Well, this is very Lot's wife, isn't it? The Biblical wife who did what she had been told not to do and was turned into a pillar of salt as a result? Or maybe that folk tale of 'why the sea is salt', where someone who doesn't know what he is getting into handles a magical salt grinder, which ends up in the ocean because he can't stop it once he's started it?
Former pals of mine on tv.com/bones will know that I like to look for themes in 'Bones' eps. To some extent I have been unable to do this for a while because of their 'bittiness' and lack of character continuity. In this one, however, I can spot a fairly lucid look at 'consequences', so I'll have a look at the overview; Sherry's done her usual magnificent job on the minutiae of character and relationships!
It is not just adolescents, obviously, who can't see, and therefore trivialise, the results of their actions. Angela is shown, more than at any other time, leaving a trail of emotional destruction behind her and trying to cling to her selfish tenets even as she begins to realise they don't work. And in the same way as the X-rays expose what happened to Ashley, Sweets and the others are beginning to reveal to Angela the underlying consequences, for both her and her lovers, of her protective skin of proclaimed attitudes. She is, of course, still running away from them. But I first loved Angela for her sensitivity to others, and it is no longer showing. To be frank, it hasn't really shown since the abortive wedding plan, so maybe the shallowness is a reaction to that. What's happened to the girl who beat herself up for her treatment of Kirk, calmed Hodgins when he was panicking about getting Booth to that crime scene while the girl was still alive and helped him through both his experiences in 'Aliens' and his grief for his murdered friend?
Because we don't see anything of the Roxy relationship, we feel nothing for it (a bit like Kennedy and Willow in Buffy, for those who remember it) and don't really understand it. So, despite Roxy's tears, the consequences of Angela's 'in the moment' creed are not fully realised until we see her in bed with Hodgins in such a different guise from previously; defensive, flip, unable to open up to him and indeed hurtful in her suggestion that she feels no emotional connection between them at all, that she was just using him as an outlet. Sex is only a very temporary solution to Angela's problems. But the results for Jack of her continued mixed messages to him are plain to see, thanks to TJ's awesome and subtle catalogue of expressions.
So how does she compare to the boy Clinton (interesting name btw), who also has no clue of the massive ripple effect his actions are about to generate? They come quite close in spite of the age difference. He keeps telling himself what a man of the world this makes him, how he has helped people in their development and life plans, proved himself sexually; blind to the havoc he is wreaking. And she does exactly the same!
Like Sherry, I'm not at all happy with the teen pregnancy pact. I don't like the way it is left open, with these little girls seemingly still completely unaware of what this will do to their lives. I want closure for them as for Clinton. I don't want them to keep thinking of their real, live, human children as dolls to dress up or pawns in a rebellion against parental pressure. What sort of image of young women is being projected here? They too need to see the consequences, which could be far worse than them than for the father. Poverty, misery, rebuffal by their families, internal divisions and jealousy in their commune, partners who don't want another man's child. Whether they are going to pay attention, like Clinton, or apparently reject it, like Angela (though I think the celibacy thing is going to brew in her mind until she decides to adopt it), they need advice about their bizarre and dangerous decision.
On a separate issue, my other half and I had mixed feelings about the lovely Muslim intern. I have never understood Brennan's rude and vocal condemnations of other people's beliefs. All logic states that she should indicate that she doesn't share them but without rancour, accepting that other people have different life paths. She was really unpleasant to this guy (mind you, she has a tendency not to consider the consequences of her behaviour either, which is why Angela was alarmed at her claiming sisterhood with her!). But in the times we are living through, a Muslim who peacefully acknowledged her views, remained positive and got on with doing an excellent job - never mind extending compassion and understanding to his female colleagues - was a great image to project.
I have a lingering unease that Ashley's horrid death and 'mummification' -yes, becoming a Mummy in the only way yet remaining to her (I do realise that this is a pun chiefly for British viewers!) - seemed somehow to come across as a punishment for her thoughtless behaviour, and Clinton's. I didn't like that. But, overall, there were some coherent ideas here - the harking back to previous seasons, the use of Sweets, Hodgins' behaviour - which hint at development in spite of a few OOC bum notes. So this ep was not purely part of the ground preparation for the BB arc to come.
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"We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love." - Angela Montenegro