Friday, October 3, 2008

Matt Roush on Zack Returning

A die-hard Zack fan wants Zack back in his old spot and Matt Roush shoots that down (also talks about other finales/premiers):

Question: So Zach was improbably back on Bones last week. I can almost forgive the ridiculous leaps of logic it will require to have Zach restored entirely to his old position by the end of this season, just to undo the mistake of "psycho killer"-ing him off in the first place during last year's season finale. Contrary to that goof, I join the half of your audience that thinks killing Amber on House last season was worth it just for the power finale. Still, I see an intriguing possibility that I hope David Shore is pursuing: Amber as a new powerful House inner-voice foil. House already had a near-death experience with Amber front and center, which House no doubt 99 percent believed was a hallucination. I'd love it if she now sometimes starts showing up in his dreams or super-stressful times, giving him not-exactly-Wilsonesque perspectives and advice. (By the way, loved the new Private Investigator character.) And talk about the unfortunate season-finale-resolution disappointment — we knew it was inevitable, but why couldn't Horatio have had a real death on CSI: Miami? All I can think is that William Petersen, who was so protective of the franchise and not pleased that CSI: Miami appeared in the first place, must be rolling over in his grave about the silliness of this show. (Or at least he would if he wasn't still alive.) — Marla
Matt Roush: Interesting observations, but I think the ship has sailed on Zach rejoing the squints on anything but a guest-star basis (which is probably stretching things enough). Haven't heard anything about psychic-ghost Amber making any appearances on House either, but what a fun idea. I'm really enjoying the new PI as well, even more the second week than the first. Nuff said on the Horatio/Miami front, but let me use this as an opportunity to recommend with enthusiasm next Thursday's CSI opener, which features some of William Petersen's strongest work to date.
I know this person isn't the only one out there who wants everything return to pre-Pain, Zack-in-the-lab greatness, but I agree with Matt that it's just not possible.

What do you think? And, if you are one of those people who still holds out hope, how would you get him back in the lab and make it believable?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, Hart said the audience wouldn't forgive his ass until the middle of the season, so Matt could be mistaken.

Jamie said...

Believe you me everyone, I'm probably the biggest fan of Zack as can be. But unless we're going into Parallel Universe Anarchyland in which Zack's criminal activity is completely forgiven, as well as his betrayal to the Jeffersonian, there's no way they could ever restore him to the way he was. And as fun as it would be to have him MacGuyver his way out of the loony bin every week to spare us from the silly grad students, it's not feasible.

I'm curious about the real legal aspects of what Zack confessed when his character returned, that he wasn't a killer, that he's now just an accessory to murder. But even if he could be exonerated and sent home, he's still not working at the Jeffersonian anymore. I don't care how much they love him. It won't happen.

claudia said...

uhm, that ship sailed away, you can´t get him back,...only thing you can do with his character is to have him as a guest here and there, or maybe even make him a hero by doing something heroic to save someone of the team or anythin similar to that.
And can I say that in TPPITPP I really liked Zack - for the first time ever,....

L said...

My opinion may be extreme but I don't think he should show up on the show anymore period. Burn the bridge. TPTB made the mistake of putting him in the position he's now in, now they have to deal with the consequences. The complete and utter ridiculousness of Zack's return in the last episode is proof that it's not worth it to try to shoehorn him back into the show somehow after what they did. His story is (sadly) over; it's time to move on.

Mom2ABnTB said...

I think I am fine with the way things are now. Just knowing that Zach didn't do it is enough for me.

Shep said...

My mind is at rest knowing that Zack didn't really do it nad however much I wish that he could come back I just don't think it will happen, he was still an accomplice. It would be like nothing a had ever happened and HH wouldn't do that - it's quite fanfic-y. I'd love for him to come back as a guest star and forgiveness from the rest of the squints is really all he needs - and he pretty much got that in PPITPP

RMF said...

I think any TV writer worth his salt is a sadistic evil bastard, and you can't trust what you think you know.

Milk Mama said...

I let that ship sail a long time ago. I don't expect Zack back, nor do I hope for his return. I've made amends with it in my mind.

corygs said...

My understanding is that Zach has been deemed insane and that he is in the mental institution until such time he is deemed no longer insane. It appears that that is determined by Sweets. So it is possible that Zack could be released. It is unlikely that he would be cleared to work in a government agency but he could always be called in as a consultant in some fashion. I like the change in interns right now. Reminds me of Murphy Brown when she had a different secretary every week. Lends something new and exciting. But the Zack ep underscored just how "right" everything felt when he was there. ALl the problems seemed to disappear when he showed up....

RMF said...

Exactly, corygs. Before the season started, I would have agreed this is a closed door, but the writing isn't signaling that. Having a new intern that doesn't fit in every week and having everything begin to click when he shows up suggests he can't be replaced. The easiest way to shut the door on the character would have been to keep him a murderer, and they already changed that. It wasn't even a revelation we had to work for, it's a given at the start of a story arc, so the payoff has to be something else. It's hard to feel at this point that we can guess what the end game is going to be.

Joy_Booth said...

Gosh, I'm glad I'm not the only die-hard Zacko fan out there, but unfortunately I agree. Unless...

What if, somehow, he's released from the asylum because Sweets deems him mentally stable or something, and the truth comes out. Sweets tells the squints "hey look, he never killed anyone." and they're all happy about it and eager to get him back. Cuz face it, he's a member of the family!! So there.

And another thing..and this just ticks me off..why is the team so forgiving of Max when we KNOW he killed the guy, but when they hear Zack killed someone-which he DIDN'T-they can't forgive him? God, that just irks me to no end!!!! ><

Anonymous said...

Or what if Sweets does get Zach out and he has to go to jail for a little while or something but he comes back after that?
I am IN LOVE with Zach and I think he was the best part to the show, so if there is anyway to bring him back it would be amazing.

Anonymous said...

I dont think they should have brought him of the show in the first place!!!!! I mean why did they do that?!?!? maybe if he were to get out of the Asylum because of Sweets and save some1s life from the team and then come back, because they're not exactly furious at him, some of them still visit Zach. So maybe...

Anonymous said...

i think they could find a way, maybe a case that involves the gormogon in some way, then zach has to stand a trial to prove he doesn´have to go to jail,and in the end they set him free but with the condition of him being supervised, so bones takes him back at the institute to look for him

Anonymous said...

Sweets cant tell anyone that Zack didn't kill anyone.

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