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BONES: Yep, [spoiler alert] is getting a [spoiler alert]

July 7, 2010 by  

Okay BONES fans, breathe.

I’m going to be completely honest — I really don’t want to write about the following spoiler. At all. It’s getting people all angsty and emo months before the show even comes back.

Those readers who’ve followed Korbi and I for some time — especially those of you who were lovely enough to join us for our BONES post-episode chats this past spring — know that I’ve been pretty much dragging my feet on this topic for a while. I was hoping it wouldn’t be reported before the fall season hit, but that was clearly wishful thinking.

And since everyone now seems to know what’s coming, and many of you have expressed a desire to vent your feelings, we’re gonna chat it out, okay?

Warning: BONES spoiler after the jump.

Okay, so as everyone and their sister has heard — at least if my @ replies on Twitter are to be believed — Booth will return in September with a girlfriend on his arm. She’s an embedded journalist — Is it inappropriate for me to volunteer to play the part? Yes? Okay, carry on — whom he met during his latest stint in the Army and they bring their relationship back to D.C.

Yeah, I know how, um, angry many of you were when it was revealed that Rena Sofer (Catherine) was cast last season as Booth’s girlfriend, so I can’t say I’m surprised by the reaction this news has received.

Many of you seem to be feeling angry/pissed off/betrayed/etc. by the news that Booth won’t be returning alone.

Some of you have decided this is the final nail in the BONES coffin for you.

And I think a few are actually excited about this latest twist.

Me, personally? My Brennan-side and my Booth-side have been warring with each other for some time, trying to figure out how I feel.

The Brennan side of me says that this is a completely and totally rational turn of events. Booth told her after episode 100 that he was going to try and move on. He did move on with Catherine, even if that was short-lived. And when Booth and Brennan parted in May — leaving each other for an entire year — there was no indication that they would wait for one another in a romantic sense.

Of course, the Booth side of me is screaming that this is a horrible, horrible idea. I mean, Booth said it himself: he knew from the start that Brennan was it for him. He wanted her to be the woman whom he spent the next 30, 40, 50 years of his life loving. So how could he give up on her when he knew her issues? By the end of last season, he should have been able to tell that she was cracking and that her emotions were finally getting to her. He needed to trust that she could very well come back after this year apart, ready to start a relationship with him. WHY DIDN’T HE WAIT?

Then again, my split personalities will occasionally whisper that maybe — just maybe — this will be the push that they both need to take that final step towards being an honest-to-goodness couple. Maybe.

What does this mean? Besides the fact that I should probably stop listening to the voices in my head that sound suspiciously like fictional television characters? I guess it means that none of us know how this will play out. There are too many variables.

The arc could fail miserably. Or it could end up being the best thing that happens to the show. No one knows.

We can speculate, yell, scream, tweet nasty things to the BONES powers-that-be (don’t do that), yell at them at Comic-Con (please, please don’t do that, it’s going to be a crazy enough panel as it is), but the fact is, until we actually see how this plays out on screen, we won’t know whether this gamble will pay off or not.

So tell me, will you stick around to find out?

Or maybe you think I’m being entirely too glass half-full?

Vote in the poll below and make sure to tell us how you’re feeling in the comments section.

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93 Responses to “BONES: Yep, [spoiler alert] is getting a [spoiler alert]”

  1. Lizzy on July 7th, 2010 4:10 am

    Love Bones. Hate 3rd parties. Tired of over-done plot lines. But willing to give HH the benefit of the doubt and stick with the show through thick or thin. Doesn’t mean I have to like it, though.

  2. Natalie on July 7th, 2010 4:14 am

    ohhh how this hurts like a punch in stomach!!!!
    but us Bones fans are tough, and we can take it… at least we used to be able to take it. But maybe we’ve had one too many punches.
    I will be back to watching Bones, i’ve given too much time, effort and emotion to this show to just turn my back now. So i am going to keep on hoping and praying that this arc will have a benefitial outcome for B&B. For now I’m going to keep telling myself that this storyline has a purpose and will help the B&B relationship.

    but then again, i have changed my stance on this spoiler 10 000 times already.. who knows how i will feel by the time season six starts.

  3. Liz on July 7th, 2010 8:08 am

    Of all the careers fictional characters take on, for some reason “journalist” is the one guaranteed to annoy me the most. It inevitably translates to invasive, self-important and condescending. That is kind of a red flag here on top of the whole Third Party thing.

  4. Sarah on July 7th, 2010 8:13 am

    Well, I could have done without reading that spoiler this morning! Made my heart constrict, which can’t be good for it. However, on reflection, I’m thinking this won’t be that big a deal. We all panicked and kicked up a fuss when we heard Catherine was arriving and in the end she was in it for one episode and pretty much promptly forgotten.

    There’s a good chance the same will happen with this new journo. And we knew Booth was going to try and move on, and we know that in the long run it won’t work. I’m glad to think he has some company in the desert 🙂

    Bones needs to realise that she doesn’t like it when Booth has someone else. I want to see jealous Bones so much, poor Booth has been through the emotional ringer enough times, it’s her time to have some pangs of ‘unrequited’ love.

    All in all, don’t panic Bones fans. Deep breaths. They belong together, it’s just that the journey of them finding each other has some roadblocks. They’ll get past them. Afterall, everything happens eventually.

  5. Beth on July 7th, 2010 10:35 am

    I will keep watching. I just have to know how it plays out. I already have decided what happens in my head (it’ll be one of 2 ways)- Booth returns with Journalist, super happy for once, ok with his new life and Brennan is jealous and has to slowly figure out she needs to be with Booth. OR Booth returns with Journalist, thinking he’s happy since he’s given himself distance from Brennan, but the moment he sees her, he knows that Journalist is only a distraction, yet stays with her until Brennan realizes she needs to be with Booth.

    I don’t think Journalist will be thrown into the storyline then quickly taken out, I have a feeling she might be around for at least a few episodes. And for right now, I’m ok with it.

    I just feel sorry for whoever has to play Journalist- her reception from most fans will be anything but warm 🙂 They need to cast someone completely likable to make us forget that we aren’t supposed to like her!

  6. Hann on July 7th, 2010 10:44 am

    I’m in the glass half-full section. I love Bones, I love Booth, and I love the idea of them together. Not exactly thrilled with the info of a girlfriend, but I know that it might just possibly be the thing that brings Booth and Bones together. I like the angsty turn this could bring. I have faith in the powers to be, so I’m just trying to patiently wait for the new season.

  7. Robyn on July 7th, 2010 10:45 am

    My heart is sore.

    I don’t have much to say other that when I saw my twitter stream between a few people this morning, aka the critics and people I enjoy listening to… I knew something was up. I shouldn’t have read.

    I honestly have put 5 awesome years into this show, convinced friends and family who now love it as well but how long can this go on for? I’m a grown-up – or would like to think so – and I would like to see them in a grown-up relationship, dealing with tension, new boundaries, new understandings about them on a whole intimate and much deeper level then we have. Maybe this arc – let it be short lived, until sweeps when they fall into each others arms – will push them to confront those feels and prove that a) Booth is not over Brennan, never will be and B) Brennan has grown, shown that she can’t live apart or stand to be alone, without Booth and be a ‘real’ couple

    The end.

  8. Tracie on July 7th, 2010 10:45 am

    No matter what Bones fans say, they’ll keep watching.

    If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen a Bones fan say “That’s it, I’m never going to watch Bones again!” only to find those same people complaining about the newest episode on one of the forums – I’d be rich.

    People may be unhappy, but week after week, they keep coming back for more.

  9. Choebe on July 7th, 2010 10:48 am

    Love Bones and would never give up. HATE third parties! The whole plotline is contrived and overused (not only in Bones but in pretty much ALL shows). It’s time to put things in gear.
    Maybe that is what this is all about – and by god, I hope it is!
    But give up. No way, no how!

    Thank goodness I read the spoiler after I woke up and the panic was, at that moment, not really around so I looked at it and thought “oh, that’s old news. We only now know it’s a journalist”. No surprise there either. It was either that, or a nurse.

    I am fully with you Marisa. I’ll see once the season starts how it is. Tessa was around in S1 and the moment Brennan came into Booth’s sight again, Tessa was already one foot out the door. We only saw Tessa for 2 eps. So, it might show that all the panic is fairly for nothing.

    Doesn’t mean I like. Personally, this is too late into the story. Been there, done that. This is insanity, right? Doing the same thing over, expecting a different outcome.
    And, it was more than obvious when they left what was between them. They BOTH knew it. So, yes, this is like ” Booth, what the hell are you doing, dude?” but then again, he did say he would move on.

    Guess I am gonna take my chill pills and just wait to see how this unfolds. I do know in 4 years from now, when I look back, I will still think the idea was contrived and useless and it will still bug me but there is nothing I can do so all I do now is hope it will work out for the best. At least I know the end game is B&B. If that wasn’t a certainty, I would indeed feel like I want to jump in front of a train. 😉

  10. Jane on July 7th, 2010 10:50 am

    I guess we all saw this coming as soon as the S5 finale aired, but to actually see the idea confirmed is definitely a blow. It’s an over-used concept, this third party thing. Sure, there’s all this talk about “if it’s done well it’ll be really good” and I agree with that. The big operative word here being the “IF”. Because when it comes to Bones lately, I personally think that they haven’t been “done well” for quite some time. Everytime they come to a potential turning point (end of ep100, for example), they shy away from making the most out of the “turning point”, thus nulling the actual idea of having the turning point in the first place. So I for one am not holding much hope on the show making the best of this third party plot.

