I'd just like to apologize up front for the long post.
I'm actually with you on this one, Jude. I left this episode a bit annoyed.
For one thing, they did seem to be beating us over the head a bit with the issue of Booth's problems being indicative of his turmoil in regards to Bones was reiterated ad nauseum.
"That sounds desperately phallic. Is this maybe a sexual problem?"
"Guys are like that, you know. On the outside it looks like they don't care, but on the inside they're chewing themselves up like cancer." (followed by Booth glancing at Brennan)
"You know men... something goes wrong in the heart department, it always shows itself in a other way." (followed by Booth glancing at Brennan)
"So Booth not shooting straight is simply what... a manifestation of his phallic frustration?"
"He quite literally can't bring his weapon to bear."
"When a man can't have the woman that he loves, he gets a bit crazy."
"When it comes to a man & his gun, a woman is the natural cure."
I think we get it.
Much of the following is a repeat of what I posted on the BY.
I did not love this ep. There were good points definitely. I was enjoying it, for the most part, in the beginning.
I loved Gordon-Gordon getting all ticked about being called a fry cook. I also cracked up at the end when he described the food he gave them as looking like "sperm on corn smut." I was laughing my butt off about that. I had just taken a drink of water, too, & I nearly snorted it. There's no way you could get me to try anything that was described that way. It still cracks me up every time I hear that line, or even think of it.
It was cute that Brennan is so observant of Booth, but I don't like the fact that Bones seems to be trying to completely change her personality. It doesn't seem funny or endearing to me, just awkward & embarrassing. I miss the confident, competent, kick-butt Brennan. I don't want her to become just "Booth's love interest" or be used only as a clown, someone to laugh at. I want her to stay a strong, quirky, admirable woman in her own right.
I am confused about what they want us to believe about when Booth fell for Bones. Sweets wrote in his book that they were in love. This was supposedly before the coma dream, right? He had the manuscript finished before than. Then, they said that he fell in love during his dream. Did he love her before or was it caused by the dream? ARG! The writers need to make up their minds as to what's going on. Frankly, if he only fell in love with her during the dream, I wouldn't support them getting together, because the Brennan from his dream is not the Brennan from reality (& I don't want her to be).
I loved Brennan's expression & manner when she said she'd do anything to help Booth. So sweet. I want more of that. More connections, human emotions, bonding...
I HATED when Gordon-Gordon said to have patience. Patience?! PATIENCE?!?! This was the point when I snapped. Hope & patience only goes so far you know. We KNOW that we have to wait, stop telling me that. Constantly POINTING OUT that we have to keep wait-wait-waiting just makes it worse. Don't tell me to be patient. I want to be impatient. Saying "Be patient" is just like saying "Don't hold your breath; it's gonna be a while." It interferes with my slim hope that something could actually happen next week.
I did like the ending. Just the looks between them can say so much. Again, more of that... emotional connections, and not just between B&B.
Another thing, does anyone else see Angela's line to GG as a statement from the writers/creators? "You know, you're really going to have to learn to enjoy things the way that they are." In other words, quit your griping & take what you get.
Normally, what we get is pretty good, & while this week's ep had some good stuff, sadly the stuff I didn't like dropped it into the "below average" category for me.
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