Hi all, Home from school on the second day of term! I can't talk. No, literally, open mouth, no sound at all. I was husky yesterday when we started, but had no sore throat or anything - bit of a cough maybe. This is a horrendous shock cos I have so much to do and I don't want to lose the reins with my new form.
HOWEVER, last night I managed to see the show on one of those websites people upload to. I have to say I loved London despite the clichés (you know: red buses, Houses of Parliament, aristocracy etc.). It all photographed so beautifully. Inhabitants, well, less so. I don't know how it sounds to someone from the US, but those were the most unnatural English accents I have ever heard (much too clipped and RP, even the upper classes have a trace of accent). Rather stereotyped too, as one would expect. Bad teeth, bad coffee, tiny cars (you should see the monsters in which my pupils are driven to school) and head butts, not generally a habit of the aristocracy, more the street savvy hoodie? Not buying it. Would have preferred Booth to undermine them a bit more subtly, and as for getting out of the car and shouting to the heavens in frustration just because he can't drive on the left, so not funny. He's supposed to be reasonably well travelled for goodness' sake. Please don't make the FBI look like a clown academy! This was compounded by Hodgins ending up in the bin lorry. I think they should make up their minds whether they're doing slapstick comedy or drama or what.
The plot was confusing. I think I just about followed it but it wasn't well presented, especially as half the work had to be done on web conference. How on earth could our own beloved lab experts work out so much just from bone casts? The writers were trying to do too much at once.
Talking of which, on to Jack and Angela. Lots of questions. How did Grayson get into the lab - has he got a swipe card or something? And was that greeting snog really advisable or convincing? And would he really stand around while people made intimate complimentary comments about him as if he wasn't there? Why would he be supposedly waiting to find Angela, his professed lost and only love, for years, when he is in fact obviously quite happy to jump into bed with the first woman he's attracted to? Why did Cam feel guilty about it when he has signed the papers and is out of Angela's life? And why would Angela be bothered about it when she has apparently been unaware of the guy for years?
I do agree with Tara and Sherry that the relationship had stalled after too much happened too quickly. I'd even accept that the fairly possessive Hodgins (who must be quite used to getting whatever he wants - fabulously rich guy, why have we not been reminded of this at all in recent series?) pushed it a bit and that Angela is a bit flaky and, unlike him, isn't sure what she really wants. It was good that she told Barasa, for instance, that no-one was going to 'get' her - that prefigured the Hodgins dilemma quite well, and was much more the S1 Angela who was prepared to carry on a relationship for a fortnight once a year. Surely, though, there's a better way of showing they have 'trust issues'? Angela could quite simply have been paying innocent and flirty attention to someone else, preferably someone with whom she didn't have 'baggage'. And as for Sweets sticking his nose in and getting them all lined up like naughty kids outside the principal's office, that was ludicrous. Can this little boy please stop giving advice where none is required and stay out of the lab? Touching a brain, indeed! I'm surprised he recognises one.
All in all it wasn't a bad season opener, considering that they missed so much of the leadup (I presume there were leadups and smoother arcs before the strike?) in S3. It looked great, was very funny in parts, maintained the BB subtlety on the whole, though I do wish people would stop telling them how right they are for one another, and did at least pay attention to the emotional arcs of the rest of the cast. Some fab acting, with TJ up to his usual standard. However - some OOC reactions (I'm thinking of Cam and Booth rather than Jack and Angela), no proper mention of Zack, the suddenness of the breakup and Birimbau's lack of personality and credibility (well, what could Blakemore do with a one-ep undeveloped character?) - these worry me. I'm hopeful, but far from reassured just now.
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"We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love." - Angela Montenegro