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Bones Review: A Life In Movement

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While Bones Season 9 Episode 11 was definitely not a holiday episode, by the end of the hour Brennan was talking about angels, I had a lump in my throat and somehow it gave me more belief in the human spirit than many other series that set out to produce a holiday themed episode. 

How did they manage that?

The Double Life

First, let's address Cam and her identity theft problem. After discovering that her identity was stolen by a so-called friend, she was not only angry, but hurt. Her life was, essentially, destroyed. She's forced to rebuild what she spent a lifetime creating for herself from scratch because of an ingrate who wanted to jump on without any of the hard work Cam put into her life to get what she achieved.

And that was the crux of it. Cam learned that if she could prove malice went into the decision to steal her identity, she could up the charges to aggravated identity theft, which carried a higher penalty. While Cam was reveling in the news, Arastoo was not. 

Arastoo was trying to get Cam to let go of her anger and leave vengeance behind. It's always easier to see the right path when you've already traveled it, and I liked that he was willing to give Cam space to find her own way to her decision.

After Cam sat with the woman and listened to her hatred and ridiculous suggestion that they were somehow square since she was in jail orange and that made everything okay, she realized she didn't want to spend one more second of her time turning into the woman who got her into the mess. 

Cam and Arastoo are a sweet couple who give each other room to breathe, and it's nice to see relationships like that on television. 

The case of the week was important only insofar as it revolved around a unique father and daughter relationship. It's not very often that Brennan runs into another individual who shares so much with her, but in Professor Watters, she found a kindred spirit. He seemed borderline autistic, but in reality he was just socially inept -- even more than Brennan when we first met her.

It was a bit disappointing that Booth treated him so terribly, especially given what he knows about the woman he loves. The writing was a bit off in that area, because it wasn't true to character for him to be so blind to the similarities between the two. Sure, Brennan showing emotion isn't the norm on a case, but Booth wouldn't ordinarily slap it away just because he disagreed with her. That was my only sticking point.

Watching Brennan become so thoroughly engaged in the case on an emotional level was a nice change. Her ability to empathize with his loss of both a spouse and a child within a one year span, imagining herself burying her head in her work and considering taking her own life if she gave that work up made sense. 

Finally, when the case was solved and the professor was in the clear she and Booth were talking and they hadn't resolved their issues. How could they? Booth went above and beyond to be ignorant to the professor. The writing, again, made it seem as though he was doing it purposefully and it was stretching things beyond the limits.

But, encouraging Brennan to reach out to the professor in friendship was the perfect ending to the story. Nobody but Brennan could have understood what he had done with all of the equations, and as she read aloud what they signified -- his daughter's first steps, first bicycle ride, ride upon her father's shoulders, up until her final rest - it was the most moving mathematical moment I've ever encountered. 

I hate math. I really do. But the two of them, understanding it in a way that I never could - seeing beauty and rest in a jumbled up equation - was truly beautiful.

She flew through space in perfect arcs. Perhaps that's what people mean when they talk about angels.

Brennan

Bones is on hiatus until 2014. Happy holidays everyone!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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I really enjoyed seeing the interaction between the professor and Brannan that was awesome. They totally related to each other in a very special. There wasn’t any vying for who was smarter than who that we’ve seen many times in the past with her. As for Booth I think he sees things differently when it comes to Brennan but that doesn’t mean it translates well into seeing the same oddities in others. His background of abuse and the fact that he’s a father made his reactions believable to me. I’ve always thought that if Booth were to lose Brennan he’d be the type of type of person who would fall apart at first and not necessarily throw himself into his work (unless she was murdered and he had to find that person) so his reaction to the professor was what I would expect from him Now as for Cam sorry but I would have, and thought she should have, thrown the book at that chick and then let the hate subside especially after seeing that woman and her reaction in jail~!

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Booth is a survivor of childhood physical abuse at the hands of his own father. And his years of experience in Law Enforcement would have taught him just how very common that is. So his disbelief of the father's story does NOT illustrate an instance wherein his usual people skills failed him, and where Brennan understood the father better than Booth did.... It illustrated an instance where a Law Enforcement Official wasn't going to fall for a suspect's sob story (which Brennan was articulating for the father) until real proof of the suspect's innocence...whereas Brennan was letting her empathy for the father blind her to the possibility that he might actually have killed his child.

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I actually teared up when they were looking at the equations. I don't hate math like I used to, but I didn't understand the equations or see in them what those two did. I did understand the meaning behind them though and I very much agree: it was a very moving moment. As for Booth, I agree he was a little harsh but I don't know how out of character it was, only because I like to think he was personalizing it, trying to project how he would feel if it were his own daughter onto a man who is very, very different than he is. I guess I can excuse his harshness for that reason; he just absolutely could not understand the man's reaction knowing he himself would be devastated and beyond consolation in the same situation. Also, it was his utter blindness to any other suspects that prompted Brennan to go see Dr. Watters, basically saving his life. So it wasn't really out of place in the grand scheme of things.

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Overall, I loved the episode, thought I did find Booth a little harsh. I noticed something not relative to the episode itself that I'd like to share. I DVR's it and watched while I was working out on a rowing machine with a timer. There would be 6 or 8 minutes of show followed by lengthy commercial breaks of 4 to 6 minutes, a couple more minutes of show, and then another l-o-n-g commercial break. Far longer that the 3 or 3.5 minutes I'm used to seeing. Got me to thinking whether TV shows filmed to air around the holidays are purposely shorter than normal to allow for extra holiday advertising.

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This episode shows that people with autism, asperger or similar are not antisocial at all, maybe they undestand society with more objetive approach. Something that one way or another the human civilization need

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What a wonderful revue. You made me feel the close
Proximity between Bones and the professor with your heartfelt description of the crazy math that I almost wanted to learn and experience. Well, maybe.. good job!

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The quote at the end should have used "through," not "threw."

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Whoops! Brain spasm.