Monday, September 28, 2009

Bones Episode Review: 5.02 "The Bond in the Boot"

Sorry for the delay. Still working back into the routine. I have updated the Master List to reflect last week's reviews as well as link to Bones Season 1 and Season 2 guest reviews.

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The Bond in the Boot

So, last week I asked for a few things and it seems we got them in spades! The ick train has left the station and it's not stopping any time soon. Stephen Nathan must have had a huge hand in this one. It was so gross you didn't know if you wanted to cover your eyes or laugh (I did both). I know a lot of people cite "The Truth in the Lye" as the grossest body ever (I disagree - except for the skull cap). Do you still feel that way? If it wasn't bad enough we get squirting blood as a hand is cut off (the bodies are rarely so 'fresh' on Bones), we also get broken legs and a bouncing head as the car passes. On top of that there are cats feeding on him (Jamie, are you fist pumping that?). And THEN we get a disgusting mass in the trunk. With nasty eyes. And face slide!


Sort of.

It was so far out there I began to laugh, a lot, and wonder if Bones was swinging too far into the silly side of things. This thought lasted about half an episode, until Booth got serious about the case and its impact and then Bones swung back to its roots and by the end of the episode I thought: Wow, this one captured it all!

We had ick, we had fun, we had laughs, we had connection with the victim, connection between Booth and Bones, a real family feel in the lab (anyone think Wendell might be the keeper after this treatment?), and basically everything that makes Bones the show we love. Short of a guest appearance by Caroline, Max, or Gordon-Gordon this episode seemed to have it all. Does it make you who feel Seasons 4 and even 3, plainly, sucked, think this one just might redeem the show?
The case - once you get past the eww...

Once you get past the icky beginning, I liked this case. Mostly this had to do with the (2nd) victim and the old-school Bones connection to him. They didn't just dismiss him. They saw deeper and respected what they found. It was an interesting twist to actually see the first murder happen on screen and figuring out the connection between two bodies was a plus for audience interest and the lab's detective skills.

However, is it just me, or is it a bit weird they lauded a guy who murdered a courier, cut off his hand, and ran over him? That struck me as waaaaaaay past ‘brave, rule-bending dreamer.' They connected with the guy a lot more than I did, as a viewer. On second viewing I can reasonably see the connection with the dreamer, especially as Wendell specifically points it out but, maybe I’m still reeling from this ick, he’s just too far out there for me as a victim.

I liked the girlfriend and her mousy/backbone mesh. I liked that she, like her boyfriend, stood up for what she believed in and spoke out against the CIA establishment (albeit off the record after Booth sort of forced her) in support of her dead man. She made me smile.

I love the Bond element. We’ve had Santa as a victim, a ‘real’ pirate on the table and now James Bond as the murderer? They do get to have all the fun!

As Hart Hanson asked, what do you think was on the USB drive? Do you think it's just a mystery for this one episode, or something that might come back later?

One beef: the intro, very first scene. I know they were going for a ‘Bond’ thing, but it was just too CGI for me. I hate being taken out of the story, especially as it is just beginning, by obvious computer work.

Another note: Brennan’s security clearance. I think someone has mentioned a beef with that area of the story. Yes, she mentioned having higher clearance than Pickering but that doesn’t mean that she has nearly Booth’s clearance as a Special Agent in Charge. It was a weak part of this story but not a huge continuity hole, to me.

Wendell - the 'comfy' one

If I didn't 'miss' the interns last week, I didn't 'mind' having him around this episode. I have to say that the boy is definitely carving himself a home He fits well with the team, doesn't cause too much ruckus since his rocky beginning and has a 'homey' feel to him. Everyone seems to have completely taken to him and he fits well with the group. Booth talks hockey. Cam mothers him (I think that is the 'affection' some people notice). Angela seems to treat him like a little brother and Hodgins looks on him as the friend Zack could have become with a few more years of acclimation (maaaaaaaaaybe).

