Darn. Seeing as the UK has now 'caught up' with Bones airings, I was able to see this one once on line and once on Sky during the same evening. So I made notes on it in readiness for this post, and would you believe I can't find them anywhere?!
There was a lot to like in it. OK, Angela's leap back into her former relationship (after so much agonising with Sweets) did scream rebound: but Angela has always come over as flaky and nervy of commitment, so that isn't OOC, despite the fact that she had seemed to settle somewhat with Hodgins. What gets me is that, as Sweets said, she seems to be so unaware of the devastation she leaves in her wake. It says a lot for her warm and impulsive personality that people are prepared to take what she deals out to them. And that business about being completely committed to each of her lovers, about each one being the love of her life - I'm sceptical. If you're completely committed you don't drop someone when something happens that you don't like. You talk it out. More than anything else now, I seriously want Hodgins to get involved with someone else, so that she is no longer in control of his emotional life. I know rather too many people who say 'we should both see other people' when what they actually mean is 'I want to see other people'!
Again I'm finding the murder a bit hard to put together in my head. What was the motive? It wasn't as if there was money or anything, and can someone put me straight on this, I don't think I heard anything about the victim being ill until the murderer said 'He was dying anyway'. I probably missed something important. Interesting idea to put the body into a work of art and so make it legally inaccessible for a bit. Though I feel personally that it wasn't strictly a work of art, because it had only just been crushed; surely some work, some painting, whatever, would have needed to go into it before it became a sculpture?
Anyway, I liked the episode as a whole because it had some resonance from past eps and series. Return to the Angelator! So cool! And a revisiting of the wonderful down-to-earth Caroline, plus another morsel of Angela's past. The timely reminder also of the flesh-eating beetles - that was fun, and wistfully reminiscent of the Zach/Jack days. I'd love to know where they went after stripping the bones, though. I was visualising an insect invasion of the entire lab and scientists leaping about all over the floor crushing the offending minibeasts!
Daisy was about as irritating as she could possibly be, of course, but I did think the dénouement was rather nice. It too showed some continuity, and, thank goodness, finally gave Sweets a wee bit of character. It was, obviously, contrived to portray an incidence of a pure scientist of massive social awkwardness paired off with a more emotional type, but it felt rather more natural than some of the other 'parallels' Brennan and Booth have been subjected to.
At the moment Hodgins and Cam are being significantly underused and spending rather a lot of time together. Hmm. I don't think I'd like that particular coupling, so I hope that's not where we're leading. They had better give TJ some meat soon. Everyone has got some backstory but him at the moment!!
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"We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love." - Angela Montenegro