Hello darlings, did you miss me?
It's been far too long since I commented here. There are some S11 eps I still want to do. Anyhoo - it's been a delight to have Bones back. I know our US friends have a tendency to regard the Friday night slot as a bit of a graveyard, but I don't think it's the same here. I for one love the prospect of relaxing in front of the screen after a long, tiring week and letting TJ wash over me. Sigh. Mmm. And another 11 weeks to go!
I've mixed feelings about this one. Like Sharon, I hate the serial killer 'resolutions', which never succeed in being properly explanatory or coherent. Things like this shouldn't come out of left field. Who is this doctor? What's his background? Why would he be obsessed with Brennan (isn't this a bit too much like the benighted Pelant arc?)? How is the conjoined twin thing relevant and how on earth has he been able to keep the twin's body? How has he obtained and retained power over his acolytes? What's with the puppet thing? I don't think, with just a few earlier references, that we are even aware of a definite style or M.O - I don't feel his victims are 'alike' enough or related enough for him to be convincing. And here is the creepy psychiatrist rightly proclaiming that the killer would want to be close to Brennan, when we have actually seen nothing of him. In passing, I was pleased by the general sense of creepiness (of even the seemingly ditzy Delfs) here - it was a better reflection of Brennan's paranoia than the OOC reaction to the dreams which we saw last season, and of course a good, if belated, misdirection.
On the other hand, it's a joy to see Eric again and to see some kind of closure to his situation. Not sure why he'd want to kidnap Brennan, though; there would, I think, be easier, less spectacular ways of making his point that someone is trying to frame him. In fact I would have expected Zach, in such constant contact with the doctor, to have sussed him out long ago, and that at least one of the team would have still been visiting the institution regularly enough to sense something wrong. It's great, though, that he has managed to keep up with his friends' lives despite them apparently not returning the favour. Particularly Hodgins. And such superb interaction when Hodgins insisted on coming to thank him warmly, although this did jar horribly with Jack's totally out-of-character dismissal of Zach at the top of the ep. Hodgins might have anger issues, but he has never had a closed mind.
As Kathy said (I seem to be echoing you a lot, Kathy!), it was a different Zach we saw here. Yes, I know he has been institutionalised for many years, but when he left, even after the mess S3 made of his character, he had more dimension to him. What we saw in this episode was the purely autistic-spectrum side of his nature, and any remnants of the relationships he had formed previously with the team were undetectable in his dialogue even though his careful and caring monitoring of their lives conveyed something different and hinted that he needed a connection. I wasn't too happy about his total antipathy toward Booth either. I suppose if he had been the killer, and/or harbouring a separate identity, it'd be predictable that he would have obsessive access to the emails and a sense of possessiveness in respect of Brennan, but to me it never rang true, and the Dr Bancroft contact settled it for me that Zach would not turn out to be a murderer. Interesting that Booth shared my 'gut feeling', despite all the evidence and even Zach's self-condemnation.
Some of the original lighter, more subtle feel to relationships was restored at the end after it became clear that Zach was incapable of killing even when his own life was in danger. I liked the threatened hug at the end! And then of course the fact that Hodgins' 'miracle' cure was not going to happen. Reassuring. Keeping him in the chair makes far more sense (he's got used to it, hasn't he?! All that rushing around at the start, with able-bodied Wendell scarcely able to keep up!), and his reaction to the disappointment gave us another few minutes of profoundly beautiful acting from TJ. This has been a great arc for him. All I'd ask for the rest of the season is that he gets a proper background and some proper family interaction, such as the others have had throughout, with the possible exception of Angela, about whom I'd also like a bit of exposition!
Looking forward to the rest of the season and desperately hoping they're not going to try to fit in another serial killer or another baby in a mere 12 eps!
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"We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love." - Angela Montenegro