(I seem to be full of questions - the hallmark of a good episode, in my mind). Do you think this is a good thing? Is he going to be horribly killed off or become the new guy? If he does become the new guy, is he TOO comfy and thereby boring? How do you make Wendell interesting in the long term without having him sleep with Angela? I honestly don't see it. He has a great niche as the 'favorite' for many people and I could see him keeping the crown indefinitely but do you feel there is enough there for long term commitment? Hart Hanson clearly said he didn't think Zack had anywhere else to go as a character (which I STRONGLY disagree with - I still want to see the boy develop socially and think it would be incredibly fun to watch) and if Zack is at a dead end, what does Wendell have? He's already got friendships which could have developed more slowly but already seems strongly established. We know his basic history and that he's close to his Mom. We know he's the street smart, work hard proto-Booth. I just don't know that he has the 'integral character' quality that would make us really miss him if he were gone.
  • Sometimes dreaming is the way to go.
  • Don't often get to say 'ergo.'
Angela - the girl just about has it all

Angela's wardrobe has really matured a lot. I miss the bo-ho free spirit who has become almost a fashionista, albeit a casual one. She is wearing some nice stuff, a la Cam, though looser fitting, and it actually bothers me a little as does Cam's. This is a forensic lab and things like this just scream 'network notes' or interference. Of course I have no idea who said they should wear stuff like this. It semi-makes sense for Cam because she's not only a scientist she is also an administrator and would likely have considerable office hours. Angela does not work directly with the goo, but she does handle bones and goo-covered items. Seeing her wear such outfits stops the scene for me and makes me remember I'm watching a show. I never felt this way about her hippy gear. It seemed more in character. I just don’t see free spirit Angela turning into quasi-downtown Angela. We just haven’t seen that kind of character shift. And, as she points out, she’s on a budget!

Rant aside... I do so love it when she's doing her thing and being an integral part of the case, from bone analysis to computer work. I think someone in the episode discussion complained that she couldn't possibly have done so much with that image file. That has always been the conundrum of Angela. Remember, from the outset she has been portrayed as the free spirit artist who can also design the Angelator. Sticking with that characterization, breaking down a computer file is not remotely a stretch. She frequently recovers data from goo covered old-school floppies, images, hardware, etc. Girl has skills and she's not afraid to use them!
  • Pussy Galore? That's never going to happen... Boys and their spy fantasies.
  • Like there's an acceptable protocol for crushing someone's soul.
Sweets - he actually does have a backbone!

Sweets is getting a little snarky and it's wonderful. He's taken a beating the entire time he's been with the team and I think he's finally reaching the end of his tolerance. He may not quite be ready to take on his actual tormentors, but he's confident enough to snipe other people in a quest for the affirmation (even if internal) that his idols will not bestow.

I am tired of Dr. Brennan being so in his face about his profession. I guess she’s not really a subtle person (they tried that last season to fan uproar that she was changing too fast when, I think, she was just being unusually subtle and quiet in her observations) but it just rings as pointless now. She even asked him for advice last season so, in some ways, she accepts he knows SOMETHING. His take on this case was very accurate and he got no respect for it – she admits that she hates to admit the accuracy of his assessment. The fact that she did take is advice where Booth was a subtle admission of his knowledge, even if she would not admit it directly (as well as an admission of the importance of Booth, that she would take Sweets’ advice in order to help him).

I love his shift into true couple’s therapist in this episode. He discusses their income disparity and it’s affect on their relationship and encourages Brennan to adopt an extremely uncharacteristic submissive role. It’s always been apparent that Brennan does not understand the expected male/female roles in a relationship (or necessarily appreciate them on whatever level she does understand the expectations) and I think it is good for her as a character, and enjoyable for us as viewers, to see her explore that.
  • At least I tuck myself in at night.
  • With a dummies book? Is that wise?
  • Do we have to go through this every time?
Hodgins - he's gettin' his mojo back

Never one to be daunted by criticism, rolling eyes or retreating backs, Hodgins is again spouting his conspiracy theories. I LOVE it! As much as it was nice to see him truly develop as he went through upheaval last season, I missed this guy a lot. He dipped his toes in last week, but now he seems to have jumped full steam ahead back into his conspiracy theories and I hope it is permanent.