    I admit, I AM losing faith in the show. And that is a sad, sad thing. I love the show, but the show doesn’t seem to love its viewers back. I completely understand the writers can’t write the story to please the viewers, nor do I expect them to. But, c’mon, can’t we have something “original” on TV, insteading of having to see another rehash of a way-too-common plotline? I mean, Bones has some of the best writers around and we’ve all seen what magic they can pull out of their hats (Season 1-3, I rest my case). I hate bringing up this “Moonlighting” thing, and as much as Bones people have denied taking this into account when they plan their storylines, but the fact that they’re keeping Booth and Brennan is the ultimate tribute to acknowledging this “curse”. I just don’t see why we can’t see Booth and Brennan in a relationship and dealing with all the ups and downs of a relationship. Wouldn’t that be more of a challenge than trying to think of ways to keep Booth and Brennan apart? It just frustrates me when I keep seeing the same plotlines across different shows. Be original, Bones. I know you can. You have done it before, and you can do it again. There’s no need for another Grey’s Anatomy on the airwaves, thank you very much. I stopped watching that show for a reason, and I don’t want Bones to turn into another show I stop watching either.

    By the way, can someone tell me WHY we need so many “turning points” in a relationship? I mean, even if you’ve taken the wrong turn, four turns later you should be back to the original direction. Why all this go around?

  11. Jane on July 7th, 2010 11:08 am

    I agree with Choebe. This is too late in the show to pull any more of this tired drama between Booth and Brennan. For all we know, the show ends after this season, that’s a mere 22 episodes away! I do hope for more season(s), but that’s all in the ratings, so it’s all still up in the air. I don’t see how they can accomplish all of the following in 22 episodes:
    –(1) show Booth in a new relationship with a third party,
    –(2) show how Booth and Brennan both deal with his new relationship with a third party,
    –(3) show how Brennan comes to terms with how she really loves Booth (I mean, this is something that wasn’t accomplished in the entire 22 episodes of Season 5, not to mention all the previous seasons too, and they expect Brennan to suddenly go snap, “I love Booth and I can’t live without him” in just a few episodes? *shakes head*),
    –(4) show how Booth’s new relationship with the third party fizzles out,
    –(5) show Booth and Brennan come to terms that they love each other…as always,
    –(6) show how Booth and Brennan deal with their love for each other,
    –(7) show Booth and Brennan in a loving relationship.
    …and all the while still dealing with working together on their cases. I mean, that’s 7 points altogether, and I might even have missed some. Even if you divide that evenly, that’s 3 episodes per point. How rushed is that?! OK, granted the first 3 points can happen simultaneously, so that’s technically 5 points. That’s still 4.5 episodes per point. Would I, as a viewer, be satisfied seeing Booth and Brennan in a relationship for just 4.5 episodes? No, definitely not. So I don’t know how they can justify squeezing in a third-party plotline when there might be very little time left for the show and there is still so much “wrapped up”!

  12. carole on July 7th, 2010 11:12 am

    a new slut for booth is all the writers can come up with/

  13. rynogeny on July 7th, 2010 11:20 am

    I’m not sure why people are in such an uproar, given we’ve known since the night of the finale that one of them comes back with someone, and it always made more sense that it would be Booth.

    I watch shows because of character growth and development. That’s it. So if they can do this and show that the characters are still growing and changing, I’ll watch it. If not, I don’t see my interest being sustained because there’s nothing interesting (to me) going on. The problem is that right now, it’s hard for me to imagine satisfying character development coming out of this. Presumably we’ll see Booth still struggling with feelings for Brennan, possibly we’ll see something to indicate Brennan actually cares, but so what? At that point, these two people will have known each other for seven years and yet we’re supposed to believe it’s still possible they’ll get together in a believable fashion at some point?

    I think the problem Hart is facing is that he’s asking us to believe these two will get together in the end, no matter how many years it takes. (So if the show went another three or four years, we’d be being told that even after ten years of UST and dating other people it’s somehow supposed to be still believable that these two people would get together in the last episode and live happily ever after?)

    Don’t get me wrong — for the cast and crew’s sake, I want the show to go on as long as it can. But convincing viewers they’re still telling new stories when their idea of new appears to be skipping forward a year and having Booth in a relationship with someone else is a tough road to walk.

    The UST is gone for me, because for UST to be believable, there has to be a chance the two will act on it. There’s not with Booth and Brennan. That door closed with a resounding thump in the 100th. Presumably the point of S6 will be to convince us that it’s still there, that it’s still possible they’ll get together, but having them come back after a year apart with Booth in an established relationship with someone else seems like a rather poor way of doing so.

    I saw your Tweet about recognizing that even a spoiler that sounds dire can be executed in a way that’s wonderful. I agree, and that’s why I’m planning on watching the beginning of the season. But this just all sounds so repetitive and unlikely to produce something new and interesting in their relationship that it would be a stretch to say I’m excited about the season.

  14. Jillian on July 7th, 2010 11:28 am

    My cup is definitely a half-full. I’m not thrilled about a girlfriend, but I’m still going to watch. I just keep taking breathes and keep reminding myself that this is temporary and that this show is about B&B’s relationship, not about them finding love with other people.

  15. Rose on July 7th, 2010 11:30 am

    I have decided to just skip this arc and read the reviews. If it looks like progress is finally happening I will come back. If not, there is always “The Big Bang Theory” on Thursdays!

  16. Giovy on July 7th, 2010 11:41 am

    I don’t know where this thing is taking them- us.
    What I know is that I don’t like it at all, cuz I don’t know if I can handle it, but, of course, I won’t stop watching BONES.
    God, I’ve waited six years for House & Cuddy to get togheter, and they did, as impossible as it sounded, so why shouldn’t the same thing happen to B&B?
    I trust them, I always did.
    I’m always the one who says “it’s gonna be ok” cuz it’s actually gonna be okay, no matter how heartcrushing it is going to be.
    I just hope this thing won’t last too much, but, however, it will be okay.
    It has to.

    Maybe this thing will pull them closer, or whatever, maybe it’s all done for a reason, and we just have to wait a little bit.
    It is going to be okay guys.

  17. Sarah on July 7th, 2010 12:53 pm

    I think this may have been the final slap for some fans. I’ve seen that arrogance from HH and company that no matter what we do people always come back. But, I’m telling you this is different. This is the way it felt before Grey’s started losing big chunks of its audience.

    I see a 9-10 million premier and a finale of 7 million or less. I’ll be one of those “or less” people and no I’m not just saying that. There are way too many amazing shows that I love in the Thursday 8/7c timeslot to waste time on a show that I no longer get enjoyment out of. I’ll be turning the dial and you can count on the fact that it will happen. I’m just tired and done being a “punching bag” for the Bones PTB. Those of you that stay, good luck….I’m sure many of you will be me in a year from now.

  18. PEGGY on July 7th, 2010 1:20 pm

    DOES THIS MEANS EMILY LEAVING BONES?

  19. Nick on July 7th, 2010 1:31 pm

    I think it’s the final nail in the coffin for me. Watched religiously the last five seasons drove my wife nuts with trivia about the show and stars etc. Own the first four seasons on DVD, watched and rewatched episodes and parts of episodes on DVR and I’m done. It started with the 100th and rose to the point of dreading having to watch the shows because of being attached to the characters and I had some hope.

    Today I removed the show from my DVR settings. I’m done.

    Nick

  20. Bruce_F on July 7th, 2010 1:39 pm

    Marisa –

    Booth DID wait. He waited patiently for 5 years for Bones to sort out her problems. He even helped her to do so. He helped her without pressuring her and without making her feel bad about her issues. When it came time to sh** or get of the pot, Temperance just couldn’t do it. You can only follow someone around like a little lost puppy for so long before you begin to lose your self respect. That was the situation for Booth at the end of last season.

    The ball is in Temperance Brennan’s court now. If there is going to be a “Booth & Bones” it’s going to have to be Bones who needs to step up and be the aggressor here. It will probably take Booth being in a serious relationship that has long-term potential to give Bones the guts to finally realize (and vocalize) what exactly it is that she wants and the willingness to pursue it. Not only that, but Bones is going to have to convince Booth that she won’t flake out on him and that she’s fully committed to sharing a life together.

    That won’t be easy to do.

  21. Amy on July 7th, 2010 2:11 pm

    You forgot to add non-shipper answers on your poll. I can’t even participate in the poll or discussion. Not everyone who watches Bones is a B/B shipper. Thanks so much for making non-shippers feel welcomed /sarcasm

  22. bethany actually on July 7th, 2010 2:24 pm

    When the show comes back, Booth will have been gone for a YEAR. This is a guy who believes in love, wants to be with someone, and was just told by someone he cares deeply about that she can’t bring herself to be with him the way he wants. Even though Booth knows that Brennan loves him in her own way, and even though he probably knows that he will never really get over her, he’s been patient for years and he is tired. It makes perfect sense to me that someone in that position might find it easy to fall into a relationship with someone who is (1) available, (2) clearly wants to be with him, (3) and is in the same war zone as him. That stuff happens in real life all the time, so it sounds like good writing and plotting to me!

    It also makes sense to me that Booth coming home with a girlfriend will make Brennan jealous, and that when he gets home and is around Bones again he might realize that the girlfriend was only a second-best option. Maybe when they were apart he convinced himself that he was over Bones and he was ready to make a life with a new person…but once he’s home and working in his old job again he might realize how he was fooling himself.

    There are all KINDS of great possibilities with this situation. I trust the Bones writers and showrunners to know what they’re doing and not kick the fans in the teeth. 🙂

  23. Sarah on July 7th, 2010 2:24 pm

    Oh I’ll definitely be back. Not sure about the third party thing, but I know it’ll work out fine BECAUSE IT’S BONES. 😉

  24. Lola on July 7th, 2010 2:26 pm

    My glass is pretty empty. I’ve keep giving HH the benefit of the doubt and he keeps yanking my chain.
    He’s going to have to lure me back….earn my viewership. Once the SO is gone…..I may tune in. But that’s the great thing I get to choose. Bones won’t be must see tv while this stuff is going on…..

  25. PEGGY on July 7th, 2010 2:33 pm

    the new girlfriend would be a second best option. I KNOW EMILY NOT LEAVING.

