Kimber and Rebecca, I'm right there with you. It's tough because I wholeheartedly support TJ's work, but.........KimberHodgela wrote:Glad I wasn't the only one to dislike this episode, Rebecca! It makes me feel guilty, as a Bones fan and an even bigger TJ fan. But you made a good point - this episode had great potential, but it just didn't live up to it.
Can't believe I missed that one - but I agree, Rebecca, it's completely true. I know that being over at TV.com last year I learned that a huge portion of Bones fans are very young (and by very young I mean "teenaged"). It seems as though a lot of the fan-love this year has been given to episodes that have "B/B centric" cores - which, of course as we all know, almost always revolves around Sweets as well. So rather than using wonderful crime plots (such as those in S1, where my favourite episodes revolve around crimes and not always Squint love), they've just go silliness, and forceful B/B interaction. I am definitely not impressed.begolden wrote:late_heart also hit the mark with this comment:
It's as if the playbook keeps getting changed to chase a demographic.
Aint that the truth! And as much as I hate to say it, the target demographic seems to be immature and unsophisticated if you can go by the current storylines, the words put into character's mouths, and the heavy handedness in the way the Brennan/Booth relationship is being handled.
I AGREE COMPLETELY. As I've already stated, this episode really failed to grab my attention at the start and hold it, but for me the ending was like the "nail in the coffin", for the reasons you've already stated, Sherry. I like to describe it as a "cop out", because it was the obvious choice. Max being freed, the family reunited, all is well with the Brennan family again. I almost hate it when shows do this - when they take the "easy road", the road they know most fans want to see. I am not one of said fans. I like the endings you don't expect ... the ones where the opposite of what you hope for happens. And to be honest, I think these endings are more realistic.Sinkwriter72 wrote:On the other hand, I didn't like how the episode ended. It felt too tidy. Like one of those afterschool special programs where everything's neatly resolved by the end of the hour. Yay, Angela's out of jail, yay, Booth and Brennan have connected even deeper, and yay, Brennan's father was released, yay, they can be a real family now. That may not have been the actual intent of the writers, but it's how it felt to me. It was too perfect, to the point of saccharin. They didn't present more depth. Like Hodgins and Angela not getting an opportunity to reconnect in that final scene, hello, she'd been in JAIL! Apologies for the obvious Princess Bride quote, but that was inconceivable! And not having Max show any remorse or guilt over what he'd done, even when he gets off the hook in the end, I struggle with that. Like we're supposed to think he's this great guy who was vindicated in the end, when in truth it's much more complex than that. I just felt like there wasn't good follow-through.
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes to all of it, dear late_heart. Well put. And you know that no matter what I may analyze to death, my main focus for saying it is because I wish for this show to be a great and rewarding acting experience for TJ. And because I want to be able to enjoy TJ's work for a very long time.late_heart wrote: It's as if the playbook keeps getting changed to chase a demographic.
I enjoyed last night's show more than I have in a very long time, even though it was a dissapointment. There seemed to be some of that Season one spark -- Booth was more solid, more sensible; Michaela and Emily set the screen on fire, and the few precious moments of TJ were wonderful.
That said, if Bones keeps TJ in clean boxers and puts a good roof over his head I'm all for it. If it helps him up the ladder to his own show or lead in a feature? I say keep it going and let the rough side drag. It doesn't have to be Chayefsky. (even though I want it to be, dammit!)
Hi sweetie Kimber!KimberHodgela wrote: I almost hate it when shows do this - when they take the "easy road", the road they know most fans want to see. I am not one of said fans. I like the endings you don't expect ... the ones where the opposite of what you hope for happens. And to be honest, I think these endings are more realistic.