I know, I'm so demanding, but... I would love to see him ATTEMPT to return to his old life of short term girlfriends. That is something that could definitely highlight his emotional maturity after knowing he was ready to settle down with Angela and it falling apart. I am all for the two of them getting together eventually, but the speed with which they broke up shows how much BOTH of them, not just Angela, have to work out. It seems to be her turn right now, but I hope he gets his chance too and isn't just portrayed as the doormat waiting on her to figure things out. If he was completely sure himself, I think he would have fought harder, or something.

The way he has attached to Wendell is endearing and I wouldn't mind seeing more of that as a way to explore both characters a bit deeper. Experiments are great (hey, I knew something was missing!), especially for Hodgins' bonding, but there are a lot of ways he could open up, especially to those who took Zack's place, and Wendell is a good place to start.

PS Loving the returning curls!
  • Everybody poops. Even wrote a book about it.
  • We're going down the rabbit hole here people. The CIA has no problem silencing people who poke around in their business.
  • Hey, a lot of people would like to see me dead.
  • We got drunk together last week. That carries great meaning for men.
Cam - Momma's in the house

I never mind Cam SUBTLY asserting her authority. It's been her 'thing' all along: I'm the boss, hear me rawr! The willingness to do whatever it takes, including attempting to thwart a CIA investigation is still there, but she seems to be a very different Cam this season, at least so far. I am remarkably spoiler free this season so I have no idea what the plans are, but I would certainly expect a lot of exploration into her newfound role as mother. I think that is greatly affecting how she views her team and how she treats her team. She's no longer the diva in a dress barking orders but has softened tremendously and even adopted quite the caring attitude.

Her sentimentality is a great foible to Brennan’s (apparent, but not really) lack of it. Cam immediately wanted to fix Wendell’s problem, even without telling him it existed, while Brennan appeared incredibly cold as she broke the news. I don’t feel, however, that appearances told the whole story there. Her demeanor screamed out ‘control’ rather than detachment. She was brisk but truthful with both the harsh reality and her compliments. I think she delivered the news exactly how SHE would want to hear it and that showed respect for Wendell. She has come a long way after basically being forced into complimenting her interns in the past. She has, however, been hurt by the loss of Zack and I feel that issue (as loss of connection is also a recurring theme in her life), as much as her belief they will disappoint, guides her attitudes and her attempts to keep her distance from each new face.
  • Michelle has been asking for months if we can get a kitten. I'm thinking 'no.'
  • Anyone who can take that kind of abuse makes James Bond look like a weeny.
Booth and Brennan - Heart and Soul

Since Cam’s section was basically taken over by Brennan talk, we might as well get down to it!

Most of us look for some balance of the private and the social as we seek affirmation for ourselves and our lives. You want a good job with a good house and good income but you also want your family to love and respect you. Brennan has been scarred deeply by the personal connections in her life and her continued reliance on the professional accolades and attained wealth speak clearly of a psych far out of balance, heavily weighted toward measures that are attainable with her skills and completely under her control. With her skill, intelligence, and honor she will never lose this standing. She can rely on it and feel comforted the same way that most of us would by the attention and caring of loved ones. His barbs, at least on some level, are attack her most basic measures of self, creating another disparity between them.

Booth is the complete opposite. While he admits that he wouldn’t mind the creature comforts that money like hers can buy, to him, it would not enrich his life because it would not give him one more iota of validation than the relationships in his life provide. Two relationships in particular: Parker and Brennan. That speaks volumes! As a man, he does see himself as the provider and protector. Brennan’s wealth knocks a little of the shine off that because it is HER wealth. If Cam or Angela were the wealthy ones he would in no way compare it to his own ability to provide and the accompanying social standing. Alone, what he has is enough. When he compares it to what Brennan has he does come up short and it bothers him.

Booth’s need to relearn plumbing goes right along with this. He sees it as the mark of a man to not only be able to take care of the people he loves but also his domain. It is not just about the plumbing. It is about what the action represents to him and even if he were to marry Brennan some day he would never become the kept man. It’s just one more thing they have to deal with as a non-couple couple that most couples explore after they’ve already made some type of official commitment. I love that running theme in the show. These two may bicker like an old married couple but they have a LONG way to reaching that level of complete comfort.

