I think of it as harking back to the 1930s with "Bringing Up Baby" and "His Girl Friday". I don't want to say "screwball comedy" exactly since we are dealing with dead people and neither a leopard nor hiding John Qualen inside a desk, but that's pretty damn close. I haven't seen anything truly in that "Bringing Up Baby" vein since "Lois & Clark" and I think Boreanaz makes a better Cary Grant than anyone besides Cary Grant. I'm incredibly impressed with his performance in "Bones". I really think of Bones as an updated "Scarecrow & Mrs King" for the 21st century. Particularly after DB's interview where he said he'd love to series to end with pretty much the last shot of the 'do not disturb' sign at the end of "Do You take This Spy?"
I figure, all of us who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, we're the target audience for a "Moonlighting 2.0" sort of series--especially in a post-"X-files" universe. And the "Bones" writing team seem far too smart to fall for the pitfalls those series did by resorting to sad tricks to keep characters apart, in an attempt to prolong the UST beyond what the story can bear without quality and character dynamics disintegrating. What I love is the show's instincts when it comes to a natural pace of romantic relationships as well as platonic friendships.
I'm really enjoying the steady--if glacial--progress of Brennan and Booth, while I've had my socks blown off by Hodgins and Angela. And I adore how adept Hart Hanson & Co are at reinventing the Story Dice plots I grew up with. So far we've had Amnesia, Undercover-Couple-in-Vegas, and Surprise Infant Minding. I fully expect Handcuffed Together, Undercover As Newlyweds in the Suburbs, and Temporary Blindness in the future. And being me, I'm looking forward to them. Because there is a reason those tropes are entertaining when done well, and I'm totally digging them.
ETA: Oh oh oh! I forgot "Trapped in an Elevator/Cave In/Snowed Into a Cabin". Talk about doing a bottle show.
I cut series 3 a HUGE amount of slack because of the three arcs having to be seriously compressed for time. I think the Max Keenan arc was wrapped up much more cleanly and effectively than the Gormagon arc, possibly *because* we are emotionally invested in Tempe so we care more about the outcome. Gormagon we don't care about as much because it's a puzzle (and like the stand-alone episode A-plots) can sustain interest as a puzzle for the sake of enjoying puzzles. But it doesn't tie directly into the characters relationships until the dénouement. So we have no emotional investment in solving the puzzle until the very last act.
I almost wish they had left "Wannabe in the Weeds" as the finale, or just re-shot the ending of "Wannabe" to not include Pam, to pace the pipe-laying plot elements of Act I of "Pain in the Heart" better, but I know they made the choices they felt they had to make, and in a lot of cases probably had no choice but to make. But I also think that there were some fantastic drama and character moments in there as well, and I'm sure the repercussions will be explored next year with all the remaining characters. There's a huge hole in their family, and that's going to affect people. particularly Hodgins and Angela. Because it was his best friend, and Angela will have to work through how *her* best friend was almost killed by someone she loved like a little brother. With teeth shrapnel, no less.
There is PLENTY of story, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out.
But I've come to trust the casting decisions, even if I genuinely miss characters. It broke my heart when I realised Dr Goodman was gone at the end of series 1, but it made sense for the sake of the story to create tension and conflict in the lab, to keep the story moving forward. And Cam adds so much to that dynamic, and as much as I miss Goodman, I recognise aspects of the story and characters are stronger for that decision.
Right now, I'm in mourning for the characters, but I'm not denying that as much as it hurts to lose a member of the fictional family (and IRL, much much worse I'm sure for the actors to lose a friend and co-worker), the choice was made I'm sure to strengthen the story and keep it moving forward. I just blame the strike (and when I say "blame" I definitely blame the studios for stalling, not the WGA for striking) for us losing 8 episodes worth of plot to logically get us to the point we landed at--cos it made it feel like some things came out of nowhere, because there wasn't the luxury of seeding it slowly over time. And season finales need payoffs and shake-ups, and events. Which I'm sure is why "Wannabe" was structured to serve as a season finale, had production had not resumed. But when production did resume, it must have been a Herculean effort to find a way to try and make it work--and parts of it did work. Just not all of it, for me as a viewer. Not the performances--those were great. For me, it was purely structure and pacing.
By losing potentially 6 hours of story, and compressing it into 2 episodes, we lost a lot of what needed to believe what was happening was in character and inevitable. Had they had time, I do genuinely believe that would have been the case.
(Okay, to a point. I also genuinely believe I could have bought that arc a lot better had it stayed anti-secret-society-secret-society-serial killer, without adding the Sith-Lord-There-Are-Always-Two-Cannibals aspect. That just struck me as OTT. But that's just me.)
For now, I'm hoping that what we would have seen, in series 3, to make it work, they will do their best to work into series 4, to retroactively make the end of series 3 work. And I really want to see these characters to continue to evolve, and be affected by their work and relationships, and grow as people. And, you know, fight crime. And I think that's what we'll get. So I'm hanging in there. For me, it's a whirlwind romance. But it's gotta be harder when it's a 3 year committed relationship and you co-own a sofa and cat and all the iTunes playlists have comingled. Had I been there from day 1, I'm sure I'd be having different reactions, in terms of scale. I'm still in mad summer fling territory, where you have a hard time remembering who danced with whom and when, thanks to the tropical drinks.
Also, erm... I don't know what the spoiler rules of this thread or board are, so I'm trying REALLY hard to be vague. But please do let me know if I'm breaking major taboos. It's my first time. be gentle!
ETA: OMG hey Sherry! I am insane. but you knew that.
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In a world full of Uma Thurmans, everyone has an inner Janine Garafolo who needs to be taken out dancing every once in a while.