Monday, August 31, 2009

Sneak peak at Bones Season 5

Thanks, Monia, for the link...

Here is an upload of a sneak peak at Bones Season 5 (I'm assuming it's the premier?) from Itunes. Definite spoiler warning!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Guest Episode Review - #121 "The Woman in Limbo"

Time for the final Bones Season 1 Episode review: The Woman in Limbo! If you want to start at the beginning here are my Season 1 Bones Reviews from last summer:

# 079 - "Pilot" - My Review
# 101 - "A Boy in the Tree" - My Review
# 102 - "The Man in the SUV" - My Review
# 103 - 'The Man on Death Row" My Review
Guest Reviews so far:
# 103 - 'The Man on Death Row" - Meryl
# 104 - "The Man in the Bear" - ForensicMama
# 105 - "A Boy in a Bush" - Bekka
# 106 - "The Man in the Wall" - Jeni
# 107 - "The Girl in the Fridge" - Jenny
# 108 - "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" - Emma
# 109 - "The Woman in the Car" - Milky
# 110 - "The Woman at the Airport" - Robyn
# 111 - "The Woman in the Tunnel" - Winona
# 112 - "The Superhero in the Alley" - Ellynne
# 113 - "The Woman in the Garden" - Kate
# 114 - "The Man on the Fairway" - sai
# 115 - "Two Bodies in the Lab" - DaLiza
# 116 - "The Man with the Bone" - Emma
# 117 - "The Skull in the Desert" - em-jay
# 118 - "The Man in the Morgue" - kate
# 119 - "The Graft in the Girl" - pua
# 120 - "The Soldier on the Grave" - Kaitlynd
# 121 - "The Woman in Limbo" - Jenny
This review was written by Jenny.

Season 1 list - Complete!
Season 2 list - Time to start submitting them ALL ASAP!

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The Woman in Limbo

“The Woman in Limbo” is the first episode of the series that really focuses on Brennan’s family history. We heard tidbits about it in the Pilot; we learned even more about the context of her parents’ disappearance in “The Man in the Fallout Shelter”; we saw Brennan ask Booth to take a look at their file in “The Man on the Fairway”. But this is the first time a whole episode deals with her past; as one might expect, major developments and revelations ensue.

This is therefore the first time we get to see her brother, Russ, played by Loren Dean. I have to say I really like this actor-I think he does a great job. What’s more, the scenes he has shared through the seasons with both Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz are very close to the top on my list of my favorite acting moments of the two leading actors, especially David Boreanaz. I would love to see him back on Bones again-soon.

For me this is probably the best of the four finales we’ve seen so far, in that I feel it took Bones to the next level as a TV show, making it more than just a procedural with likeable characters, setting things up for the wonderful Season 2. Every time I watch it, I recognize and respect Hart Hanson’s talent as a writer and I remember how I felt the first time, the suspense, the catch of my breath at each twist and revelation.

This episode is, obviously, about Brennan. It revolves around her just like everybody (Booth, the squints, Goodman) revolve around her at the beginning of the episode, wanting to attract her attention, asking for her help, trying to monopolize her:
Zack: What’s up, buttercup is an amusing, rhyming, linguistic meme. This is the latest Jane Doe from Limbo.
Booth: How about this for an amusing rhyming linguini. See ya later, alligator.
She is the head and heart of her team, the Queen Bee of the hive. She deals with everything [well, almost, apart from Goodman’s Syrian, Hittite or Egyptian :)] efficiently and confidently. The things she’ll have to deal with on a personal level, however, will put her self-confidence to a test.

Brennan and David: “You read her manuscript?”

Remember David, the guy Brennan met online in “Two Bodies in the Lab”? It seems the two of them have been ‘in touch’ since then and Brennan has trusted him with the privilege of reading her second novel before it’s come out-what’s more, she won’t extend the same honor to Booth. They are comfortable with each other, but up to what extent? That’s not really defined; so it has to bother Booth, right? ;) Well, it does! When left alone, the two men circle each other like lions.

Brennan and her parents’ story: “I thought that when it was confirmed I’d feel relief, but…”

We already know from previous episodes that Brennan’s parents disappeared just before Christmas of 1991. Now we learn that Christine Brennan was a bookkeeper and Matthew Brennan was a high-school science teacher… or so their daughter thought. After a somewhat more thorough investigation, Booth finds out that these people didn’t actually exist before 1978. The family members were living under assumed identities.

Now why would they do that? There were some good reasons, it turns out. The parents’ names were in the NCIC database; their real names: Max and Ruth Keenan. They belonged to a crew of armed bank robbers, although they had their personal, more intelligent, more “con their way in” style. They had to change their IDs and hide after they left the crew, to keep their family safe.

That’s not the only revelation, though. According to the file, Brennan’s mum was buried improperly, without a casket. After his usual soil and particulates examination, Hodgins ascertains that Christine Brennan was actually buried in 1993. What were the parents doing those two years in-between? Everything so far seems to indicate they abandoned their children that Christmas, making sure no one hears about them since.

Well, not exactly; they left something behind: their car was found in a rest stop 1000 miles away. It turns out there was blood in that car, not only from the mother but also from a man who isn’t the father. It is Vince McVicar, a hit man of the crew, the same man who turned in the evidence that sent the rest of the crew to jail. Working together, the squints find out that it was him that caused a fatal wound to Brennan’s mother, after the parents left to drive him away from their children, to keep them safe.

All those revelations, coming the one after the other, have their toll on Brennan; everything she believed in about her parents, everything she remembers about her life with them, before losing them, is put to a test. What’s more, she finds out her parents were criminals; like those that she and her partner are trying to put away every day.

Booth: You’ve been thinking that your family is made up of liars and criminals. And that makes you feel lonely. […]
Brennan: What were your parents like?
Booth: […] my dad, […] he was a barber in Philadelphia and my mom, she wrote jingles for a local advertising agency.
Brennan: So they didn’t go out at night after you were asleep and rob banks?

And on top of that, up to certain point everything seems to indicate that they abandoned her. Her mother went to a Harrison Ford movie two years after she left her! If everything she believed about them until now was a big fat lie, how can she still believe that they really loved her?

Brennan and McVicar: “What kind of person could use this on a human being?”

Vince McVicar was not another bank robber of the crew; as Booth puts it, he used to “bash in people’s heads”. After cooperating with the police, though, he is in Witness Protection; maybe he’s trying to leave it all back. When Booth and Brennan find him, he looks like a peace-loving, hard-working pig farmer. But what is a pig farmer doing with two concealed weapons?

Brennan: Three. .22 in the small of his back.
Booth: .22. I’m always right.
Brennan: No you’re not.
Booth: Yes, I am. Bones, will you put the gun down?

Hmmm… Anyway, when Brennan tells him who she is, he claims him and Ruth Keenan were in love and left together, meaning to go back and take the kids with them some time later, but Max found out; so Ruth’s injury and a somewhat matching one on his forehead was the result of Max’s anger. Brennan believes him. Everything she knew so far has been turned upside down, so why couldn’t this be true as well?

She’s lucky that nobody else, especially her brother, believe him. With the help of Booth and the squints, they check McVicar’s weapons. It’s her who finds out the truth, though: McVicar hit her mother with the same spring-loaded captive bolt stunner that he used on his pigs. The man tries to cut a deal, promising to tell her the whole story if they let him go. But, now that she finally knows the truth, she can be confident again:

Brennan: I’m pretty persuasive. I’ll put you away. […] I found out what happened to my mother, I will find out what happened to my father, too.