A big part of that has to do with the last layer (or layers) of secrecy between them. They each claim, out of fear and uncertainty, to be utterly honest with each other. I don’t know how they did it without more slinky shoulders and sideways glances. Seriously, they looked more uncomfortable when the victim’s girlfriend thought they were a couple. They are not honest with each other! This episode made me realize that I believe Gordon Gordon was actually wrong about the two of them. He sparked much debate amongst fans by claiming that one of these two was acutely aware of his/her feelings and the other was not. I would argue that they are both aware of them on different levels and have had completely different reactions to them. Sexual attraction clearly came about for both of them first. Offhand, I could tell you who I think realized it was more first. I do think they both did some time ago and while Booth hide from it, even deeply burying it, Brennan simply rationalized it away as something illogical to follow for a plethora of reasons.

The last scene is adorable, heartwarming, and infuriating. “I’m glad we don’t have any secrets”…..?!?! At least they do follow that up with some good revelations about how she feels close to him, he doesn’t think it matters (between them) and she ‘almost’ believes it. And, for once, I don’t mind how the moment was ‘ruined’, her watch being ruined and all.
This episode truly left me with a smile on my face, plenty of questions, and knowing I had an enjoyable hour. What more can you ask for (realistically…:) )?

Booth quotes:
  • It's okay, Ms. Rolex, I'll be fine.
  • An ex-Army Ranger with multiple commendations and a pristine record at the FBI isn't good enough for you or them?
  • It was a mechanical clown. You tell me you never wanted to do that?
  • Want some s'mores?
  • That's going to kill the blue book value.
  • It's a book for dummies, not imbeciles.
  • You smell dead bodies, and that stinks?
Bones quotes:
  • I think the car is bleeding.
  • It's like reconstructing the circulatory system.
  • I was told that I'll never have to work again.
  • Whatever he says is a guess.
  • I am a wealthy, accomplished woman. Why would I want to learn a menial skill?


Eli said...

Ohhh nooo ... I'm demanding ... no picture ... may be latter (I hope so). But of course I like the review.

I like the intro of the scene, make it more Bondish.

Not liking Hodgins' hair ... I prefer Hodgins' season 4's hair. The longer I can accept is in The Beaver episode. I did not watch Numb3rs because of the hair problem.

I don't feel it okay if Brennan is the donor of the scholarship. Use their own money for the scholarship and the bridges ... sound illogical for me. If the Cantilever foundation is the one its sounds okay.

And I agreed with you that Hodgins should have some fun before getting back together with Angela. But based on the look he gave to Angela after Wendell's scholarship settled, like I'm the one who donate but I won't tell is like they getting back sooner.

Anonymous said...

Wendy--Thanks so much for another awesome review! I just love your writing style--very lyrical.

Anonymous said...

Hey Wendy. Thanks for your review. I look forward to them.

Yep, yep, yep. So far, season 5 feels so much more solid. I too got to the end of BitB and was just ... grinning.


Anonymous said...

i like your reviews.
but did you really write that the Brennan adopted a 'submissive role' - and it was nice to see her in that new - more typical male/female role.
What? Women are supposed to be submissive? I agree that Brennan doesn't interact like people usually do, but i really,really disagree that the typical/accepted role of females is submissive!!!

Wendy said...

You're twisting what I meant, or I didn't explain it very well -

Whether you like it or not, the typical male female roles (and Booth is VERY into this) is for the male to be protector/provider and maybe even teacher. In just about every way, the male/female stereotypes are reversed for these two. The point is that she was exploring something that is outside her comfort zone and I enjoyed that. I also think it was beneficial to both of them.

Would I want to see her do that all the time? No. It wouldn't be true to her character. she realized that Booth needed that and she gave it to him. That is love.

luscious said...

love your reviews Wendy they always make me look at scenes in a different way and re examine the whole episode but every discussion points out new things some we all see in the same way others we all have different opinions on I love this site and thanks for the dedication you give too it. I don't like Hodgins' hair and feel they have taken angela's style in the wrong direction Please more free spirit Angela. This might not be the place to state this but I am feeling that Angela and Brennan's friendship has been lost in the whole bones thing and that is a real shame I loved how they bounced off one another and miss that a lot.
Sorry for the English it is my first language just rubbish at it.

