History Headscratchers / Bones

6th Jul '17 7:45:00 PM AbnormalMoose
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* The team uses a drone to inspect someone who may be trafficking animals. At one point, a camel and a zebra appear in the footage, yet Angela doesn't recognize them, and Daisy has to explain to her what they are. Like, really? Angela doesn't know what a zebra or camel are, and TheDitz has to tell her? It's such a strange moment.

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* The team uses a drone to inspect someone who may be trafficking animals. At one point, a camel and a zebra appear in the footage, yet Angela doesn't recognize them, and Daisy has to explain to her what they are. Like, really? Angela doesn't know what a zebra or camel are, and TheDitz has to tell her? It's such a strange moment.moment.
** Probably some writer going overboard with Angela's uber-quirky lol-she's-so-strange-and-delightful persona. "lol she doesn't know what a camel is who doesn't know what a camel is Angela doesn't that's who because she's quirkyyyyyyy!"
6th Jul '17 7:41:46 PM AbnormalMoose
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*** I have this feeling we don't have a trope for it because that would mean the writeup would likely acknowledge that the reason it happens is that it makes for a more satisfying and conclusive end to an episode rather than the ambiguity and loose end of "It wasn't me!" and that this is a valid reason, and thus people would have less ground to stand on when they complained about it on every investigative show ever.
6th Jul '17 7:25:16 PM AbnormalMoose
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** I always laugh when people from other countries (or just Europhile Americans) gripe about the portrayal of European countries in American stuff, because if Americans do anything but nod exuberantly in agreement to inaccurate/insulting portrayals of America we're regarded as fussy nationalistic idiots.
15th Jun '17 8:04:17 AM Wereboar
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*** Brennan decided to be with Booth, and this meant that she could have been able to continue her professional life, leaving her daughter with her partner/husband, especially that she doesn't seem to have problems with leaving her child in creches, day cares and similar institutions.



** It seems that the Bones is actually the only character that visibly merges abrasive character with high education level. Angela is extremely skilled socially, Hodgins knows how to fit in any situations and he is way more mischievious than arrogant, Fisher, Bray and Vaziri are obviously smooth talkers, same applies to Abernathy to some extent. Wick wants to emulate Bones, but again, she is also level-headed and averagely emotional (to the point of being overenthusiastic initially). And Edison, although somewhat bossy at work, is shown to be completely laid-back guy who just wants to maintain the aura of professionalism at work. Seriously,

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** It seems that the Bones is actually the only character that visibly merges abrasive character with high education level. Angela is extremely skilled socially, Hodgins knows how to fit in any situations situation and he is way more mischievious than arrogant, Fisher, Bray and Vaziri are obviously smooth talkers, same applies to Abernathy to some extent.extent. Prior to Sweets' arrival, Camille doubled as a heart of the team. Wick wants to emulate Bones, but again, she is also level-headed and averagely emotional (to the point of being overenthusiastic initially). And Edison, although somewhat bossy at work, is shown to be completely laid-back guy who just wants to maintain the aura of professionalism at work. Seriously,
Even Wells is shown to be an InsufferableGenius, so it leaves only him and Brennan when it comes to showing little to no social skills. And remember that idiosyncrasies of main characters are necessary, as 'Bones' is basically a comedy show, not a serious, sombre procedural.



*** This could actually be done on purpose to engage the viewers who would most likely know this and thus can feel like they solved a crime before the series' protagonists did this. It is a common technique in crime fiction, and in case of forensic show it sometimes drifts into the IdiotBall territory.



** You are mistaking a 19th century concept of race that is used again today ('cultural race') with biological use of this word. In biology 'race' is a supergroup that basically divides the whole humanity into three basic types that can be easily identified due to differences in body structure, and several less distinct groups that can be differentiated due to less obvious but still discernible traits. The problem is that social sciences use ambiguous terminology what is exacerbated by lack of discipline in common use of terminology. Biological race, ethnicity, culture of origin and cultural identification are things that may or may not be completely unrelated in a particular case.





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\n* Hodgins and Sweets are both very puerile (well, the latter is very young) and insecure, so it stands to reason that they seem to be intimidated by extremely self-conscious older man. It is also possible that Angela's Dad is a great judge of character and after a glance knew what will seem scary to Hodgins and Sweets. He is shown to have a great, if unorthodox, sense of humour.



*** This actually portrays her as really not that bright as she thinks she is. Sure, she can bring up trivia and use her vast knowledge when necessary, but she also seems to extremely slow thinker when she needs to make associations between the not so obvious facts. These traits are more common for people who predominantly teach rather than perform actual research.




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* It should also be noted that Brennan is a forensic scientist and her work is focused on providing an irrefutable evidence in court. Sweets' psychological knowledge, although useful in the process of apprehension of a criminal, carry much less weight in court, what only contributes to Brennan's condescending view of this field.