Something he says creates some new doubts, though:
McVicar: […] Two people know what really happened that night. Me and your father.
Brennan: You killed him before you attacked my mother.
McVicar: Then how did I get this scar on my head?

Brennan and Russ: “Marco”. “Polo”.

All we know about Brennan’s brother so far is that he abandoned her some time after her parents left, which resulted in her entering the foster care system. We now learn that his life wasn’t really settled, either: he’s on parole for processing stolen cars. Booth finds him working as a mechanic in a theme park in North Carolina. He is reluctant to go to D.C. and face the situation at first. It seems things have finally started to settle down for him; he has a job, he sees a woman and he loves her two girls, as we find out later.

Nevertheless, there he is, walking through the sliding doors of the Jeffersonian one morning; putting his sister’s mind and emotions in turmoil. She doesn’t want to see him, but Booth convinces her that he can help them in the investigation. That doesn’t mean she has to be polite with him, though, does it?

Even that dry, distant manner that he talks to him in seems too much, however, when she finds out that her brother knew about their real identities all this time. He betrayed and deserted her, just like her parents. She slaps him hard on the face, something that she’s been “wanting to do for years”, as Angela half-seriously, half-joking says.

She still loves him very much; we can see that in the way he talks about him to her friend, about how important he was to her back then:

Brennan: I worshipped him. You know? God, he was so cool. Everyone knew I was Russ Brennan’s little sister. I wasn’t cool or pretty, so being his sister – You know that game, Marco Polo? I’d be sitting in class, and I’d hear out the window “Marco!” It’d be Russ, checking in on me and letting everyone know that I was his little sister.
Angela: Did you “Polo”?
Brennan: Yeah. Sometimes it’d be the only word I said all day – “Polo”.

And, as it turns out, Russ had a very good reason to keep that secret from her: their father told him that if he ever talked about it, he would be putting his mother and sister’s lives to danger. But Brennan doesn’t know that yet; and the wound can’t heal that easily:
Russ: Tempe, that theory explains why mom never came back for you during that year and a half before she died.
Brennan: What’s your excuse, Russ?
Russ: You’re the one that left me. You needed someone to blame. You chose me. […]

I tried, Temperance. You wouldn’t talk to me. You still wouldn’t be talking to me if mom’s bones hadn’t shown up. And I kept trying. Every year. Every year, on your birthday. You’re the one that gave up! You turned your back on me and you made yourself a new family.

He’s right. I can totally understand her, but he’s right. And she sees it now, too. After the truth comes out, she goes to find him in that same theme park that Booth did. Apologizing is not her forte, but no one can say she doesn’t try. She craves for the chance to live with him again, even for a few days; and it turns out that’s something they have in common and which they can start from again.

Brennan and her “family”: “Nobody’s leaving unless we figure out what happened to your mother”.

This is the last time we get to see Goodman (fingers crossed it’s not the last of the whole series). As I’ve said before, he really feels like a father figure for the rest of the team to me; a father firm but in no way authoritative who, even though he doesn’t want to show it too much, has deep respect for and is very proud of his children. He is the boss, he has to make sure work gets done (especially the identification of that Syrian, Hittite or Egyptian :D) but one can see how much he really cares. Even though he can’t understand Brennan’s behavior at the beginning, even though he knows he is not the one who can offer her the help and comfort she needs, he is concerned and tactful and understanding.

The same thing, alas, could not be said about Zach, at least not at the beginning. He loves his professor; he cares about her, that’s for sure. But he never had to deal with relatives and face their grief before or it never touched him that much. He can’t understand how much his careless words when he reads the file can hurt her. It takes him a little more time to adjust to the fact that she is, on this occasion, one of the victim’s loved ones. But when he does, he is really sweet and he puts all of his mind and efforts to find out as many things as he can to help solve the case. He knows that this is what he can offer; and he does it with remarkable devotion.

Hodgins lets himself kind of slide in the background, this time; he too knows that he is not the one to offer Brennan the support and consolation she needs on this occasion. He generously offers what he can, though: the facts and the truths that his science can tell him. What’s more, he does it as gently as he can. And he knows that (even if he needs Angela’s help to find the courage) what Brennan appreciates most is sincerity:

Hodgins: We decided to tell you the truth. And this is the truth.
True to character, he is the one that mostly provides this episode’s funny one-liners:
Booth: I need the room, guys.
Zack: The whole lab? For what?
Hodgins: It’s a cop way of saying “Get lost”.

Booth: We got 20 hammers, a dozen hatchets…
Hodgins: Man loves his blunt instruments.

Angela, of course, is much more personally involved. She might not understand the reason of her friend’s awkward behavior from the very first moment, but she is there whenever Brennan needs her: she offers to drive her home when she’s devastated at the beginning. She’s there when Hodgins tells her his findings. She’s there when Brennan needs someone to talk to, after the revelations become too much to handle on her own. She offers her help when Booth asks her to talk to Russ in the hope of finding a suspect; and she does much more that sketching:

Angela: You know, your sister is my best friend, so when she says you can’t be trusted, I trust her.
Russ: This is you being charming? Does Tempe really hate me that much?
Angela: Russ, she loves you. It’d be easier if she hated you. Hate is a lot easier to deal with than love. Especially, disappointed love.

Of course that doesn’t mean she has less than the other squints to offer when it comes to solving the case; she also helps with the identification of the weapon. She always is Angela, though: even in the middle of all this, she*has* to praise Booth to her friend ;):

Brennan: Wouldn’t you get in trouble for that?
Booth: Well, we’ll find out. [leaves]
Angela:You know what? Sometimes, he is just – Huf.

Brennan seems somewhat reluctant to open up to them at first. But the attention and devotion with which they all deal with the situation touches her deeply. For a moment or two, you’d think maybe she didn’t really expect them to be like that or maybe she thinks she doesn’t deserve it; but she is moved:

Brennan: Everybody… thank you. I… thank you.

Brennan and Booth: “I know who you are”.

Angela might be Brennan’s best friend for years, but it seems that, in less than a year, Booth has managed to gain access to certain things even she hasn’t. He’s the first to understand Brennan’s actions upon seeing the woman’s face. And he seems to know exactly what he needs to say and how he needs to act on every occasion: talking calmly and soothingly (“Temperance… go home”), pushing his way into her life when she tends to close up (“I was driving by. I saw the lights. I thought you might like some Wong Fu’s”), reassuring (“We’re going to find out what happened to your mum. Ok?”), discreet when he feels she’d want him to be, telling her it’s ok to feel lonely in the middle of this, letting her drive as a reward “for totally pissing off a hit man”. And playing a major role in the development of his partner’s relationship with her brother. When he finds Russ, when he asks for his help, it’s mostly her that he has in mind. That shows in the way he treats him; it’s not the same way that he’d treat any other ‘important witness’ on any other case. Perhaps he has already decided to help the two of them be brother and sister again.

There is something that he can’t understand, however, and it bugs him: why would Brennan not let him read her book, when she has let David do so? He seems to think about it so much that he asks Angela about it-not that he gets that much of an answer from her!

