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I need to chew on this ep a bit more before I know how I really feel about it.  But I think I'm going to leave the in-depth meta to other folks and save the words for fic -- at least for now. 

So just a sprinkling of thoughts.  This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, supposed to be comprehensive:

+ Emily Deschanel is wonderful.  After Brennan's speech at Oxford, she and Booth stood outside, talking.  She answered Booth's questions about Dr. Wexler, and then she flashed him this sweet, eager, and just slightly shy smile and asked, "What did you think of my speech?" 

Temperance Brennan is tough and no-nonsense, but she's human.  She is not a robot.  ED brings just the right amount of vulnerability to this character.  I think my heart constricted a little in a hurty but good way. :)

+ "Wexler is not special; you are."  I loved that whole exchange between Booth and Brennan, especially because it seemed so off-hand because Booth was so preoccupied with the car.

+ There was a moment in the lab where Hodgins was relaying some of his findings to Cam without initially explaining their significance.  But then Angela turned to Jack and said something like, "Don't make her ask."  Then Cam replied, "Thank you, Angela." 

The interaction made me smile.  Cam was such an interloper in the beginning, but she feels like part of the team now.  There's a certain comfort level there at present that definitely didn’t exist before.

+ I don't buy that sophisticated, worldly Cam would be so freaked out by sleeping with Angela's ex that she would seek Sweets' counsel.

+ Despite doing a whole hell of a lot of suspending of disbelief for this show, I cannot fathom why Dr. Lance-I-have-two-doctorates-Sweets was lounging around the lab all day.

+ *scratches head*  Why was Hodgins pissed that Cam slept with Grayson?  Shouldn't he be happy?

+  Though it was nice to see Cam getting some loving, I wish that it didn't have to be this pseudo-incestuous thing because it was Angela's ex.  Let her have a love interest that hasn't gotten horizontal with any of the other main characters.

+ I still can't stand Sweets and really don't think he serves much of a purpose that BOOTH didn't/couldn't continue to serve, but I did think it was sweet (haha) when Grayson and Jack were fighting and Sweets handed his jacket to Angela so he could step in.  He proved to be as incompetent at that as he seems to be at everything else, but his heart was in the right place. 

+ Booth's red hair SUCKS.  That man is too hot to let anyone do that to his hair.

+ The Hodgins/Angela breakup seemed contrived and way too fast. 

+ I don't think this needed to be a two-hour episode.

+ After Grayson and Jack fought, back at the lab Hodgins asked Cam if she'd talked to Angela.  Then he said something about thinking that women liked having men fight over them.  Cam then whipped out a line about that kind of generalization being inappropriate. 

I grinned.  Both the dialog and Tamara Taylor’s smart delivery seemed very like Cam, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

+ I’d like to see more fall-out from Zack’s absence, but that could occur in future eps.

+ It was nice to see an Indian actress on TV.  (OK, half-Indian.)

+ Didn't love this ep, but that's OK; it's good to have the gang (minus one) back on TV.

When it comes to Bones, sometimes I think there's one show playing out on my TV screen and a fairly different show playing in my head.  Occasionally this leads to some uncomfortable cognitive dissonance, but on the whole I'm at peace with it because I write fic.  I used to expect and hope for different things from Bones, but maybe I was wanting it to be something it just isn't -- or maybe just isn't anymore.  Regardless, because there continue to be so many things about it that I enjoy, I'm still watching.  


ETA:  Please consider this a blanket notice that you are welcome to squee AND criticize Bones (or anything else) in my journal.  Some fans are bothered when they read other fans' criticisms of the show; I'm not one of them.  If you're critical, I won't call you a bad fan or say, "Dude, you're harshing my squee," or "Why do you keep watching the show if you dislike so much about it?" or my favorite, "It's only a TV show."  I'm a writer; I get that people can have complicated relationships with fiction. *g* 

Same goes for pure, unadulterated squee.  If you love something, great!  Don't be afraid to speak up.  Your opinion is your opinion, and my opinion is mine.  We don't need to agree on all possible points -- or even any of them.  Feel free to be honest here, for better or worse.

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When it comes to Bones, sometimes I think there's one show playing out on my TV screen and a fairly different show playing in my head.

