Friday, April 02, 2010

The Truth in the Fiction?

After an entirely-too-long hiatus, Bones was finally back this week.  And while there was nothing earth-shattering or particularly exciting about it, it was just nice to have the gang back on my TV screen.  Things did not start out too well, though, as Sweets met a new friend and then promptly watched him die right in front of him.  This tragic scene unfolded while he was riding a Metro subway train that was in the process of derailing thanks to a major water main break.  Oh, and did I mention the body that made a freaky appearance when the water rushed the side of the train?  Normally, I laugh at the crazy ways this show comes up with to reveal human remains, but this week I was torn between the sadness surrounding the incident and the on-the-mark depiction of the craziness that is D.C. (I live here and I can't even tell you how many times water mains break).  Meanwhile, Brennan was being interviewed for a Japanese magazine about her latest novel which had everyone in the lab buzzing about page 187.

I know, I know... the characters in her books are NOT the people she works with and the lead (Kathy Reichs -- NICE inside joke) is NOT Brennan, but the similarities coupled with Brennan's manuscript from last season's finale (that she quickly erased) do lead one to wonder how much truth is in the fiction.  Does she project her own feelings for Booth onto her character and this FBI agent Andy?  Probably.  But on a sadder note, is she so devoid of human emotions that she has to rely on Angela to fill in the "character stuff?"  She did seem to catch onto that second question a bit toward the end.  I think both questions work together to paint a portrait of a scientist who uses her vast knowledge to mask any tinge of emotion because she's scared to feel something, and in particular, something as strong as she does for Booth.  Time will tell (and hopefully, a trip to the past will reveal even more next week).

Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Sweets decided (after his earlier brush with tragedy) to jump in, head first and ask Daisy to marry him.  And here Daisy was worried that Sweets was about to break up with her!  Talk about getting your hunches crossed!  I'm happy for these two crazy kids.

And now, here is this week's edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:

THE GOOD: Brennan having to do some more soul searching.  Her insistence that the characters were just that seemed to only be convincing herself, and in the end, I'm not even sure that she was that convinced anymore.

THE BAD: Awkward! Awkward! We soooo didn't need to know that whatever creative "position" is on page 187 was a Hodgins trademark and it ended up in the book because Angela shared it with Brennan.

THE UGLY: Definitely Hodgins's and Daisy's visit to the rat-infested underground world of the D.C. Metro Rail.  Picking up rat feces and digging through a massive rat nest -- FUN!

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John said...

I knew the kid was dead as soon as he said he beat cancer. I just expected him to be the victim of the week.

It is not just that she relies on Angela for the character stuff, but she doesn't view the character stuff is important to her readers or the success of her books.

TVFan said...

I know, and yet, she includes it. It's like she knows deep down, but she doesn't want to go there. This is what makes her so frustrating!

RichE said...

The cancer kid was always a likely stiff. That's the way these things go.

Can't say the case grabbed me, the episode wasn't about that.

If find it odd Brennan is seemingly devoid of emotion but she must be writing quite a lot into her books. Angela is, apparently, just giving hints but Brennan still has to actually put it into words. She can't just have written "they did it page 187-style".

I could have done without the constant "they're not us" stuff with the Japanese journalist. I got annoying.

Good to have the show back though.

Kathryn Morris UK