Of course the case itself is top priority as well. He does everything in his power to find out the truth: from supervising the FBI techs’ work on the abandoned car to finding the agent that was assigned to the parents’ case to “playing hardball” with Witness Protection; to being overly protective of her against McVicar:

Booth: You got two ways to look at this. One is, you score a private chat. The second one is, you attack her and I’ll drill you through the forehead.
McVicar: How could I possibly attack her?
Booth: I’ll decide what is and isn’t an attack –like say, a hiccup.

None of these words, however, can say as much about their relationship as this simple ‘not-exactly-B&B’ exchange when Brennan talks to Angela about Russ, which I have to admit I really have a soft spot for:

Brennan: […] mom and dad disappeared and Russ took off. Suddenly, no one cared where I was. I miss that. Someone caring where I am all the time.
Booth: [from downstairs] Bones? Bones! You up there? Come on. Let’s go. Chop-chop. I found the Agent that was assigned to your parents’ case.

And of course how can one forget the first hug, when Brennan breaks down emotionally, long before the “guy hugs” came in the picture?

Through the whole episode, Brennan doesn’t seem to openly acknowledge how much his behavior means to her. She willingly accepts it, of course; but we never hear her thank him, like the squints. Sometimes, though, an action can say more than a million words; and a picture is worth 1000 of them:

Brennan and Temperance
: “I’m Dr… I’m Dr. Temperance Brennan”

The things that happen in this episode shake Brennan to the core. The next few moments after she sees her mother’s face in the Angelator, she’s not herself: she dashes on the platform without zipping her card, setting the alarm on; she rushes to her office, throwing disorderly all the files on her side desk on the floor; she touches one of the artifacts, a worn belt with a dolphin buckle, with her bare hands; and the memory of the woman that was wearing it rushes into her mind.

And it’s not the only one. From flashbacks and pictures, we can see that her life before the disappearance of her parents was happy; the life of a kid that felt loved at all times, for one thing. But it seems she can’t even be sure about any of that any more. At first, she tries to push everything on the back of her head, to focus on the work and compartmentalize, as always; but that proves to be harder and harder to do.

What has always amazed me is how, in the middle of all this, she doesn’t forget her role as a professor. She doesn’t need Zach to tell her that the cause of death is a subdural hematoma. But she wants him to learn, she wants to teach him the most out of everything; even though, at the same time, she has to use all of her willpower to keep her composure at the sight of her brother coming into the lab, towards her.

But as new truths come to light, there comes a moment when she feels that not a single thing which she had based her life on is still standing… so she can’t help falling:

Brennan: My name is Brennan. I’m Dr. – I’m Dr. Temperance Brennan. I work at the Jeffersonian Institution. I’m a Forensic Anthropologist. I specialize in identif – in identifying – in identifying people when nobody knows who they are. My father was a science teacher. My mother was a bookkeeper. My brother –I have a brother. [in tears] I’m Dr. Temperance Brennan.

Booth: I know who you are. Hey. I know. It’s okay. Shh, it’s gonna be alright.

All she needs to go on is the truth; when she finds it, she can be herself again. In her apartment, chinking bottles of beer with her brother and Booth, she smiles again. Until…

Answering Machine: New message recorded today. 3p.m.
Temperance? You have to stop looking. You have to stop looking for me right now. This is bigger and worse than you know. Please, stop now.
Booth: Who’s that?
Brennan: That was my father…

*The episode was awarded a Genesis Award for Outstanding Dramatic Series for portraying the brutal conditions of pig slaughtering, in 2007.
Screencaps from Beyond Bickering and Bones Fans Online.

Bones/Fringe Combo Promo

I don't think this has any new footage, but it is a Bones/Fringe combination promo for the Fall Thursday night lineup on Fox.

Our Lady of Victory: Stills

Whedonesque has three shots from David Boreanaz' most recent movie, Our Lady of Victory:

Eric Millegan appearance - Sept 3

If you live near Cuyahoga Falls and like Eric Millegan, you are in luck. He will be appearing there on Sept 3rd for an open reception. Take pictures if you go!

Hart Hanson continues to name drop a possible guest star

Many (but not all) fans want a certain guest star on the show. Hart Hanson continues to milk the possibility of an appearance but, again, there are no definites.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Kathy Reichs appearance

Kathy Reichs did a reading in Chicago (Oak Brook) this past Thursday. Jo Ann was kind enough to share pictures of the event. She said that the event was standing room only and Kathy gave an intro, took questions, signed autographs and took pictures with the fans. Looks like a fun event!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ausiello spoils: 2 bits

Ausiello offers up some small tidbits on the premier and romance possibilities (not B/B).

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Guest Episode Review - #209 "Aliens in a Spaceship"

It's long past time to start posting Bones Season 2 reviews, but it appears you guys have lost a lot of enthusiasm for finishing them, with the new season so close. So far, this is the only S2 review I have received. Kudos to Jeannie for doing such a good job and being so quick, with all her other responsibilities!

Season 1 Reviews (all but 1 complete)
Season 2 Reviews (still need almost all of them)

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Aliens in a Spaceship

Disclaimer: As some of my fellow guest reviewers have already pointed out, English isn’t my native language, either, so I'd like to apologize for all language mistakes I made. But if this makes you watch the episode again, I’ve done my job.

"Aliens in a Spaceship“ is one of my favorite 'Bones’ episodes of all times. Emmy-worthy, if you ask me. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do this episode justice but here’s my try:

The Case
Meet the Gravedigger (or simply GD for his friends)! My favorite 'Bones’ villain. We first hear about him when the two aliens (aka two mummified teenagers in a beer vat) are discovered and identified as Matthew and Ryan Kent, two previous kidnapping victims that were never found after their father (as instructed by the FBI) refused to pay the ransom. He’s still understandibly bitter about that and regrets not having listened to the "K&R guy“ Thomas Vega, the self-proclaimed leading expert on the GD who advised him to pay. When Brennan and Booth interrogate him he shows up with the journalist Janine O’Connell, his co-author of the book on the Gravedigger. (Side note: What a creepy woman!!! Nobody can make me believe that she’s not somehow involved in all this, and not just as a writer. I’m really curious to see what the showrunners will come up with this year since the case resolution they presented us with in "Hero in the Hold“ was less than satisfactory to me!)

Booth is rather mean to them but Vega declares he’ll help the FBI anyway because he wants the Gravedigger caught. However, the clues are rather vague and the team hasn’t made much progress on the case. And then it happens - the GD strikes again! He takes Dr. Brennan from an underground parking lot, just as the other victims. And he takes Hodgins, too, for he was following Dr. B. to inform her of something he’d learned about the case. Tough luck for the poor guy. They have a little blackout and when they come to they find themselves buried alive in an old car. That can't be good.
(I’m taking the liberty of putting the events into chronological order here. This coming-to-part was actually the pre-credit teaser, everything else is shown as a flashblack. But since this is my review, it's my rules, right? :-))

Meanwhile, Booth is out for dinner with Cam, and it sure looks as if there is trouble in paradise to me. Cam wants Booth to go to New York together for the weekend but he doesn't seem to enthusiastic about the idea. Cam tries to convince him by saying that they are both two adults without any obligations who aren’t cheating on anyone. Actually, I’m not so sure about that and neither seems Booth. Also, he questions her why they have to keep their relationship secret. Cam thinks it's nobody's business, and that's proof enough for me that she's not 110% into this, even though we recently learned that there is nothing bigger than 100%, heh. He receives a message on his voicemail where the GD informs him that Brennan and Hodgins have been taken and will suffocate to death if 8 million dollars aren't transferred to some obscure account on the Cayman Island within the next 12 hours. Notice how the GD knew exactly whom to call? Not Brennan's brother, not Brennan's boss, not Hodgins' accountant (or whoever handles his money). Booth. And Booth is a man of action, calling in Vega and Janine again and playing the message to them. My suspicion of them increases as Janine seems to be surprisingly well informed about Hodgins’ status. Hm.
The team has to reveal Hodgin’s wealth to Cam, and Booth reassures Angela that he’ll pay the ransom even if it might cost him his job. Awe. I love Booth. He assigns them all jobs and they get to work.

