It's finally mid-August, which means we're officially (give or take) five short weeks from the glorious start of yet another TV season. Spoilers are starting to slowly trickle out, but what's even more fun? Promos are finally airing again! Bones has already released several different variations promoting the September 17th premiere of it's fifth season, and, let's be honest - there's really not much else to do in response to them other than flail and squee.
Despite what all of us may or may not have felt about last season's shocking finale, it's looking as if season five is going to deliver exactly what's necessary to fix what's been broken. I personally really enjoyed the finale last season, but I was apathetic over almost every other episode that came before it. In my opinion, something needed to shift regardless of whether or not it was done to placate fans after the finale, and it's finally looking as though we're going to make some real progress.
Follow me behind the cut and we'll take a look at what's in store!
The first truly exciting promo to come our way was little gem:
Booth is precious, you guys. Just precious. I can't help but giggle at his excitement and the sense of joy he exudes just at being back to work/around Brennan again. I find it not only funny but also really interesting that he's apparently lost certain minor details of his personality. He remembers who he is, everything about the people around him, how to do his job, etc - but the eccentricities that made him distinctly Booth, and the particular processes by which he used to approach work situations, have seemingly been lost. We hear from spoilers that he's no longer wearing his colorful socks (and the ties are back to boring black, too), and you can see from the promo that he's the one lacking total professionalism at crime scenes and having to be reminded of his own rules by Bones.
I really, really think I'm going to love the total shift that this season will bring. Booth and Brennan are going to be forced to almost get to know each other all over again in a sense, even though it's not as if he's actually forgotten anything about her. But he does remember what he felt for her in his "dream," and he's not going to have the easiest time maintaining the line that he himself drew all those years ago.
Add to that the fact that Cam is flat-out telling him he's in love with Brennan, which is another thing that I love about this show. Caroline used to say that Bones was great at hitting you over the head with exactly what messages it wanted you to pick up on, and the constant intervening into Booth/Brennan's relationship by both Cam and Angela (not to mention Sweets) is one of my favorite ways to be hit over the head. If Booth can't manage to admit it to himself, or at least out loud, then Cam will say it for him: he's in love with Dr. Brennan.
Thing is, as the next promo shows us, Booth doesn't actually have that much trouble admitting it out loud at all:
So Booth loves Brennan and tells her so, the Cyndi Lauper psychic is all up in their romantic/spiritual connection, Angela is sticking her nose into it again (yay!), and Booth/Bones are just generally adorable together at all times.
This is where it really gets fun, though. Booth admits to Brennan that he loves her, and that he's been wanting to tell her this since the moment he woke up. And then he almost immediately covers with his "...in an 'atta girl' kind of way" tag-on the second Brennan gives him her look of awkward discomfort and confusion. Plus, look at his face during that hug! I think the hug is my favorite part of the promo. He looks like he's simultaneously existing in both heaven and hell at that very moment, so happy to be holding her but so tortured that it can't be how he really wants it. Angela is surely correct in her claim that things are very, very awkward, and I think it's going to make it all the more delicious.
Can't you just imagine how much fun it's going to be? Booth, completely aware of his love for Brennan and longing to be with her, is going to force himself to fight against those feelings to keep from causing more tension in their partnership. But he can only fight it for so long, and Brennan is totally in denial anyway. The angst-to-fluff ratio is going to be outstanding, you guys! And it's my favorite type of angst, where they're not really fighting and falling apart -- they're just achingly struggling with warring emotions as they attempt to keep things platonic for even longer.
Me? I already love it. Who knows if it will end up going at all the way I hope it goes, but I'm extremely anxious to see it all unfold. I feel like this may be exactly the type of shift in their relationship that I was craving for last season. Things had gotten too "same plot, different week" with every passing episode, and I really felt like the show was losing sight of how to properly focus on angst/drama instead of their need to be goofy/comedic. I have high hopes for this plot to bring things back to an even balance all around, and I can't wait to get the journey started.
What are your thoughts on the promos and what they hint at for the new season? Do they give you hope and reignite your love for the show, or is the sting of the finale just too painful to move past?
(P.S. I have to point out how much I love the adorable David/Emily shot they keep using at the beginning and/or end of these promos. Seriously, y'all, those two are just ridiculous. But that's another blog for another day, perhaps.)