There were bits of this I did love. It had the Angelator! Happy memories! And it did lots of those lovely mistily coloured dissolves that emphasise the distinctive colours of the various areas of activity - sober, claustrophobic and dark for the interrogation room, light, airy and blue for the lab. I have to check on who is designing the camera angles on these eps, because there have been more imaginative and translucent shots, as we had in S1.
Theme of the day is jealousy, of course. And envy. What Brennan described of her feelings at the end was envy rather than jealousy. Envy is wanting to be like others or have what they have; jealousy is wanting to keep what you have to yourself and not to share it (hence a 'jealously guarded' secret). Intriguing, I thought, that she was wishing to be irrational, probably for the first time in her life; finally, these are emotions of which she sees the sense.
Envy, therefore: Brennan's feelings towards her friends and the killer's feelings towards the guys on his books whom he considered inferior and who yet were preferred over him (sort of Iago). Jealousy, quite definitely Sweets and Meriel's uncomprehending fiancé. Although it sort of took over from the main story as a centre of interest, thus slightly unbalancing the episode, Sweets' subplot was great, revealing a completely different side of him as he crumpled under the awful thought that Daisy might not care for him at all. It was reassuring to see him uncertain and vulnerable, because frankly he has been annoyingly smug at times. Come to think of it, it was quite good to see Brennan uncertain, as she realised that honesty was possibly not the best policy here after all. The scene with Booth and Sweets was an absolute classic; roles completely reversed. Booth was using psychspeak and even had a clipboard on his lap! Daisy, of course, is still supremely irritating and perky, but that spontaneous office sex raised nearly as much of a smile as Jack's and Angela's - I was happy for them!
The humour was achieved this time without putting people out of character (some of the scenes where Booth was trying desperately to prevent Brennan 'spilling' to Sweets were really well done, with a light touch and good timing) or with gratuitous unpleasantness. The pizza references came close, but since what the squints were doing was identical to manoeuvring a pizza it did not seem overly out of place! The scene with Hodgins and the cellphone, where it was revealed that he had signed up for a dating agency, was hilarious. Again TJ did more with his body language than the script ostensibly required (I really must stop looking at his mouth), and his embarrassment and eye contact with Angela was thus very funny. This contrasted gratifyingly well with the poignancy of the 'moving on' scene at the end, where there was a mute question poised in mid-air for a mere few seconds before the 'hate' option was pressed. Oh, btw, that was Jack selecting it, wasn't it? I would hate to think Angela took the rejection initiative AGAIN. If the relationship picks up again I want her to do the chasing.
Jack/Wendell is now starting to resemble an equal friendship, whereas Jack still looks as if he is the tutor with Vincent - on the other hand, the 'fun' in the lab has tended to be with Vincent lately. We still haven't got anything quite like Dr Addy!
Things that gave me pause for thought. How on earth could Angela tell just by looking at a face that it was a composite? It looked real enough to me! Still, I guess she does spend her entire life looking at and reconstructing faces. I wasn't convinced either that Daisy would be quite so excitable, screaming 'it's perfect' and wildly hugging a man to whom she has no attachment, if she was choosing for someone else! Still less believable was that Booth would actually arrive at the recycling place and cross himself in front of the cardboard. I mean, surely the FBI would not have been called out in the first place if foul play and the presence of a body were not suspected? Incidentally and a propos of nothing, I gather that the Turin shroud is being re-evaluated yet again after the discovery of further evidence. So the jury is out on it once more!
OK, looking forward to tonight's ep, though I will have to trawl through lots of dross tomorrow again to find what I need to view! What did the rest of you think??
PS The title, by the way, refers to the unBowdlerised, non-Disneyfied version of the Grimms' fairy tale, which is very gory. It's not strictly Cinderella in the cardboard, because it was the ugly sisters who cut off bits of their feet in order to fit the famous slipper (their mother told them one after the other not to worry, they wouldn't have to walk anywhere once they were Queen), only to be caught out by the blood welling out of the shoe in the carriage on their way to the palace with the prince. As Brennan said, self-mutilation to a definite purpose.
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"We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love." - Angela Montenegro