Why Bones Fans Are The Luckiest Fans In The World
I know what you’re thinking. We still haven’t heard if Season 10 of Bones is the last. And that’s okay. You’re thinking that we haven’t had a renewal announcement this late ever. We have, actually. Almost half of all Bones renewals were announced in May. You’re thinking that Fox is going to leave us all hanging. They won’t. If any show on any network has been shown more respect than Fox has shown Bones, I don’t know what it is. Look at the ratings. Any other network would have canceled us in Season 4. Long before Christine Booth and the proposal and the wedding and the washing machine and the tanga and the melting ice cream…all of it.
We are lucky, lucky fans.
Which is why is makes me sad that so many fans online are panicking to the point of being outright nasty. Nasty to the actors, the directors, the show runners, the network, even fellow fans…all of them have been on the bad side of at least a small faction of dissatisfied Bones acolytes this season.
And for what? Because you’re not getting everything in every way you dreamed? So? When does that *ever* happen in life? I genuinely believe that, for the most part, Bones fans are positive fans. We appreciate what we see on our screens and we attempt to embrace what we might not like at first. We adapt. Hell, we’ve been on the schedule on every single weeknight…of course we can adapt.
It serves no one to continue to post your absolute belief that Fox is somehow going to screw over their most loyal fan base by not renewing Bones in a timely manner or taking that belief out on people who have no control over it. And no, I am not saying you can’t be worried. Of course you can. Every loyal fan base experiences the pre-renewal tension every season. (Unless you’re The Simpsons, NCIS or Survivor, those might go on forever.) And of course, there is always the possibility that this IS Bones’ last season. And yes, that idea bums me out, too. But I can’t be that person who always, *always* has to look on the dark side and dwell. I love Bones just as much (and maybe more in some cases) as you do. It consumes much more than just an hour a week for me. Between running Bonesology, our Facebook page, our Pinterest, Twitter account and this Tumblr, I probably spend a good solid work day on Bones-related things. And the thought that it could all soon be finished makes me inexplicably sad.
But then I think about everything we’ve gained from Bones.
Fellow Fans: I know I am not the only one who has made some unbelievable friends just from our association and mutual obsession with this little TV show. I have a core group of women who have become more than just friends to me. They’re family. And I just don’t have the words to properly thank the brains behind Bones for that.
Seasons 1-10: I know, some of you are going “Well, except for the first half of Season Six.”. I hear you. (I may not agree, but I do hear you. J) But aside from you-know-who, that season was a solid and as well-executed a season as any TV show has done in the last 10 years. And the other nine….even if you don’t like them all, which ones would you get rid of? Season 7? That would negate The Prisoner in the Pipe and The Past in the Present, two very important canon-establishing episodes. Season 4? No Jared, no brain tumor, no Michelle for Cam? It’s hard to remove an entire season without disrupting the balance of everything that came before and after. Being grateful for even the episodes and seasons you didn’t care for can be helpful in accepting when the end is near.
Catchphrases: ‘I don’t know what that means.’ ,‘King of the Lab’, ‘More than one kind of family.’, ‘Bethesda’…I could list them all day. But there is something affirming about hearing one of those phrases, whatever it may be, and sharing a knowing grin with a fellow fan. Because, as you know, what’s between us…that’s just ours.
Booth and Brennan’s Relationship: From “I’d like to help you with that.” to “You are my home, Booth.”, we’ve been beyond privileged to watch two disparate souls find each other and realize that there is no one else on the planet better suited to be their mate. Through other romantic relationships and kidnappings and near-deaths and seven months apart and three painful summers together, we’ve laughed with them and cried with them and rejoiced with them and watched them build a real life together and no other couple on network TV has had a more rich and satisfying love story. And we’ve been there since Day One.
My whole point is that, in the end, to survive that end we have to embrace what we came to love about Bones in the first place. We have to be grateful because we owe it to them. We owe it to David and Emily and TJ and Michaela and Tamara and Hart and Stephen and every single member of the cast and crew from the Pilot to the finale to stand up and let them know that, while we might be sad when the final scene airs, we are so, *so* appreciative of the last however-many-years they’ve given us. They deserve our thanks and our love, not our ire and resentment. They crafted a wonderful show that we love, clearly evidenced by how badly we want it to continue. (And you know how Brennan is ALL about the evidence.) It will end, because as every Bones fan knows, everything happens eventually, but for me the good memories of fantastic episodes and scenes and characters and single lines and the appreciation for what we’ve been given will always overshadow the sadness at the finish. Always.
And I hope that it will be good enough for you as well.