Couldn't agree more with your closing statements here...

I'll second that.

I'm not sure, but I suspect that's because we aren't pandering to the showrunner's desire to keep them apart...We've moved them (in our heads and in fic) farther along to where they'd probably be if they were real people, rather than characters fairly frozen (or at least slowed down) in time.

Love the icon, Space. :)

And I bet that sentiment is shared by a lot of fans, writers and non-writers alike, in a lot of different fandoms. I get why some have written it off at this point, but for me, there's still much to love in Bones. (Which doesn't mean that I'm not critical of it sometimes.)

Exactly. I do think, though, that a LOT of people came to Bones from BtVS and AtS, expecting a show that would be "meatier".

It's a different show; it's a different creator; it's a different time.

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I know you know this already, but lots of people read without commenting. That goes for fic, meta, and everything else under the sun. So don't be so sure about the size of your audience! :)

ED is awesome, she really is.

I think your last paragraph can be applied to so many shows with strong fandoms.

I suspect you're right, J.

You basically hit every point that I had with the season opener. I didn't think it needed a 2 hour premiere either but whatever. Looking forward to any writing that this season inspires you to write :)

I used to expect and hope for different things from Bones, but maybe I was wanting it to be something it just isn't -- or maybe just isn't anymore. Regardless, because there continue to be so many things about it that I enjoy, I'm still watching.
You are my soul mate and keep giving me perspective. *snuggles you*

I agree with all that you have said here. Why did I not notice the red hair? I don't really want to watch it again to see it. However, David has done red hair before, usually in the summer hiatus.

Hee - and I agree with you LOL.

Btw, that last paragraph there, is me *g*

ETA; So with you on the ED. The subtleties of her acting are sublime. And on the same note, in the scene by the river, when Booth says he's 'just there to find her a guy' DB does this adorable, sudden look down into his drink, 'wtf am I talking about' gulp. The two of them really knock it out of the park sometimes.

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Btw, that last paragraph there, is me *g*

LOL I suspect it's something a lot of people in a lot of fandoms experience.

And on the same note, in the scene by the river, when Booth says he's 'just there to find her a guy' DB does this adorable, sudden look down into his drink, 'wtf am I talking about' gulp.

*nods vigorously* Yes! I know exactly what you're talking about, and not surprisingly, I agree with you. It's like he consciously let the "we're just partners and there's a line we can't cross" facade slip in front of her for just a second and acknowledged how false his statement sounded :)

You're so observant. ♥

It's like he consciously let the "we're just partners and there's a line we can't cross" facade slip in front of her for just a second and acknowledged how false his statement sounded :)

Yes! Exactly that!

You're so observant. ♥

Hee :) As are you. I love that we both notice these things - we are so a couple of hopeless causes (in the best possible sense) *g*

As are you. I love that we both notice these things - we are so a couple of hopeless causes (in the best possible sense) *g*

Shipper goggles are the best. ;)

He he he - B&B tinted glasses FTW! ;)

Btw, I love your header :)

I love this show, for a lot of reasons that start with Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, and, despite the plot and continuity problems, will continue to watch.

And Yay! for Indira Varma. Never watched Rome, but I fell in love with her in "Bride and Prejudice". She's wonderful!

Also: what is with DB and the red hair? It really doesn't suit him.

And finally: "You're special". ::loved::

I agree 100% about Emily. I absolutely adore that woman and thinks she's one hell of an actress. <3

Also, I enjoyed the second hour a lot more than I enjoyed the first hour. I guess I just like it when cases become more personal for someone on the team.

I'm totally with you all about Emily.

Yes, the whole "you're special" was awesome; rainbowjumpsuit and I squeed on the phone for the longest time about it. Love your header!

I think I need to watch it one more time, I was watching it at 4 am. In the mean time I gotta say that I loved the BB stuff in London, while I didn't get the Cam/Angela/Hodgins situation.
And Booth's hair color distracted me a bit.

"+ Booth's red hair SUCKS. That man is too hot to let anyone do that to his hair."

Dude - you stole my rant! :) That hair color bothered me so much I was totally distracted the whole time. I've noticed it several times lately in some other media appearances and have tried (unsuccessfully) to convince myself it was the lighting. Last night proved it was definitely a bad bottle of Lady Clairol. If it's going gray - please let it. Does the name George Clooney mean anything to you?

