Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Angela Needs to Name Her Pig

They are now accepting fan submissions to help name Angela's pig. They don't promise the winning name will appear in the show but the producers will post their favorites on the official Bones forums.

Email to: angelaspiglet@gmail.com

Just for us here... what do you think it should be named?

RT button change

I have found a different way to use the RT button on the blog. Instead of being in every post, there is a stationary button on the left side of the blog. If you're on the home page, it will RT the blog. If you're on a post, it will RT the post. The count changes to reflect the count for that particular page.

It will also now RT @wendyyoung instead of @tweetmeme when you use it.

I hope this is less intrusive looking for the people who do not use Twitter. I didn't like seeing it on every single post myself either.

TVGuide: Best show of 2009 - Vote Bones

TVguide has a photo spread and poll for the Best Show of 2009. Bones is in the running, and it is the marquee show for the spread. Vote away to get Bones in the #1 spot!

Go straight to the poll here.

Bones Episode Review: 5.05 "A Night at the Bones Museum"



Thank you to Jeannie for helping me get back on track with support, encouragement, and advice!

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A Night at the Bones Museum
The case - What I like:

I like that the real focus of the case isn't even the current murder. I love how it shows a new side of Brennan (though I think the girlie scream session with Daisy went just a tad overboard). I love how it pulled in everyone and I did not suspect the killer. On that respect that barely showed him, however, so there was little emphasis on him at all. Not that it mattered - Anok was the important part here!

Booth breaking the door down to get into the victim's office. Brennan liked it too! He needs some manliness, even superficial, as he rediscovers himself.

What I don't like:

I cannot stand this new dramatic ending to the cold open. Don't misunderstand - drama is fine. When they book Booth, Brennan, or both of them look stupid it's not OK! Either make the lines truly dramatic, or truly funny. In this episode Booth's line could have been funny, but they seemed to have intended drama.
Booth: So, what are you saying? The Mummy killed someone?
What they got was "Booth looks like an idiot." It doesn't work! Just like Brennan dramatically declaring that the Amish victim was centuries old. The way they set that up didn't work either. It just made her look like she was missing the conclusion entirely.

And, a constant beef - I hate how they handle evidence. They see blood dripping out of the coffin and Booth just grabs the cover of the sarcophagus which could contain, oh, I don't know... finger prints? Fiber evidence? I know that's about as likely to change as Booth wearing gloves, or a seat belt, but I still hate it.




What I'm not sure about:

The 'close to home' nature of the case. Last time we had a murder this close to home it affected Brennan, and the entire team greatly. Granted, we had 'gorgonzola' on the loose at the time, but even in the end, when the serial killer was ruled out, it still made a huge impact on Brennan especially.

This time we're a step further away, on the museum side of things, but we're still at the Jeffersonian. We even have an anthropologist, a pretty one, who (even if she is 'unexceptional') is very committed to her work and passionate about ancient remains. And Brennan is completely unaffected. Angela, and to a lesser extent Cam, are the only connection to this woman. There's no talk of being afraid to work alone, no question about it being something they should worry about, nothing. While I love that this case tied in ancient remains, I feel that a bit of the humanity was lost. I don't think it would have taken much at all to give a nod to that either.

Daisy

They are portraying the interns so much more interestingly this year. When they panned to Daisy in the car I burst out laughing and thought the same thing I thought when Arastoo lost his accent - wow, she's interesting! Why couldn't they have done this last year? Did they not intend for the interns to stick around this long, feeling free to treat them in the writing as throwaway characters as well? I think the zack-lash would have been lessened if we could have related to the characters so well from the beginning.

By no means did she worm her way into everyone's heart (she still has her irritating quirks) but I loved the new side of Daisy we saw here. Instead of just being irritating, we saw below her surface traits into the actual person - her desire to do better, her relationship with Sweets, her inner strength. She actually became my favorite intern in this episode. This gives me hope that, with each episode, this former plot device, now integral part of the show, will continue to improve.
  • You are so brilliant Dr. Brennan. Thank you for giving me... another chance. And I swear I will speak in a more modulated tone. And then, only when asked.
  • Permission to speak?
  • --(H)--Well that lasted all of 10 seconds.
  • I try. I do.
  • I helped! (It's shakinbake, and I helped!)
  • Do I look stupid? Because I'm not, Lance. In face, there's lots of people who think I"m scary smart. Not about men, apparently.
  • We're close, aren't we?
  • You're a man. Lance is so cute, isn't he?
  • Do you want to be my Lancelot again?