Brennan and Hodgins are not your typical kidnap victims, though. They get all McGyver in their car. However, while they check their limited equipment it becomes apparent that Hodgins’ leg is hurt, and rather badly, too. He needs surgery on it, and since there is no medical doctor available the next best doctor will need to perform it. Hodgins doesn’t seem to have much confindence in her medical skills and makes one last confession before she cuts him open: He’s nuts about Angela and bought her an unbelievably expensive perfume to demonstrate that. (Note to Hodgins: Simply telling her would have been a lot cheaper.)

Meanwhile, things aren’t looking so good in the lab. Booth can’t get the ransom together on time, and he, Cam and I don't think that it was a coincidence that the GD took Brennan when he did.
So it’s up to Brennan and Hodgins to figure something out and they don’t disappoint. With the help of said perfume, a camera and -ahem- dirt Hodgins manages to find out where they are, and they even come up with a very clever way to submit that info via Brennan’s cell phone that can be worked for about 5 seconds. And so Booth ends up with a very cryptic message.
However, he can’t figure it out and so he takes it to the „brain trust“ aka the squints. They have pretty much given up hope since the 12 hours are up but finally, Zack solves the code, and off they go! (Side note: When Zack starts getting the code and walks over to the computer, he looks so dorky for some reason! I’ve replayed that scene multiple times.)

Do I even need to say that Brennan and Hodgins are being rescued? Also, we are rewarded with a slow-mo of Booth running, a man on a mission! And a great song is playing in the background (Margot & The Nuclear So And So's - Light on a Hill).

The character relationships

First mention of the King of the Lab! Hodgins still hasn’t gotten over the date fiasco with Angela and struggles hard with the fact that she doesn't want a relationship with him. As a result, he acts insecure around her, making everybody else uncomfortable, too. Poor Zack tries to step up for him but gets scared back into his place by Angela.
However, something good can come out of something bad - after Hodgins is rescued from the buried car, Angela is clearly happy to have him back. When he has trouble sleeping and opens up to Angela about it she is really touched and takes him home to make him feel safe. That is such a sweet and honest moment between the two of them that I get teary-eyed every time I watch it. That’s just the way I am. :-)

Cam is still somewhat fighting to get accepted by the team at this point but this is the first time we actually really see her take charge; maybe because Brennan isn’t there? And while she’s not overly contributing to solving the case, she does a good job organizing the squints. However, I really hated her "This is exactly why I was sent here. You guys are brilliant, but you won’t make intuitive leaps." Was that to convince herself, the squints or the viewers that she served a purpose on the show? (Don’t get me wrong, I learned to love her later but she really bugged me at this point.)

As a side note, I loved the fact that Angela was sent to call Brennan's brother Russ after the kidnapping. I love consistency.

Brennan and Hodgins. These two will never have the same relationship again as they did before they were both taken by the GD. Close-to-death-experiences tend to knit together people closely, and I was reminded of this when I later watched "Man in the Mansion" where Brennan is forced to testify regarding Hodgins. She showed this 'I've been buried alive with this man and I trust him with my life’ attitude there that clearly came from this experience. Their interaction in the car is touching, and the Emily and T.J.'s acting in this episode is outstanding.

The Booth and Brennan of it all

I love Brennan in this episode.
There is one moment when they talk to the father of the dead twins and he asks her if they died painfully, and she answers that suffocation is like ‚falling asleep’. Booth’s expression is both surprised and proud that she told the grieve-stricken father this gentle lie, something the Brennan of earlier episodes would have never done. She’s definitely evolving in that area.

Also, this is a major shipper episode, full of subtle hints that I much prefer to all those overt talks about sex that we’ve had lately.

When I first saw Booth having dinner with Cam, I was painfully reminded of the fact that they were still in a relationship. However, his expression when she insisted they weren't cheating gave me hope. :-)

This case is Booth’s personal hell. First of all, the woman he loves (in a professional, partner-kind-of-way, of course) got kidnapped. The prospects of getting her back alive are dim. But he also must feel that he failed as Brennan's protector, seeing how she was taken while he was out on personal business with Cam. Will that affect his affair? I think so, and I firmly believe that this episode marks the beginning of the decline of that relationship between Cam and Booth.

When he slams Vega onto the table in his office at the FBI after he tells Booth that he needs to accept the fact that his partner will most likely die, he reminds me of the Booth we saw threatening the gangleader who had put out the hit on Brennan at the end of "Woman in the Garden“, minus the gun. But it’s obvious that Booth will not be messed with, and Vega clearly gets that message, too.

Religion is a running theme in the series, and it also comes up during this episode.

There is an exchange in the car between Booth and Brennan in the beginning that goes like this:
BRENNAN: Had it occurred to you that God is a lot like The Grave Digger?
BOOTH: Wha…What?
BRENNAN: He lays down the rules. Not way to question him or negotiate. Then it’s almost as though he doesn’t care how it works out. Either you do as he says – make some sacrifices and they’re delivered or you don’t and you end up in hell.
BOOTH: You know what? I’d appreciate it if you didn’t say things like that because I really don’t want to get struck by lightning.
BRENNAN: Do you go to church every Sunday?
BOOTH: Yes, I do.
BRENNEN: Can I come with you?
BOOTH: No. You can’t.
BRENNAN: Why? It might help me to understand.
BOOTH: I am not going to help you disrespect God in His own house. Okay, if you want to do some kind of , ya know, anthropological study – turn on the religious channel.

Booth is very clear on this. And yet, at the end of the episode we see him take her to church even though he knows she'll disrespect it and be inappropriate in her very special way (and she doesn't disappoint). And he still does it. Is there any better way to say "I’m so grateful that I didn’t lose you?“

Hodgins also brings up faith while they are underground:

BRENNAN: Booth will find us.
HODGINS: You have a lot of Faith in Booth.
BRENNAN: No. Faith is an irrational belief in something that is logically impossible. Over time, I’ve seen what Booth can do. It’s not Faith.
HODGINS: No offense – and I’m not just saying this because you filleted me with a knife – We are out of air. We don’t know if our message got out, much less if anyone understood it and we are buried underground. What you have is Faith, baby. Sorry. The baby thing is a reflex.
He’s right. What Brennan has is faith, baby. (Sorry. The baby thing is a reflex. :-)) Even if she refuses to give this feeling a name, it's there, and that is all that matters.
And she’s not alone. Booth has the same faith in her. How do we know?

