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Shouldn't have gotten my hopes up.

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Okay, I have this OCD thing where if I start a show and watch enough of it, I feel like I have to keep watching it until it's over, even if it mostly only aggravates me. This is why I'm still watching Bones. And the first three episodes of the season were actually pretty good! They remixed the intro theme, which I did not appreciate, but I really enjoyed watching those episodes. And then I saw the one from last Monday, "The Tiger in the Tale". Good grief, what a mess. (Spoilers, by the way, if anyone still cares.) 

For some reason, the main topic of conversation unrelated to the murder of the week is Brennan's sudden ambition to become president. This comes completely out of nowhere and is utterly absurd. The subject merits two lines of dialogue at best, but should have been scrapped entirely for all the impact it has on the characters by the end of the episode.

Then, there was the ridiculously heavy-handed animal rights stuff. As far as I can remember, unlike Emily Deschanel, Brennan has never been strongly opinionated either way on matters of animal rights. She became a vegetarian because something in one of the cases grossed her out enough to put her off meat. However, in this episode, she is extremely vocal about how horrible all of these people are for trading in exotic, non-domesticated animals and keeping them as pets, going as far as a) forbidding Booth from ever taking Christine to the zoo because zoos are evil and b) saying that when she becomes president, she will make illegal animal trade a capital offense. Then, when she finds out that the man who owns all of these exotic animals shot and killed his (illegal) Siberian tiger, she is completely distraught and tries to assault him. Where the heck did all of this come from? It's fine for a character to be an activist, but not for them to suddenly become an activist in one episode of the eighth season of a show.

Finally, Sweets and Daisy. I haven't cared about this relationship since they kind of "meh"-ed their way out of their engagement a few seasons back, but this is just ridiculous. So, after being engaged to her and then nearly proposing to her again, Sweets doesn't know her well enough to understand what this means to her and isn't ready to commit to living with her? Seriously? And he thinks the best way to deal with this is by dumping her without even discussing his issues with her first? On the doorstep of the place where they were going to move in together? Sweets, you are a fool and a cretin. I have always found Daisy intensely irritating and have been hoping for ages that she would leave the show, so I never thought I would be on her side if they ever broke up. That's what this episode did to me. Thanks for ruining the potentially awesome relationship between Sweets and the new FBI chick from the previous episode, writers.

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kean_herself
Oct. 16th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I've been out of this show since the end of S6. Not that I was ever all that in to it, after all, I was really just perving on DB. Either way, I feel your frustration with the writing and inconsistencies. As for Sweets and Daisy? I've been DONE with them since he cheated on her in a tent in line for fuckin Avatar tickets and it WAS NEVER MENTIONED EVER AGAIN.
taaroko
Oct. 17th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
*snerk* Well, DB's attractiveness and Caroline's wonderful sass are pretty much the only consistently good things the show still has.

I forgot about the Avatar line tent incident. How did Sweets and Daisy ever end up engaged at all? Ugh.
fluffernutter8
Oct. 17th, 2012 05:46 am (UTC)
I agree with you on some of these points. I'm not entirely sure why they continued with the president topic. I think the Sweets/Daisy breakup might have been handled better if a. the Sweets/Daisy relationship had been handled better and b. they hadn't introduced the agent in the previous episode.

I think that Emily Deschanel must have something in her contract about animal rights episodes, because there's approximately one every season. But this isn't the first time Brennan has gotten really passionate about it (e.g. in season 3's Finger in the Nest, she was very defensive of Riley and cried burying him at the end). There was something a little unhinged about her last week, though. Usually they stick to the exploitative footage of factory farms or dogsfighting.

And the new theme mix totally freaks me out. I like the new photo montage, but the song? Blegh.
taaroko
Oct. 17th, 2012 06:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, they could have waited until after Sweets and Daisy broke up to introduce that agent. Or at least dropped hints of Sweets/Daisy discord before she showed up.

I was wondering the same thing about Emily's contract, to be honest, though I did notice that this episode's writer is the same guy who wrote the chicken factory farm episode. Maybe the two of them are in cahoots.

I'm just glad the end theme is still the same. I love that song so much.
sunnykitten
Oct. 17th, 2012 07:59 am (UTC)
I've stopped watching Bones this spring, after faithfully watching every episode from the start (basically just drooling all over DB). It seems I was right to stop when I did.
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