Friday, August 14, 2009

Baby Boreanaz Bump

I don't like posting paparazzi photos (just have to get that out of the way) but this is an appearance with, you know, expected cameras and stuff.

Baby Boreanaz Bump is looking really cute and pretty imminent! (And Jaime is very pretty, even this pregnant!) That will be one adorable little girl, I'm sure!

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Eddie McClintock fan Q&A

Sully's (Eddie McClintock) got new digs, in case you didn't know it. (I for one LOVE the new show, and not even because it keeps him away from Bones - it's good stuff!) But, I digress...

SciFy, ahem, SyFy, has revamped their website along with their name and has posted a lot of good information. One piece involves Eddie McClintock answering fan questions and David Boreanaz/Bones takes up about 1/2 the video. Check it out:

Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan talk to Zap2It

Marisa Roffman at Zap2It has a nice Q&A with Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan about Season 4 and Season 5, fans, and more. Lots of spoilers, beware of the link and comments on this post!

Some non-spoiler bits from the post:

The season finale certainly got a passionate reaction.
Hart Hanson: Mixed reviews, I think is what people say.

Were you expecting that kind of response? Or were you thinking more fans would immediately fall in love with it?
HH: What did I expect? What I knew was that [my goal was to make sure] our really loyal fans would like it. And I thought, well, the rest of the [casual viewers] might not like it. But I knew that the people who watched every show would definitely like it more than the people who didn't. But I think I got it wrong. I thought two-thirds of people would be happy and one-third would hate it. And I think it's the other way around. I think about one-third loved it and two-thirds were mad. So that wasn't the best. I didn't guess well.

And of course you have a Twitter account, which means you had immediate access to fan reaction.
HH: Oh boy! And people are not shy [with comments like], "You suck!" They get mad. I get in trouble when I say things like this, but it means they are invested in the show. If there was silence and people went away, that would be a disaster. Hollering at me, and then tuning into the next show to see if I make up for it, that's not a disaster. Although every once in a while you go, hey, come on, it's hard to make a TV show! Give me a break! But you can't be self-pitying. There are no excuses in TV.

I know at Comic-Con, you said the loyal fans liked the finale. I was sitting by fans that weren't in love with it, but really feel they are loyal to the show. Do you think it's fair to say that some of the really loyal fans just didn't like the finale?
Oh my God, yes! I don't mean to suggest loving the season finale is proof that you are a loyal fan. You are more likely to love the finale if you are a loyal fan, that's all. I wouldn't want people saying, he thinks I'm not a loyal fan because I didn't like [the finale]. Oh, no. In fact, the more loyal fan you are, maybe the more passionate you are because you either loved it or hated it.

The bottom line is the loyal fans are also more likely to come back to see what happens next, even if they hated the finale.
HH: I hope so. And I really hope [they do]. I always thought of the season finale and the season opener as kind of linked, obviously, because it's a cliffhanger. So what happens next, we'll find out [in the opener]. I think, I hope, that a lot of people who went, I don't like that season finale, will like it by the end of the season opener. If they don't, then oh my God, we'll try and make it up to them.

Do you have any regrets about airing the episode as a season finale instead of a midseason episode?
HH: I'm so torn. Every once in a while, I go [frustrated sigh], we should have done it midseason. [I should have just had] the love letter to the loyal fans midseason, and done something more wide reaching for the season finale. But then I thought, man, these fans, they follow us anywhere. And it's kind of like I wanted those fans to see all the little tricks, looks and echoes, and [I thought] they'll get that these are the personalities that are just underneath the surface of all these people. And they'll see, this is what it would look like if Bones and Booth were together. If Brennan and Booth were together, married, this is what it would look like... do you like that? So I go back and forth [on if it should have been the finale].

When we talked last year and you brought up the alternate reality episode, you mentioned Goodman might be a part of it. So on behalf of all his fans, what happened there?
HH: There are so many boring answers to these questions. He is a busy guy. Jonathan [Adams (Goodman)] works all the time. He's expensive. And we have to go, all right, what do we give up if Jonathan's available. That [alternate reality] story was one that we might have pulled him in for. He was literally one of my favorite actors I've ever worked with. I was nuts about Jonathan. I put a lot of my attitudes and things into his [character's] mouth. And I put a lot of my attitudes into Cam's mouth now. So one of these days it'll work out. The same with Zack, with Eric [Millegan]. He's moving to New York in two weeks, which makes it tougher [to bring him back].

Guest Episode Review - #114 "The Man on the Fairway"

Time for the next Bones Season 1 Episode review: The Man on the Fairway! 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
This review was written by the Sai.

Season 1 list - all covered, still need 3 submitted
Season 2 list - 1 or 2 free!