BRENNAN: (voice breaking a bit) I knew you wouldn’t give up.
BOOTH: I knew you wouldn’t give up.
Ever since this episode has aired, there has been a lot of speculation about that note Brennan wrote before Hodgins and she set off the explosion. Personally, I don’t think it will ever show up again and that’s fine with me. Some things are better left to the imagination. But feel free to speculate what it said and whom it was to. :-)

And last but not least, I read a lot of ‚complaints’ about the fabulous rescue scene when Booth has pulled out Brennan and Hodgins and drops right next to Brennan and they both smile at each other. Why was there no hug, no expression of undying love? Personally, I think that scene was done just right. There was so much emotion piling up at that moment, and a hug would have been way too much, for the characters as well as the audience at this point. Instead, the writers opted for a much more telling end scene at the church that became one of my favorite ‚Bones’ codas of all times.

One last thing: Since 'Bones’ is a show that can laugh about itself, did you spot who got to say Brennan’s infamous "I don’t know what that means?“ during this episode? Bonus points if you do!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Extreme Spoiler Chat: Tough Man in the Tender Chicken

Sides are out for Bones Season 5 episode 6: Tough Man in the Tender Chicken. Here, you can comment about ANY spoilers related to this episode. It's FFA and spoiler-phobes stay away!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Zap2It "Decade's Best TV characters"

Zap2It has been polling fans on the decade's best television characters. No Bones characters made any of the winners, but 3 categories had honorable mentions for cast members:

Best Dad: ...Most of you thought "Bones'" Seeley Booth should be on the list, with both Tony Soprano and Homer Simpson getting multiple nominations as well.

Best Therapist: ...You, though, thought we were crazy for not including "Bones'" Lance Sweets.

Best Lawyer: ... You also wanted Caroline from "Bones" and various members of Wolfram & Hart from "Angel."

Week's Worth of Hart and Stephen

Here's a long list of recent Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan tweets (spoiler warnings where appropriate).

Hart Hanson talks about where intelligence is lacking
Twittering is like...
The Bones pilot (among other things) was written in a shed
Ryan Cartwright's twitter is confirmed
The perks of Hart's job
Early Friday night (spoiler warning for locations)... or maybe not so early after all (spoiler warning for topics)
Who does the Bones promos?
(Slight spoiler) re: Brennan's literary success
Factoid on Billy Ray McKenna (the real one)
Full cast shoot, light details (just for a promo, I think, so not technically spoilers)
Question on Booth's #22705 from Mummy, and the not-so-satisfying answer
Episode one spoiler from Stephen Nathan
Random spoiler re: location/episode from Stephen Nathan
Returning fan favorite, with flair (expected 'spoiler')
Finishing touches on episode #1
Teaser spoiler on Booth #1 and #2
Praise for the Bones composer Sean Callery

Unconfirmed Bones Season 5 Spoilers

Spoiler TV has a list of otherwise unconfirmed Bones Season 5 spoilers. They are big, whether any are true or not.

Episode Stills: Harbingers in the Fountain

It's that time again - the new season is so close to starting that Fox is releasing the spoiler episode stills for Bones Season 5, beginning with episode 1: Harbingers in the Fountain.

As much as I like to have shiny photos posted here, I will stick to (probably for the season) making an album and linking to it, instead of posting pictures directly. Some spoiler warning on guest spot casting for this set. Enjoy!

Various Bones Tweets from T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne tweets about Bones and associated fun:

Spoiler on shooting a scene, and talking about shooting a promo
Talking about prepping (no spoilers) for Bones Season 5 Episode 5
Shopping with Michael Grant Terry (Wendell)

Another Season 5 Bones Promo

Su has posted another Bones Season 5 promo. Spoiler warning, of course.

Happy Birthday, Eric Millegan!

Happy Birthday to Eric Millegan who turns 35 today. Eric is currently on his way to NYC, taking the long route meandering across the country (at the moment he's at the Grand Canyon). He's permanently moving across the way, which does hurt his Bones prospects, but hopefully it will result in great things for him!

Guest Episode Review - #120 "The Soldier on the Grave"

Time for the next Bones Season 1 Episode review: The Man in the Morgue! If you want to start at the beginning here are my Season 1 Bones Reviews from last summer:

# 079 - "Pilot" - My Review
# 101 - "A Boy in the Tree" - My Review
# 102 - "The Man in the SUV" - My Review
# 103 - 'The Man on Death Row" My Review
Guest Reviews so far:
# 103 - 'The Man on Death Row" - Meryl
# 104 - "The Man in the Bear" - ForensicMama
# 105 - "A Boy in a Bush" - Bekka
# 106 - "The Man in the Wall" - Jeni
# 107 - "The Girl in the Fridge" - Jenny
# 108 - "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" - Emma
# 109 - "The Woman in the Car" - Milky
# 110 - "The Woman at the Airport" - Robyn
# 111 - "The Woman in the Tunnel" - Winona
# 112 - "The Superhero in the Alley" - Ellynne
# 113 - "The Woman in the Garden" - Kate
# 114 - "The Man on the Fairway" - sai
# 115 - "Two Bodies in the Lab" - DaLiza
# 116 - "The Man with the Bone" - Emma
# 117 - "The Skull in the Desert" - em-jay
# 118 - "The Man in the Morgue" - kate
# 119 - "The Graft in the Girl" - pua
This review was written by Kaitlynd.

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The Soldier on the Grave

Although its not an episode that many people talk about, Soldier on the Grave is definately one of my all time favourites in all seasons of Bones. We see the developement of so many different characters, but everyone remains true to their characters. Of course, the only thing that could bring out such change among so many characters is the controversial issues revolving around the war in Iraq. Being Canadian, I'm not toally clear on all facts surrounding the issue and I will try to keep my opinions out of this review. This is something that the writers have managed to acheive quite well. Sympathy is given to both parties and no particular opinion is given (in fact all different opinions are expressed through different characters in the show).

When the episode begins, right off the bat, Booth and Brennan are having an intense discussion about the number of people that die in the service of their country while at Arlington National Cemetery to investigate a burned skeleton on the grave of war hero Charles Kent. With this discussion, we as the veiwers know we are in for an intense episode. I myself visited the cemetery in 2007 and I will have to agree that the establishment is huge. Rows upon rows of white headstones as far as the eye can see. There is such a gravity to the place. I mean, there was a huge group of us and we all felt compelled to whisper. In the beginning, Brennan uses her calm logic to try and espress her opinions, which are in fact, quite emotional.

BRENNAN: If they were really respected then maybe not so many of them would be here.
BOOTH:Are we gonna get into something here Bones?
BRENNAN: I don't see why. I think we both wish this place were alot smaller.

She does this again when Booth is looking at the headstone of his friend. She looks at him quizzically for believing that it matters that his friends resting place is near the murder, but in the next breath, expresses her extreme "faith" (as Hodgins puts in it Aliens in a spaceship) in Booth. Also, in the beginning, we can see that Booth is extremly uncomfortable and affected by the whole situation. As Brennan mentions, it is a little to close to him. his jaw appears to be clenched for the first twenty minutes of the episode. He also seems to feel alot of pressure. All around him people are looking to him for some sort of connection. Everyone is saying "you were in the military, you know what it was like" as if its a cry for sympathy.these characters expect alot from him-to recognize and relate to their pain. Even Brennan has expectations of him, wanting his approval to exhume Charlie Kent. Actually, on that note, I think that as viewers we expect alot from Booth. He is the character that is supposed to know what is going on in everyones mind, and we depend on him to lead Brennan out of her shell and into the world of using her heart instead of her brain. We see him as the 'centre' because without him, we know that Brennan would have a much more difficult time going into the field. So, in this episode, where the Special Agent Seeley Booth we know and love is shaken, we (or at least I did) feel a little off kilter, like we woke up on the wrong side of the bed. This makes it an interesting episode to watch because when your constant is threatened, you want to know what will happen. I mean, with Brennan it is different. We sort of expect her to change and grow because she is so far to one side of the spectrum.

