Yep. Sorry, Steph!
Which isn't to say it wasn't enjoyable at all to watch either episode. They were both generally fine episodes. It's just that under it all, I couldn't escape the fact that crossing the two shows just does not work because it compromises their worlds, most especially the Bones world, because magic and monsters shouldn't exist in the Bones world. And just because Booth and Brennan didn't SEE anything monster-like happen, just the presence of Abbie and Crane and their experiences means that stuff now exists in the Bones world and they just don't know about it.
I think the crossover of these two shows makes Booth and Brennan look stupid and clueless. Booth is supposed to be a very savvy, gut-smart FBI agent. He's the gut, Brennan's the science. And to have neither of them catch on that there's something fishy going on with Abbie and Crane and all their nervous "Don't figure out that there are monsters in the world" side eyes to one another, it just makes them look incompetent in comparison and that's not who these two characters are supposed to be. Booth and Brennan are supposed to be at the top of their fields. Brennan is brilliant and Booth is savvy when it comes to reading people. We saw it a little bit when he cornered Abbie and asked her if she was doing some sort of off-the-books case work. But for him to not dig any harder or think they were in any way suspicious, and for them to miss out on so many pieces of the puzzle and just hand wave everything away, I think it makes them look not good at their jobs. And that shouldn't be the case. Because they're smarter than that (or they used to be). They're supposed to be.
That's why I think these two worlds should never have mixed. Because it forces each world to mesh when they shouldn't - for example, now they pretend there's no Washington Irving or headless horseman tales? Like there's no way Hodgins wouldn't have been cracking wise about stuff like that, especially it being right around Halloween and him finding a headless corpse and then accidentally dropping a pumpkin into the coffin. And it means that Booth and Brennan are walking around clueless to the monsters and evils going on, when in their world they'd be fighting such things right alongside of Abbie and Ichabod. (Especially Booth.) Instead, at the end of the Sleepy Hollow episode, Abbie and Ichabod get off a Skype call with Booth and Brennan clearly none the wiser, and they sigh huge relief that their true investigations weren't found out. It's ridiculous.
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