  26. Kika on July 7th, 2010 2:40 pm

    I am So Tired of this crap in Bones, I am so angry and disappointed! I just hope this plot ends quickly or I am done! I just want the show I loved not an stupid soap opera, what’s next? Brennan admits that she loves him, He broke his relationship with that &$@?! Journalist but she’s pregnant or worse, she’s nuts and go balistic and shoot Booth or Brennan?
    I am tired, my patience is in the edge, HH and Co fix this stupid crap or I change the channel forever! And I don’t want more than 3 episodes of that plot, even 1 makes me sick!

  27. Nikki on July 7th, 2010 2:44 pm

    The damage control is a lost cause, Marisa. Shippers are going to react the way they react. You shouldn’t feel obligated to write up an article to “calm” them down lmao That’s a waste of time. It’s too late in the game for damage control. This season will probably be it’s last. The originality is gone. Has been gone for a long time. I don’t see it getting a seventh season, tbh. HH is going to do what he’s going to do. No amount of crying from the minority internet fanbase, is going to change the way he’s telling his story. Either deal with it or not.

    The threat to stop watching is getting old. That doesn’t scare HH & Co. It’s not going to make him change his story or do “re-writes”.

    In any case, I can’t wait to see who plays Booth’s girlfriend. I hope she’s an awesome, strong woman that sticks around for awhile.

  28. Minna on July 7th, 2010 2:46 pm

    I definitely agree with Bruce F — the ball is in Brennan’s court. To keep his integrity, Booth is not going to pursue her again, he tried that in various ways, and was rebuffed more than once, and pretty emphatically in 100. He deserves a hot girlfriend and some tender attention.

    The only way B&B are going to get together is if Brennan has some kind of epiphany, opens her heart, has some faith, realizes that while science is king, love and emotion can be queen.

    More than worrying about the Booth & SO story line at the start of S6, I worry that we won’t get to see crucial stages in the story of Brennan’s personal transformation. I think ED is the kind of actress that has shown she can deliver the kind of subtle yet powerful performance that could show true change, from the inside out. Change that likely would lead her to Booth but to a happier life in general.

    My biggest fear really is that Brennan doesn’t transform, that she stays locked in her emotional cage, whether aware or unaware of her situation. That would be truly depressing, not just because it would squash any hopes of shipper-dom but because it would be a devastatingly sad commentary on the ability of a brilliant female scientist to find broader emotional and physical happiness, not just cerebral satisfaction.

    I say go for it Booth, enjoy your skanky GF, and Brennan, go to a sweat lodge or take peyote, drink more bang, whatever, just break out!!

  29. Ellen on July 7th, 2010 2:50 pm

    My biggest problem with this is that this is NOT new. This has been there for so many times and it never worked out. Booth has tried this already. But they said their one year seperation would be needed for them to change. Well WTH sorry I’m not getting this but.. What’s the change if Booth gets back with a girlfriend, Brennan get’s all “I don’t care” but still jealous looks and Booth dumps the woman because he loves Brennan either way and wants her and Brennan is happy because he dumped her.. Uhm.. I think that’s happaned two or three times..? where’s the change?

  30. Ziva on July 7th, 2010 2:51 pm

    I hate it !!! They just need to get these two together, it’s the right time to do so. Plus there is no way Booth could get over Brennan this fast !! I just thought what happens if Brennan admitts her feelings for him then he says that he has already moved on 🙁 That would be dreadful !! If Booth and Brennan don’t get together this season I think I might stop watching Bones, I just can’t take it anymore !!! What are they even worried about putting them together, they won’t get less views cause most fans want B&B to be together….

  31. TeaTotaller on July 7th, 2010 3:06 pm

    Hi, Marisa!

    I am not going to write very long, if anyone wants to read my crazy thoughts, I can send them a link to my tweets, where I’ve spoken my mind about this, and other thing.

    I wasn’t really worried about Catherine. And that storyline meant nothing. To me it was pointless, I didn’t see it as Booth trying to move on (same with Brennan & Hacker). It’s wrong to think so, but it was just useless screen time. (though I’ll admit “jealous” Brennan is always great to see.)

    I’m not even worried about this new character. Honestly… this is just confirmation of what we already know. They’ve chosen to go down this path since ep 100, you are correct. Deep down I think we all (the passionate fans) knew this was coming, but some, like me, decided to stay in denial for some time.

    I really wish most fans will watch S6. Because I believe it to be like S2 all over again. Kind of. (Booth-Cam, Brennan-Sully), and that season gave us some of the best moments, like the “everything happens eventually”. I don’t dislike the new character, cause I don’t think it’ll work, it’s doomed since the beginning, and THAT is what I don’t like. Why show that story arch at all? The answer is probably – need to fill the episodes with something besides the crime solving, and it can’t be all B&B sweetness. Plus to show us how the character will react in this type of situations, how it affects them, and how they learn from it all, and so on. Oh, the beautiful storytelling, and amazing acting that it will bring… I know that it’s supposed to make me root for them, and hope that this is finally the things that will make them open their eyes, and see. (but is it? nothing else has been able to do it so far. LOL) According to popular belief this is what the audience wants to see in TV (read in books) – the struggle to find happiness. Well, I’ve never been normal, so I’ve never understood the beauty of it.

    To me it doesn’t matter anymore HOW or WHEN their “keep on trying” ends and “everything happens eventually” begins. And I cannot stop crying whenever I think that I don’t feel passionate about my favorite show anymore. And that’s wrong. I won’t do it anymore. I need to move on, before… (and I’m not sure if I’d watch just to see the best TV actress, ED)

    So… I most likely won’t be watching. I’ve already made arrangements that a trusted friend will give me her honest opinion about the season beginning and maybe I’ll watch the Opener and then decide for more. But at the moment…no. Don’t wanna see B&B trying to move on & fail, and then trying to get together. (like I don’t think of caviar as delicacy — just not my cup of tea. Same with this character growth, and these type of story lines. At this stage of the story. I don’t like it now when I read about it, and I won’t like it when I see it.) When the story is finished, I’ll definitely watch. on DVD. Cause I wanna see them struggling to make their relationship work.

    I don’t think explained myself well, but…hope it made sense.

    Everyone else, please watch at least the Season 6 episode 1. This storyline will bring many possibilities to great storytelling, and the BONES writers will no doubt write some amazing stories, and the cast will be amazing in the roles of these characters. You will get BB sweetness, you will get squints solving crimes, and all that… it seems (looks like everyone gets their jobs back at the Jeffersonian/FBI.. maybe). So nothing new in the Bones universe. Everything’s the same.

    I know it might be much to ask> that you’d watch, when I wont. But please don’t give up (unlike me).

    short? looks like not that short. Well, short is a relative term.

  32. Cat on July 7th, 2010 3:22 pm

    I love Bones so I don’t think I will ever give up on it.

    I’m with you, my Booth side is screaming that this is a bad idea..he said that he knew they were meant to be and now he’s just giving up on it?? I also hate third parties so I’m not to excited about this but hopefully it will be a good (short lived) thing.

    I’m sure everything will be fine in the B/B world in the end.

  33. TeaTotaller on July 7th, 2010 3:36 pm

    clarification: I voted for the last option, cause no option was 100% correct for me. Third parties, or no third parties, to me, it’s been clear since the end of S4 that they need to get together soon. The way I saw their relationship change and evolve meant that they will stop running, and… Clearly I can’t read TV characters. It’s just… for me it’s taking too long, I have no patience, and it seems unnatural (though for the creator of the show and for “most people” it is natural) that they still need to get there, when I see that they are ready. And nothing happens. If they’d done S5 and would continue doing S6 with no third parties and won’t show B&B trying to make their relationship work, needing more time, I won’t like that either. B&B apart, that’s just wrong. It’s past that time for me.
    But for others,.. I hope it’s not so for you. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

  34. DripPan on July 7th, 2010 3:49 pm

    HH and Co. has ruined a very good series which had alot of potential. S1-S3 were great as they moved the characters closer together but since then they have come up with not only bad story arcs but just plain bad writing.

    After watching S4 finale, I really thought they could not do any worse for the S5 finale but they proved me wrong. The writing has gone to hell as they try to maintain the UST between B&B.

    I don’t mind if they don’t get together right away but at least give us good writing. Is that too much to ask of 10 people in a room?

  35. AnnieZ on July 7th, 2010 3:55 pm

    I absolutely hate the SO/Third Party storyline for all the reasons most everyone has already given. The arc at the end of S5 and the finale just didn’t have any cohesiveness. Booth didn’t handle the “assault” on Brennan well, then turned right around and told her that he had to move on. He didn’t try to explain, woo, or make any difference in what he said. He literally just grabbed her and kissed her (and it wasn’t a particularly good kiss either/wouldn’t have gotten my attention). He didn’t even listen to what she was saying when she answered him. He didn’t tell her he loved her. I could go on and on…suffice it to say, I’m not a happy camper.

    I plan to DVR the first few episodes and read fans response before I actually view them. I’ve also cancelled my pre-order for S5 DVDs; there’s always time to re-order if the show changes. I truly hope that this storyline is completed quickly, and we can get on to watching a well-written BONES again. It hasn’t been really good since last year.

  36. PEGGY on July 7th, 2010 4:18 pm

    some think this is a fanfiction story that came to life as a spoiler/hart said they may not even be a time jump/ hope they are not one,myself/ either way I WILL WATCH AND STILL HOPE FOR A S7.

  37. Grant on July 7th, 2010 4:23 pm

    I love tv. Probably too much. I’ve invested what, 106 episodes at 42-43 minutes each. That is over 3 days of watching this show. I can’t quit it now. Fox will have to quit me (as they did 24 and Prison Break) before I give it up.

    And on that note, I’m still pissed CBS canceled Moonlight. I’ve been watching it again on the CW and would kill Hawaii Five-0 in a heartbeat to bring it back.

  38. KATIA REIS DE ABREU on July 7th, 2010 4:28 pm

    I am that, “Yes! I love BONES and will not give it up, But I hate third parties.” Because as they say “hope is the last to die,” we see is a lot of confusion and Bones seeing that letting go lose it from time to time and agree that happiness is her beside him. Now, when? I still think, and please check and confirm for me, see what it says Silk Stalkings (there were eight seasons, and the May 1, beginning, middle and marriage of Chris and Rita Lee, only the series for some reason, I I do not know which, the actor who was with Chris and is in the 90210 – new version, had to leave and then killed him (to give an order) then took over the rest. Now, do not kill Chris, the series would not end up the same way?