Once the burned skeleton of Devon Marshall is brought back to the Jeffersonian, more issues are presented. The first is the most obvious is with Hodgins. Bringing up the War in Iraq is the perfect time for Hodgins to use his paranoid ramblings.

Goodman: So you don't think we should stand up to tyrants?
Hodgins: Ive been waiting for the press to do that for three years.
Angela: I can't believe you took the bait
Goodman: Yeah, me neither.

I love the paranoid Hodgins and his eagerness to share with people who don't really care is ridiculously amusing. Of course, that gets him into trouble later in the episode.

One of my favourite things about this episode is that it is the first time we get to explore Booth's past. Before this episode, Bones was very much centered around Brennan, while all that was really connected to Booth's past were previous cases that he had worked on (i.e. Pilot, Man on Death Row). This was one of the main reasons why I enjoyed season four so much. We get to see Booth's world beyond the FBI and what really makes him tick. Touching on his military past definately gives us that insight. You only have to look at his face to see that pain that is hidden there. I also like the character of Hank. Again, we meet a friend of Booth's beyond the FBI, and we get to see him open up to his good friend. This is interesting because normally Booth is painted as a very solitary man. It's good that he has a confidante. And, if I'm not mistaken, this is the first time we hear of Booth's gambling problem, another important part of his past. I also thought that the parellel that Hank made was interesting, showing the reason why Booth may have become an FBI agent.

Hank: look at the two of us, you with the badge, me in the court room, both looking for justice.

As mentioned earlier, all of the characters stay true to themselves, while growing and changing at the same time. For example, with Brennan, she insists that Booth remains objective throughout the entire episode, and has a difficult time dealing with his ability to cope with the case.

Brennan: This is hard for Booth, he's idealistic.
Ange: Its nice to know that someone wants to keep honour and responsibility alive

She wants to communicate her sympathy but isn't quite sure how. She tries her best to reach out for him and plays the famous partner card.

Brennan: I'm your partner. Let me be your partner.

So, in her girl-talk with Angela (which I love, I wish I had a BFF [or BBF] like Angela) she is given a solution.

Ange: I'm talking about being there for him. knowing when a simple touch is a enough.
Brennan: Maybe I'll write him a note. I can be very articulate on paper.

Of course, in the end, when Booth does reach out to her, she uses Angela's advice at the perfect moment. This is obviously a huge step for Brennan because she is using her instinct to realize just when that simple touch is enough. I would also like to add that this moment is used in so many fanvids on Youtube, that it is absolutely ridiculous. We can also see how Brennan's character has come a long way from the beginning of the season. When the victims mother asks for the remains, she replies that she just wants to get all the facts-definately a long way from describing points of identification.

Booth's character also takes huge steps in the course of this episode. He also takes the advice of his friend Hank to tell someone about his time with the Rangers. And that story, when he tells Brennan, I cry everytime.

Booth: Its never just the one person who dies, Bones. We all die a little bit, Bones. With each shot we all die a little bit.
Brennan also recieves this information with such patience and is totally understanding of everything. Again, that unwavering "faith" in Booth has already taken root.
Booth: Ive done some things
Bren: I know
Booth: no you don't
Bren: But its okay.

Now, back to Hodgins. As much as I love the conspiracy nut, I love the side story with him and Angela.First, it starts off with a fairly light tone, but Angela quickly becomes annoyed.

Ange: You wanna make change, Try shutting your yap long enough to hear something other than the sound of your own voice.

However, perhaps the best part of this scene, is Zack examining the bones in the background, literally talking to himself and working while the other two duke it out. This sort of two conversations happening at once is what makes the show so entertaining. Then, it is this discussion that leads to Hodgins swallowing his pride and apologizing to Booth.

Hodgins: I know we don't see eye to eye on alot of stuff. cause, you know politically I think we life in an orwellian nighmare, due to-
Booth: Wha- What are you trying to say?
Hodgins: I'm sorry, man, I really am.

This really touching moment is not lost on Angela. I like to think that maybe this is almost planting the seeds for next season. She almost looks proud of Hodgins for doing what he did for Booth.

Hodgins: I run on sometimes, I know. I think that if I yell loud enough someone will listen.
Ange: Hey you have to be carefull people don't go deaf. You know, what you did for Booth before, showing you him understood? That was good. Everyone hears something like that.

This is also a huge development for Hodgins' character as well. He's learning that maybe not everyone wants to hear his 'paranoid ramblings.' This change on his part, is something we do not see often in the show.

As far as the case is concerned, some very interesting issues are brought up. Between the friendly fire, military cover up, and probably most importantly, the psychology of war and what happens when war heroes come home, it seems that the theme of the episode is controversy. The theories that are presented are all very valid and (dare I use the words) rational and logical. Booth talks about the need to be around innocence after war and the need to make split second choices.Throughout all of this we learn something very important. Sometimes bad things happen and the circumstances are not always clean cut. Sometimes there are no good guys and bad guys, only people making choices. As an audience, we are called upon to think about these issues, which makes for a very thought provoking episode.

I will conclude with some other amusing quotes that I gathered from this episode. These amusing quotes also show the lightness, or rather the 'dark humour' that makes every Bones episode so entertaining. With heavy subjects like these, it
is important to keep some light moments.

BOOTH: I'm sorry but I left my phrase book at home.

Brennan: Now you're a mindreader
Booth: Maybe. Want me to guess your weight?
Brennan: You do and you could lose a tooth.

Ange: Men aren't like us. They're fragile and needy. That fact that they think we're the needy ones is a testament to our superiority.
Brennan: Yeah, I guess I forgot.

Zach: I could have done better with a crayola.

Hodgins: Were you really mad before?
Ange: Why because of your strident paranoid ramblings?
Hodgins: Okay, I'm guessing mad. Fair enough. Can I at least give you some material to read?
Ange: You could try, but you'd walk funny for a week.

Hodgins: I hate to say conspiracy, but My peeps, we've got a conspiracy.

Thanks for reading and for the fabulous oppurtunity to guest review!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Birthday, Stephen Fry! (@stephenfry)

Happy Birthday to Stephen Fry who turns 52 today. Apparently he has spent his B-day in NYC, up and about early and even taking quite a long walk through downtown Manhattan.

Here's hoping for a LOT more Gordon Gordon in the future!

Guest Episode Review - #115 "Two Bodies in the Lab"

Time for the next Bones Season 1 Episode review: Two Bodies in the Lab! If you want to start at the beginning here are my Season 1 Bones Reviews from last summer:

# 079 - "Pilot" - My Review
# 101 - "A Boy in the Tree" - My Review
# 102 - "The Man in the SUV" - My Review
# 103 - 'The Man on Death Row" My Review
Guest Reviews so far:
# 103 - 'The Man on Death Row" - Meryl
# 104 - "The Man in the Bear" - ForensicMama
# 105 - "A Boy in a Bush" - Bekka
# 106 - "The Man in the Wall" - Jeni
# 107 - "The Girl in the Fridge" - Jenny
# 108 - "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" - Emma
# 109 - "The Woman in the Car" - Milky
# 110 - "The Woman at the Airport" - Robyn
# 111 - "The Woman in the Tunnel" - Winona
# 112 - "The Superhero in the Alley" - Ellynne
# 113 - "The Woman in the Garden" - Kate
# 114 - "The Man on the Fairway" - sai
# 115 - "Two Bodies in the Lab" - one found :)
# 116 - "The Man with the Bone" - Emma
# 117 - "The Skull in the Desert" - em-jay
# 118 - "The Man in the Morgue" - kate
This review was written by DaLiza, who swiftly responded to my plea for a review. Thanks!

