When someone conceives a story idea, it starts with a "what if?" question. It isn't, however, clear whether the show started with a speculation about what if a carnival mentalist was solving crimes and then figured out what would have happened to get him interested in doing that -- or if it was what if a crime-solver's family is killed by a serial killer because he taunted him on television and then figured out what he could have been doing on television taunting a serial killer.
My suggestion is that, in any case, when the idea was proposed, it wasn't necessary for anyone to know who Red John is/would be. By now, I would guess, they know and that they do a fix-up on each accepted for production script to not contradict that. (cont.)
The interactions between the characters reminded me of the early episodes (1st season, I'm thinking, but maybe 2nd season as well) -- so I thought of it as more of a throwback than something new. Back before the heavy RJ story arcs, hints dropped, and all, the cases were, if not lighter, more of a framework for the team's interactions. I liked/like that -- but then I've personally never been much of a fan of mini-series or long drawn-out-over-multi-seasons story arcs!
I liked the basketball in the face in the end. The thing that's different about Lucy Liu's Watson compared to the British show or traditional Watsons is that she's not an enabler, but actually expects a standard of behavior from him -- which makes her more of an actual partner instead of a devoted sidekick. Nice twist!
Besides my over-the-top comment, here's a more serious take: Remember the reunion episode? The implication in that episode was that she was bullied by her fellow students like always (but, of course, her solitude may have been re-enforced by a maternal comment at 15, sure). But, when people are constantly bullied, first they hide it from their parents, which begins their isolation, and then they learn defense mechanisms from very early on, such as avoiding attention (like not meeting anyone's eyes and walking away from any group having fun) and withdrawing emotionally (my nickname was "Ice") while being vulnerable to kindness, such as from a janitor, and over-thinking any human contact and finally submersing in some interest, by which one can redefine and re-imagine one's self--often schoolwork, which garners teacher attention.
I think our culture (and I mean in America, by my experience, but maybe worldwide) has changed so much in the last couple of decades but especially the last few years that what was reasonable/logical when Bones went on the air now needs to be Hollywood-reconceived ... like they did with Lincoln, or a few years ago tried to turn England's virgin queen, who was anything but a commoner, into a lovesick girl-next-door.
I think this show was an attempt to explain Brennan as if she's us. She's not. She's the central character in a show that's been on 8 years because she's not. Who is common on the show? Hodgins? Angela and her father? Sweets? Any of the squinterns? How about her father, a stone killer who bowls in a league for a team led by 'a horrible child'? The fun is the eccentricity!
So, the reviewer nailed it. Nathan thinks that a 15 year old can completely change their personality at another's suggestion and study and become a genius all of a sudden. I guess somebody needs to take all the 15 year olds in America aside (or in the world, for that matter), and turn them all into geniuses.
I think you're missing part of the Deputy Director Craig quote. I mean I wouldn't bet my life on it, but I thought he added the qualifier "Yet," or "Not yet," which seemed to please Gibbs. If I'm correct, you've essentially misquoted him by reversing the sense. If _I_ misheard, please tell me so.
Thanks for the quote @Michael -- that was the phrasing I remembered a little.
Ok, so I watched an episode. They are really kind of trashy characters. That is, the mention of low brow humor is definitely right (sort of a trashy and not so funny Benny Hill, maybe) -- so the stripper pole commercial is the only kind of commercial to tell what the show is about (anything else would have been misleading). So, not a new low.
I would agree that the amount of sex/titillation was likely to appeal to sports fans ... but the game went so long probably only Elementary fans stayed up to watch.
It does bring up something I've been thinking -- that the dumpy Lucy Liu of the early episodes is gone and the recent episodes have shown off her figure by more full body camera angles and mini-skirts. I think that might be on purpose??
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