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Bones 6.1

I watched the season six premier of Bones today and I found it very mediocre. It wasn't bad, necessarily, but nothing about it grabbed me. It didn't make me excited about the series being back and if it had been the first episode I saw I probably wouldn't have continued watching.

I wasn't going to even make a post about it, but after commenting about it so someone else I keep thinking of other things I could have mentioned. I won't make a full recap/review or anything like that, just a few points that will make no sense to the 90% of my friends list who don't actually watch Bones:

1. Bones beating up a group of armed guerillas? Sorry, not buying it. Yes Bones is awesome and capable of taking care of herself and Daisy was there to distract them with her completely impracticable pink underwear but they were armed guerillas and clearly outnumbered her. She'd have had no chance.

2. Speaking of which, since when is Daisy an idiot? Seriously.

3. Hannah. We all know Booth and Bones are destined to end up together so I'm not worried about Hannah being a real threat to their relationship, but I am worried that she's going to be a stupid character written solely to cause drama. I might be being completely unfair here since we haven't even met her yet, but, as I've often said, I really hate it when writers keep introducing ways to keep characters apart for the sake of it and Hannah seems like she could be that.

4. When Cam asks Caroline how she got everyone to agree to return, Cam says she'll show her. She then proceeds to phone Sweets and lie to him in order to get him to come back. I thought that Caroline got the others to return by telling them that Cam needed help and they did because Cam is important to them. Surely Caroline should have told her that?

5. Although really, Cam couldn't tell any of the things that the team instantly picked up on about the body? Maybe people are right to call her incompetent. Or at least not the best coroner the government has, or whatever Caroline calls her.

6. Out of all the rotating interns Wendell was always my least favourite, so I was annoyed that he was the one who was still around. But he actually turned out to be ok in this episode.

7. I am staggeringly underwhelmed by Angela being pregnant.

8. Booth's attitude to seatbelts really pisses me off, as does Brennan's blithe acceptance of it. You don't want to waste precious seconds with the seatbelt release? Well, that won't be a problem when you've been sent flying through the windscreen, now will it? Maybe it's because I'm British and seatbelt safety is a much bigger thing over here than in the States (I still remember going to Florida and being shocked that the people I stayed with didn't wear seatbelts in the back of the car) but I don't understand this at all. Surely Brennan, with her in-depth knowledge of everything under the sun, would be able to explain little things like physics and why his behaviour makes him a selfish moron.

9. Caroline is nice underneath her not nice exterior? Why is this a surprise? I thought we already knew this.

10. All the characters seemed rather OOC and strange this episode. Maybe they're trying to indicate that everyone has changed in the last seven months but it felt like I was watching completely different people sometimes and I found myself not caring about most of them.

I realise that I've come up with a whole lot of negative points and it sounds like I hated the episode but I didn't really. I just... Bones is usually awesome and this was just ok. I suppose 'disappointing' is the best way to describe it.

Hopefully next week's episode will be a return to form. And Hannah will turn out to be a decent character and not a flimsy plot device.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
1. Aw, I liked the return of Kickass!Brennan. Hee. What, you're trying to tell me in the real world armed villains don't attack one at a time? Next you'll be claiming reindeers don't fly and TV doesn't tell the truth!

2. Since always. Remember her first episode? Dropping the skull?

3. I hear ya. They'd better handle this plotline *just* right, that's all I've gotta say. I can see how it could be a good storyline as well, and why it would make sense to go this route, but it's going to be a very delicate thing to balance.

5. To be fair, Cam's a forensic pathologist, not a forensic anthropologist or entomologist. The remains were skeletal and totally out of her field of expertise.

6. Same here. I never particularly cared for him before, but now I like him.

8. This (your rant) made me laugh. I used to lecture family members about seatbelts as a kid. People here are just ridiculous about it and I don't know why. IT'S JUST A SEATBELT. NOT A METAPHOR FOR REBELLION. FREAKIN' PUT IT ON.

10. I think part of it might also be the little bit of awkwardness/distance that happens when you're first reunited with people after being away, especially if it's someone with whom you're newly uncertain where you stand. It was a bit sloppy though in that way for me--especially with Booth & Cam--so I think I'm going to look at the premiere as a transition episode and just hope the characters are able to ease back into things again. I'm a little concerned how Booth & Bones' chemistry will fit into all of this, but I guess we'll just see.
Sep. 28th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
1. Hey, I'm all for willing suspension of disbelief. Flying reindeer and thirty second forensic tests are fine by me! But I think I would have preferred to see Kickass!Brennan being more realistically kickass because then I would have felt she was genuinely kickass. If that makes sense.

2. I always thought of Daisy as being a bit ditsy but still very intelligent. Weirdly, after that opening scene, I thought she was far less ditsy for the rest of the episode. Especially when talking to Sweets.

5. True, but then I wonder why she had them in the first place.

8. I KNOW, RIGHT? I really hate it when people act like wearing a seatbelt is such a horrible thing to be asked to do or that people who do wear seatbelts are silly for doing so. WEARING A SEATBELT DOESN'T MAKE YOU A WEENIE, IT MAKES YOU SOMEONE WHO IS FAR MORE LIKELY TO SURVIVE A CAR ACCIDENT WITHOUT SERIOUSLY INJURING YOURSELF AND/OR SOMEONE ELSE IN THE PROCESS!

10. I think sloppy is right, especially now I've read that interview with HH about the premiere where he directly contradicts things we saw on screen. It does not give me hope for the future.

After I wrote this post I did wonder if I was being a bit unfair or that maybe the problem was with me so I went back and watched some season two episodes to see how I felt about them. They were awesome.
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
1. It does make sense. I think I was just so glad to see her kicking ass again that I didn't care. Heh. MAN, have I gotten less curmudgeonly since season 4.

5. Good point.

10. I know. Sigh. Oh HH, get it together, man. I so want to believe in you after the love-fest that was season 5.
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