  39. Alexandra on July 7th, 2010 4:46 pm

    When I saw this, I was a little pissed, then a little annoyed, then a little sad, then I was just kind of like, “Wow, should I really be surprised?” I mean good for Booth trying to live his life, and not be a sad little puppy. Dont’ get me wrong, I want them together, they are definitely one of my favorites of all time. and I’m sure, they are going to play it some what like hes “moved on” but we all know that is far from the truth. As for Brennan, that girl has just got to really break out of her scientific shell, and expand, I mean she already really has, but she isn’t gonna take a chance with Booth if she doesn’t start “following her heart.” I think this is gonna be another season of expanding the characters horizons, and also pushing this show in a some what different direction. so yes I will probably feel annoyed watching Booth get a new GF, and no I am not surprised they pulled this, but I will watch Season 6 for sure, because I will always be thinking “They are going to be together this season!”

  40. Alexandra on July 7th, 2010 4:54 pm

    oh and also, this storyline with bringing back a girlfriend, totally cliche, and not at all creative, and I’m sorry but I expect a lot more out those writers then most shows, because they are talented, and I watch Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill for a reason, pointless, but good ol’ drama, but I watch Bones for good writing/storylines

  41. Amy on July 7th, 2010 5:27 pm

    I feel like a kid again.
    An example would be while standing, waiting for a subway train…
    Me and my friends would tell each other we would know when it would arrive.
    My friends and I would say “Almost here….. almosttttt herrreeeeeee…”
    We would say this as soon as we told each other we would know when it would arrive. And we wouldnt know when it would arrive. Not until it shook and we saw the train. Then we say “I told you i would know!” even though we had been saying “Almost heree…..” for 30 seconds at the least.

    Once again i’m stuck saying “Almost togetherrr…almostttttttt…” I figured in season 4 Brennan and Booth would be together and now I keep waiting until I can feel the ground shaking, until I know they will be together.

    And they will. So, I keep watching.
    This girl is just a distraction. Though I don’t love it, I dont mind.

    Everything will work itself out. =]

  42. Jillian on July 7th, 2010 5:34 pm

    @Peggy-I don’t think Emily is leaving Bones. She is contracted for at least 8 seasons.

  43. Jenn on July 7th, 2010 6:11 pm

    Marisa, you’re always the voice of reason:) I’m still back and forth about whether or not to stick with Bones, mostly because I feel that the second half of Season 5 suffered because of the drawn out will they/won’t they game. That’s what irritates me the most about the new SO-I feel like it’s a cliche that they’ve already done (and, in my opinion, it was done as well as it ever will be with the Cam/Sully combo). 4 seasons later it feels like some lazy writing, and that’s what I dislike the most.
    I can’t even recall one of the cases from late Season 5-and in my opinion that’s because they let the writing on that slide while they focused on the relationship angst. I am definitely a shipper, but what I loved about Bones was the B&B relationship mixed with the compelling cases and dry humor. That’s a formula I think they have lost as they draw out the UST way beyond believable boundaries.
    I’d like to be happy when they do finally bring them together, rather than feeling like “ehh, that finally happened”.

  44. mommahurley on July 7th, 2010 6:41 pm

    I hate this storyline. It’s been done…in fact..it was just done, then dropped mid story…This happening now, essentially makes the last 8 episodes of last year, compete wastes as far as movement of the storyline goes.

    Will I say “that’s it I’m done” probably not. But that does not mean that things are fine. You know how couples fight and one tells the other what they need from a relationship over and over again,..and the other just never seems to listen and make changes….and then finally the unhappy person just reaches a point where they just don’t care enough to beg and plead and fight for the relationship, and leaves…and the other says “It was such a shock, I had no idea it was coming”… well this is one of those situations. I’m at the begging and pleading and fighting for my relationship stage…and this feels like a final nail in the coffin to me…but I’m fighting for all it’s worth to keep that last nail from being pounded in all the way.

    I’ll never make a statement…I’m not watching the show anymore…becuase for me, it will come like a slow death creeping in the night…one day, I’ll just start forgetting to watch becuase It doesn’t thrill me anymore…and that one day will turn into 5..and pretty soon…it will be “Bones?…Oh ya I used to watch that show till it got bad and I lost interest” It won’t be a conscious decision out of spite, but a wandering of my heart into new territory.

    The fact that people say, they aren’t giving up, but they hate what is happening should be taken as a serious warning sign. Saying everything is ok, when it’s not, is a sure way to destroy the show we all love.

  45. Talitha on July 7th, 2010 7:30 pm

    I absolutely love Bones. The main reason, I don’t get bored. I actually look forward to watching the show every week. However… I’m a shipper.. This whole, Booth and Brennan love each other but aren’t getting together thing pisses me off. To add another however, Hart Hanson knows what he’s doing.. (hopefully). I don’t think they’re worried about the “Moonlighting” effect because he’s stated before that he wanted their relationship to occur the most natural way possible, which I appreciate. Six seasons of this making me a little frustrated.. I hate the women in Booth’s life and the men in Brennan’s. I want them to be together and therefore appreciate Hart not just throwing them together in a way that doesn’t make since for either of their personalities.

  46. sue on July 7th, 2010 8:26 pm

    I DONT WANT HOOKUP, HOOKUP LIKED SO MANY HOLLER FOR/ I WANT THEM BEING TOGETHER TO SEEM RIGHT AND MAKE SENSE/ BUT WHY DOES HE HAVE TO BRING THE NEW WOMAN TO THE COFFEE CART.

  47. Marisa on July 7th, 2010 8:31 pm

    WOW. Did not expect so many comments so fast. First of all, thank you guys for being so respectful. I know many of you are upset (and I don’t blame you), but thank you for not being mean.

    @Liz- Ouch 😉 Not all journalists are horrible!

    @Beth- Yeah, I don’t pity the actress who will end up playing Booth’s girlfriend.

    @Robyn- I completely agree. Part of why I love BEING ERICA so much is because the main relationship felt like one two GROWN UPS have. It’s possible to be interesting, funny, flirty, angsty, etc while in the confines of a functional relationship.

    @Tracie- You absolutely might be right. A lot of fans say they’ll leave and then don’t. But the show will also be facing some of its most serious time slot competition this fall, so some of them might have considered jumping ship for another show anyway.

    @ChoeBe- It’s funny how many lines of dialogue are being used against the writers (I don’t mean that in a bad way towards you guys. It’s just interesting that either they need to listen to themselves or they’ve been putting these lines in there to drive us crazy)

    @Jane (10:50)- HA. Loved this: “By the way, can someone tell me WHY we need so many “turning points” in a relationship? I mean, even if you’ve taken the wrong turn, four turns later you should be back to the original direction. Why all this go around?”

    @Jane (11:08)- Actually, if it helps, there are 23 episodes this year. (and I don’t think this will be the last season of BONES. It would take a gigantic ratings downfall for that to happen)

    @rynogeny- Yeah, my tweet was about this and all shows. Spoilers can make things sound horrible or wonderful, but the bottom line is until we see it on screen, we won’t know for sure how it plays out.

    @Peggy- No, Emily is still signed on for BONES.

    @Bruce F- That’s completely fair. Didn’t say my Booth-side was rational 😉 But at the same time, others have argued he gave up on her too fast in the 100th episode ending, which I get. He knew she was it from the start, but Booth hasn’t always made his interest clear. He told her he loved her in the beginning of season 5, but then immediately clarified it by saying it was in an “atta girl kind of way.” I can’t exactly blame her for her hesitation. He only told her once that he wanted to give them an actual chance and it was clear she hadn’t really stopped thinking about it since he did. She might have told him it was fine to move on (and she might have meant it), but she certainly wasn’t showing she was okay with it. But I do completely agree with you that she needs to be the one to pursue him now. He shouldn’t have to keep going out on that ledge for her if this relationship will work.

    @Amy- Apologies, I wasn’t trying to make you or any other non-shippers feel unwelcome. Of course you guys are welcome in any and all discussions and I’ll make sure to include a non-shipper poll option next time.

    @Nikki- Ha, wasn’t trying to make this damage control. Heck, I couldn’t do damage control even if I wanted to. I can’t promise everything will be okay. Several people expressed an interest in having a forum to vent/see what others were saying about the spoiler in more than 140 characters so I was trying to facilitate that. I started with my own feelings on the topic, but it certainly wasn’t meant as damage control. I *hope* things will work out well. But there is no way i can promise it will.

    @TeaTotaller- Not short, but it’s fine. Sorry you’re done with the show because I’ve always enjoyed your thoughts on it, but I understand.

    @Grant- Ha, I’ve never been good at giving up shows either. If they have me for a season, they generally have me for the remainder of the show. The series has to be INCREDIBLY BAD for me to leave midway through. Only happened a couple times.

  48. Bethany on July 7th, 2010 9:07 pm

    It’ll be painful to watch, but I’m not suprised. We should have expected this from the post-finale interviews, and just because, well, this is Bones. And this is Hart Hanson. Of course they’re going to throw another wrench into it–it’s their favorite thing to do! I have no doubt I will absolutely hate the guts of this journalist, and I’ll be fairly furious at Booth and even Brennan (hello, how could she let THOSE eyes get away?) but I truly believe that Hanson & co. know what they’re doing, and I trust that this season will be totally amazing. Booth and Brennan will have their day, and hopefully soon.

    Though it still makes me a little sad. 🙂

  49. Josephine on July 7th, 2010 9:25 pm

    Well I’m one of the fans who say done, how ever I’m done in that way that I will read the resumes and who is in the episode, and when the 3.rd party is gone I will turn back in and see how it is going.