Sweets


I have had a constant beef with how Sweets shows up at all the wrong times but his inappropriate appearances in this episode were perfect. From the crime scene push to brain on his coat I loved each new twist as the ropes got just a little tighter around the poor guy. He too became a little deeper, more interesting, and even a bit more lovable, as we saw how truly awful he can be at applying his own vast psychological knowledge when even the tiniest bit of his own emotions are involved. He lost all perspective when it came to Daisy and I just wanted to give him a big hug for it.
  • I alienate every woman I talk to
  • I promise that, if you ever fail in the future, I will do absolutely nothing but give you a hug
The geek sex was also perfectly uncomfortable, especially when contrasted with the suave and sensual interlude of Hodgins and Angela. It was weird, funny, and a bit heartwarming all at once.
Booth: Ouch. Personal favors are kind of like penalty shots. You kind of have to take them.
Whereas most doctors would seem to focus heavily on what is professionally appropriate, Sweets has no problems sweeping it all aside. He shows up to poke his fingers into brains or put on a hazmat suit to stare at bodies. He hates it when people barge in on him but he doesn't hesitate to chase Brennan down at a crime scene. On the one hand, the kid still has a lot of growing up to do. On the other....how 'professional and appropriate' do all of them really act
  • Angela: So you're spying on Daisy?
  • Sweets: No, no. I'm just staying close in case an intervention is required.
  • Angela: I thought you fixed her.
  • Sweets: It's a process.
Sweets: Emotional pain - that never dies.
Angela: He is Daisy's trainer. If she attacks, he can put her down.
Throughout most of this he is acting like Daisy's parent instead of her lover, something that Cam definitely sees.

Hodgins
  • We may be talking about a Pharaoh or Prince here.
I feel like the guy who geeked out on pirates is JUST under the surface here.
Cam: Hodgins found some 3,000 year old bugs, so he's all weepy.
The fact that Hodgins feels the need to bring up the he and the dead Doctor flirted is just classic Hodgins. He delights in saying strange, frightening, disturbing, or inappropriate things. Cam calling him out just feeds the joy!

He also delights in his intellectual prowess and loves to make people beg for his knowledge just a bit.
  • Hodgins: The urine of a red-headed boy.
  • Cam: We need so much more than that.
And then he gets to go into a detailed explanation of why he is 'the man'. Booth isn't the only man around here still working on getting his manhood back together. Hodgins is waaaaaaay ahead of him though. (In fairness, he just had to climb back out of his Zangela hole, not quite like having a hole in your brain.)
  • Hodgins: ...what he really is - a mere mass of chemicals.
  • Angela: That was the romantic notion I was going for.
Hodgins and Angela are like the flip of Booth and Brennan. She is spiritual and intuitive, he is all science and often brutally honest. Don't shoot me, but maybe they have to forever step aside as a couple to make way for BB? Two 'opposites attract' might be too much?
Hogins: You really don't need me for this conversation, do you?
Angela
  • Eww, and good.
Simple statements are sometimes all you need to see the character. Angela sees all at once. And, usually, accepts everything at once. She takes the good with the bad, on all levels, and considers it part of life. She doesn't have to like it all, but in her world view very little is truly 'wrong.' I think that is a defense mechanism for her. When she does get on a crusade (as we see in the next episode) she can't handle the consequences very well.

Her horrified looks at Brennan's excitement over the tangible, and the movie mummy, cracked me up.
  • A red-headed boy peed on her eye?
  • Any of those things scream 'pee'?
  • Angela: Celibate. Seeking crumbs. Spill.
  • Brennan: He's Booth's boss's boss. His name is Andrew.
  • Angela: Wait. This is his boss's boss? Was Booth upset?
  • Brennan: Yes. I don't know why.
  • Angela: Brennan. This could screw up the natural order of things. And Booth wishes that you were going out with him.
  • Brennan: I drink with him all the time. But with Andrew there's the potential for sex.
  • Angela: And not with Booth?
Brennan won't answer, but Angela's face says "I won't forget this!" Ah, friends. This is such a long-running topic between them!
Angela: C'mon Brennan. Be a pal! I need a vicarious thrill.



Cam
  • And, goodbye, I'm going to focus on Mr. Jerky.
Cam out of the office doing something other than barking orders is always a good thing. I like seeing her be useful. Whereas Goodman was nearly full-on administrator, Cam takes a far more hands-on role. She likes to be the boss, but she constantly proves she deserves it. Even if all she's doing is sheep herding and telling people to focus or connecting the various disciplines through her analysis, she's getting the job done.

