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Bones Review: It's Cold In Here

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That wasn't the worst premiere Bones could have had. But it wasn't fantastic either. The case du jour was acceptable, emotions all felt wildly misplaced, and Daisy was the squintern.

Yep. Daisy.

With a lot of tell-not-show and with the series using new characters as intermediaries between our central pair, "The Secrets in the Proposal" felt phoned in.

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Bones season 9 picks up three months after Booth tells Brennan he can't marry her without being able to give her a real reason why he can't. Three months was too large a gap. 

Booth and Bones are apparently still living together, but they're both incredibly unhappy. She's icing him out. He's not answering  the phone when she calls. And everyone seems to have an opinion on just what Booth should be doing and how he should be doing it.

Sweets and Caroline ambush him. Cam tells him to warm his feet up. Angela barks at him throughout the entire episode. Hodgins is the only one who believes he probably has a good reason for doing what he's done.

Angela's anger, in particular, was frustrating because at one point she actually tells Hodgins that she's learned to trust him. Having known Booth just as long, she can't muster up the energy to trust him, too? It all just felt so incredibly fresh to be a three-month old wound, making everything about it feel off somehow. 

We're supposed to see Brennan as an evolved woman since the show's beginning. She's gone from being completely scientific to a mix of science and emotion that she doesn't always understand. The changes in her character over the past nine seasons are clear. 

Something about her chilly demeanor felt at odds with everything the character is. Maybe it's just another step in Brennan's evolution. Or maybe it's uneven writing. 

When Booth repeatedly attempted to remind her that he loves her, would die for her and she refused to acknowledge at all that there might be more to their situation than she knows, I found myself wanting to scream at her a little. 

And then she ended up Booth's priest-tender's bar where he said "Hey, so, he has a reason for this. Trust him." And magically she did. Just like that. After three months of him very likely telling her the same thing or at the very least being so devout in his desire to catch Pelant that the fact that he's behind the entire thing should've been quite clear to a woman of Brennan's intellect. 

Come on, Brennan. 

Her speech to him at the end that she trusts him and believes in him and will be there for him until he can tell her his reasoning was so very...neat. It would have been far more interesting to pick up immediately where Bones season 8 left off and let us see the messy stuff. Show us this couple fighting to stay together despite the fact that their hearts are both broken. That would make for an interesting multi-episode arc.

The character who wins for best emotional turmoil is Booth, hands down, which makes a great deal of sense because absolutely everyone was against him, including his technological devices. (Which makes little to no sense, really. A CD player/radio allows Pelant to spy on the conversations they have inside their own home? Really??)

It's always great to see Booth interact with non-Jeffersoninan team members, so his priest-tender can stay. Of all the characters on the show, the members of Booth's past life have appeared more frequently which has a way of making them more interesting to me somehow.

And Aldo's walk-in cooler is certainly a convenient place to discuss Pelant's evil-doing. 

In other tidbits from the episode:

  • Daisy. Ugh. 
  • It's nice to see Freddie Prinze, Jr. on any screen, big or small. 
  • Cam and Arastoo are still an item.
What did you think of the Bones season 9 premiere, "The Secrets in the Proposal?" Was this a great way for the show to return? What would have made it better?

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...For Brennan to say it even, that she doesn’t know what she’s feeling? FFS HH! Can you please stop with devolving Brennan as a character? He's been doing it consistently the past few years, especially last year and now this. The scene with Brennan, Angela and Daisy was hilarious! Loved Caroline as always and Sweets was okay. Thank god we didn’t have any Daisy/Sweets scenes. Hodgins and Brennan prove once again that I’m only here for them. I think that Cam’s ‘talk’ to Brennan helped her form her conclusion, not just her talk with Aldo, but like I said, the writers need to stop having all these people interpret her emotions for her and have the two of them actually talk TO each other. Really liked the last scene, the apology aside. The actors did a good job there. That bit where Booth was sure Brennan was going to leave him and that brief panic was carried off well by DB. ED was good as usual with all the subtleties in the emotional scenes throughout the ep. And enough with the 447. I’m pretty sure we’re going to go to the series finale without knowing what that means.

