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The Pain in My Heart: A Ramble
Broken!Bones - lerdo
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Disclaimer:  I'm posting this because it's my journal, and I wanted to vent.  If someone happens to read this post and wants to debate my opinions and explain how The Pain in the Heart was, in fact, a brilliant episode, please don't do it.  I'm not up for that right now, and that's not the purpose of this post.  But if you'd like to commiserate, feel free.

Cobbled together from comments I've left in various peoples' journals:

I'm more sad than I thought possible about Eric Millegan.  On an intellectual level, I know that these things happen -- people write shitty stories, and people get fired -- but I'm heartbroken about what they've done to such a class act. The show just won't be the same without him. I hope he'll soon find other projects where he'll be allowed to use his talents in a way they weren't used on Bones.

I so want to send him a message of support through his website, but every time I think about it my eyes well up; I'll do it soon. I know I sound melodramatic, but I'm being totally honest: on a human level, these events sadden me so much. This all hit me unexpectedly hard.

On a story level, I don't have any words left. If they were going to do this to Zack -- hell, to the entire fucking team -- they owed it to all of them to write it better. Take a look at this Hart Hanson quote, pulled from this article:  "In my interview with exec producer Hart Hanson, Hanson said he was expecting a 'violent reaction' from fans. But here he further explains why they chose to make Zack the apprentice: 'We had gone pretty much as far as we could with that character.'"

THAT'S how he wants to justify this? They couldn't have delved into his time in Iraq, for example? Weak excuse, weak writing. If you're going to do this, OWN it.  In my opinion, they didn't. 

It's a TV show; I get that. It's not "real." I've never even written Zack before. But he matters. You grow to care about these characters... That's the power of a good story. And Bones has told some good stories to this point. Why cheapen this particular one?

Don't even get me started on Booth and Brennan. I love them. I love this show. But turning Bones into the B & B comedy and couples' counseling hour is not going to make it a better show -- no matter what co-producer David Boreanaz says.

*slinks back to corner to resume being disheartened*

In an interview with Eric he says they were supposed to delve into Zac going to Iraq in season 3 but because of the writers strike couldn't get around to it which saddens me :( I'll miss Zac and the King of the Lab competitions.

In an interview with Eric he says they were supposed to delve into Zac going to Iraq in season 3 but because of the writers strike couldn't get around to it

I know, but there's no reason why they couldn't have touched on it in Season 4 if they hadn't turned him into a murderer. They might still mention it if they use him as an occasional guest; my point, though, is they didn't have to get rid of him -- and certainly not like this. I also think they could have cut out a lot of Sweets' airtime, which would have opened up a little time for Zack in this season. Hart Hanson et al. made artistic choices; it didn't have to be like this.

I'll miss Zac and the King of the Lab competitions.

Agreed.

Edited at 2008-05-21 10:49 am (UTC)

"no matter what co-producer David Boreanaz says." I think the first mistake this season was letting ED and DB become producers.

I mean I love DB as much as I did when i first saw him stalk Buffy, but I don't think you should let your stars get a creative say on TV shows.

Weak excuse, weak writing. If you're going to do this, OWN it.

This is the crux of the matter for me. They were rushed, they were scrambling after the strike (is it just me, or does anyone else think that during all those weeks on the picket line they could have dreamed up something better than this??) and they threw it together. Given some time, we fanfic authors could have done much better job and we're not professional screenwriters (but sometimes I think we know the characters better...). It does a disservice to Zack and puts a negative spin on his character for me, as least through all the S3. And I feel really bad for EM; he certainly had no choice in the matter.

And I totally agree on the bumbling comedy bits. Comedy is fine, but we're not idiots you know, and we don't need juvenile comedy. Subtle comedy is just fine thanks and would be much more effective.

I really REALLY hope they get their act together for next season because this one really went out with a whimper for me.

Weak excuse, weak writing. If you're going to do this, OWN it.

This is the crux of the matter for me.


And for me *cries*

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It's ultimately why Moonlight got the boot.

I'm pissed about that. Majorly. >:( I loved Moonlight.

I've been wanting to be critical of their approach to B&B all season, but I've tried to be optimistic. I know that David has said he doesn't care about the science or the drama, that to him it's all about the "relationship" but this goofy, silly, couples-counseling arc has to go. They are ruining this show with it and it started when David and Emily were given too much control. They really like each other. They're friends. They like to goof around. I get that. But these characters don't always like each other, aren't always friends, and don't goof around. Yes, these characters are working towards something, and honestly, I think the progression is pretty realistic. (Colleagues, semi-friends, friends, more than friends, etc). But they need to remember they are Booth and Brennan, and act accordingly while they do it.

Sorry - that's my vent for the morning.

All of that, I just thought, then I read your post and didn't need to write it!!!

*le sigh*

I agree with you. I´m totally disappointed.