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* Also, 'Bones' is largely comedy based on black humour occasionally sliding to pure gallows humour. Using disease or psychological disorders for laughs is only to be expected. It should also be noted that it is never made clear when Fisher speaks seriously and when he uses his gloomy persona just to mess with his coworkers.




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* It should be noted that Booth does not ''condemn'' other lifestyles, he simply sees his way of life as more 'proper'. This has the same attitude when it comes to his belief in state institutions and is usually at loggerheads with much more antiestablishmentary Hodgins on this subject. He considers members of many subcultures aberrant but does not treat them as worse or undesirable, what is pretty much consistent with his Catholic upbringing.




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* Anglican maybe? Also, there are some splinter national Catholic denominations that reject the authority of the pope and while preserving basic tenets and rituals, may differ slightly in details of the rite.



*** Brennan is way to emotional to even think she could have an Asperger Syndrome. If anyone shows any signs of AS, it would be Zack.






** Not to mention that with many criminal cases against Pelant who suddenly turns an Egyptian, losing his old identity, both American and Egyptian intelligence would be on high alert, especially given that Middle East was so unstable back then.






* Unless the aircraft is classified as a diplomatic vessel, that is. But this is clearly a regular passenger craft.




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* Characters constantly use words as laymen, not caring about the precise meaning. The most common offenders are 'rational' (this word can be used only when the frame of thought is known, e.g. making sacrifices to a rain deity is completely rational if a given person actually believes that this will cause rain to fall, it is irrational in case of modern scientist or an atheist) and 'logical' (something is not logical if it lacks internal logic, not if it contradicts other statements). Also, differences between 'unfeasible', 'improbable' and 'impossible' seems to elude most of the characters, save for Zack.




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** Remember, that Pelant's case, although serious, is only one case. Wendell's use of marijuana could endanger any case he works on. And it really doesn't matter whether use is recreational or medical, as the evidence can be challenged on the grounds that it had been obtained by a person using mind-altering drug. From legal standpoint, medical use is worse, because administration regime might be considered as chronic use. It is like any drug severely inhibiting reaction time - medicine or not, you cannot drive or operate machinery after taking it.
15th Jun '17 4:02:21 AM Wereboar
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*** Angela is actually hell of a science type, it is just heavily understated. From all the work she does, it is obvious that she is genius programmer and must have an extensive knowledge of forensics and physics.


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** It seems that the Bones is actually the only character that visibly merges abrasive character with high education level. Angela is extremely skilled socially, Hodgins knows how to fit in any situations and he is way more mischievious than arrogant, Fisher, Bray and Vaziri are obviously smooth talkers, same applies to Abernathy to some extent. Wick wants to emulate Bones, but again, she is also level-headed and averagely emotional (to the point of being overenthusiastic initially). And Edison, although somewhat bossy at work, is shown to be completely laid-back guy who just wants to maintain the aura of professionalism at work. Seriously,
30th May '17 6:26:19 PM RunningUpThatHill
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***An example of her rationalizing her decisions is her insistence that Booth move in with her because that is how the Iroquois functioned. Booth counter-claims that other tribes have different practices and that her example isn't relevant because they are not part of the Iroquois tribe. Sweets and Angela both recognize that it stems from her own abandonment issues and she's just using the "rational" decision as an excuse.
30th May '17 6:23:02 PM RunningUpThatHill
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** Fischer probably ends up with long breaks from his when obtaining mental health treatment. He has had enough stays in various mental facilities he begins rating them out of five. He also has conditions to his release.
** Wendell also has issues funding his graduate studies. He may not be able to afford to get all his education done at once. And he may take leave for his cancer treatment.
24th Mar '17 6:28:47 PM ApeAccount
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**** Also, is it really THAT hard to get a decent cup of coffee in the UK? I speak from an Australian perspective (where sitting down for a cuppa serves a similar cultural place to Britain and where coffee abounds). I don't know about when the episode aired, but a quick Google search turns up an [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/12033580/Mapped-the-spread-of-coffee-shops-across-the-UK.html article]] showing that in December 2015 there were over 5,000 coffee shops in the UK.
26th Feb '17 12:54:45 PM nombretomado
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* She doesn't look like a real scientist to a kid; she looks like a lady in a funny suit. She could've easily done it without dressing up like a member of [[TheKarateKid Cobra Kai]] mixed with [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory DeeDee]].

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* She doesn't look like a real scientist to a kid; she looks like a lady in a funny suit. She could've easily done it without dressing up like a member of [[TheKarateKid [[Film/TheKarateKid1984 Cobra Kai]] mixed with [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory DeeDee]].
19th Feb '17 12:00:22 PM td1989
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*** Sweets from what I remember tried to tell the others it doesn't matter but they didn't listen.
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