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...Also, mistakes as pointed out by GMMR: Brennan taught Booth about the truth not the other way around but the writers have been hell bent on making Booth out to be this saintly ‘good man’ character who has taught Brennan everything she knows about being human these past few seasons apparently, so it probably wouldn’t have worked if they had actually gone with ‘the truth’. Oh the irony! Also, Booth was in the FBI 10 years ago not 8. Get your continuity right ffs writers! I disagree with you on Angela. I LOVED her scene with Booth. I feel like she’s taking the role of the audience in this, the anger and frustration that we all know Brennan will never show Booth, because she’s too hurt and upset and because she loves that idiot for all intents and purposes (where was this Angela in S6 really?). But at the same time, I’m sick and tired of Cam and her translating Brennan’s emotions for her like she’s incapable of them. For Brennan to say it even, that she doesn’t know what she’s feeling? FFS HH! Can you please stop with devolving Brennan as a character? He's been doing it consistently the past few years, especially last year and now this. The scene with Brennan, Angela and Daisy was hilarious! Loved Caroline as always and Sweets was okay. Thank god we didn’t have any Daisy/Sweets scenes. Hodgins and Brennan prove once again that I’m only here for them. I think that Cam’s ‘talk’ to Brennan helped her form her conclusion, not just her talk with Aldo, but like I said, the writers need to stop having all these people interpret her emotions for her and have the two of them actually talk TO each other. Really liked the last scene, the apology aside. The actors did a good job there. That bit where Booth was sure Brennan was going to leave him and that brief panic was carried off well by DB. ED was good as usual with all the subtleties in the emotional scenes throughout the ep. And enough with the 447. I’m pretty sure we’re going to go to the series finale without knowing what that means.

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I had to roll my eyes at how much the writers are making Booth out to be the victim here (as are you apparently). The tete-a-tete with Aldo where Booth says Brennan has zero poker face? Would it be too much to ask him to trust her just as much as he demands she trusts him? This is just another example in an ongoing pattern of Booth unilaterally making decisions that affect both of them and then expecting Brennan to sit back and trust him. Oh, and they even made HER apologize to him for being upset! What in the?! Pelant is able to put a wedge between them because Booth in his infinite wisdom allowed it to happen imo. Do I feel bad for Booth? Of course I do. He’s miserable and terrified that Brennan was going to leave him. Does that mean I’m okay with him doing what he did? No way in Hades. He needs to start trusting his partner for a change. And that better be a darn good proposal. Also, mistakes as pointed out by GMMR: Brennan taught Booth about the truth not the other way around but the writers have been hell bent on making Booth out to be this saintly ‘good man’ character who has taught Brennan everything she knows about being human these past few seasons apparently, so it probably wouldn’t have worked if they had actually gone with ‘the truth’. Oh the irony! Also, Booth was in the FBI 10 years ago not 8. Get your continuity right ffs writers! I disagree with you on Angela. I LOVED her scene with Booth. I feel like she’s taking the role of the audience in this, the anger and frustration that we all know Brennan will never show Booth, because she’s too hurt and upset and because she loves that idiot for all intents and purposes (where was this Angela in S6 really?). But at the same time, I’m sick and tired of Cam and her translating Brennan’s emotions for her like she’s incapable of them. For Brennan to say it even, that she doesn’t know what she’s feeling? FFS HH! Can you please stop with devolving Brennan as a character? He's been doing it consistently the past few years, especially last year and now this. The scene with Brennan, Angela and Daisy was hilarious! Loved Caroline as always and Sweets was okay. Thank god we didn’t have any Daisy/Sweets scenes. Hodgins and Brennan prove once again that I’m only here for them. I think that Cam’s ‘talk’ to Brennan helped her form her conclusion, not just her talk with Aldo, but like I said, the writers need to stop having all these people interpret her emotions for her and have the two of them actually talk TO each other. Really liked the last scene, the apology aside. The actors did a good job there. That bit where Booth was sure Brennan was going to leave him and that brief panic was carried off well by DB. ED was good as usual with all the subtleties in the emotional scenes throughout the ep. And enough with the 447. I’m pretty sure we’re going to go to the series finale without knowing what that means.

Bones Season 9 Episode 1 Quotes

[to Bones] I'd die for you. I love you.

Booth

[to Caroline] Have you noticed that dead bodies always save Booth from confronting his demons?

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