A little mothering never hurts either! Her conversation with Sweets seems to say 'once a Mother, always a Mother.' It doesn't matter that she's only had a 16 year old under her wing for less than a year. She seems to have always had the instinct (just didn't want to ruin her body) and Michelle has awakened it. I love the conversation between she and Sweets:
  • Sweets: Dr. Saroyan. I'm having some serious problems with Daisy. Can I ask your advice?
  • Cam: No.
  • Sweets: No, really.
  • Cam: ReallyI have a 16 year old and, believe me, when it comes to dating advice I am batting a red hot zero.
  • Sweets: But you've been through this like a million times yourself (something a kid would totally say!)
  • Cam: Did you just call me old?
  • Sweets: Is that what it felt like?
  • Cam: Yeah
  • Sweets: You see, I can't help it. I alienate every woman I talk to. No matter how pure my motives.
  • Cam: Alright. Give me a ballpark. No specifics. I don't want specifics.
  • Sweets: The woman I love won't speak to me.
  • Cam: You are an excellent shrink. You know you can help people. But Daisy's not people. She's the person you love. The person you have to trust. If Daisy's going to screw up, you have to let her. It will show you have faith in her.
  • Sweets: That is superb advice.
  • Cam: It was kinda good, wasn't it?
  • Sweets: I thought I was taking care of her, but you're absolutely right. I was just insulting her. Thank yo.
  • Cam: No problem. And now we're done. Done. Dr. Sweets, you're crushing me and I think you're getting brain on your suit. Brain.
  • Sweets: It was a friendship hug.
  • Cam: And, an uncomfortable one



Booth and Brennan


Andrew - Dietrich Bader - is hard to take as a serious character. Even him attempting to dress down Booth makes me look for jokes. Don't get me wrong, I love the actor and I wish him well doing any role he can get. He did fine in it too. But he's just all comedy to me! I really couldn't accept him sweeping Brennan off her feet. She either wants the extreme intellectual or the extremely hot guy. He is neither.

The only way I can reason it out is that she is once again she going for the 'plumage'. He has power and a position of importance. He's not top of the food chain, but he's close. Far closer than Booth. She even puts Booth down, whereas she has specifically defended his abilities as "the best" before (of course qualifying that by saying she would only work with the best herself).
Booth: You know what, Bones? You're raining on my parade.
She's doing more than that, though, as he once again has to try to bury his feelings while she goes after someone else. Similar to Sully, it's someone he has to work with every day. You could go further and say that this is worse, however, because she has chosen someone, quote, unquote, better than him by going for his boss. Booth struggles constantly with feelings of inadequacy - the abusive father, the 'kill' debt he can never repay, the squints who talk above his head... It's always easiest for the ones you love to hurt you the most and Brennan continues to jump right into that water with both feet.

The reaction is not identical to Sully. Booth, Brennan, and their relationship - all of this has changed since then. In many ways, for the better, but when it comes to his confidence, not so far along. I think that, on the one hand, he is more in love with her than ever, and on the other more unsure of himself than ever. This isn't just superficial discomfort with attraction anymore.
Brennan: Andrew and I are attracted to each other. I'm sure neither of us will think of you for a second
We know how that turned out...

Brennan's admittance that a priceless ancient find is a motive for murder that she can understand just highlights again how far removed she can be from everyone. From her heartfelt connection to the girl in the fridge, this seems like a different woman, in some ways. As some suspect, is Booth's 2nd near-death experience and the near-revelation that he loves her just too much for her to handle? Many call her colder than ever this season. I do think she has pulled very far back. I know some of you do not like the baby plot but I found that to be a huge step forward for her (not that everyone who doesn't want children should change her mind). She had found a way to connect to the human condition on a deeper level. Maybe she felt like she should pass on her superior genes, sure, but I would strongly argue that was not the only reason she wanted to do it. Maybe she craved a more unconditional love - the kid who can't betray her the way a lover can. Maybe she knew that was a type of love she could bear to give. I wouldn't claim to know the full reasons why she changed her mind there but I do believe it to be a valid progression for the character who at once is so emotional and so emotionally closed off that I'm amazed she doesn't just snap in too from the strain. And now, this season, she has completely pulled back from that progression. She *is* colder. Outside of very specific continuity errors we can point out I don't think that in itself is an error in writing. I think it may be too subtle for TV in some respects (would rock on paper though!) but I find the journey very believable and certainly compelling. I, and I hope many of you, WANT her to move forward. Do I want her to suddenly become a gushy mess? No. But progression means some changes. Be it baby, be it Booth, be it something else seemingly far out of character the woman has to make SOME changes in order to make changes in her life, if you don't what I mean. If the circumstances around the person, and not the person within, are the only things changing then what's the point?

