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I decided last week to give Bones a try, since I know a bunch of people who love it and, you know, it seemed up my alley what with the crime-solving and the UST! And I AM actually loving the show (Bones! Booth! Hodgins! Angela! Sweets! Cam! Caroline! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥), so this is really not a reflection on my general enjoyment of it, but I just got done with the season three finale and WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.

I actually enjoyed the Zack reveal in terms of sheer shock value. He certainly had the opportunity and I can even buy motivation. I think Caroline hit it right on the head when she said it was a typical case of a strong personality finding and taking advantage of a weak personality, because, God knows, intellectual superiority does not automatically equal a strong character. So I liked that part of it! But then, to be honest, the aftermath kind of freaked me out. Everyone in the Jeffersonian after Zack's arrest, going through his things and feeling wistful, seeming so fond, almost, and regretful that they had failed him somehow that just... did not work for me. At all.

Frankly, I was completely with Cam when she burst out that Zack was an adult who'd made his own choices, and that he was a murderer who deserved to be locked up forever. I'm not saying there are no redeeming circumstances in his case; obviously there are some mental issues, even if Sweets said that he was not clinically insane - I actually thought they were maybe going the PTSD route with him in the beginning of the season, but then that got kind of dropped - and he's very young and, in a way, very sheltered, but, like, the guy willingly became the apprentice of a murderous cannibal and helped him commit his crimes! It's revealed by one of the characters that Zack personally killed the slimeball lobbyist! (Even though they apparently backtrack on that in season four, if I read spoilers correctly? Which makes it slightly better, I guess, but still, APPRENTICE TO A MURDEROUS CANNIBAL!) But then, of course, Cam didn't actually mean that, she's just angry and grieving, and then Angela confirmed with someone that Zack had never eaten anyone himself, so I GUESS THAT'S OKAY, THEN. What is this show's philosophy on murder? It's awful and terrible and deserving of the death penalty, except when one of your loved ones commits it, in which case they should be forgiven? I. What. Huh?

I don't know. Maybe I'm biased because I never really warmed to Zack the way I did to all the others. I don't know if it was the way Eric Millegan played him or personal preference or what, but I spent three seasons finding him more annoying than endearing. /o\ I don't think it's the lack of social skills or the overly analytical responses to life and death, because it's not like Bones is particularly gifted in that arena and I still love her. A character like that can still be relatable and sympathetic and lovable to me, like Bones is, and like Reid is (because apparently I am unable to NOT compare any crime procedural to my beloved Criminal Minds), but even in situations where Zack should have resonated with me emotionally, he didn't. He hardly ever went beyond dead-eyed and robotic, which is kind of a shame, because Eric Millegan is clearly very talented, and he had some great moments, but, yeah. Not feeling the Zack love, so much.

BUT APART FROM THAT, I do really kind of adore it! SQUINTS AND THEIR CRANKY HANDLERS! ♥

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Date: 2010-04-07 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxxcub.livejournal.com
THIS. ALL OF IT. And I always found it a little weird that Hodgins started calling Zack his BFF AFTER he got locked up in a mental institution (unless he said it before and I missed it. I've been catching up on everything through syndication, so everything's out of order!). YOUR BFF KILLED PEOPLE, OKAY, STOP IT.

But, ugh, I do so adore this shooooooooooow. ♥

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Date: 2010-04-07 09:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] maleyka.livejournal.com
(AAAAAAH YOUR ICON)

Seriously! I think he might have stated it outright when he asked Zack to be his best man at the Wedding That Never Happened, but, yeah, basically, one would think that once your bestest friend allies himself with a cannibalistic murderer, the relationship might cool just a little bit. I just have kind of a hard time believing that a group of people who have devoted their careers and their lives to catching murderers would (seemingly) brush that whole issue off so easily.

ALEESHA, I AM ONLY FIVE EPISODES INTO SEASON FOUR AND I WANT BONES AND BOOTH TO HAVE SEX ALREADY. I DON'T EVEN CARE IF IT'S FAKE-OUT DREAM SEX, I JUST WANT THE NAKED TIMES, OKAY. (I will not talk about Angela and Hodgins, because at this point in time, they are breaking my heaaaart.)

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Date: 2010-04-07 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxxcub.livejournal.com
DUDE, I THINK THE FINALE OF SEASON FOUR IS THE FANFIC EPISODE, I.E. THE ONE THAT'S TOTALLY A WORK OF FANFIC AND NO ONE CAN CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE.

Angela and Hodgins. ;_________; They are my favorites.