I don´t feel like rambling right now, just want you to know that I´m crying with you.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Oh, I'm totally with you with that. I don't even think it's weak writing, it's lazy writing. I don't like that - I've seen enough of it in Smallville so I guess I had had enough. I won't stop watching Bones, and even though it's a TV show (just a TV show) I don't like how they treated Eric Millegan and his character. He was devoted to this show, loved working with the crew and this is how they repay him?

ghfsdklhdhfslfhsld! (sorry)

You grow to care about these characters... That's the power of a good story. And Bones has told some good stories to this point. Why cheapen this particular one?

You know, at the beginning I was all about Booth & Brennan "they did this, they did that, that was hot, that was cute, etc..." But then I appreciated the story as a whole, the group as a whole - I love how these characters were with each other, the "king of the lab" moments and the fact that if a team member was out because of a mistake or anything, YES, they were angry but they were a team and would try to correct that mistake. All together.

Don't even get me started on Booth and Brennan. I love them. I love this show. But turning Bones into the B & B comedy and couples' counseling hour is not going to make it a better show -- no matter what co-producer David Boreanaz says.

That's what I wrote in a pretty long rant. The bathroom scene was totally unnecessary and I thought it was pretty stupid. At the beginning it was funny and cute but ENOUGH ALREADY! In that case, less is better. I'm here to see how these people catch murderers and how they deal with facing death every day - not to see B/B bickering in front of a shrink. They can do it at the lab ;)

Sorry for the long post but seeing how they can screw everything up - hell, the whole series and everything they've established and that we come to love - in one single episode just rattles on my nerves. We don't need cliffhangers, no matter shocking or efficient they can be sometimes - to make us come back. What we need are good stories.

*looks around* Okay, I stop now. I promise. ;)

I know I sound melodramatic, but I'm being totally honest: on a human level, these events sadden me so much. This all hit me unexpectedly hard.

A very long time ago, a colleague told me 'sometimes it hurts to be proven right.' You've read many a rant in my LJ about characterization and my own personal issues with the show. To be proven right about them doesn't feel good in the least; it just makes me unbelievably sad.

When the show came on I loved it, but I didn't get the writing bug about it for a few episodes. When it hit, it hit hard, and I've been over my head in love with the characters ever since -- despite giving up quite a few times.

But what now? The producers can't step up and own their choices or respect the characters they've created! The characters are malleable to the point of unrecognizability (is that a word?)to service the vanity of the lead actors. So there is no -- or little -- canon. It's all a whim -- as long as the show is doing well for the network, whatever keeps the leads from demanding more money is just fine.

God, that line of Hodgins' at Zach's bedside was revealing ... sometimes you just have to dumb it down.

If I ever want to write Booth marrying Hodgins in the White House Rose Garden (officiated by Dick Cheney wearing a beer hat) it's all good, huh?

I'm unspeakably angry and hurt beyond what's reasonable.

*hugs*





I hate it.

But I can't let go.




I read some articles the day after the show, but I'd thought that in those articles they said EM would be coming back next year. This article kind of gobsmacked me. It would have been better for me if they had just left the season finale as Booth getting shot, and then they would've had the whole season 4 2-hour opener to deal with his life/death situation... and they could've come up with a better solution to Gormogon. Making Zach the apprentice was a joke.

I laughed at the bathroom scene just because the beer hat was Steelers colors (I am a die-hard Steelers fan just like DB).

As far as Sweets... I'd much prefer the retainment of Gordon Gordon instead of the insertion of Sweets.

After the episode dealing with Max's trial, this episode was such a disappointment on so many different levels. All I can do is hold on and keep re-watching s1 & s2 on dvd, hoping they'll try harder next year and not look for an easy out.

I haven't read all the comments, so maybe someone said this before.

One friend and I agreed that, if for any reason they wanted to get rid of Eric's character, they could have chosen any other excuse, not turning him into a murderer and taking away all his dignity. He deserved dignity. They just treated Zack like trash. He could have died in that explosion, stayed in Irak or anything else, ANYTHING that doesn't make us look at him differently every time we re-watch any previous episode. I don't know if I'll be able to look at him and think about how nice he is and how much all of us love him. As far as I am concerned, this episode never happened, at least in my mind.

Hart Hanson, Barry Josephson, FOX or anyone responsible for this episode, you just made the show jump the shark, period.

Zack went from this......
Pickering: Hypothetically, you have a piece of information…
Zack: Secret and meaningful information?
Pickering: Yes and the security of the countries at stake, Can I bribe you to give it to me?
Zack: No.
Pickering: Threaten you?
Zack: No.
Pickering: What if I made a reasonable rational argument, very persuasive?
Zack: Merely persuasive?
Pickering: Irrefutable. I make an irrefutable argument as to why you should give me this piece of information. Would you do so?
Zack: Not without checking with Dr. Brennan or Angela first, see what they said, maybe Agent Booth if he would talk to me. He probably wouldn’t. I'd check with Dr. Hodgins but he’d say it was all part of some conspiracy... so I must only take his advice on women.

....to being Gormogon's Apprentice? right.