    Right now I will instead try to write what I really think about the situation. First of all I’m not surprised this is happening, but I sill think the 3rd. party situation have been confronted a lot before, and that did not work out. The next thing I will say is that I’m also a huge fan of Grey’s Anatomy, and this whole SO siuation reminds me of the candy nurse/the plant (Rose) in GA Derek tried to move on frm Meredith with, and that did not work out, however the main reason MerDergot to gether in the end of sason 4 was because of the strick, and SR(the writer) had to give up keeping them apart (and trust me she is not one who does what fans wants most of the time), so perhaps this will happen with B&B aswell, they will get together in the end of this season, to save the show for one more season. The next thing I will mention is again a comparison to Grey’s. The Plant (Rose) was/is hated a lot from Merder fans, she is probably one of the most hated persons who has been on the show for Merder fans, and my guess the girlfrind of Booth’s will recive “the rose- treatment” from B&B fans, (we already saw that happen the Catherine, and actually Cam was hated in the beginning aswell untill she and Booth was not together any more) because B&B shippers is just as passionated as Merder shippers. So there will be a huge hate to any kind of 3rd. party, just like greys this season(6th) Merder fans hated April Kepner the moment she admited and showed her cruch on Derek, some of us are even angry that she has become a regual in season seven.

    So back the the beginning, I’m done for now, but I will watch again when the 3rd party is gone, and when I will evaluate is I should watch 3rd. party episodes, just like I did with Greys I watched the episode where MerDer got togather before watching derek dating and kissing Plant(rose)-episodes.

  50. Emma on July 8th, 2010 12:16 am

    I’m not a third parties fan but I think it would be really interesting to see Brennan’s reaction. Brennan did not seem to mind about Catherine, which was quite boring. Hopefully this time, Booth give more attention to his new girlfriend. OF COURSE NOT AS BRENNAN! I want to see Brennan jealous!! This time i want fer to take the step, not Booth! I love this show so much, so i wouldn’t give it up at all! BOOTH&BRENNAN<3<3<3<3<3

  51. Teresa on July 8th, 2010 12:17 am

    You know, people have made some good points on here and I certainly respect everyone’s right to their point of view. For me, personally, I’m done and I just don’t have the words to express how incredibly sad that makes me. I have been a loyal fan since day one, eagerly anticipating each episode so I could sit down and lose myself in whatever my favorite couple was up to. I had some misgivings early on in season 5 about the notable changes especially in Booth’s character but because of the whole having his skull cracked open and his brain poked with sharp objects thing, I cut the guy some slack, telling myself that Booth would be back. Boy, was I wrong.

    As if the real Booth being MIA wasn’t bad enough, they turned Brennan’s character into an automoton who, when she did show her feelings was so all over the place that I often wondered if she had developed bipolar disorder and was off of her meds. But I hung in there and waited it out because HH kept passing out encouraging hints that Booth was going to woo Brennan and we were going to be dancing in the streets after the finale. Well, he obviously wasn’t talking about the same finale I watched because by the end of that episode, I was simply too disgusted, too tired of getting jerked around to even care that Booth and Brennan were splitting up for a year.

    Now, I might have gotten over that and been ready for S6 but then along comes the SO and there’s just no way I can overlook that. I have to seriously wonder what HH could be thinking to do this now because it is a huge risk. There is absolutely no way to do it without some of the fans being completely alienated. I mean, Booth makes a really lame attempt to get them together, slapping Brennan in the face with the one thing guaranteed to freak her out and make her panic (while, I might add, never verbalizing the actual words I love you to the Oh, so literal Brennan). And when she says no, he immediately slaps her in the face with the threat to move on as if a relationship with her isn’t worth fighting for. Now, I understand stung male pride and all but seriously, HH? Are you freaking kidding me?

    To me, Booth declaring that he wants to spend the next 50 years with Brennan, making no attempt whatsoever to even talk to her about it, leaving for a year and waltzing back with a serious SO on his arm just proves that he doesn’t love her. And it will prove the same thing to the Brennan I have come to know in the show. How can she, the person who has been abandonded by everyone she has ever loved, be expected to overcome that and trust Booth enough to be with him. IMO, she can’t and that is a problem I’m not sure the powers that be have really considered. There are a multitude of scenarios to cover the SO and none of us expect her to hang around indefinitely because that would ruin all hope of B&B getting together but aren’t they essentially doing the same thing introducing her in the first place? The bottom line is that the B&B relationship has simply progressed too far to make the introduction of an SO acceptable to many and it is a huge gamble to start the season off this way after the way season 5 ended but that is JMO.

    I mean, even when the SO is toast, even IF (I no longer buy the when) B&B do get together romantically, won’t she always be hanging over them like a dark cloud, tainting our view of whatever relationship they manage to salvage from this trainwreck? The writers can write the relationship and the break up however they want but if it’s not believable to the already weary, disgusted fans, I don’t think it will matter because a lot of them will simply turn away, unwilling to expend the energy it takes to try to convince themselves of something they no longer truly believe in.

    I honestly don’t think that the powers that be really understand the utter weariness that a lot of fans are feeling after being jerked around so long, the absolute disgust at being lied to time after time and I fear that the introduction of this SO will be the downfall of a once great show that deserves better than that.

    Whew, sorry about the rant but I feel better now. LOL.

  52. Emma on July 8th, 2010 12:19 am

    I’m not a third parties fan but I think it would be really interesting to see Brennan’s reaction. Brennan did not seem to mind about Catherine, which was quite boring. Hopefully this time, Booth give more attention to his new girlfriend. OF COURSE NOT AS BRENNAN! I want to see Brennan jealous!! This time i want fer to take the step, not Booth!
    I love this show so much, so i wouldn’t give it up at all! BOOTH&BRENNAN<3<3<3<3<3

  53. Marisa on July 8th, 2010 1:56 am

    Ha, Teresa, glad you feel better. That’s what this is here for! Understand why you’re leaving. Sadly, you’re not the only one. One of the things I’m most curious about is whether Brennan will call him out on moving on to a new person/giving up when she said no so quickly at some point in the future. If I were her, I would. Because you’re right, she does have issues with trust and he’s not exactly proving her wrong.

    But FYI, the thing about dancing in the streets? Never came from HH or anyone associated with Bones. I believe– per the post-episode chats I did– it actually came from a FOX message board where someone said their connected friend said fans would be dancing in the streets. He might have said the wooing thing, can’t vouch one way or the other about that.

  54. Carmen on July 8th, 2010 2:00 am

    Honestly I’m excited about this new development, I think it will be the push Booth/Brennan need to finally be together. I mean we all know they are meant to be, hell Booth said it himself. Now maybe after seeing Booth, kind of move on she will realize that he is the one she wants to spend the rest of her life with, you know?

    And I’m not trying to be rude, but those who said no, that they were going to stop watching the show after this news, well they aren’t true Bones fans anyway. I recall a lot of people stopped watching one of my favorite shows, Ugly Betty, after they found out that she wouldn’t end up with Henry, or Gio, or that she might not end up with Daniel. As for me, I watched EVERY single episode right up until the very end. Why? Because I truly loved the show for what it was, regardless. Now I was an extremely devoted Detty fan so I pretty much got my ending, and now I am an EXTREMELY CRAZILY dedicated Brennan/Booth fan and I have faith, no matter what happens that we will get our B&B ending, so I’m sticking with the show until the very end, whenever that may be. Because if you aren’t willing to stick with a show with the good times and the bad times, then you are what is called a ‘fair-weather fan’ and the show doesn’t really need you anyway. That’s my two-cents. Peace out!

    Ohhh and I will continue to watch Bones and have faith in B&B until the very end, because I truly love this show and these characters, and nothing will change that.

  55. Parsons on July 8th, 2010 2:19 am

    Count me among those who will only watch if this storyline is mercifully brief. I’m just sick and tired of all of this one step forward, two steps back nonsense. I’m sick of the promised payoffs that never happen. I’m sick of the sloppy, unoriginal writing and the blatant product placement ads (Avatar, Angela waxing poetic about her Toyota Sienna). Whose brilliant idea was it to replace Cullen’s airtime with Hacker’s? Are we seriously supposed to believe that Brennan would consider having sex with someone so utterly buffoonish? Admit it: has the writing on the show improved or gotten worse in the past two seasons? When was the last time the writers had an original thought?

    Several people have mentioned that this storyline might be a positive thing because Brennan will finally realize what she is missing when Booth is no longer on the market. Don’t forget that the spoiler indicates that Brennan supports Booth’s relationship wholeheartedly. In other words, the writers and producers lack the cajones for Brennan to have an epiphany and realize that she should not have rejected Booth in the 100th episode.

    I’m just saying, I’m sick of it all. How many times are we going to let Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan get their rocks off by playing tricks on shippers? Why did we waste five years establishing the UST, only to pretend it doesn’t exist? This is an unsatisfying storyline. It makes little sense, and for me, it feels very much like the last straw.

  56. daffy on July 8th, 2010 2:51 am

    I totally freaked out when I read the spoiler yesterday. I belong to the group of people who were in denial last spring when they started talking about a possible third party. But now that it’s here and obviously coming….well, I may as well remove my blinders.

    I’m not ready to give up on the show yet, though a lot of good points were raised here about how tired and trite the third party concept is. But I am seriously worried about how Brennan in the show is going to react to this. Supportive? Sure, maybe on the surface she will appear supportive. But I’m with Teresa on this one, who raised the point that she will feel totally abandoned again when Booth comes back with another woman. For someone like Brennan, one more person who gives up on her would be devastating. And this is what Booth will be basically saying when he comes back with his new love interest, that he has given up on her, on them. I’m curious, and very apprehensive about how the writers are going to address that one. They’re going to have to get it right in order for us to believe that she will trust Booth again.

    With that said, S6 can’t get here fast enough for me.

  57. Foghorn on July 8th, 2010 3:52 am

    I already gave up on “Bones” after the utterly pathetic Season 5.

    Sorry won’t be coming back to watch it this coming season so the news that Booth comes back with a girlfriend is not only boring and totally predictable but irrelevant to me.