Booth is going through forced changes. He's relearning aspects of himself, dealing with feelings, and rediscovering his sense of self and his manhood. In many ways, though, he's standing completely still. He is still not reaching for what he wants. He's not taking chances. In many ways he's never had full confidence, especially where Brennan is concerned. But what he did have seems to have deserted him now. Every single person around him knows how he feels and what he truly wants, even Andrew (and Brennan). Sweets tells him it's not real, but every other person around him is screaming, even silently, "Go for it!" But every time the opportunity arises, he shy's away - 'atta girl', Avalon's reminders, Andrew's questions, the near-kiss in this very episode....how many changes will he get this season and how many times will he let them pass? How many times will we scream at the screen and curse Hart Hanson's name?
Cam: You don't know who Brittany Spears is, but you know this movie?
Booth did call her his grandmother, after all. Did all her cultural knowledge stop when her parents left? That sparking and complete shut-off and desire to focus on things that bring intellectual joy, that don't speak to the pleasures of the world that can let her down? Even sex, the one real pleasure she allows herself, is an intellectual and physical exercise that excludes all emotions. Music, movies, games - all these things focus on cultural relationships and companionship. There's not much space for these things in Brennan's world.
Booth: Eggheads killing each other over exibits no one really wants to see... The only thing regular people learn from going to a museum is how to sleep standing up.
Brennan's wardrobe, even it's not always flattering, has come a long way in the last few seasons. (One of the 'changes.') Remember how she dressed up for the party in Season 1? Beautiful dress, horrible everything else. Especially the hair! She now does very well with the entire package, as evidenced by her drinks-date pink dress. I thought it looked great, even if didn't necessarily look great for her, as some feel.
Brennan: There can be no time-limit for justice, Booth.
Booth is concerned that the killer 'that matters' - the living one - will get away. Brennan is reassuring in ways she would not want to admit if directly asked:
Brennan: You'll do it Booth, you always do.

She even comfortably patted him to further reassure him. I love these subtle cues showing how comfortable they are with each other.

Aren't "they" supposed to do it though?

Booth's statement that no one can make Bones do anything she doesn't want to, that no one can pressure her to act if she doesn't want to - is it wrong to again tie this back to their relationship? I would think not. It's not the first time he's said it - that you 'can't rush her'. I felt before that it meant that he always knew how he felt but was just waiting for her to catch up. I'm not sure any more. It's hard to go back to that moment, knowing what we know now. Did he know, did he not know? Did he know and forget knowing? We could twist into all sorts of knots trying to figure it out and the only way they will unravel is to have some clear classic 'when did you know' conversation. Honestly, I'm not sure I want it! And I would be very surprised if we get it. The more I analyze this show and the more I pay attention to what Hart Hanson says, I think, and even hope, he will leave us with some mysteries in the end. Part of the magic will be gone if everything is so completely defined and tied up. Where's the fun, where's the romance, in that?

The eyeball story is another way, more obviously portrayed, that demonstrates how comfortable they are with each other. "What goes on between us is ours" - they tell each other things no once else knows, be it brainy smurf or about human eyeballs. (By the way, is that meatloaf recipe a northern thing? I have had meatloaf countless times in my life, with many slight variations in the recipe and NEVER heard of it having a hard-boiled egg inside.) They both missed out on important cues about the importance of the stories. He laughed at hers, she shared his. Neither treated the other's admissions with the level of respect they needed.
  • Booth:If I was Egypt, I'd throw you a party too.

  • Booth: It only took 3,000 years for somebody to hear her.
I don't know the episode, but I think at least one moment in season 1 said something similar about Brennan 'hearing' the victim? Though we are faced with continuity issues this season and last that drive us up the wall, it is also nice when we can see shades of the good parts of old scenes shining through.

Speaking of continuity - is Brennan's dislike of speaking new? She has had no problem speaking in front of groups in the past, at least in large classroom settings. Even at Oxford! At least Booth called her on it, right?
  • Booth:You changed history? How many people can say that?
  • Brennan: You can. Every arrest you make changes history. You make the world safer.
  • Booth: With your help.
Yes they are supposed to do it together!
Brennan: You and I - this is our case. What goes on between us, that should just be ours. Isn't that what you said?
Yet another 'close' moment here. It was the closest yet, I believe. Instead of just a meaningful look, Booth actually leaned into Brennan as if he were really going to do it within a few more seconds. And, is it just the 'shipper in me, or did Brennan's eyes look all kinds of inviting? They really do know how to tease us ever further. The touches, the glimpses, the meaningful conversations with rivers of subtext...

Someday...

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