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The Parts in the Sum of the Whole

I've just watched the 100th episode of Bones:



As I was watching it I had a pen and paper beside me, jotting down my thoughts, things that made me laugh, continuity mistakes that annoyed me and the rubbish explanations they used to handwave them away ("I don't like to remember squints cos they're flaky on the witness stand and therefore all three of us will conveniently forget this meeting ever happened come The Man in the Morgue.") but the end of the episode depressed me so much that I don't really have the energy to go through my notes and make any kind of sensible reaction post.

So instead you get my rambling thoughts as I try to work out my feelings towards the end of the episode...

I can kinda see the argument that Brennan's reaction was in character for her, but I'm not entirely convinced of that. She has made so much progress through these years and while I wouldn't expect them to immediately jump into bed together I would have thought she could have given them a chance.

And as a shipper this bothers me because it's just not how these things are supposed to go. (Yes, I realise how ridiculous that sounds but I'm struggling to think of a better way to express it.) You watch these characters who obviously belong together dance around each other and it's ok because you're confident that it's leading up to something and once they admit their feelings for each other they'll be together.

I suppose what worries me is that they're going to try and drag this out even longer. I love shipping but I also love seeing the characters together and watching how their relationship fits into the context of the show and all the elements it introduces. So I really don't like it when writers deliberately keep couples apart for longer than makes sense. I know a lot of people think that couples getting together ruins the show but I think keeping couples apart for too long ruins it more. Eventually it becomes ridiculous and you just stop caring. Or the methods used to keep them apart ruin the characters and whatever relationship they already have.

What I am clinging on to though is that it showed how important Booth is to Brennan. She cares about him too much to risk hurting him and she doesn't want to lose him from her life. She didn't reject him because she doesn't love him, she did it because she loves him too much.

There's also a not-so-small part of me that's hoping this is some kind of misdirection. They make us think that there's no hope for these characters, at least not any time soon, so we're not expecting it when something happens in a few episodes that brings them together. (I'm completely unspoiled so this is all just my wishful thinking.)

Finally, I've often thought that Vienna Teng's I Don't Feel So Well fits Brennan in many ways and it's pretty much all I could think about while watching the final scene.


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crystalcazzie
Apr. 11th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Empty is a good way of putting it. The episode left me feeling pretty deflated and not really caring about the rest of the series, but the more I think about it the more I like my wishful thinking theory and I want to watch what's coming to see if it comes true. I know I'm just opening myself up to more heartbreak and disappointment but for some reason I still have hope. (Clearly I fit the definition of insanity that they threw around so much in the episode.)

Ah yes, Joss. I was a huge Buffy fan and my OTPs were Buffy/Angel and Willow/Tara so I'm used to him ripping my heart out. But I didn't expect it to happen with Bones. Maybe that's why it got to me so much, I wasn't prepared for it.

What you typed made sense to me. I hope this reply makes sense to you. I may be slightly drunk right now. Plus it's nearly 2am here.
rachg82
Apr. 11th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Aw bb, it'll work out. I promise. Well, I don't promise HH won't find a way to frak it up with some cheesyness or something (it is television, afterall), but I mean they'll be together in the end. I know it.

I actually was totally satisfied & happy with the final scene, but I do understand where you're coming from. Still, I thought it was in character. As much as Brennan has grown, she's still in that "I want to believe in love" stage, not in a "I already do believe" stage, you know? She's afraid. *Deeply* afraid. Booth means EVERYTHING to her. To risk losing that would be devastating to her. And I don't think she can imagine not losing that by trying a relationship (yet). I think she is extremely insecure about her ability to love people and understand people on an emotional/interpersonal level. I know she'll get there eventually, and I think she could even get there soon, but Booth came at her talking about "40 years" and "old couples" and it was like, "whoa, Booth, you're talking to someone who is a commitmentphobe who's been abandoned & betrayed by people she loved, and usually rejected by people, and who usually can't handle relationships longer than three months. SLOW DOWN. YOU'RE GONNA FREAK HER OUT, DUDE."

So yeah, this scene was necessary. He needed to tell her how he felt. She needed to freak out. She now needs to see him "move on" and date other people & be scared out of her complacency and realize she's not cool with it, talk to Angela, and slowly (with her or Booth's help, who knows) decide to give dating a try. I see her coming to him and saying something like, "Booth, I don't know about 40 years, but can we try dating? Can you promise me if it doesn't work out, we'll still be friends? We'll still work together? I can't lose you." And then he'll kiss her, and it'll be wonderful. The end.

Feel better?
crystalcazzie
Apr. 12th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
This post was my immediate reaction to the episode and trying to sort things out in my head. Now I've had a couple of days to think about it I'm a bit more hopeful. Like you said, I still have faith that it will work out. This isn't really the end of their (potential) relationship.

Actually, I've been thinking a lot about Booth. So much of my, and everyone else's it seems, focus was on Brennan's reaction that we kind of forgot about Booth.

The thing is, we know Booth is a romantic. He believes in fate and destiny and true love, so I don't see him giving up that easily. If he truly believes that Brennan is the one he is meant to spend his life with (and he so does) then he can't just move on and find someone else. He's not that kind of person.

So why did he say it? So she wouldn't feel so guilty for breaking his heart? So she wouldn't feel like he was sitting around pining for her, waiting for her to change her mind? Or is he actually going to try dating other people? And if so, is he really trying to find someone to love or is he just hoping that Brennan will realise that she could lose him that way?

I suppose my question is how sincere is Booth in his plan to move on and find someone else. Because it just doesn't feel right to me.

(This was supposed to be more concise and well-thought out than my original post, but it too has turned into a way for me to try and sort out my jumbled thoughts about the scene. Good job, brain.)
rachg82
Apr. 13th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
So why did he say it? So she wouldn't feel so guilty for breaking his heart? So she wouldn't feel like he was sitting around pining for her, waiting for her to change her mind? Or is he actually going to try dating other people? And if so, is he really trying to find someone to love or is he just hoping that Brennan will realise that she could lose him that way?

That's actually a really good question. I hadn't even thought of that yet.

I think maybe it's a little of both. Am I cheating if I say that? But really. I think he will date, telling himself it's because he's moving on & because she's right that they won't work, but underneath it all hoping she'll get jealous & realize she loves him & can't let him go. Booth's a complicated guy like that.
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