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luvthembones wrote:I love everything Ryn and Mariu have written. I struggled to like this episode. I felt the detachment that Booth had which seemed to influence the whole of the episode. Brennan and the team showed the most outward emotion at the beginning and then it just went below the surface. DB gave a wonderful performance and managed to show his rage and hurt in a subtle way, but the episode just moved too fast for me to be able to hold onto that. In that way the Aubrey storyline was a distraction for me. I too have rationalized that Aldo was the owner and that he had used the money from selling the place for his drugs until it ran out. I also prefer to think that after Aldo was injured 14 years ago, that he did suffer PTSD, and possible an addiction to morphine or prescription drugs as a result of his recovery from that. All that makes sense to me why he would leave both the military and the priesthood. His personal struggles with addiction may have been a large part of his disagreement with god (along with what he saw and experienced in war). God why hast thou forsaken me? Echos loudly for me. In that frame, I can still enjoy his appearances in season 9. Aldo is more heroic because he too is struggling to hold off the demons nipping at his heels, in the same way as Booth. But his "Brennan" in a way was God, and when he lost that connection, he felt truly alone and just did not know how to reach out for support and help from other human beings.
Interesting idea, and one that I think fits. One of the things I thought the show did well back in S9 was showing Aldo's faith conflict, that he did still believe in God, but that that relationship was broken for him.
That being said, he still was there to offer what solace and help he could. He seemed to feel and empathize too deeply with the suffering of others and even though he seemed to have hardened himself in an attempt to distance himself, he couldn't refuse the suffering of an old friend. Was it getting involved with B&B and seeing what they have that caused him to feel his own emptiness more acutely or did the night terrors and memories just become too much for him. Maybe a combination of both. The power in this episode for me lies in the realization that Booth had in his relationship with Aldo. He was saved by Aldo in more ways than one. He relied on him to talk him out of the dark and back into the light. But as much as he valued Aldo, how was it that he never noticed that Also needed help? Why did he not push more and see Aldo's suffering? How did he not notice how one sided the relationship was? What a lesson to all of us. We all have people like that in our lives, I think. Selfless and devoted, always there to help, asking nothing in return. Makes me look at them a bit differently, trying to see below their surface a bit more.
Yeah. I'm still struggling with this a little. Booth's a good friend, so what happened? And the answer I keep coming back to is that even Booth has limits in terms of what he can do if the other person doesn't want his help. Twice now we've seen him read Wendell the riot act on not giving up fighting cancer, and it's not hard to imagine him taking the same tough love approach with Aldo. But Wendell could have said, 'screw you, you don't know what I'm facing,' or he could have agreed and then done his own thing anyway. You can't force someone to let you help - is that what happened? Alternatively (or additionally), sometimes people who are helpers aren't very good at letting others help them. Was that a factor? Aldo was used to being the one other people came to, and couldn't walk away from that?
The way the Booth and Brennan did for each other. That is a definite two way street there, in a most beautiful way. Quite the juxtaposition. So much depth to this episode. I struggled against all the difficult emotions and I hate to see a good man like Aldo finish his life in such a tortured and painful way. He never got a chance for his happy ending. To mend his relationship with God. To move forward into the light, so to speak. But Bones is a show that has been eager to show many emotional aspects of life, and this is sure one of them. One of the chief reasons I find this show so brilliantly engaging. This will rest with me for a while. Most definitely.
I'm hoping to watch the S9 eps tomorrow. I'm curious to see how his arc feels as a whole.
With regards to Radik, I think not. I may be the only one who feels this, but the connection to Aldo does not make sense. I think it is Booth's spotter or someone on the team that is also affected by that tragic war. Perhaps someone who has never been able to reconcile his work there and somehow blames Booth for his ongoing suffering. Like maybe if he enacts revenge on behalf of that small boy, he can alleviate himself of the guilt. in that case, the connection of Aldo to that time and the message with the balloons along with his access to Radik's case file and knowledge of demolitions make more sense. I mean, how would that little boy know who specifically took that shot? But the writers may just be taking a simple quick route into Booth's past on this, and not caring about the details. Nevertheless, the Radik solution just doesn't set well with me.
Hmm. I'm not sure why the killer would have the x-ray with the Cyrillic writing if it was a spotter, though I suppose it's possible. I just figured that Radik was a war lord, which meant a network of soldiers who answered to him/supported him. If so, it's not a leap for me to imagine one or more of them taking the son under their wing to raise him...on tales of revenge. Nor that they'd do everything in their power to come up with info on what units were operating in the area at the time.
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