  58. Ranga on July 8th, 2010 5:03 am

    I love Bones, but I agree with rynogeny.
    I’m starting to get sick of them doing all this and relying on the fact that we rely on the fact that we know they will get together. (sorry for the confusing-ness).
    Everyone knows that they are keeping them apart because if they get together the show will apparently fizzle out like previous shows. What I say to this is that they are cowards. Bones is such an original, amazing show with such creative storylines, and it has been very successful. Surely they will be able to keep the show great while exploring a new dynamic of Booth and Bones’ relationship, but they just add in used, annoying story lines because they are scared of doing something different. The makers of Bones should have more confidence in their own abilities.

    It’s also cruel to keep us, the dedicated fans, waiting for something we know isn’t going to happen until the show ends.
    I used to watch Bones for its wit, humour, originality, and most of all the anticipation of Bones and Booth getting together. Every episode was a new opportunity for it to happen, but it never did. Now I have lost interest (partly) because i have given up waiting for that to happen.

    I will still watch the show, and I still like it, but I am a bit dissapointed.

    Then again, this journalist could just be in it for the purpose of making both of them believe they should be together. Maybe dreams come true 😀
    sorry if i offended anyone

  59. workaholic888 on July 8th, 2010 7:18 am

    Count me in the minute season 6 airs!! I’m going down with this ship no matter what!! Even if it makes me annoyed, angry, devastated, tired, etc etc sometimes…every once in a while…there’s this moment that makes it all worthwhile again.

  60. Fed Up on July 8th, 2010 9:10 am

    So… can someone tell me what the whole point of the ‘we’ll meet in a year at the coffee stand’ big scene was all about then? This whole SO plot just makes that whole finale an even worse episode than I already thought it was now.

    I won’t be tuning into Season 6 until either the SO plot is over and done with or there are a significant number of episodes aired (I may even just wait for the whole season to finish, because another crappy finale is something I don’t want to put myself through again), so I can judge the direction of the show. I’m sick of wasting my time on something that never delivers.

    I am not interested in watching angst, angst and more angst on my screen. I watch television as an escape, not to feel miserable. Interesting that I should say that about a show based around murders, but there you go.

    I was just thinking about my decision and suddenly realised that even if I do read that they have *finally* got together, I probably don’t even care anymore. The excitement and interest has just been stamped on too many times. Yes, I sound dramatic, but isn’t it sad when you feel this way about your favorite show??

    I’d love to know how the casual viewer feels about it. I guess we’ll find out in September.

  61. Jenn on July 8th, 2010 12:35 pm

    I have loved reading everyone’s points of view in the comments because I feel like they’re insightful, well-thought out and make me think about aspects of the show and writing that I hadn’t considered. I haven’t made a final decision on where I’ll be in Season 6 (in front of the TV or not) because I, like Brennan, hate rushed decisions that are made without weighing the facts:)

    But, like Fed Up, one of the things that I have considered is that I’m not looking for a mega dose of angst when I watch the show (real life delivers quite enough of that, thank you very much). And, like Marisa and a few others pointed out, how will they address the fact that one of the points they have made time and again is that Brennan, made vulnerable and hurt by love once, won’t open up and allow another chance?

    The thing is, I want all of the fans to be really excited when B&B get together, and IMO we’re at the danger point (or well past for some) where that excitement is replaced by a feeling of “so what?” because the story has been drawn out past the point of plausibility.

    Marisa, thanks so much for providing a forum to vent!

  62. Marisa on July 8th, 2010 12:47 pm

    No problem, Jenn. I love hearing what the fans have to say. You guys always bring up so many amazing points 🙂

  63. EL on July 8th, 2010 1:22 pm

    I agree with Jenn. Bones has arrived at the point House reached this season. Season 6, House and Cuddy get together. You know what? So what! Time goes by, enthusiasms fade and new t.v. shows begin. There is a natural lifetime arc to a story, any story, and Booth and Brennan have reached the end of the rainbow. Give us the pot of gold or pack up the scenery and go home. To quote Booth, ‘No do-over’s’.

  64. Unicorn on July 8th, 2010 1:45 pm

    Only one thing to add to the SO storyline: If Booth (after a few eps with his “new love interest) dumps said SO, what does this tell Bones about a lasting relationship?
    Right, it doesn´t exist. And the drama goes on… and on…and on…zzzzzzzz

    the show lost it for me when its focus turned from crime show (with great cases, dark humour and great charakters) to soap with here and then a few bones thrown in.

  65. Jul on July 8th, 2010 5:51 pm

    I voted in the undecided category. Because Honestly HH & SN are walking a tightrope and it’s starting to unravel. It’s come to the point where – to quote Ivey West from Clique Clack, “I’m pretty sure I’m finished watching the story of how Booth and Bones get together, I’m ready to watch the story of them being together.” Could this SO thing be great in the big scheme of things – sure. But, we’ve reached the put-up or shut-up point. It has to happen at least in this season, if not early-ish, because we’ve reached the point where it’s either happens or the group that would have cared have abandoned ship and they’re going to lose ratings. And I know people keep saying, “Oh those fans always say that and they never leave, it’s all bs.” But, I think this time it’s true.

    I didn’t come into Bones in the beginning. Tripped into it in S4 and caught up on dvd, so my wait has been shorter. I can’t imagine what fans are going through that truly have been there since the series premiere, because I find myself frustrated.

    In the run up to the season 6 premiere, it makes me definitely lose enthusiasm for what has been appointment tv for me because it tells me that its SOS and the “natural” pace that HH & SN claim to want is actually WAAAAAAY stretched out to the point that it’s ridiculous to even casual viewers who aren’t B&B shippers that are friends of mine that occasionally watch it on tnt, especially in light of the events of ep 100. In fact, one of my more casual viewing friends said when i told her about my own feelings of lost enthusiasm (quoting w/her permission), “They should be told this. Other people feel this way. Would you feel disinterested if they became a couple and the sexual tension was over? I don’t think I would. They could have other conflicts. But they can drag this on only so far before I give up on the show, even though I love the gore!”

    And with a lot of other options this year for 8pm Thursday night, it makes me a bit sad that I’m actually considering other things because they’re making so that I’m just turned off that what they’re showing us is that the only time this couple will finally get it together enough to get together is in the series finale. And that’s sad, because they’d be a hell of a lot more interesting as two different kinds of people trying to figure out how to stay together than how to get together – because that’s the harder of the two, speaking as a shrink that does couple’s counseling.

    But, thanks for giving people the place to talk about this Marisa. You’re a great friend to the show.

    -j.

  66. Nikki on July 8th, 2010 6:57 pm

    @Marisa, thanks for clarifying. At first, I thought it was some type of damage control lol

    Maybe it’s because I’m not a B/B shipper but I’m really disturbed by the amount of enjoyment only connected to what happens between B/B. If something comes between B/B or B/B aren’t together, yet, everyone just wants to jump ship. There are other aspects of the show to enjoy. I’m probably in the minority(within the internet fandom) but, the show isn’t about B/B only. If it was, Michaela, TJ, Tamara and John would not be in the opening credits. They wouldn’t be on the show. If you’re only watching the show to only see B/B get together in a romantic relationship, you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment.

    This is how these types of TV shows work. UST stays UST up until the last minute, in most cases. Bones is no different than any other show. Don’t give me Friends, The Office examples, either. Those are half-hour sitcoms. A completely different genre. And, those shows concentrate on ALL the characters in the show.

    With this one year time jump, I hope HH & Co. can bring the show back to what it was; A drama with a nice balance of comedy, great cases, character development and romance(for ALL characters). I think HH might be kicking himself a bit for focusing too much on the B/B will they/won’t they. It’s a shame because that’s all anyone talks about, anymore. I can’t even have a discussion about the other characters I like because so many fans are focused on B/B only. This is his chance to slow it down and take the 100% focus away from the will they/won’t they. You can be in denial all you want, but B/B aren’t getting together any time soon. So, I would say just sit back and enjoy the ride.

  67. The Unicorner on July 8th, 2010 8:19 pm

    *points at Nikki’s post* Yeah, that.

    I’ve been with Bones since the beginning and I’ve never watched solely for B/B. Yes, I enjoyed the tension in the early seasons and was like, “Gee, I hope these two hook up sometime” but I equally enjoyed the cases and the supporting characters. The show was able to sustain the tension because there were other focuses besides the romance. But by switching the focus pretty much solely to B/B in S4ish, the show is left with nowhere to go but to either hook them up or break them up permanently. Instead of a nice spicy side dish the UST has become a dull, boring, repetitive main course and is no longer relevant to my interests.

    It is clear that HH has no intention of hooking B/B up anytime soon, so I think the SO plot might be good for the show as a whole. By returning the focus back to the cases, to the development of B and B as individuals and not just with respect to a potential relationship, and to the supporting characters, the show will become much more well-rounded and so when the B/B stuff happens it won’t be like FREAKING FINALLY and more like, “Oh, that’s nice.” I’m probably being overly optimistic here, but it is nice to pretend that if B/B ever hook up onscreen it won’t be totally anticlimatic.

  68. Elizabeth on July 8th, 2010 10:56 pm

    Delurking for a moment to just say I have to agree with the last two posters. I’ve been with the show since the pilot aired; can recite “Man in the Fallout Shelter” or “Aliens in a Spaceship” or “Baby in the Bough” on cue. Even in the age of DVR, we watched it live in our house — that’s how much we loved it.

    But note I said loved. Past tense. I feel like these characters, who — as many of you pointed out — I felt like I *knew*; that were real, that resonated with me…they’re not there anymore. The only thing I can compare it to (and with no disrespect intended at all) is like how it was when my grandfather suffered from Alzheimer’s. There’s that hope that what drew me to the show — the ensemble cast with PHENOMENAL chemistry; interesting cases and storylines that kept me on the edge of my seat — will be there. (I STILL freak out during “AiaS”, because that watch-the-countdown tension is so powerful even after a thousand viewings.) And then they aren’t.

    Like many of you, I feel betrayed, too, but not because of the whole “will they/won’t they” tango; instead, I liken it to Bones’ line in “The Boneless Bride in the River” (told you I could quote it): “No bones, no Bones.” You need ALL of the characters — each part of the skeleton, if you will — to make the show work.

