Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bones 8.20: On Camera

Ever see yourself in a video?  Usually takes some getting used to - meaning, at first you think you look and sound far worse than you imagine yourself to be, and you really are.  In Bones 8.20 we get a good treatment of this reality, as Andrew comes calling at the Jeffersonian with a video camera strapped to his head.   The Jeffersonian is having him do a documentary about the great work done on its premises.

Now, the actresses and actors on the show of course have seen themselves on camera many times, and no doubt have a lot of well warranted confidence about they look on screen.  But the characters they play ... well that's of course an entirely different story.

Most of the characters are chuffed.   Hodgins in fact is thrilled and Cam is pretty happy at the prospect of being a star in the Jeffersonian movie.  Bones, of course, is not.   She uses the shield of saying she doesn't want anything interfering with her and the team's important work, but she's really insecure about how she'll come across in the movie.   In a self-fulfilling loop, Bones indeed comes across as a little haughty, and Edison is brought in to give the Jeffersonian team a more engaging face.   Edison's a natural, and just about everyone ends up happy - including Caroline, who instantly clicks with Andrew, off as well as on camera.

But not Bones.  Looking at herself on camera at the end of the episode, she laments that she looks "mean".   Earlier, the best that Cam can say when Bones asks her if she (Bones) is likable is ...  likability is  "subjective," Bones is "brilliant," she (Cam) likes Bones.   A bunch of faint praise - which at least gives Bones an opportunity to get off the best line of the night - "Pol Pot couldn't have been likable" - submitted in evidence that likability is not just subjective.

But let's cut to the nitty gritty.  Booth, at the end, reassures Bones that she is indeed likable - a "nice person" - just as he every week provides evidence that she's lovable.  And I'm with Booth on this.   So what if Bones speaks her mind and doesn't just go along with all the daily mind-numbing routines?  She's nice in the ways that count - loyalty to those she cares about, loyalty to the pursuit of truth in her profession - and that makes for an eminently likable character on television.

Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up ...

See also Bones 8.1: Walk Like an Egyptian ... Bones 8.2 of Contention ... Bones 8.3: Not Rotting Behind a Desk  ... Bones 8.4: Slashing Tiger and Donald Trump ... Bones 8.5: Applesauce on Election Eve ... Bones 8.6: Election Day ... Bones 8.7: Dollops in the Sky with Diamonds ...Bones 8.8: The Talking Remains ... Bones 8.9: I Am A Camera ... Bones 8.10-11: Double Bones ...Bones 8.12: Face of Enigmatic Evil ... Bones 8.13: Two for the Price of One ... Bones 8.14: Real Life ... Bones 8.15: The Magic Bullet and the Be-Spontaneous Paradox ... Bones 8.16: Bitter-Sweet Sweets and Honest Finn ... Bones 8.17: "Not Time Share, Time Travel" ... Bones 8.18: Couples ... Bones 8.19: The Head in the Toilet

And see also Bones 7.1: Almost Home Sweet Home ... Bones 7.2: The New Kid and the Fluke ...Bones 7.3: Lance Bond and Prince Charmington ... Bones 7.4: The Tush on the Xerox ... Bones 7.5: Sexy Vehicle ... Bones 7.6: The Reassembler ... Bones 7.7: Baby! ... Bones 7.8: Parents ...Bones 7.9: Tabitha's Salon ... Bones 7.10: Mobile ... Bones 7.11: Truffles and Max ... Bones 7.12: The Corpse is Hanson ... Bones Season 7 Finale: Suspect Bones

And see also Bones 6.1: The Linchpin ... Bones 6.2: Hannah and her Prospects ... Bones 6.3 at the Jersey Shore, Yo, and Plymouth Rock ... Bones 6.4 Sans Hannah ... Bones 6.5: Shot and Pretty ... Bones 6.6: Accidental Relations ... Bones 6.7:  Newman and "Death by Chocolate" ...Bones 6.8: Melted Bones ... Bones 6.9: Adelbert Ames, Jr. ... Bones 6.10: Reflections ... Bones 6.11: The End and the Beginning of a Mystery ... Bones 6.12 Meets Big Love ... Bones 6.13: The Marrying Kind ... Bones 6.14: Bones' Acting Ability ... Bones 6.15: "Lunch for the Palin Family" ...Bones 6.16: Stuck in an Elevator, Stuck in Times ... Bones 6.17: The 8th Pair of Feet ... Bones 6.18: The Wile E. Chupacabra ... Bones 6.19 Test Runs The Finder ... Bones 6.20: This Very Statement is a Lie ... Bones 6.21: Sensitive Bones ... Bones 6.22: Phoenix Love ... Bones Season 6 Finale: Beautiful

And see also Bones: Hilarity and Crime and Bones is Back For Season 5: What Is Love? and 5.2: Anonymous Donors and Pipes and 5.3: Bones in Amish Country and 5.4: Bones Meets Peyton Place and Desperate Housewives and Ancient Bones 5.5 and Bones 5.6: A Chicken in Every Viewer's Pot and Psychological Bones 5.7 and Bones 5.8: Booth's "Pops" and Bones 5.9 Meets Avatar and Videogamers ... Bad Santa, Heart-Warming Bones 5.10 ... Bones 5.11: Of UFOs, Bloggers, and Triangles ... Bones 5.12: A Famous Skeleton and Angela's Baby ... Love with Teeth on Bones 5.13 ... Faith vs. Science vs. Psychology in Bones 5.14 ... Page 187 in Bones 5.15 ...Bones 100: Two Deep Kisses and One Wild Relationship ... Bones 5.17: The Deadly Stars ...Bones Under Water in 5.18 ... Bones 5.19: Ergo Together ...  Bones 5.20: Ergo Together ... Bones 5.21: The Rarity of Happy Endings ... Bones Season 5 Finale: Eye and Evolution

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