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Two Bodies in the Lab

Why is “Two Bodies in the Lab” one of the best “Bones” episodes to date? For starters, this episode is full of witty, memorable dialogue, such as the following lines:

Brennan: I’ve done enough googling to schedule a dinner.

Zack: The remains show evidence of bullet wounds.
Hodgins: Which would explain why he has all those holes in him.

Hodgins: Should we be involved in mob stuff? They’re really into the whole killing thing.

Booth: You know, whatever happened to seeing someone across a crowded room? Eyes meeting? That old black magic gets you in its spell?
Brennan: There’s no such thing as magic.
Booth: Oh, there’s magic.
[Does television get any hotter than that?]

Brennan: Ask him to save the excrement for Hodgins.
Booth: Lucky Hodgins.

Brennan: My reservation just got pushed, so I have a few extra minutes.
Booth: Oh, a few extra minutes. Great.
Brennan: What?
Booth: Nothing.
Brennan: You disapprove?
Booth: I said great.
Brennan: With attitude.
Booth: Don’t go overboard with the psychology. It’s not your thing.
Brennan: Look, I am an adult, Booth. I see men. I go out with them. On occasion, I sleep with them.
Booth: You know what? That’s cool. But you don’t even know who this guy is that you’re meeting.
Brennan: I have trekked through Tibet avoiding the Chinese army. I think I can handle meeting someone for dinner.

Brennan: The Sistine Chapel took 13 years to be cleaned properly.
Zack: I didn’t think we had that kind of time.

Booth: I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to continue to work these cases.
Brennan: This is what I do, Booth.
Booth: Whoever killed these victims wants to make sure you don’t finish your investigation.
Brennan: Hundreds of criminals would like me to stop what I do. Are you suggesting that I just give up my career?
Booth: Just be reasonable.
Brennan: Fine. Logic suggests that the shooter is involved in one of these cases. I should find out who killed them before he tries to shoot me again.

Booth: Bones, I’m not letting you out of my sight until I find out who is trying to kill you.

David: Did I miss something? I don’t want to get in the way of--
Brennan: What? No.
Booth: No. God.
David: Well, maybe we could reschedule dinner.
Booth: No.

Angela: Booth is a big, strong, hot guy who wants to save your life. I mean, you actually have a knight in shining F.B.I. standard-issue body armor. [Yes, she does. Where can I order mine?]

Booth: Bones, how many keys do you need?
Brennan: Well, car, house, lab, morgue.

Brennan: Uh, how did that get there?
Booth: Oh, please. Everybody loves Foreigner.

Booth: I don’t even know if I have to stay here [I.e. the hospital], you know.
Brennan: You got blown up.
Booth: I’ve been worse.

Angela: Impressed? I have so many more tricks. There’s no ring. Single or gay?
Kenton: Gay? Why would you say gay?
Angela: Brokeback, baby. Gotta ask.

Hodgins: People never tell me I’m right. They only say I’m crazy. Love you, man.

Booth: How could it not be my fault? It was my job to protect her. Instead, I hand her over to him.

Hodgins: Just “a building?” Oh yeah, that’s real specific.
Booth: Well, crack heads, you know, aren’t that detail oriented.

Booth: It’s okay. I’m right here. It’s all over. Shh. I’m right here. All right. It’s all over. [Is he repeating himself to assure Brennan or himself? Probably both.]

Yet it takes more than great dialogue to make a great episode. “Two Bodies in the Lab” earns its elevated status in “Bones” history with many moments of wonderful characterization. In forty four little minutes we experience:

--Booth’s anguish that he was unable to arrest Hollings earlier and his determination to get him this time around. We see how much Booth takes their cases to heart.
--Booth’s concern over Brennan dating online and his barely suppressed jealousy. Booth’s hostility towards David in the interrogation room is priceless.
--Brennan’s commitment to her work even when her life is in danger.
--Angela’s shameless attempts to hit on Kenton.
--Booth and Brennan allowing each other to see their goofy sides as they dance to “Hot Blooded”.
--Brennan’s guilt that Booth was blown up in her place and her renewed determination to get the bad guy.
--A glimpse into Booth’s military past as he and Brennan discuss his X-rays. We learn that Booth’s feet were beaten with hoses and that he suffered injuries while trying to shield a friend, further attesting to his protective nature.
--Booth’s love of hospital pudding.
--Booth’s guilt that Brennan is in danger because he entrusted her to Kenton. Even though he is the one to figure out Kenton is their man, he still beats himself up for not figuring it out earlier. Although Angela asked Brennan to cut Booth some slack earlier in the episode, Booth will never cut himself any slack. He will not allow himself to be anything less than perfect when it comes to Brennan’s protection.
--Booth leaving a hospital after being blown up and enduring a ride in Hodgins’ “toy car” to come to Brennan’s rescue. Given his condition, he should have just called the FBI to inform them of the situation and then let his colleagues handle it, but he won’t let go of his responsibility to his Bones under any circumstances.
--Brennan using her martial arts training to fight off Kenton. She shows audiences yet again that she is not your typical ‘damsel in distress.’
--Booth putting his head between Brennan’s arms to free her, rather than acknowledging that he was in pain and letting one of his colleagues do it.
--Brennan, who has insisted this entire episode that she is a capable adult who doesn’t need protection, allowing herself to hold Booth and cry in his arms.
--Brennan postponing her date with David to spend more time with Booth and trying to lean her arm against his.

This episode proves that Booth and Brennan are more than just two physically attractive characters who make the screen sizzle with sexual tension; they’re two people who are deeply committed to their jobs and to each other. “Two Bodies in the Lab” affirms and celebrates the best relationship on television, and that’s why it will always be one of my favorite episodes.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Guest Episode Review - #119 "The Graft in the Girl"

Time for the next Bones Season 1 Episode review: The Graft in the Girl! If you want to start at the beginning here are my Season 1 Bones Reviews from last summer:

# 079 - "Pilot" - My Review
# 101 - "A Boy in the Tree" - My Review
# 102 - "The Man in the SUV" - My Review
# 103 - 'The Man on Death Row" My Review
Guest Reviews so far:
# 103 - 'The Man on Death Row" - Meryl
# 104 - "The Man in the Bear" - ForensicMama
# 105 - "A Boy in a Bush" - Bekka
# 106 - "The Man in the Wall" - Jeni
# 107 - "The Girl in the Fridge" - Jenny
# 108 - "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" - Emma
# 109 - "The Woman in the Car" - Milky
# 110 - "The Woman at the Airport" - Robyn
# 111 - "The Woman in the Tunnel" - Winona
# 112 - "The Superhero in the Alley" - Ellynne
# 113 - "The Woman in the Garden" - Kate
# 114 - "The Man on the Fairway" - sai
# 115 - "Two Bodies in the Lab" - This review is classified as Missing in Action. Please email obsessedwithbones[at]gmail[dot]com if you happen to spot this review or have any information. There is no financial reward but any information would be appreciated. Help us track down our beloved episode review so that we may share it with all fans!
# 116 - "The Man with the Bone" - Emma
# 117 - "The Skull in the Desert" - em-jay
# 118 - "The Man in the Morgue" - kate
This review was written by pua, who nicely stepped in to take over a missing review. Thanks!

