Monday, July 20, 2009

Guest Episode Review - #108 "The Man in the Fallout Shelter"

Time for the next Bones Season 1 Episode review: The Man in the Fallout Shelter! 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
This review was written by Emma. You can view her blog here.

If you have committed to a review, please check the list and, if your time is coming up soon, please email me your review or an eta on when you might have it, thanks!

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The Man in the Fallout Shelter

This was the first episode of Bones that I saw and so it is special for that reason and also because I think it showcases what makes Bones a truly great show. I remember first watching this episode mainly because there was nothing else on TV and I had liked David Boreanaz in both Buffy and Angel so I thought I would give it a shot, and I’m glad I did because it has become one of my favourite shows that is currently on air. This is also one of my favourite Bones episodes, possibly because it was my first but also because it features the kind of characterisation that sets it apart from other crime procedurals that I have seen.

From an outsiders perspective this is a great episode to start with as it reveals each of the main characters abilities and quirks perfectly as well as setting up major character identities, such as Booths role as a father and the first season arc of the disappearance of Brennan’s parents when she was a child. It is both a comedic episode with the escapades of Hodgins leading to the quarantine of the lab and with Booths reaction to the drugs making him high, as well as being sentimental with the closure that the team give to Ivy Gillespie after years of not knowing what happened to the father of her child.

This also being a Christmas episode brings cheer through the inventive secret Santa that reflects who these characters are in the presents that they both give and receive; Angela giving art as well as receiving it, Hodgins being all about the bugs and slime, Zach receiving a picture of his family and giving Booth a gift for his son that they had only just found out about, Goodman receiving an origami bird from Booth which seems against type but shows that there are more levels to him than the bravado that his FBI status provides. Brennan, the only member to not partake in the gift giving had her own gifts to open from her parents from a Christmas many years ago and I liked that the viewer does not see what the gift is but instead gets to see the mixture of happiness with sad that the gift brings to her.

Prior to the gift giving and between the crime solving the families of the squints and Booth are allowed to visit (through a pain of glass), it is here that ZZ Tops Billy Gibbons makes his first appearance as Angela’s dad and that Hodgins like Brennan doesn’t really have any family that he is close with. We get our first glimpse at Parker Booth in this scene and I’m so glad that they have used the same actor for the following seasons as the chemistry between the two is excellent and you can believe quite easily that they are father and son.

Overall, I think this is a really strong episode revealing much about the characters and showing the techniques that are used to solve a case that is decades old. The Christmas factor means that this is also an episode that delivers on the idea of gift giving, both physically and mentally and it is that element that makes this a special episode and allows it to get away with being a bit schmaltzy.

Happy Birthday, John Francis Daley!

Thanks, Emily, for pointing out my missing B-Day post today!

John Francis Daley, the babyface of the crowd, is 24 today. Wow, I feel old and a serious underachiever next to his acting, writing, and musical pursuits! (did I miss anything?)

Guest Reviewers: A Few Things

Thank you for everyone who has (or will be) sent in their review. You guys are doing a really great job! We will definitely go right on to Season 2 after this, and I will post a 'signup' sheet soon. No reserving spots ahead of time though! I couldn't possibly keep up with that. I will post and let you commit away as soon as we get closer to finishing season 1. I think I'm still missing 7 of those reviews, so it's not time to look at season 2 yet!

I'd like to suggest/ask a few things for the reviews I have not yet received.

- If you want to include pictures, that is fine (but totally up to you). If you do, it's best to make some kind of mark at the spots in the review where you want them (1, 2, 3, etc) and then give me the corresponding links to find them. There is probably some way to code it to make it easy to just put right into blogger, but unless it's perfectly copy/paste easy.... I'm not that code savy. Sorry!
- Please, please spell check.
- Please don't add any formatting, other than something easy to replicate like the bolding of the names for quotes. Blogger is not friendly to copying from Word (or is Word not playing nice? who knows) and I have to convert to plain text, which means I have to put any formatting back in myself.
- If you think you won't be able to do your review, it's ok! Just email me and let me know as soon as possible so that someone else can take your place.
Check the list. I'll be posting Emma's review of "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" today, time willing, so we'll be coming up on other reviews shortly as well.

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