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The Man on the Fairway

While most Bones purists (you know who you are... you are reading this) vouch for Season 1 as being the best, I am more a fan of seasons 2 & 3. And while moaning is not at all the intention of this piece, just wanted to get in a quick ‘get-back-to-that-awesomeness’ insert here.

I was re-watching all the seasons (again) introducing my family one by one to my obsession. And it’s wonderful to see how the relationships of the team have been developed over time. Like in real life, these relationships have been developed over time and shared experiences. Early in the episode you can see Zack sulking about the lack of Booth in their recent cases. Booth has become an integral part of the team and while on the outside he seems aloof, all of them have developed a deep seated respect and affection for him. Not just for the skills he brings to the table, perfectly complementing their science skills but also for the fact that he takes care of them – in his patently Booth-y way.

Bones misses him too. Not that she would admit it. But I am getting ahead of myself.
The case first: A plane containing some US and Chinese diplomats crashes at a Golf course and the Jeffersonian is asked to ID the bodies focusing on a 6th body that is not mentioned in the flight manifest. Bones is intrigued by the extra bone bit found at the site and is interested in investigating further. Goodman however clearly issues orders to concentrate on the plane victims. Bones decides to covertly defying Goodman (totally giving Hodgins a life purpose) and enlists Booth into it. Even this early we can see Booth is powerless to resist any request from Bones. Jesse Kane, an expert on missing persons’ cases turns up at Bones’ office as he thinks the bone bit might belong to his father, who went missing around the golf course some years ago. He tries to appeal to Bones’ orphaned side and get himself involved in the investigation.

It’s interesting to note Bones who while has been deeply affected by the abandonment of her parents has never tried to dig deeper or try to understand what happened to her parents. Why didn’t she hire a private investigator? And while this seems a little OOC for her mania-for-truth personality, it actually makes sense. Underneath her tough exterior is an extremely sensitive person who is scared to know the truth. And when Jesse asks her about how she can live with knowing that nobody is looking, she says – “I never thought of it that way”.

The case has its usual red herrings – Did Jesse Kane kill his father because he was going to cut him out of his property? Did the Max Kane’s girlfriend Karen Anderson kill him? Where are the rest of the bones? The pig in the woodchipper experiment counts among the top ten Hodgins-Zack experiments ever. Just the sheer glee on all the men’s faces, the disgust on Goodman’s face – good times! A non-malignant bone tumor found on the bone bits reveals that it is not Jesse’s father. It is the brother of a city maintenance worker called Ray Sparks. Ray Sparks – kills his brother Frank for the house their mother left behind. He freezes his brother alive and then feeds him in a woodchipper. Cheery!


The hallmark of the Bones and Booth relationship has been their friendship. They are friends first and that’s one of the reason I am drawn to them. They take care of each other, have each other’s back and just respect each other. And while the chemistry is undeniable, it is this abiding kinship that makes them so watchable. No drama of let-me-do-something-to-hurt-you-so-that-I-know- how-much-you-like-me (phew!) here. They are both secure in each other’s friendship for each other. And a building block of that is seen in this episode. We see their friendship emerging – whether it is Booth deciding to help her out with the case or Bones chiding him for lying to Zack about ‘male bonding or her ‘poking and prodding’ to test out his instincts.

Booth, suspicious of Jesse Kane keeps making sure he is not taking advantage of her vulnerability. He fudges the case with his boss so that he can investigate the extra bone chip. And finally when Bones asks him to take a look at the file on her parents, he agrees. He knows what a huge step it is for someone as independent as her to seek out his help. “I am proud you asked Temperance” he says. By the way, is it just me or are their other people waiting for him to call Bones Temperance again. It’s been what – 2 seasons?

Overall a great episode for taking the character stories forward and a great example of how Bones usually enmeshes character development with the mystery on hand. Another aspect which should definitely be seen more in Season 5.

Some of the good stuff:
“Ignoring me is Booth’s way of acknowledging my presence. Its’ a guy thing” – Zack

“Usually we have an FBI agent who mediates our Interpersonal encounters” – Zack trying to explain his social awkwardness to the NTSB guy.

“No I don’t.” – Bones. You miss me. You miss me – Booth

“Good one sir. Very droll.” – Hodgins

“As far as I know, and it’s quite far believe me, no one has tried to kiss Brennen in this office and lived to tell about it.” – Angela to Jesse Kane.

“No way.” – Zack to Brennan when asked to experiment on the wood chipper. “The correct response would be ‘Yes Way’” – Booth.

“I feel like kicking him.” – Bones
“That’s normal after a pursuit. We try not to do that.” – Booth

“You think I am a kind and affair man. Egoless, balanced, ruled by intelligent reflection... I can be vindictive and petty. I will take you down.” – Goodman to Hodgins

“Hey, you know your people are my people.” - Booth
“I have ‘people’? Hey. I have people.” - Bones

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