Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Bones of Bones: Booth & Brennan

Will they or won’t they? That’s the great debate among avid viewers and even the writers of the popular Fox television show, Bones, which is currently in the middle of its 6th season. You would think after all this time that something would have happened between the two, but nothing has… well, not yet at least.

But maybe I am getting ahead of myself. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, here’s the premise: a brilliant anthropologist (Brennan) and a cocky FBI agent (Booth) are paired together to solve the federal murders of victims whose bodies are too far gone to identify. Throughout the past seasons, heavy sexual tension has built and existed between these two leads. So the question remains: will they finally get together or not?

After perusing some Bones fan websites I have found that though a majority would like to see the two finally get together, some believe the writers missed their chance and they really don’t care if Booth and Brennan become… Booth and Brennan (*wink*).

Don’t get me wrong, I understand why the writers don’t want to put Booth and Brennan together. In the past, other television shows with characters with similar sexual tension crumbled once the leads finally got together. It released the sexual tension that was previously there and as a result, diminished the interest and value in the show. So, it seems to be a suicidal thing to do in television.

BUT the sexual tension is there and it should be there for a reason. As far as Bones goes, it’s getting to a point where it’s unnatural and unrealistic for the two characters spanning over 6 seasons—which translates into 6 years of their lives—to keep their hands off each other. No one has that kind of restraint!

So in my opinion, YES, they have to get together. Now, whether or not it works out that’s a different story. Maybe they have a “one-night-stand” and they regret it… yada, yada. You can do a lot of things with how they get together and how it works out; but, I think at some point that sexual tension has to catapult somewhere.

It’s starting to be clear to the audience members that the writers aren’t really sure where they want to go with these characters, and that’s never a good thing. It’s frustrating for the viewers because we know Booth & Brennan love each other. We’ve heard it over and over again from various characters, we can tell from their actions and what they say. But as viewers we have been thrown off by a new character, Hannah (aka Booth’s new girlfriend, who is apparently “the one”).

Which brings me to an important topic:

From what I’ve gathered online and from other viewer friends of mine, she is not liked (to put it nicely). Now I don’t think viewers hate Hannah just because she’s dating Booth. We all know he’s been with his fair share of women (I wish I could say the same about Brennan’s frequency with men). The general consensus is that she’s incredibly annoying—and I agree. One of Hannah’s biggest problems is that she’s such an outsider that she just looks desperate and pathetic when she attempts to interact with the original posse.

Another problem is that it simply doesn’t make sense. Booth seems to have fallen in love incredibly easily just after he professes his love for Brennan. It doesn’t seem right; it SEEMS like he’s lying to himself but there’s no proof or hint of that… and if he’s not lying to himself, then it’s just flat out unrealistic for the viewers—especially the viewers that have followed since season one. Booth isn’t the type of character that gives up that easily.

What would have made more sense is if Booth had gone back to his baby momma, Rebecca. As an audience we can understand his commitment to making it work for the sake of his son. Rebecca has a history with Booth, even before Brennan. Though Rebecca might not have been through the same intense stuff as Booth & Brennan have together, she at least wouldn’t look desperate because she wouldn’t have to try to fit in. She would already have respect from the originals because of her previous relationship with Booth and the fact that they have a kid together.

This season seems to have forgotten what had just happened in the previous season. The love between Booth & Brennan doesn’t just disappear. This season, we have lost a lot of the one-on-one Booth & Brennan time that in the past made the show. That great banter and humor, melded with sexual tension the two had or each other has significantly diminished (i.e.- the car ride scenes).

The writers shouldn’t be afraid of developing a relationship between these two leads. They should have enough confidence in their writing to find a creative and innovative way through it. It’s unfortunate that some people think that once two characters get together it’s suddenly not as interesting anymore. If you’re a good writer it opens up a whole world of possibilities. I mean, you can only have sexual tension for so long before it starts to look sad.

At this point, the only way I see Booth & Brennan getting together would be if Hannah betrays Booth, messing up his career in some way (because we all know he’s all about his career) or she betrays Brennan (because we all know Booth is all about Brennan)--as a journalist she has the potential. Anything else would cause awkwardness between the two. The writers are also due for one of their "connector" episodes; like the ones they did w/ Epps & the Gravedigger. This might finally get Booth & Brennan together. Either way, if they don't get together in the 6th season they never will.