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Date: 2010-04-07 09:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] maleyka.livejournal.com
I CANNOT WAAAAAIT. *wavy hands*

I knoooooooooooow! Ugh ugh ugh, their first date was the cutest thing in the world, and then they were so sweet and loving and adoring of each other for, like, a season and a half, and I am simultaneously thrilled and mad and a little bewildered at the show for the way they broke up, because I thought the whole reappearance of the husband thing was PERFECTLY handled for a loving, stable couple and just reinforced how much they meant to each other, and then, SURPRISE, they split up at the end of it! I was like, "..." DID THEY BELATEDLY REALIZE THE RELATIONSHIP NEEDED TO GET BROKEN IN THAT EPISODE AND THEN JUST RANDOMLY PASTE IT ON THE END THERE?

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Date: 2010-04-07 10:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] maleyka.livejournal.com
Okay, wow, I am watching 4x05 and Zack comes back to help with a case and they all rush down the stairs to hug him, beaming, and I just, I don't, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS. MURDEROUS CANNIBAL! HE STABBED A GUY IN THE HEART! Ugh, show, don't make me get angry at you. *tiny fist of rage*

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Date: 2010-04-07 10:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] maleyka.livejournal.com
OH MY GOD HE USED SWEETS' CARD TO ESCAPE FROM THE MENTAL HOSPITAL AND SEES NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK.

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Date: 2010-04-07 10:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] maleyka.livejournal.com
THEY ARE TAKING HIM TO THE FUCKING DINER RATHER THAN THROWING HIM IN THE BACK OF A FUCKING COP CAR TO TAKE HIM BACK. I AM OFFICIALLY FUCKING SPEECHLESS.

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Date: 2010-04-07 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robanybody.livejournal.com
See, that whole "he killed someone, but awww, we love him anyway!" attitude is what killed the show for me. They did it with Brennan's dad as well, and I hated that so much because she is such a logical, ethical person that I could not see her being okay with even twisting the truth to get her dad out of jail. They'd had her saying before that he'd deserved to be in jail because he killed someone in a horrible manner, but then they had her turn around and twist the truth to get him off, and that sat badly with me.

Then they did the same thing with Zack, and I just got completely sick and tired of the show trying to justify that murder wasn't so bad if your woobie did it, and gave up on it. I don't have the heart to go back to it now. Sigh.

That aside, it's a really good show, and I am so glad you're enjoying it!

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Date: 2010-04-07 09:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] maleyka.livejournal.com
OMG THE THING WITH BRENNAN'S DAD. I was so confused, because towards the end there, they seemed to be implying he DIDN'T kill that dude, even though we saw it was him in one of the flashbacks. Then again, we also saw a flashback each starring Russ and Brennan, and I don't remember if we actually saw their dad's face in the actual episode it happened. But Booth and Brennan both clearly believed he had done it! But then maybe not! There was no evidence! But at first they were saying he did it! But suddenly he was denying killing FBI guy! But who the fuck else could have done it! Etc.

At this point I really can't tell anymore what the show was actually trying to say on the issue of his guilt or innocence, but, yes, Brennan managing to get him off scot free at the last second really, really bothered me, because not only did I find it wildly out of character (I don't think she ever truly stopped believing he was guilty, so she went against her better judgment) but the show really did appear to be saying, it's okay if your daddy murdered someone, as long he did it to protect you! Which, um, no. This is a show about how murder is never justified, and how taking someone else's life is an awful, presumptuous, unacceptable thing, and I think they should have stuck by that principle.

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Date: 2010-04-11 03:14 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] impasto.livejournal.com
I recently fell in love with the show too...I went through all four seasons on DVD in like a month. But it definitely has its flaws, and the whole Zach thing was one of them. I actually really loved Zach - and Eric Millegan - and I was pretty heartbroken with that plot twist as a mechanism to get rid of the character. It was so very WTF, and the aftermath was even more fucked-up, you're right. Poor Zack! It's totes okay to escape from a mental institution, and to have your friends and an FBI agent take you out for coffee instead of hauling your ass back to prison! It's totes okay, because Zack didn't actually kill anyone - retcon makes everything okay!

The same thing happened with Brennan's dad...apparently murder can be rationalized if someone you actually know does it? I don't get it. *hands*

The other issue that gets to me sometimes, especially later in the series, is Booth's dogmatic Catholicism and some of the pro-American rhetoric (because of course America is the best place on earth!). But by and large, I have so much love for this show. I want Angie and Hodgins to get back together and be adorable, and I ended up really enjoying the rotating interns in season four, so I don't miss Zack anymore. And David Boreanaz needs to always be on my teevee. ♥

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Date: 2010-04-18 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] belle-bing.livejournal.com
I remember reading somewhere that Zack being the cannibal's apprentice was completely random and thrown in because they needed to wrap up the series (already cut short by the writer's strike.) I was really bitter about that because it feels like cheating, but I enjoy that the cast is expanded now, because they have the revolving door of regulars to do his job. (Who I like better? I got very cranky with Zack in season 3.)

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