Sorry - I had to get that off my chest. Now I can actually focus on the episode. ;)


There was a discussion at 206_bonesI don't think this needed to be a two-hour episode. </i>
I agree with you. By the first hour I though they had made everything okay. It should have been an hour but FOX was pushing the two-hour thing.

I always have to remember that this is just a TV show and should be fun to watch and not something to criticize for two hours.


+ "Wexler is not special; you are." I loved that whole exchange between Booth and Brennan, especially because it seemed so off-hand because Booth was so preoccupied with the car.

the delivery was definitely the best part about that whole conversation. so matter-of-fact. GOD i love those two, that they can have conversations like that, even with cam, HIS FREAKING EX, on the other end of the phone.

+ I don't buy that sophisticated, worldly Cam would be so freaked out by sleeping with Angela's ex that she would seek Sweets' counsel.

to me, it read more as cam taking her relationship with the team more personally. i mean early season 2 cam would have said 'yeah, ps, i slept with him. deal with it.' but, as you previously mentioned, shes more a part of the team now. these arent just her employees, theyre her FRIENDS, and i think that cams sometimes abrasive personality doesnt always win her friends, female friends in particular. she doesnt seem like the type to put up with the usual bullshit, and angela seemed to be one of the first of the squints that opened up to her, so i think that it's a relationship that means alot to cam, hence her being so nervous about doing something to ruin it.

+ *scratches head* Why was Hodgins pissed that Cam slept with Grayson? Shouldn't he be happy?

my assumption was that he was angry that angela was angry. had angela shrugged it off, so would he have, but when he sees that it affects her, that makes him mad. cams actions, intentional or not, kept grayson in their lives when she was supposed to do exactly the opposite.

What I love about Bones is how the writers use just the right amount of subtlety in the little Booth/Brennan moments. There were a lot of those little clues in last night's episode, from the opening of the bridge (representing luck) in the background as the two talked at the end of the first half, and the whole thing about Everest between Pritch and Brennan.

And, of course, Booth telling Brennan she was special. That was amazing. :)

For those little moments, I can afford to overlook the writers' shortcomings.

Time to put my two cents in...

Totally agreed with the fact it didn't need to be 2 hours. I think they got the link between the two episodes a bit stuffed up, and it didn't... flow too well.

-sigh-
Cam was too... Girly in this. I want the kickass!Cam who doesn't need Angela's approval!

Though I'm just happy to see the show back, and I have high hopes for the rest of the season! Yaay!

(:

When it comes to Bones, sometimes I think there's one show playing out on my TV screen and a fairly different show playing in my head.

Yup, this is absolutely it for me. Fanfic gives us an outlet for this, but I do sometimes wish that my version and theirs were a little closer. I think that the big difference for me is that my version is serious and theirs leans towards the farcical and I could stand for considerably less farce than we've been getting lately...

I don't think this needed to be a two-hour episode.

Word. The first hour was bearable, but all they were trying to do was build up a little audience feeling for Wexler so they could have him die in the next hour.

I thought the B-storyline was odd and really unnecessary-- I found the Hodgins/Angela/Grayson parts off-putting. Sweets was plain annoying, hanging around for no particular reason and doling out advice no one really needed.

Though I have to say that Bones' return is more than enough for me right now.

*scratches head* Why was Hodgins pissed that Cam slept with Grayson? Shouldn't he be happy?

My take on that scene was that he was more nervous than angry. If Grayson was still around, then there was still a chance that he could lose Angela. Add to that Angela's reaction to Cam's having slept with Grayson, and... well you have an unfortunate situation (to put it mildly).

Although it wasn't really necessary to have a 2hr special, I kind of saw it as two separate eps back-to-back. It kinda helped the Bones withdrawal that had set in over the summer :)

In regards to real!Bones vs. fic!Bones, I'm trying really hard to separate the two. We have to remember that we're not the actual writers, and that our own little fantasy world may diverge from what's planned for them on screen. I think that's what makes fanfic so special; we just have to remember that there may just be two opinions, neither of which being 'right'.

*blushes* just my 2 cents :)

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