Posts Tagged ‘David Boreanaz’

off topic: an ode to Bones


Back in the Scooby-tastic Buffy glory days of yore, Angel (and by extension David Boreanaz) was not my latte of choice. Xander was my main man and Spike, lovely Spike, my main vampire (until of course Joss let the teenaged girls take the writer’s room wheel while he was off birthing Firefly – but I digress).


Angel spun off to LA in a convertible and I showed up occasionally out of curiosity but didn’t stick around for much after the first few episodes. For me Angel was always too broody and adolescent girl dark hero stereotypical and I couldn’t fathom a good reason to watch a whole show full of that. I’m told I missed most of the fun.


So when David Boreanaz popped up on Bones, I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention. I have a terrible tendency to pigeonhole actors within the roles that stick most firmly in my mind. As a former early devotee of a show he was instrumental in establishing (I have his action figure, for pity’s sake) I was happy to see him getting work but I didn’t feel at the time that the show was something that would interest me.


Boy was I off the mark.


bones-21In my late night journeys for something to fall asleep to, I’d come across Bones in syndication on TNT. Didn’t pay much attention to it until recently. Then for some reason I sat and watched an entire episode. Then another. And another. I love cable. So I told the TiVo to fetch which led to sending the hubbin out for season 1 on DVD last week. Last night, I picked up season 2. I love DVD.


Previously I let the set up, the casting, and the SciFi worthy lab toys turn me off. I mocked my dad for watching it. When oh when will I learn my lesson? First House, then Bones, and now NCIS. I bow to dad’s wisdom and follow obediently in his footsteps. Anyhoo.


bones-3The writing is a great deal of fun and more importantly strong. The cases are interesting and the why-dunnit plots make sense. I have a weakness for team based shows that explore the dynamics of why they work – and why sometimes they don’t. Bones does not disappoint. But in particular the pairing of Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel is crucial the ying yang set up of their characters – he is the wildcard intuitive and she is the stubbornly logical (a nice flipside, btw, to the more traditional male/female character archetypes). They make an excellent duo and their chemistry is dead on. IMHO, a lot of that is due to Boreanaz.


One of the things I appreciate most is that Boreanaz is very charming. His Booth character is fun and gets to dance around and poke mostly gentle sticks at the more grounded Bones character. But the powers that be have decided to not mire him in that dimension. Every now and again he gets a chance to pull out the dark, broody Angel within. There’s a moment in season 1 at the end of The Woman in the Garden in particular that gives me the happy shivers. And that contrast makes for a really amazing watch. I am now addicted. And happily so.


So Mr. Boreanaz – fly, be free. I’ve got you tagged with a tracker so I can keep up.