Saturday, January 29, 2011

Destination: Detonate

Remember that episode of The Office where Michael and Dwight are testing the capacity of a trampoline by throwing watermelons off the roof of the Dunder-Mifflin offices only to have one of the melons explode with intensity all over Stanley’s Cadillac? Well, Bones fans, I couldn’t get that image out of my head as we watched Gravedigger Heather Taffet’s head burst like a tick in flames all over the front of the supreme court building. Like, whoa! It was amazing. Great job, Bones CGI crew. Great effing job. Wow. I loved it.

And this brings us the first discussion point of last night’s fabulous episode “The Bullet in the Brain.” What did you think of Heather Taffet’s sendoff? Were you uneasy, like Angela, or overjoyed like Hodgins? I, for one, thought it was pitch perfect. I mean, nobody wanted to see the woman get lethal injection, did they?

So let’s talk about the case. Basically, a lot of talking to figure out that Jacob Broadsky (excellent serial killer name, played by The Mummy’s Arnold Voosloo, a veteran TV baddie), an off-the-grid sniper, is going after our man, Booth. Easily the most exciting thing about the episode was the great chase scene between the two men, which involved a ruggedly handsome Booth sprinting through beautiful woods after Broadsky and culminating in a killer explosion of Broadsky’s trailer along with all of the evidence to tie him to Taffet’s murder. I, for one, am so excited to see how this story plays out, considering Booth’s sniper past. I mean, this guy has been described as the anti-Booth, and I can see why. Booth always tries to do the right thing, and this guy thinks he’s doing the right thing, but is demented. And, how is this going to bring Booth and Brennan together? I can’t wait to find out!

And, while we’re on the subject, what about Booth and Bones in this episode? In a season that has been, to put it nicely, wildly uneven, I thought this was back to the old routine. I’m sure it had nothing to do with a lack of my least favorite character, “GIRLFRIEND GIRL!” Nothing at all. Brennan’s storyline in this episode revolved around convincing Booth that her father, Max, was not a suspect in the Gravedigger’s offing. This concluded with a really “Awww” inducing scene between Brennan and Max that involved him giving her a shell and telling her to listen to the ocean, like, presumably, he did when she was young, and Booth looking in the window at Brennan with repressed longing. It was frickin beautiful. Has anyone else noticed that Brennan is really saying what she feels a lot more this season? The first thing she told Booth when she arrived at the crime scene was “I’m so glad you’re ok.” Atta girl, Brennan! Such great character development.

As far as the rest of the team in the episode, the standout storyline was that of Sweets, who was having troubles dealing with what Heather Taffet had taunted him with minutes before she died. John Francis Daley did a great job this week. He really showed Sweets’s vulnerability, and it was nice to see how all of the other characters have taken to him, all of them checking on him to see if he’s ok. I also love that it was resident hard-A, Caroline who snapped Sweets out of his funk. Good, good stuff.

So, what did you think of “The Bullet in the Brain?” Are you on board with the sniper storyline? Can you just not wait for the great dumping of Hannah to take place so we can all get on with our lives? Hit me up, let me know.

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