Yes, it was so weird and so random, wasn't it? Well performed of course, as ever, especially by the people playing so obviously against their former characters - loved Clark's hip-hop man and Vincent's slightly sleazy, slightly cheesy DJ with the estuary English. And I liked Lance's band - Mr Daley is actually quite good, isn't he? Grayson B didn't come over as a gangster, though, and as for having Zack back and doing absolutely nothing with him, well that was a missed opportunity for sure. TJ was not given enough to do, but proved to be a superb narrator and rather a good scruffy-mac, unkempt and slightly drunk crime writer.
Basically what I'm saying is that it was well done (although there was so much exposition to be done that the conversations felt a bit unnatural to start with), but it wasn't Bones, and, though I'd expected a cop-out, I didn't anticipate that big a one. I felt no jolt at the sex scene because it wasn't the people I had come to know and like. The AU feel dampened the excitement instead of ratcheting it up. All I'm hoping now is that someone doesn't step out of the shower at the start of the next season (for the benefit of our youthful contingent, the writers of the famous soap Dallas decided in their wisdom one season to completely cancel out the whole of the previous season by making it a character's dream, hence the supposedly dead person steps out of the shower perfectly ok). My other half's acerbic comment was that the finale and climax to a season should not be the 'fun' last lesson of term - it should be true to its own spirit.
I guess there were a few overlaps with the way things have been running this season; for a start no-one cared about the victim, and Jared was kind of distanced from his brother. And of course the Bones character was pregnant (I was a bit thrown that Booth kept calling her Bren all the time. Not that people don't use surnames as nicknames, but I'd have thought they'd have been using first names at least occasionally). Also the plot was gossamer-light but managed to be confusing even so, which is something I have been used to this year.
I didn't hate it exactly, it was entertaining and all (I liked Motley Crue!), and it showed off the cast's considerable range and strengths; but it didn't have the warmth and heart of a good Bones episode, and now the 'cliffhanger' is going to put everything back to square one again. Couldn't they at least have had proper sex before he said that? And, as you say, Jude, it stops us from seeing how the other characters reacted in the crisis situation of a good friend in a coma. How much more could we have learned about the characters from seeing them interacting at this stressful time?
Where's Sweets when you need him? I think I need therapy to take me back to the land of the living. Cause we're sure as heck not in Kansas any more, Toto.
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"We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love." - Angela Montenegro