- i'm not giving Paramount my money for Star Trek, and I'd like to ask that others join me. To everyone: please read up on Paramount's horrible whitewashing of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Because it is that important. And Paramount's already shown me that they don't want my money. So I have no problem whatsoever not paying them to see their film. (I really want to see the film, but I'm way, way more outraged about Avatar.)
- speaking of horrible yellowface, this company still has not responded to my email, or issued any type of public apology for the horrible racist joke they played 2 weeks ago. I am still outraged. I just don't know what to do about it. Have contacted Manaa, still waiting to hear back.
I finally caught up on the last half-season of Bones - I think I watched 15 eps in 2 days, at work, which was awesome.
I love Bones. <3333333 Thoughts on the last half-season follow!
Stuff that is problematic, because I can't honestly talk about how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show without acknowledging the STUFF IT FAILS AT:
- a) stoic cops following the way of the lone samurai, hints of the yakuza, the geisha girl, the exotic masseuse, the anime hair - the only stereotype i think they missed was the kabuki swordsman, but they used up their sword quota for the season in YET ANOTHER HORRIBLY MISGUIDED SUBCULTURE EP so what can you do
b) show, if you really need to explain for your audience that "anime" is "Japanese animation," then you're sadly underestimating your audience, which makes the WHOLE FACT OF YOU TAKING ALL THIS OPPORTUNITY TO "OBJECTIVELY PRESENT" SUBCULTURES just that much MORE exploitative. is that even a word. whatever. you fail.
c) oh my god, show, just because you take two seconds to say "we really should respect the androgene's insistence on not defining their sexuality" while spending the whole ep gleefully trying to define their sexuality does not make it okay. There are two things that really kept this from offending me, and even then it came close: a) the fact that Angela so confidently declares Dr. Tanaka to be of one gender at the end, when the actor is played by another gender, which (sigh, however unsubtly) upends the characters' need for definition and makes the joke on them;
d) the fact that they made a point of not showing Bones in the same room as the others when they were conspiring about Tanaka's gender, because Bones of all the other characters makes no effort to define Tanaka. Sweets, oh, Sweets, is like a little boy being carried away by peer pressure. Actually, he's like that about everything, but it was disappointing here.
It's important to note d) especially because the show undermine's Bones rationale again and again (anatsuno, I still remember you ranting about this). Even though she always displays an insistence in respecting other cultures and taking them on their own assumptions rather than westernizing judgments of them, the show itself is constantly making her the brunt of her own rationality. So eps like this one, the Death Metal ep, the Fan Con ep, and notably, like the Pony Roleplaying ep from S3 (I'm still smarting from that one), that balance a host of negative judgments against Bones' objectiveness, always feel doubly unsatisfying from a critical standpoint. They not only undermine the show's attempt to objectively portray other cultures, subcultures and non-traditional lifestyles, but they also undermine her as well.
But I always find myself at least grateful that the show tried, whether or not I should. I'm glad to hear Stephen Fry frankly discussing cult rock, I'm glad to hear Sweets talking about visual kei. (Plus, I mean, come on, Satanic death cults and self-harm glorification notwithstanding, they put Sweets in metal rock facepaint, god, this show. I forgive all things in this show, I really do.
Because otherwise, if they did it just to make Hodgins the convenient misanthrope voice (it would have worked much better coming from the other intern, what'sisface - too bad they can't throw all the interns together like House did; poor Mr. Nigel Murray and Clark Edison wouldn't last two minutes together, haha) then it was basically T.J saving that moment on the sole power of his fabulous acting, and saving the writers from committing atrocious OOC-ness.
I also feel like Bones has been evolving backwards because of that literal quality being played for laughs. At the beginning of S4 I was kind of surprised at the jokes she wasn't getting, the body language she wasn't reading; I feel like since they've lost Zack they've subtly written her character to be more rigid, and
That said, oh how I love it.
STUFF I LOVED:
- There was also the moment when Bones told him that (I think it was in that same ep, at the end? But I don't remember) everyone changes; everyone evolves.
- - Zach more or less passing the torch of his role to a number of interns trying and failing to fill his shoes in quite the same way;
Gordon passing the torch to Sweets <3;
- Hodgins giving that RIDICULOUS speech at the wake, ahaha, about not letting life pass by and living for love, and then basically turning around and giving more or less the exact same speech to Angela in the final moments of the season, oh Jack, you secret optimist, ahaha that made me so happy;
- Bones' search for her family coming to some sort of resolution with her father's admonishment that he'll never leave her (<333333 oh Ryan O'Neal), followed by the introduction of more immediate family themes: Booth and his brother, Cam and Michelle (*huge* hearts for this, I normally hate 'random orphan and/or unexpected family member is taken in by main character' tropes, Luke Danes, I am looking at you, but whatever, I loved it <333333), and Sweets' search for a 'new' family in Bones and Booth. OH SWEETS.
- that the sudden and inexplicable randomness of Hodgins/Angela's breakup (which was hilariously supposed to be a "rational" decision) was followed by the completely illogical (and yet infinitely more rational) suggestion that they could get back together just as spontaneously and randomly. THAT SORT OF DEFINES THE SPASTIC APPROACH TO LOGIC AND RATIONALITY THAT THIS SHOW SEEMS TO TAKE IN GENERAL. ALMOST AS IF HODGINS AND ANGELA ARE REALLY "THE SHOW'S WRITERS / SCIENCE AND REASON." I LOVE IT.
*spoilers for the last ep*
And that also brings me back to the thing I love most about this show, which is just: the love of the writers for these characters, and the love of the characters for each other. There is so much love for the characters as individuals, and for the characters interacting with each other. There's no tension or anger or disloyalty or disunity here. When they're judging the interns they're not just judging who can be the best, most cutthroat anthropologist king of the lab, they're basically trying to figure out who they're going to adopt into the family. Every time Jack tried to interact with the interns this season you got a clear image of how much he was missing Zack, because he will always be family. <333333333333333333333333333333333333333
I love their family. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT GROW. <3