Anonymous said...

i agree that brennan was doing a loving thing to make booth feel good. - which i enjoyed very much

just the way that part of the review was written made me feel like we have very different views of the world. always interesting i guess.

Wendy said...

It takes all kinds, right? :)

Thank you for the compliments and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Kate said...

Anon @ 9:37, I thought that too at first. But I think what Wendy was saying, especially after her response, was that Bones did something that had no interest or benefit to her--maybe even hurt her a little by being outside her comfort zone--because it was good for Booth. And that's a huge step forward for their relationship, showing an ability to compromise and to make a (small) sacrifice to do something that's only for the other.

Petit Chat said...

What I don't like is that since the beginning of the show she is the student, she is the one that has to change for them to get together. It's time she teaches him things too. Time he changes some of his POV too and maybe about the male/female role.

Plus, I'm not even sure Booth is really into the stereotypes. He doesn't have the stereotypical male POVs on sex, love, marriage, children... If he really was into this, he wouldn't have taught her how to plumb, he would have wanted to keep his knowledge to himself making her depend on him, the female depending on the male, which wouldn't be love btw.
I'm also not sure that his desire to regain an old skill has something to do with his virility, but simply with the lost of a general ability, of himself, like everyone else whatever their gender. It's must be frustrating not to be able to do something you were able to do, not being yourself anymore, again whatever your gender. And maybe he is also proud to be able to fix his plumbing on his own because of his blue collar background.

Brennan wanted Booth to pay back for the book, because as she said in man in the fallout shelter: gifts are a way of asserting dominance, and she didn't want to insult Booth's virility by asserting her dominance, but Booth didn't mind at all the gift, thus the temporary dominance, au contraire he found that very sweet of her, like he said in fallout: What if a gift goes both ways? He already gave her some gifts too, so there's no dominance on either side, which again make me think he doesn't really mind that she is richer, and doesn't really care about virility, as long as he has something to bring to their relationship too, whatever that is, as long as their relationship goes both way, everything is fine. His POV on sex, love etc are not virile but very feminine.

Plus, in baby in the bought he wouldn't have minded at all if she had built them a whole house, generally a man's role. In the car he was more trouble about her wealth itself than the fact that she is richer than him, the man.

There are financial and intellectual contradictions but she still feels close to him, and I hope that this is really what is the most important thing for him as he said it himself in the car and under the sink.

If someone needs you to be or pretend to be inferior in order to love you then I think it's not love. This remind me of her story with her professor who couldn't stand her abilities.

BB have both their own abilities which are most of the time complementary, I hope they are accepting them whatever they fit or not their gender. They both bring something to their relationship, that's what is the most important and not if it fits their gender.

Since their abilities are different, they can't be compared and evaluated. It can't be said that this ability is superior and this one inferior.
Brennan has an high IQ (male skill) but Booth has an high EQ (female skill). What is superior, having an high IQ or EQ? I would say neither, they are not comparable. Therefore no one is superior, they complement each other. They both have a role to play in their relationship, again whatever it fits their gender or not. That's what I like about to 2 of them, they are who they are, no matters the social norms and they accepte each other the way they are. Well that's what I have always thought and I would mind if things were not like that.

Petit Chat said...

Just thought about something, by pretending she was inferior when we know she is not, she kinda was in the superior position. But that still doesn't make like the idea that maybe Booth would need her not to be able to do things she is able to do just because they are male/his skills. Plus, I don't think he would really think that way, he didn't believe her when she said she wouldn't be able to fix her plumbing and he didn't seem to mind that she would be able to fix it.

Another thing, Booth seems to always choose strong independent women who make a lot of money: Tessa the lawyer, Rebeca is obviously strong and independent, Cam said in knight in the grid that she makes more money than him, and it seems he didn't mind it when they were together in S2.

It seems to me that the only male role Booth wants absolutely to play is the protector one and I'm even sure it's because it's a male role and he is a man. He still wants to protect his brother who is a man. I think Booth thinks it's his role because of who he is, because of his background, he is like that, and not because he is a man. Fight for others but run for yourself. It also seems that the fact that he takes so much care of other allows him not to face his own demons.
Sorry for the roman.
Just my HPOV :)

Anonymous said...

