Season 1 arrived today from Amazon.com. Here we go! FYI: I don't write whole-story recaps; my thoughts are best expressed as if I were liveblogging a recap.
Victim: Cleo Eller.
This storyline reminded me a lot of the Chandra Levy case.
Out in the field, Zack seems to have a lot more of a 'personable', social demeanor than he does in later episodes. It's almost startling to see.
The gardens of the Jeffersonian are gorgeous. I wonder where that exterior shot is filmed.
How weird is it to see Angela talking about how she'd like to 'tap that ass' about Booth?!
Bones vs the ex-boyfriend, Peter. I really feel like he made a very sweeping characterization of Bones when he said that she was "cold and distant". That perception of her has stuck with me through the remaining seasons that I've seen.
The Angelator! We don't see this nearly enough, I feel. It's neat.
We hear Bones say "I don't know what that means" quite a lot in this episode. When I first watched the pilot, I assumed her personality was a lot like Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. I was quite wrong.
Angela's sage advice to Bones: "Offer up a little bit of yourself every once in awhile. Just tell somebody something you're not completely certain you want them to know." Translated: Take a risk. Share a little of yourself.
Insider science tidbit: When Bones collects the gum for DNA evidence, it appears that she puts it inside a tissue. This is fortunate, in a sense (provided it wasn't a used tissue!) - specimens that are to be submitted for DNA analysis cannot be collected in plastic bags as the moisture that can be trapped within can compromise the integrity of the sample. (See also: http://www.dna.gov/audiences/investigat ... collection
) However, she really should've been wearing gloves - her DNA will be all over that tissue, more than likely. We discover later that there "wasn't enough DNA" on the gum to run, but that's not necessarily true. With current methods of analysis, DNA has even been extracted from a sample taken from the side of a car that had been run through a carwash. Beat that!
Minimal TJ this episode, but it's plenty enough. Very understated as Jack, all technical, some charisma lurking under the surface, but we know that comes later.
This is the first episode where Booth refers to Bones as his partner.
Haha, drinking from beakers with glass stirring rods! I love it!
And as (almost) always, the murderer is caught.
I remember when I first saw the episode, and realized that I fell in love with it around the time diatoms were mentioned. Diatoms are pretty nifty, and they are very pretty under a microscope. Do a Google image search - you'll see what I mean!
Songs in this episode:
"Broken Bridge" by Daughter Darling
"Gone" by Thirteen Senses
There is an untitled song around 22:05 that my Google-fu is unable to dig up (pun fully intended). Anyone? There's been some speculation about this song online, but no one has been able to find it, as far as I can tell.
I'd read somewhere that a song by Massive Attack was featured in this episode, but sometimes songs change from TV broadcast to DVD release, due to licensing issues.