I agree with the person who said the writers/producers had to have been thinking about this show while walking the picket line. What does it matter if there are half a dozen shows in the can for next season - which is going to be cut short by another stirke - if this season was screwed up so badly?
I don't like Sweets - yeah I get he brings the shipper BUT Angela was already doing that. I get that he asks Brennan some difficult questions BUT they could have used Booth, Angela, Hodgins, Zack, Cam, Max, Russ (or his gf and daughters) or even Parker for that. Perhaps Stephen Fry was lucky that he wasn't able to come back - - to be reduced to a Sweets-like character would have been truly awful.
Perhaps Brennan's smack down of Sweets will make him grow a pair but since his break-up with his gf he seems more worried about B&B.

As for the producer thing. I think ED said that they made DB a producer (per contract?) and then made her one too - she wasn't expecting it. IDK if we can blame them for some of the vanity stuff that has gone on or if it is the other producers or writers who might feel they have to play up/drag out B&B's relationship.

Zack went from this......
Pickering: Hypothetically, you have a piece of information…
Zack: Secret and meaningful information?
Pickering: Yes and the security of the countries at stake, Can I bribe you to give it to me?
Zack: No.
Pickering: Threaten you?
Zack: No.
Pickering: What if I made a reasonable rational argument, very persuasive?
Zack: Merely persuasive?
Pickering: Irrefutable. I make an irrefutable argument as to why you should give me this piece of information. Would you do so?
Zack: Not without checking with Dr. Brennan or Angela first, see what they said, maybe Agent Booth if he would talk to me. He probably wouldn’t. I'd check with Dr. Hodgins but he’d say it was all part of some conspiracy... so I must only take his advice on women.

....to being Gormogon's Apprentice? right.


THANK YOU. It totally doesn't fit with his character at all. With all of the episodes we have seen thus far, Zach being Gormogon's Apprentince is just completely ludicrous and OOC.

But turning Bones into the B & B comedy and couples' counseling hour is not going to make it a better show -- no matter what co-producer David Boreanaz says.

sing it loud and sing it proud!

It was an ensemble where everyone felt secure. Now, I suspect Taylor, Thyne, Conlin, and Daley will feel like the Losties --- "who's next to go?" -- or like someone on a Whedon project.

Maybe they understood it when the TPTB decided to get rid of Goodman... Not a regular, but a good character nonetheless. I think they got rid of Zach for basically the same reason: they didn't know what to do with him. IMO, it was pretty clear since a while.

I doubt they see the irony of the title they chose for this delusional piece of offal laughingly referred to as the Season 3 finale. But, all of the fans I've read have certainly suffered pain and hearts have been broken.

The show and the premise it had has been subverted by what the producers have decided is the route the audience want. Well we don't. People looking for rom-com have just got to look elsewhere, or I will have to give up on DB watching - and I can't.

I posted this on someone else's journal, but I can't HTML a link, so I'll just cut and paste it here.

I HATED this episode. I disliked the beginning with the whole Booth is dead, oops, we just pretended and no one told Bones. I felt the completely blew off the seriousness of the injury and the potential for emotional follow through between the two main characters. But that is NOTHING compared to ZACH?????? I think a storyline this uncomfortable for the audience needs to NOT be cut short because of a writers strike. They ended up with a television show, which is normally clever and well written, shoving so much plot-line into one episode; cutting this that and the other so the story could be told all at once, instead of over several episodes the way envisioned, and creating a hodge podge of HELL for the viewer. (run on sentence for Hades) If they really felt the need to write the story this way, they should have played the story out the way it was originally invented, instead of truncating it so it could be finished by the end of the season. If you are going to betray the audience this way, they deserve to understand the thinking behind the seduction of a main character by a serial killer, HOW he was manipulated, what in his life might have led him to this vulnerability, so the fall feels realistic, if still horrible. Instead I feel like, oh, supersmart kid, no social skills, well of COURSE he could be manipulated this was because he is socially inept, and therefore slightly off balance. A show that centers around a character who is very intelligent, and socially awkward, who every girl nerd on earth totally related to, can't possibly have really been meaning to send that message! ;slkadjfas;lifuqpa;efhalksjdbvfalekjv.

Having said that, I felt the acting at the end of the show was superb. I felt the characters reactions to what was happening was spot on. Their disbelief mirrored my own, and I felt their pain, coupled with how much they obviously still cared for him was well written and very well acted. Especially Tamara Tyler. I don't even care much for Cam, but her reaction, both in the hospital when Booth and Bones showed up, and at the end, her anger coupled with despair, were awesomely done. That whole "Zach-box" moment was. As was Bones despair, and Booth comforting her.

Argh!


You said everything I've been thinking since watching the episode after downloading it.

But here he further explains why they chose to make Zack the apprentice: 'We had gone pretty much as far as we could with that character.'"

What a cop-out. The same could be said, then, with that reasoning, about Brennan, or Booth, or any of the characters on the show. How lame, and what a slap in the face to the shows faithful, loyal fans. I almost feel as thought my intelligence has been insulted with a comment like that.

But turning Bones into the B & B comedy and couples' counseling hour is not going to make it a better show -- no matter what co-producer David Boreanaz says.

Agreed. I know it's only a TV show, but you know, I think a lot of us invest a lot of time into the show and characters, we care about them, about what happens to them, and then we just get it all thrown in our faces with off-handish comments.

I'm not very happy.

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