Loved the review.. the cats at the start were my favorite, and the sink scene but then i also liked the Mandy thing with Bones and Booth.


Jeannie said...

What an awesome review! I agree with practically everything you wrote.

A few things that I'd like to comment on:

Yes, the victim seemed not very relatable to me either. He shot that man out of the blue in cold blood, cut the hand off and ran him over. He did it for 'a higher force' but it was still murder! How did he expect to get away with it? I was really bummed by that.

I don't think we'll ever know what was on that USB drive (or USB-Stick, as we say in Germany). To me, the point was to illustrate that the most dangerous weapon of our time is information, and it was well made.

As for Brennan's security clearance, I took it that they were talking about a special clearance for that case? Something Booth had and she didn't, for whatever reason. I don't necessarly think it means that she has a generally lower clearance. Maybe he was upped or something just for that case, plus the fact that something had been renewed the previous week (don't remember exactly what it was right now).

Ok, this one is not really related to the episode but to something Wendy said. I don't want to start anything but I actually do see why HH said that there was no 'future' for Zack. He was similar to Brennan in his manners, and the writers and showrunners obviously decided to follow Brennan's path into a more social life. I think it would have been hard for them to make up something differently for mini-Brennan, if you will, having him develop a totally different path. It might have been either boring too watch 2 similar characters progressing in a similar way or taking over too much of the show if they had to do something completely different over a long period of time. (Did I explain that well enough for anybody to understand what I mean? I'm not sure I'm making myself clear at all here.)

As for Wendell, he has defintely grown on me. I didn't care for him much when we first met him but have come to like him. He already seemed to be way more accepted by the team than any other intern when we saw him play hockey with Booth.
I am completely unspoiled (and please, I'd like to keep it that way!!!! :-)) but when Cam said that he's financially covered for 2 more years I immediately thought that he'll obviously around for season 5 and 6 then. But I als took the 'there is enough money for 3 scholarships' comment as a hint that there will be more interns, so I'm assuming there won't be a permanent replacement any time soon.
I'm reserving judgement on his 'boringness', though. They've managed to make me interested in him so I guess he has potential. ;-)

And Wendy, I completely agree, Brennan wasn't cold but tried to remain in control when she told him he was leaving. I thought it was proven when she kept complimenting him for his good work, something that doesn't come naturally to her. And the reason for that forced control became apparant in her throw-away comment that she 'doesn't form bonds with her interns because she's learned that even the best ones can disappoint'. Ouch. (And kudos for overcoming that in the end, if one of the donations was from her. Which reminds me - who were they from, Wendy? ;-))

Sorry for the long comment. We all seem to be very wordy today. :)

Petit Chat said...

Why consider her role as the student as a submissive role? She chose to be taught, she wasn't force to do it, so she wasn't submissive. You are submissive when you are force to do thing you don't wanna do, when you have no choice. You're not submissive because someone is teaching you, unless you don't want to. Plus, he was learning with her again, so he kinda was a student too. They learned together. :)
What is loving it that she "decided" to learn something she didn't care about, because Booth is insecure right now after his coma and the lost of some of his abilities, and not sure whether or not he can still bring his contributions or what contributions he can bring now. But that doesn't mean it has something to do with gender role and dominance. Now she kinda knows how to plumb, so it's not his domain anymore. And I think Booth knows that she could have learned on her own.
I hope that all he wants is to bring his contributions whatever they are, like she brings hers. :)
I don't want them to have to pretend they are not good at something in order to please the other's ego once everything is fine again.

Wendy said...

She definitely did not pretend in that experience. They both knew her preference. She chose to put that aside.

Jeannie - I agree on the real reason Zack might have been sacked. I almost delved into that as well but I'm glad I didn't. You put it very well!

I love debate :)

Petit Chat said...

"and I'm even sure it's because it's a male role and he is a man"

I'm NOT even sure. Sorry for the typo :)

Anonymous said...