    Just my two cents. Back to lurkdom…

  69. Jacinda on July 9th, 2010 12:32 am

    Come on guys, its not that bad. This is the LAST season. HH would not throw away six years only for B&B to not end up together. This is just a little twist so he can write a story big enough to amount to 22 scripts. Don’t leave Bones. You didn’t wait six years for nothing. (:

  70. S on July 9th, 2010 12:33 am

    Spoilers are leaked to get people riled up on purpose, keep people guessing and confuse them. That being said although my first reaction is to wrinkle my nose at this displeasing development concerning the storyline, we must wait first “until all the evidence is in” before drawing conclusions or forming opinions.

    No disrespect, but part of the beauty of Bones is it never gives us exactly what we want. Life isn’t perfect, B&B aren’t perfect. I mean how much fun would it be to have everything you want to happen actually happen? If the storyline was always happy or pleased us, it would become boring.

  71. Brooke on July 9th, 2010 1:57 am

    I watched this show from the very begining for David Boreanaz. But the entire series premise reeled me in completely. The cast, the cases, the comic timing, the heart.

    I cared for these characters, and loved how they were being defined by the cases they were working on and how you could see their human emotions through their surroundings.

    But in it’s third season the show took a turn for Brennan/Booth and I liked them as a couple it wasn’t my focus of watching the show. So when the show started to cater towards those fans and the couple I lost interest becuase the show had no balance.

    The heart was just gone. Humor took over and it wasn’t even funny humor it was childish mediocre humor that was being targeted towards kids.

    The cases were terrible and the characters lost htier heart towards the victims and the suspects. It lost it’s point of view that not everything is as it seems that not everyone is bad and not everyone is good.

    I feel like most of the people who watch now didn’t watch it back then and if they did they didn’t like it. I feel that the people who watched the show for everything got screwed over for ratings, and what’s frustrating, is that their ratings go down every year and they don’t try to do anything about it, they continue to make it about B/B and their “romance.”

    They need to realize that not everyone who watches this show watches it for Brennan and Booth. There are other fans out there too and we deserve to be recognized.

    The show needs the balance it once had because the B/B made more since when it wasn’t being rushed or the center of attention.

    Bring back the heart, the characters, and more importantly give us good cases.

  72. Fed Up on July 9th, 2010 3:15 am

    OK, so who wants to play a ComicCon drinking game during the HH/DB interview?
    I’ll leave you to assign amounts and add your own phrases, but here’s a start:

    – “it’s done in a very new and interesting way, I think the fans will like it”.
    – “it takes the relationship/show in a whole different direction”
    – “the fans only think they want to see that, but do they really?”
    – “I hate spoilers”
    – “she might be ready, but will he be?”
    – “a very organic way”
    – “payoff”
    – “yes, we would absolutely love to have Stephen Fry/Cyndi Lauper back”
    – “We do not believe in the Moonlighting curse”
    – some mention of Twitter
    – justification of the unpopular use of Parker to persuade Booth to go back to war
    – talk about a new recurring intern
    – DB stirring it by suggesting, you know what, maybe they’ll never get together
    – HH refusing to give away any information at all

    btw – I totally agree with the people that said the storylines have suffered at the expense of dragging out the BB story. I find it sad that either the network or the writers don’t have the confidence that they could write interesting stories about BB together at the same time as great cases.

  73. Mara Jade on July 9th, 2010 3:40 am

    To be honest, if I weren’t so convinced they’ll try to play it for the usual plethora of clichés associated with ‘partner in main ship enters new relationship’, I’d actually be excited about this spoiler. Let’s face it, this show needs *some* new dynamic. Booth needs his life to be more balanced than centring around Brennan and — when the writers remember him — Parker. In a realistic scenario, Brennan would probably need to feel like there’s no pressure of expectation on her with regards to Booth’s feelings. Furthermore, at the risk of sounding harsh, some of us need the focus turned away from Booth and Brennan and the ship that wasn’t.

    I was one of those people who never watched for the B/B aspect of the show. I got into ‘Bones’ because it gave me a slightly offbeat team dynamic coupled with cracking moments of noir humour. I saw the possibility they’d turn the B/B aspect into a ship early on, but it was somewhat in the background, ambiguous enough not to be overtly ‘romantic’, and in the end I always hoped they wouldn’t go through with *making* it romantic.

    Frankly, from the way they’ve written the characters and any/all serious on-screen discussions between them, Booth and Brennan are, at the end of the day, not very well-suited for each other. Even if they were, even if somehow their interaction translated into ‘ship of the generation/century/millennium’, that’s no reason to shift the entire genre of the show and turn it into a romantic comedy (and I use the term loosely given the romance is at a stalemate from day one and the comedy veers towards the slapstick more suited to prepubescent boys).

    I’m hoping the showrunners remember ‘Bones’ used to have a lot more going for it than the hovering question mark hanging over a potential relationship, and that they even manage to find some of that ensemble magic again. It’d be nice. All the more so if this is their last season; I think I’d like to see them go out on something of a high.

  74. TeaTotaller on July 9th, 2010 9:32 am

    @Nikki I think it’s good that people watch for different reasons.

    I watch mainly for B&B. But if you’d read my concerns and thoughts posted after S5 ended, you’d know that one of the other things I love is THE TEAM, the center (B&B) and the squints, all together. And the way Season 5 ended – Cam left all alone, without a team (everyone fled the Jeffersonian, once it wa clear that Brennan wouldn’t be there), and Sweets all alone for a year (well, he can have other patients, or re-write his book…). I just don’t like it. No matter how they’ll continue with the story, a year apart cannot do anything good to the team (in my mind). Sure they could ignore the year alltogether, or just get back & start right were they left off, or it could be really awkward & take lots of time to function as a team again. I don’t know. But in HH’s story lots of good will probably come out of this.

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I agree with the people who have said that the problem is partly cause latest seasons have been all about Booth & Brennan’s relationship. The focus has been on them. If they intended to focus on the main couples relationship, they should’ve put them together already. If they had no intention to do so, it really would’ve been better to show more crime/science part, and leave the B&B as B plot line, that way I might buy the “B&B are not there yet” thing. (I’m stupid, I don’t see/get the “the relationship needs to develop organically, and it’s not time yet” thing)

    I am probably wrong, but the “there is no team” has been one of my main concerns since May. That, and the fact that for me, the moment where B&B could either catch fire or… lost their moment… is gone. All these changes don’t sound good to me, and belive me, I’ve thought of so many scenarious… and there is not one I would be okay with. That is sad. I hate feeling so sad, and disappointed (when I think about all this, I look just like B&B in the final scene of episode 100. It’s so so sad. Yet it’s real, and true. And it’s all happening, and there’s nothing anyone can do to change it. Unless.. everything we’ve seen has been a dream or something. LOL

    I’m not leaving. I’m just taking a sabbatical (just like the character did). I’ll be watching with you if they rush the B&B part and we’ll be able to see them trying to make their relationship work. Or latest… I’ll watch on DVD. I’ll definitely watch. At some point. If not sooner, then in next life. 🙂

  75. KATIA REIS DE ABREU on July 9th, 2010 11:26 am

    If once said here, I say again, kindly confirm, has an interview with DB in Late Night with Jimmy Fallon said he’d open chain that upon return they are getting closer. Just think the show is about the relationship, both personal and professional and we all know that the two would love it, only that Brennan is difficult to handle and has to face certain things to be aware that she really likes the Booth. The authors should be making a way to make her understand that, but when the show came about they should not put the matter on the agenda personal relationship in an interview that was published around the world producers, including DB and ED have said and comes as reaffirming that in a moment all will be together, we hope, otherwise the show was a total deception and the series itself will end up falling into disrepute and down the hill. That means they will end up having to cancel everything and all the work was by water, outside the brouhaha that will end up doing that.

  76. sue on July 9th, 2010 5:59 pm

    this is a bump in the road and i hope when things smooth out bones want be the one hurt and alone/ 2 shows maybe/

  77. Brittany on July 9th, 2010 6:25 pm

    I like the idea of Brennan being jealous but I hope they dont drag the girlfriend storyline out too much a max of 3 episodes is enough & even that might be too much but I think Brennan needs to realize the pain she gets in her heart when Booth is w/ someone else. But PLEASE dont turn the show into another S3 of chuck!! It was an awesome show until they put sarah/shaw together for almost the entire season then in the last few episodes they put chuck/sarah together it was wayyy too rushed.

    They should take some pointers from S8 & S9 of Smallville. Lois and Brennan are alot a like they are very independant and in S8 Lois realized she may have strong feelings for clark. And in S9 they were a couple and IMO its been one of the best seasons in a really long time.

  78. Jessi on July 10th, 2010 12:11 am

    The season finale didn’t make me angry or excited. It left me feeling completely ambivalent. This current spoiler just reinforces that for me. I’ve watched every single episode (2-3 times, blush), and now? I realize that it’s just going to keep running around in a pointless loop until viewership tanks and the network pulls the show, and I just don’t care anymore…

    As to whether I’ll watch next year? Probably not. I’m won’t be planning my Thursday nights around it or wasting DVR space. I’ll catch a few episodes in the spring on Hulu, and if I enjoy those, I’ll probably resume. If I feel like I missed something, I’ll enjoy catching up on Netflix. *shrug* I’m not expecting much though.

  79. Athena on July 10th, 2010 1:47 pm

    Frankly, I think that Booth and Brennan will NEVER be together as a couple. It has been hinted many times by HH, DB and even ED — not even in the last 6 minutes of the last episode of the series! We might as well get up and smell the coffee…

  80. Lisa on July 10th, 2010 4:48 pm

    I agree with Rose. I’ll read reviews and see if I want to tune in to watch. With HH insisting he knows how it ends for B&B well I’m just glad I don’t have an incureable disease and I’ll be dead in six months. I’d hate to think I wasted five years with no resolution in sight for the B&B relationship.

