too much into this episode and as a result didn't really give enough time to everything. Also, I agree with Addhole that this episode made Booth a caricature. I just found him to be so over-the-top ridiculous about obsessing about the chair, as if he were a child.

There were some good parts (the very beginning of therapy, until we knew why Booth was agitated, the end before the sensitive up/down lever, and a few places in between), but overall I was just annoyed by most of it. :/

claudia said...

well, an overall ok episode, looked like a filler to me,...

Wendy said...

So little discussion, compared to last week! (or any week so far this season maybe) Just not that inspiring and controversial?

I'm going to have to rewatch it. I had to start it post-air time, was tired, and very nitpicky after last week.

Yanin said...

for those with the DVR issues: what I do is set the recording to start 5 minutes early and end 5 minutes early. since then, i haven't missed a cute ending!

Louise said...

I think I'm with everyone else .. it was a good, solid Bones episode, but nothing to go crazy over. No major plot holes that I can think of, but no really exciting moments (although I do want to know more about Booth's night with the Blue Hawaiians!)

There wasn't really that much character development this week. We got a little Hodgela, which I guess we needed, but I'm bored of that now. I got the distinct sense from Jack and Angela's "we're good now" that their relationship will hardly be mentioned again.

I liked the Booth and Bones moments, and the way she showed how proud she is of him (we've seen that a lot recently, such as her "you're a good father" last week).

I do agree that B&B have been a bit 'buddy' so far, but I like the way they are gradually getting closer again. I also like the way we're seeing more of Bones feelings about Booth and their relationship, rather than the other way round.

Oh, and I really liked the grad student of the week ... he was just weird enough to fit in. Not sure if he could last much longer without getting annoying though.

Shep said...

Firefairyangel - you're right, people are nitpicking the show too much! They can't include everything into one episode because then it would be too overwhelming and be critisied for being too packed - make up your minds people! I find it better that they spread it out , that some shows are lighter and others more dramatic. IMO, it makes it all the more realistic - not everyone is going to be the same every day, we all have different moods but the writers have kept the underlying characterisations there which is what's important. Equally, not every case would be the same in reality, some might be simpler than others. Bones focuses a lot more on character development than other crime shows and if people are just going to watch it for dramatic plot twists in cases and bash it when it doesn't meet their demands then they might as well go watch CSI or whatever else is out there!

Back to the point, I can never say I don't like any episode becuse I love them all, although I do have my favourites. There were some good B7B moments here: Brennan putting her hands on his knees, the 'Hercules' and 'Queen Bee' conversations, and the cute little talk at the end after which Booth fell to the floor in his new chair. I also loved the fact that Brennan thought she'd done well socially after Angela asked for her advice.

I liked the Fisher moments too - there's no doubt he's a great forensic anthropologist. True, he's a bit depressing but it's new and I like it. One thing though - all the mathematical stuff reminded me of Zack again! Ahhh! Like salt on a wound!

RMF said...

I had the most fun this episode with Cam vs. Eeyore Dramarama. He seemed so promising before he opened his mouth. Taylor gets a lot of good lines, and her delivery is impeccable.

The crime scene was nicely ghoulish, and Booth's reaction quite funny. The humor of the investigation was very "Office Space", which I realize not everyone appreciates, but it was a chance for the writers to throw a series of wacky characters at us, which they obviously loved doing. The bit about the IT guy getting dinged for spending too much time on the Internet was pretty amusing to anyone who's been there. The chair thing, however, got a little tedious. It's not that Booth wouldn't have angled for something like that, it's just that they spent way too much time on it.

Sweets has gone all serious on us. He's not being a pest, and he's mulling over the power of the subconscious and the role of past events in leading to bad choices in life. None of which has anything to do with the people he's actually talking to.

Speaking of people he's talking to, we finally heard from Angela about her breakup with Hodgins. While the resolution she comes to seems very Angela-ish, it's also a little unsatisfying. I loved Hodgins' good, solid unresolved rage issues, but she's been kind of a cipher. We noticed awkwardness around him, but what did she go through while he was bouncing off the walls? Her acceptance seems too easily won, and I hope it is.