Geat review as always, and I totally agree with you.
"the typical male female roles (and Booth is VERY into this) is for the male to be protector/provider and maybe even teacher"...this is so true. Most of the time we just pretend to be submissive to make our men feel important, and that's exactly what Brennan does. The smart men know we're doing it for them and appreciate the effort, like Booth does. I think it was very realistic.

Petit Chat said...

"She definitely did not pretend in that experience."
Because the pipe broke? :)
That could imply that Booth is not a very good teacher either, and that he doesn't always fill his expected male teacher role. Which could mean that they both failed, Brennan in her "submissive" role (maybe alone she would have succeeded) and Booth in his "dominating" role. Which could imply that they will never be like the classical couples where the man dominates and the woman is submissive :) I hope so.
They need to have their domains to bring to the other, I just don't want either of BB to be submissive or dominating, I want BB to be equal. That doesn't mean identical, if they were identical they wouldn't need each other. I don't want some contributions to be seen as superior to the others, I want them to bring contributions of equal values and not gender related.
The way you put it in your review or the way I understand it, implies that the male contributions are superior, that the males are superior and dominant, and that Booth would like things to be like that between them, that he would like to dominate and that she will have to accept that for them to be together. That she will have to accept to simmer down some of her abilities because they are supposed to be male & superior skills, and that as the woman she has to be inferior and needy. I don't like that at all. :(
They have different skills to bring to the other, no need to hide the identical ones.
I don't want Brennan to need Booth, and Booth to need Brennan to need him. I want them to need each other in a equal manner.
I didn't like either the Booth-pretends-to-be-more-stupid-than-he-actually-is.
Just my HPOV :)

Wendy said...

I don't think I remotely said that males are superior. I really don't want this entire discussion to revolve around gender roles as that is hugely personal and controversial. People vary widely from 'old fashioned' to 'progressive' and every where in between. I am sorry my intended point wasn't as clear as I would like and now everyone's personal opinions, that have nothing to do with the actual episode or what occurred, are clouding every thing else.

I've been trying not to contribute to this discussion all day because I don't want it to become about who believes what but instead of it focus on what happened and what it might mean.

Kate said...

Settle down a minute, Petit Chat. I think you're so worked up about the gender roles and stereotypes, you've missed that nobody is arguing with you.

Have a cookie and a glass of warm milk and cool down a bit.

Moving on, I *love* Wendell, but my husband ("Bones Hater") finds him bland and boring, a mini-Booth. Character development-wise, he doesn't seem to have the same amount of inherent potential as, say, Fisher. Still, he's my favorite, so I hope they flesh him out more in the upcoming season.

Petit Chat said...

I wasn't arguing, just posting my POV and my concerns about the direction of their relationship and Booth and Brennan's characters, in regard to this episode and the S4 finale in which their future personalities were shown. And how I would like their relationship to be.
I agree the length of my posts and the repeated plots can make it looks like I was furious and/or arguing. I was just trying to make myself clear in a language that isn't my native language.
And I'm still not arguing.

BB Shipper said...

Group Hug Please!

@Wendy Thanks for the review; great as always,

@Petite:Love the debate! (liven things up a bit)

@Kate: Took your advise on the cookies and milk (even thought its midnight) ;0)

Jeannie said...

Did anybody else think that the very last part of the final scene was Emily and David improvising? With the watch being supposedly broken?

K said...

Not going to weigh in on the larger conversations 'cause no time, but my question about that last scene is where exactly were their legs before the pipe burst? Pretty cozy position with the tangled arms etc, but there might have been some necessarily tangling elsewhere, too.

em-jay said...

Took a while before I could read this review and all its comments, so I'm slow on the commenting.

Loved the review! Great insights all around.

My thoughts on Wendell--I've always liked him. I'd love to see him full-time (though that doesn't seem likely right now) because I believe that would allow them to give a lot greater depth to his character. We only know surface level info about him, but that doesn't concern me about what they can do with him in the future. I know a lot of people think he's too comfortable there, but that's what I like about the team. They each have their quirks, but they fit together. Wendell has quirks (which could be explored more), and he still fits in with the team. We saw a tiny bit of the fire in him when he talked back to the CIA "We still have four minutes in regulation!" His passion is equal to the rest of the team without being corny or overdone.

K--Ha! I didn't notice that!

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