  81. Amy on July 10th, 2010 8:05 pm

    @Athena, I have to agree. I’m not a B/B shipper, but I know how these types of relationships in shows work. B/B were based around UST. They must maintain that UST. You put B/B together, you might as well end the show. And, it has NOTHING to do with the so-called Moonlighting curse. I know there are shippers out there that think B/B will work if they put them together. However, nobody wants to watch B/B in a relationship doing couple-y stuff. That’s no what this show is about. Bones is not a half-hour romantic comedy sitcom. If I have to sit through B/B as a couple, I’ll get bored and quick. I don’t watch the show for a ship. Trust me, 90% of the viewing audience will get bored, too. Also, you have to factor in what many have said in this thread…this show isn’t only about B/B. HH & Co. need to do what works for the majority and that’s what they’re doing. Believe it or not, the hardcore shippers who want B/B together right now aren’t the majority. If you think HH has a plan to put B/B together, this coming season, I think you’re going to be disappointed. Unless, this is the last season(tbh, I hope it is), B/B aren’t getting together any time soon. And as Athena said, they might not even actually get together. Everyone always uses the argument that “B/B will be together…eventually.” Did HH actually say that about B/B? Someone please point me to a link. I want an actual source.

    This is just something the shippers have to accept. Name ONE show, NOT Friends, The Big Bang Theory or The Office(those are sitcoms, not hour long dramas). I’m talking about a forensics/drama procedural where the two leads have UST and actually get together? Or if they do, the show stays on the air. ………….Exactly.

  82. Olivia on July 10th, 2010 11:54 pm

    *goes into fetal posistion*
    I hate this.
    But, then again, I’ve gotten used to them dating other people.
    I got mad when Brennan and Sully were together. I didn’t get as mad when Booth was with Catherine (What ever happened to her?) and now Booth and this mystery woman?
    Well, yes I am sad but it’s happened so many times that I don’t even care anymore.
    Give it a few episodes, they’ll break up.

  83. Marisa on July 11th, 2010 12:46 am

    @Amy- FWIW, HH told me in an interview we did last year (before I wrote for this blog) that he knows when in the characters’ lives they get together. He just doesn’t know when it happens in the show. The exact exchange:

    So do you have a definitive plan for when Booth and Brennan will get together in terms of what season it is? Or is it flexible?
    HH: I’m pretty flexible, although I know how it happens and when. I know when [it happens] in the life of the characters, I don’t know when in the life of the series. I’ve always known — I can’t say too much about it — [but I know] how that happens. I believe that with a series — and it sounds flaky, but it’s the only way I’m flaky, I promise you — you just have to listen to the series and watch the series and try not to listen too much to the fans. It’s impossible not to [listen to the fans] though. And you talk to the actors and the people who are there every day and try and figure out how it’s going. And you have to be flexible that way, I think.

  84. Amy on July 11th, 2010 2:18 am

    @Marisa, thanks, but I already knew about this quote 🙂 His answer isn’t really specific. When I read this, last year, I didn’t get anything that says they will get together in the show. I felt like he was trying to come up with some answer to satisfy the shippers. In the life of the characters, right now, they aren’t ready. From his answer, putting them together in the very last episode of the series, or ending it in a way that just implies they will get together, isn’t out of the question.

  85. Fed Up on July 11th, 2010 4:55 am

    I think the UST *has* already gone though (I know someone else said this up there ^^). It went BANG with the end of the 100th, and whimpered off like a hurt puppy completely in the finale. Goooooooone on those respective planes to Maluku and Afghanistan.

    I’m more bored with them not being together than I ever will be with them being together.

    I so wish they hadn’t pulled the year time jump nonsense in addition to the significant other crap. Ugh.

  86. Marisa on July 11th, 2010 12:03 pm

    @Amy- First of all, thanks for reading the quote last year! Yeah, I can’t claim to know *when* they get together, but this is one of the very few shows with a will-they-won’t-they where I’d be shocked if they (in this case, obviously, Booth and Brennan) didn’t get together at one point before the show is over. Might it be the last episode? Sure.

    But back to your original post, it’ll be interesting if they do ever try and break the ground because very few shows have dared to pair up their leads (and keep them together) and survived. But at the same time, many shows have also pushed the UST so beyond the point of believability that when couples do get together, it’s almost not even noteworthy.

    @Fed Up- It’s interesting how so many of you have mentioned the UST being gone now. To me, I never looked at it that way, but I can certainly see where you are all coming from. The tension absolutely shifted after the 100th episode and there was a deal of certainty in Booth’s mind that the door was closed on a relationship but– to me at least–the tension was still there. Because they never got to completely give them a try, there is going to be tension.

  87. Terks on July 11th, 2010 2:21 pm

    I figured they wouldn’t just get together. There always has to be a complication, ugh! But in a way it makes sense. Last season was very Booth-oriented in terms of love, because he was clearly in love with her pretty much the whole season, and he was aware of his feelings. Bones on the other hand, still wouldn’t let herself admit that she loved Booth. I’m guessing that this season we will see Bones being jealous and realizing how much she actually cares for Booth, and she will have to fight her stubbornness and fear of getting hurt to let herself truly fall for booth. The character dynamic should be interesting. On a bad note, that might mean that if this season were to be Bones-oriented then they wouldn’t get together till season 7! :/

  88. Amy on July 11th, 2010 8:02 pm

    @Marisa, no problem! I always read your write-ups 🙂 What you just said…

    “But back to your original post, it’ll be interesting if they do ever try and break the ground because very few shows have dared to pair up their leads (and keep them together) and survived. But at the same time, many shows have also pushed the UST so beyond the point of believability that when couples do get together, it’s almost not even noteworthy.”

    Maybe, I should have put it this way, but I think you knew where I was going with my post with what you said lol I wasn’t trying to be a debbie downer to the shippers. Just presenting them with some possible hard truths that they may go through, knowing how this industry is. Like you said, very few shows dared to go there and they didn’t survive. I think, when B/B get together whether it’s in the series finale or a little before, they will be in the “it’s almost not even noteworthy” group. I’ve noticed a lot of apathy, lately. They’ve stretched it so far and they shouldn’t have made B/B will they/won’t the forefront during S4 and S5. It’s a little played out, at this point. At least, for us non-shippers who watch for other aspects. For us, it’s taking up too much screen-time lol I mean, I like all the characters. I love Booth and Brennan. I’m just not interested in their “dance” or whatever it is. *shrug*

    So, I hope this coming season will definitely bring a new dynamic, as promised. More good balance, please.

  89. a nony mouse on July 11th, 2010 9:23 pm

    Shades of friends…..

    Didn’t Ross go to China to get a dinosaur BONE and come back with a girlfriend after Rachael decides to be with him?

    Can you say formulaic and utterly predictable?

    I knew you could……

  90. lifeofmytime on July 12th, 2010 11:19 am

    Okay, so yes the third party thing can be rather contrived. And the fact she’s a journalist sounds like it will feel uber-contrived. But – I think it’s needed at this point. As much as I want Bones and Booth together, I know the show will never be as addictive/angsty when they actually get together. It still needs to be drawn out some more. We’ve seen Booth struggle with his feelings for the past season. We now need to see Bones deal with her feelings over a substantial story-line arc. She can be matter of fact about the idea of him moving on with his life, but when the reality of this begins to impact her life, she will see that she needs Booth. The first time Booth can’t be there for her when she expects it because he’s busy with his new girlfriend will be the beginning of her undoing.

    It may be contrived, but I think it will bring us all much closer to the storyline we’ve been waiting for.

  91. Angel on July 15th, 2010 5:16 pm

    Okay, First of all i want to say that the majority of Bones Is simply this: A FBI agent and scientist team up to crack cases, while Love and drama happens at the lab.

    There’s also another spoiler, that i’m pretty sure is for S6, is that one of the squints is going to die by the hands of a (probable) serial Killer. Now this could range anywhere from Wendall to Angela, or Daisy to this “Journalist”. I’m still going to watch the show, excited for Angela and Hodgins, and this new “serial Killer”. The only thing about this girlfriend i’m even remotely concerned about, is that we don’t know how long Booth and her have been together. For all we know, they could of been together for the whole year, or just 2-3 months. What if Booth accidentally gets her pregnant. Recipe for disaster.

    Anyways, like i’ve said, Angela and Hodgins got together ( quite randomly too) so i guess really anything could happen with B&B. However, I think at this point Brennan is really the one who has to decide. Booth has suffered ever since he got that coma…dream…thing. And, just off topic, when was the last time we saw Jared? He could play a part, you never really know with Bones.

    Anyway, this looks like a good season, despite this Girlfriend. So i don’t think really ANYONE should stop watching. But thats just my opinon.

    Angel

  92. jamorr on July 20th, 2010 9:18 am

    I think the Season 5 finale was actually the Series Final its just that the writers haven’t discovered that yet. The writers had the opportunity to get Booth and Brennan together at the end of Series 5, in fact there was only two options: get them together or end the show. They choose to end the show. They were so worried about the Moonlighting scenario they have gone the way of Northern Exposure and X Files which died when people got bored with waiting for something to happen with the male and female lead. So do I care that Booth comes back with a girlfriend – no. Will I be watching Season 6 – no.

  93. Jerseyri on July 25th, 2010 11:53 pm

    I don’t know why so many fans have given up on this show. It’s great! In the first four seasons, Booth and Brennan were just getting to know each other. It wasn’t until S5 that Booth realized he loved Brennan. Now in Season 6, with a push (a new girlfriend for Booth), Brennan will realize how much she needs and loves Booth. What exactly is the problem? I agree that S5 was a little too soap opera-y, but the 100th episode (especially) and the final episode were fantastic. The acting was incredible. So now we see it unfold in Season 6. Hopefully, we get a Season 7 and we get to enjoy Booth and BRennan as a couple. If BONES falls on its face in Season 7 because of all the reasons people are giving that putting Booth and Brennan together is a bad idea, well, it’s been a great run and I still would like to see them together. For all the fans (well, actually you are no longer fans) who don’t want to watch anymore, that’s okay. THere are more out there that do.