Shep said...

ack, just noticed i missed out a few pointers whilst in rant mode so I'm gonna take a shortcut and say I pretty much agree with Louise and rmf.

Jeannie said...

Just another day at the office... Boy, am I glad I don't have to work there.
That said, I really liked the episode for what it was - good and easy entertainment, and the intern of the week was certainly a breeze of fresh air. I think this was much needed after last week's episode, just a "regular" case.

As for our characters, I really liked their interactions here. Booth and Cam, Brennan and Angela, Angela and Sweets, Angela and Hodgins, Hodgins with Brennan and Booth and so on. There was actually much more character interaction than we see in some of the other episodes.

As for Booth's passionate hunting for the chair, that just screams 'surrogate object of desire' to me. Finally, there is something he wants and has a realistic chance of getting, unlike with some of his more personal wishes. I didn't think it was out of character at all.

Brennan is finally offically appreciating Booth more, and that's pretty big for her. He has done things like that in the past for her (Knight on the Grid, for example) but she hasn't been so openly supportive until just recently. That's very good character development to me.

And finally, I have to admit that I was one of those fans, too, who thought that they were getting too comfortable with each other to ever get romantically involved now but I'm starting to feel differently about it. It seems like natural progression - there was growing UST in seasons 1 and 2, they got really close in a very I-trust-you-with-my-life-way in season 3 and now they are starting to appreciate and explore each other a bit more beyond that. Stepping up for Booth at the FBI or being more open about their appreciation for each other are definite markers of that for me. Also, they have started accepting the fact that the line might not be there forever - Bones seems to be openly flirting with Booth a bit now, and that 'There is somebody for everyone' speech was not lost on her either. Well, at least that's what I see. ;-)

firefairyangel said...

Cupcakebean, you're right, it does seem like most of the negativity is from tv.com. I recognize you from there as well, although I have been wondering why you've been posting less recently. (As a side note, I miss the Little Intimacies thread).

It's too bad that so many people, on that site at least, are losing faith in such a great show. This is the only procedural-type show that I've continued watching, apart from House, but I only saw the last season of it plus I like Bones a lot better. I used to watch CSI sometimes, but I had a hard time keeping track of the characters, and I found that I got bored.

Anonymous said...

I think that for some people, the line between 'Bones the TV Show' and 'Bones the fanfiction' has blurred. The direction in which fanfic takes the show isn't necessarily where the writers want to take it, and we have to learn to separate the two...

That's my 2-cents on the kvetching, now on to last night's ep!

I have to admit that it's my least favourite of the season, but that's only because of how much I enjoyed the other episodes.

I think it's Lauren who said that there was too much going on, and I agree. There was the case, Booth's vying for The Comfy Chair, Hodgela (with a dash of Sweets), the new intern... Somehow they all seemed at odds to me, each trying to get more attention than the others.

I found Angela's 'eureka' rather facile--I don't buy that it can be over that easy. She says 'we had good times, and I'll cherish them, but now I'm cool that it's over--ta ta!' I don't think so--especially not since Hodgins seemed to agree.

And Fisher was funny, but grew annoying really, really fast (although I have to agree that the Fisher-Cam scenes were fantab)

My favourite part came near the end, when Booth comforted the girl as she cried. That actress did a great job at pulling my heartstrings :)

Pipergirl

*Lucy* said...

I liked this episode i thouhgt it was a good character one. My favourite part was the look that brennan gave booth when the girl was in the interview room, it was like she was thinking what the girl was saying about just wanting to be with the one she loved. It makes me think that now she knows she does want to be with booth so maybe things will move forward between them!!!

catnapping said...

okay, i just watched the crank episode again (over on FOD), and I have to say...it's my favorite this year. Overall.

i chuckled over and over again. there were several funny lines, well-timed and well-delivered...from the principle characters and guests, alike.

i'm hoping for a new story arc...but this was a nice stopgap.

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