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Bones

Posted on 2006.11.17 at 17:00
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I don’t watch much television. I really don’t have the time, and am usually buried with hundreds of other things to accomplish. It’s not that I don’t like watching television; rather I have difficulty finding anything really worth watching. I despise sitcoms, and my intolerance for ‘reality shows’ has been well documented since 1992 (as has my frustration with the cattle who watch them).

This leaves very little prime-time network viewing. Saddled further by the fact that I’m not what one would call an ‘early adopter’ I usually dismiss even great shows initially based on nothing more than the fact that they’re new shows. Narrow minded perhaps, but you people who don’t live in the real world might be surprised at how often that philosophy has saved my ass.

Understanding that pilots are usually painfully dull as the exposition of any new series, I’m not quick to judge those – quite the opposite rather, I behave quite unlike myself in an irrational manner to promote to myself and others the possibilities of a new show. Unfortunately, most of what I’ve seen during first run and even those shows I’ve waited until second season has been quite disappointing to me and short-lived on my Tivo. I simply cannot abide mediocrity.

Except Bones. And this is quite unlike me, but so far, just catching parts of a couple of episodes, I find this show quite endearing. And this surprises me, because one of the things I abhor about a series is the mixed-bag-of-characters-with-a-provided-commonality formula. I think it’s the fact that the ‘differences’ shown here, aren’t large, but minor ideological ones. They’re all still geeks, just geeks in different ways. But that’s still not what endears me to the show. You even have the standard ‘fish out of water’ scenario that audiences love…the FBI agent doesn’t fit in with the geeks and the geeks are socially inept outside of their lab – its what the original CSI seemed to strive for, but these guys actually manage to pull it off. Despite these obvious ploys, I’ve fallen for it. And it’s a good think I like characters, not actors, because if I based this show solely off of David Boreanaz’s Angel I’d have likely missed a really good thing.

Of course the whole hot-chick-made-to-look-geeky (aka Linda Cardellini cast as Velma in Scooby-Doo) never hurts…and I’m a sucker for the dichotomy of the strength and vulnerability Dr. Brennan displays and a huge fan of the sarcasm-to-lighten-the-horrific Hodgins gives to the ordinary.

But I’m pretty sure the reason I enjoy this show is because it hits close to home. No, I’m not a super-genius introvert with a lack of social skills, but most of my close friends are, and I love them for it. These guys on the show share a rare camaraderie that is reminiscent of the time I’ve spent working in my field of expertise. And because my friends and co-workers are operating on a plane of existence far above my own, I’ve always had to work harder than they do just to keep up. You wouldn’t believe the amount of energy I expend trying to appear as if I’m not working extra hard all the while actually doing it…which is why I think I enjoy this show so much – everyone working together, albeit at a different pace and using their own methodologies, to solve a problem. It’s what I do every day.

* The Season One DVD Box-Set is being released November 28th.

Snatched from swashbuckler332:
You've Experienced 72% of Life

You have all of the life experience that most adults will ever get.
And unless you're already in your 40s, you're probably wise beyond your years.
How Much Life Experience Do You Have?

Comments:


drax0r
drax0r at 2006-11-17 23:02 (UTC) (Link)
These guys on the show share a rare camaraderie that is reminiscent of the time I’ve spent working in my field of expertise.

Amen to that.


And because my friends and co-workers are operating on a plane of existence far above my own, I’ve always had to work harder than they do just to keep up

Not above, just different.


everyone working together, albeit at a different pace and using their own methodologies, to solve a problem.

It reminds me of the old days at the M C K.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-18 15:42 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the good old days... I'll drink to that!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-11-17 23:45 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I do have social skills. I try hard not to belch or fart in public and I do my utmost not to pick my nose when there is more than one person in the room, however scratching my balls in public is another story.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-18 15:38 (UTC) (Link)
Well-well look. I already told you: I deal with the god damn customers so the engineers don't have to. I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-11-18 17:59 (UTC) (Link)
I scratch my balls in wonder!!!!
alyssa
dreamkatch at 2006-11-18 01:56 (UTC) (Link)
I've seen that show a few times. It's not bad. The only thing about it that bothers me is her jawline. Honestly, I'm not one to pick about physical features that people can't change...but it's mesmerizing!
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-18 15:33 (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. The other night, they had a full-on frontal face shot of her block-head and when I could finally pull my eyes away, I said to my wife, "DAMN!" She knew exactly what I was referencing.
Melanie
vember at 2006-11-18 12:08 (UTC) (Link)
Waaait, is she supposed to look geeky? Hmm, I'd say they have a ways to go. I watched part of the show (perhaps 5 minutes) and didn't catch the dynamic, but then I'm not very good at watching TV :P

Aaand I also got 72%, hooaah.
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-18 15:36 (UTC) (Link)
Right: Linda Cardellini cast as Velma in Scooby-Doo. That'll work. Of course, being who I am, perhaps I just found Velma hotter than Daphne, who knows?

Congrats on the 72%. Apparently the only way I can go higher is if I divorce my wife, shoot my children, and spend time in a federal penitentiary. How retarded is that?
galinda822 at 2006-11-18 17:38 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, Linda Cardellini isn't on "Bones". That would be Emily Deschanel. Linda Cardellini is on "ER". Emily Deschanel probably looks familiar because she was on a "Law & Order: SVU" episode.

You know me...useless trivia stuck in my head. Sorry!
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-18 18:35 (UTC) (Link)
Too true! And the point I failed to make was in the cartoon, Velma was always this dumpy, unattractive girl - especially compared to Daphne. Yet who did they cast for Scooby-Doo the movie? Some hot-chick (Linda Cardellini) that they dressed like Velma to make her appear 'frumpy.' Why did they do that? Probably less people would have wanted to watch the movie (less sales) if they did cast some truly hideous actress as Velma.

So in Bones we have a bunch of geeks, yet Dr. Brennan (square jawline aside) is kinda 'hot' they dress her down to be geek-like, but she's really just a hottie in disguise. Three cheers for marketing!
galinda822 at 2006-11-19 09:01 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry - I (again) misunderstood what you were saying. I always thought they should have cast Thora Birch as Velma...especially after seeing her in "Ghost World". She looked just like Velma in that role!

And what's wrong with a square jawline anyway? I have one!
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-19 18:22 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I admit I had to look her up, and after the initial shock of some of the pics I saw of her I saw you where you were coming from. I could see her in an orange cotton turtleneck sweater...
snapper521 at 2006-11-19 05:37 (UTC) (Link)
You already know how I feel about this show, but fine I'll tell you again.

I love it. :-D
ehowton
ehowton at 2006-11-19 19:08 (UTC) (Link)
You go girl.
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