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The Graft in the Girl

The Graft in the Girl is one of those fabulous Bones episodes that is more important for the character information than it is for the case.

The episode opens up with Booth, Brennan and Angela walking down the hall of a hospital. We quickly learn that director Cullen’s daughter Amy has been diagnosed with lung cancer and that she is not doing very well. Brennan is, of course intrigued by this information and Booth tries to stop her from asking questions and getting involved. Brennan ignores Booth of course, and the case progresses from there. It turns out that Amy received a bone graft after a ski accident, and while the hospital contends that the bone came from a 25-year old, Brennan and the squints prove that the bone is actually from a 60-year old man, who had cancer, and has passed the disease on to Amy. The case falls under the purview of the FBI as the team discovers that there are multiple victims across state lines. While doctors are unable to save Amy, Brennan and Booth work with Amy and the hospital to save other lives who received donations from the infected donor.

Booth and Brennan start their investigation with the Donor Coordinator, Dr. Ogden. The case leads them to discover that BioTech Tissue Services, the company which sold the bone to the hospital is no longer in operation. Booth and Brennan learn that Dr. Ogden does not have any information about the bone donor, and so they turn to Hodgins, who examines particulates and narrows the area the donor lived in to North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. After figuring out who the donor is, Booth and Brennan speak to the widow who informs them that her husband was cremated, and so B&B head to the mortuary.

They eventually realize that the mortuary is the place where the body parts have been harvested and that Dr. Ogden’s assistant, Alexandra was the person who harvested the various body parts. Bones explains that bone dust is very dangerous, and that Alexandra is experiencing health problems, at least there is some justice.

I love this episode because it deepens and provides us with important insight into many of the characters that we love on Bones.

Booth: This episode offers insight into our “knight in FBI-issued body armor”. When Director Cullen tells Booth and Brennan that they need to inform the CDC about the diseased grafts, and turn the case over to the CDC, Brennan tries to argue with the Director. Booth knows better, and when they are alone in the car, Booth assures Brennan that they will continue to work to find the murderer.

Brennan: So that’s it? Whoever did this to Amy Cullen just gets away?
Booth: No, what we do now is find a way to make this a legitimate FBI case.
Brennan: If one graft is infected, there is no telling how many others are out there.
Booth: Gees, I feel like I am on a serial killer case, just waiting for another victim to surface.
Brennan: You’re not far off, what if BioTech makes a habit of selling diseased parts?
Booth: Well, then it becomes FBI business is one of those tainted grafts are sold across state lines.
Brennan: Well, you can spit into 4 states from where we are right now.
Booth: What?
Brennan: Not literally.

We learn later in the episode that Booth uses his own sick time to work on the case, which solidifies our image of Booth as a G-man who works for justice, and always tries to do the right thing, regardless of whether or not it fits into the FBI “box”. This episode also highlights Booth’s talent is focusing on the victim. When he is first interviewing Dr. Ogden, the doctor states that he has never had a problem with BioTech. Booth reminds him that Amy does have a problem, she is dying of cancer.

Brennan: I thought this episode was one of the first episodes where we see Brennan stepping out of her scientific shoes and showing compassion to another person. We can see that she struggles with the human factor, but ends up doing a great job. She shows compassion when she and Booth are watching Amy go through the painful bone biopsy. She explains all the technical information to Booth and then talks about how Amy is a tough kid, even though it is painful. When she is explaining what happened with the bone graft, she struggles to find the right words to tell Cullen that Amy will still die.

Cullen: Does this in any way change the prognosis for my daughter?
Brennan: No.
Cullen: So she is still going to die.
Brennan: Barring spontaneous remission, the likelihood is significant.

Even though the word Brennan chooses to use “significant” is not necessarily compassionate, she struggles to find the word that can satisfy her logic, but is not harsh, you can see that in her face.

Bones also shares a significant scene with Amy, as they watch other graft patients being tested for cancer. Amy, in a very understandable scene, is struggling with the knowledge that she will probably die. And she becomes angry at the situation, angry that other people are being tested in time to be saved, angry that she will not be saved.

Amy: If you take the bad grafts out, will they be OK?
Brennan: Some of them.
Amy: But not me.
Brennan: No.
Amy: I want this out of me.
Brennan: Sweetheart, you’re not strong enough.
Amy: Get them to take it out.
Brennan: Amy, you have to understand, all these people..
Amy: I don’t care!
Brennan: You’re saving their lives.

It is interesting to note, that at the beginning of the scene, when Amy is first upset, Booth starts to comfort her, but Brennan steps in, offering to talk to Amy.

Amy: While she is not a regular character in the show, I think it is important to note that she is a critical character in this episode, not only because the case revolves around her, but because of the feelings she invokes in the other characters. She reminds us of life and death, of loss and love, of the difference between teenagers and adults and of beauty. In most episodes, the “loss” happens at the beginning when we meet the victim, and then is subjugated often by the case, by other characters, and often by the humor. In this episode, Amy reminds us continually of the cost of “loss”, while at the same time reminding us of hope and life through her art, her desire to see the Louvre, and her wish to experience love.

Zach: Zach is the only character that does not show some emotional growth in this episode. He reminds us of the squint factor, and makes many comments that would be regular fare for most episodes, but in this episodes, serves to highlight the emotional growth that bones is experiencing.

Hodgins: Hodgins also has an relatively small role in this episode, but his moment to shine comes in the form of conversations with Angela.

Hodgins: Hey. Are you alright?
Angela: Yeah. No. No, I’m not. Look, we can solve hundred year old crimes, we can track down serial killers and identify people when there is nothing left of them but sludge so why can’t we help a fifteen year old girl all she wants to do is fall in love and visit the Louvre.
Hodgins: You can do that.
Angela: Whaddya mean?
Hodgins: You made a whole guy out of bone chips and light. You can create the Louvre.
Angela: and what about love, what do you have to say about love?
Hodgins: Its overrated, most of the time.

Angela: This brings us to the important role that Angela plays in this episode. Angela has always been the most human of all the squints, and this episode reminds us of this. In the beginning, when she meets Amy, she talks about how most of the time in her job she gets to restore and enhance old bones, so digitizing Amy’s art was fun for her.

Amy: Is the Louvre just unbelievable?
Angela: It’s the most beautiful place you will ever see.
Amy: Maybe you can tell me about it sometime.
Angela: You’ll go there yourself. I know you will.

Angela has the conversation with Amy about love, and about how life experience informs art. And Angela is there when the doctor’s tell Amy’s parents that she is not responding to the treatment. And of course, she is critical to the most touching scene in the episode, Amy’s trip to the Louvre. For whatever it is worth, I have seen this episode at least 5 times, and it still makes me cry.

The Graft in the Girl is a wonderful episode. It is different from the standard episode (is there such a thing in Bones?) but it deepens our understanding of the human component, both in our beloved characters and in the victims themselves.

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