Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bones Scheduling for the Remainder of 2008

Here's what I know, as of current information, about the scheduling of Bones episodes for the remainder of 2008 (all dates are Wednesdays):

October 15 - (R) The Man in the Mud (**they actually aired baseball instead**)
October 22 - No Bones (pre-empted by baseball)
October 29 - (R) The Headless Witch in the Woods - Special time: 8:30-9:30
November 5 - New episode "The Skull in the Sculpture"
November 12 - New episode "The Con Man in the Meth Lab"
November 19 - New episode "The Passenger in the Oven"
November 26 - New episode "The Bone that Blew"
December 3 - No Bones (pre-empted by 2 hour premier of Secret Millionaire )
December 10 - New episode
December 17 - New episode

Other titles upcoming, airdates unknown:
"Double Trouble in the Panhandle"
"The Fire in the Ice"
The 2 hour rerun block could be pre-empted by baseball, if the series goes on that long.

Can I complain just a teentsy bit about getting a Headless Witch instead of Mummy (and Wonderwoman)? :)

Catholic League Protests "The He in the She"

"The He in the She" is not the first time Bones has taken on religion, and, since Booth is Catholic, Catholicism specifically. Until now, the Catholic League has remained quiet in it's objections. But, after "The He in the She", they have spoken out.

On the October 8 episode of the Fox program, “Bones,” the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation was ridiculed. The show, which features a female forensic specialist called “Bones,” and a male detective, Seeley Booth, began with an exchange regarding a female Protestant minister who is missing. Here is how it went:

· Booth: “She’s a pastor. Yeah. Looks like one of those grassroots community churches.”
· Bones: “Huh. She was preparing for a sermon.”
· Booth: “A pastor with augmentation and veneers.”
· Bones: “So?”
· Booth: “A spiritual leader shouldn’t be so vain.”
· Bones: “The pope sits on a throne. He wears robes worth hundreds of dollars. Isn’t that vanity?”
· Booth: “Oh, really? You’re going after the pope now?”
· Bones: “One pastor gets her teeth whitened, and the other drinks wine on Sunday mornings and tells everyone that it’s been miraculously transformed into blood. Which of those is more outlandish?”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:

“We had complaints about this show following the episodes that aired on March 28, 2007, and on April 19, 2006, but we decided not to make a public protest because we didn’t think the incidents in question were clear-cut cases of bigotry. But for two reasons, this one is different: a) it cuts to the heart and soul of Catholicism and b) it was entirely gratuitous.

“It does not matter that non-Catholics may not accept what happens at Mass. What matters is that they show respect. And to just throw this line in while the opening credits are running—about a minister, no less—shows how mean-spirited the writers are. If only they thought of Catholics as if they were an indigenous people, we’d be fine.”

Now, I'm not Catholic, but I am a Christian. I think, if they watched the show, they would realize that nothing Dr. Brennan does is gratuitous. The point of the interactions like this in Bones is to demonstrate how faith and science conflict and how two people on opposite sides try to work out their differences. The show never says that Brennan is right - Booth argues with her fiercely and, I think, shows Catholicism in a positive light.

I could understand their point if they had two people standing there disparaging Catholicism and faith, with no positive voice. But that's not what Bones does.

What do you think?

Thank you Brianne, of WatchingBones, for posting about this.

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