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The Pain In Our Hearts
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Rarely has an episode been so appropriately titled (The Parting of the Ways from New Who S1 is another), because from reading about it and hearing about it, this episode caused a lot of pain for a lot of people. And I can understand that.

The revelation of Zach as the Apprentice... part of me gets it, part of me doesn't. Watching the show back-to-back as I've been able to do, I can see the little hints they were dropping, but ONLY because I watched in straight sets. That's just not good enough, guys. :/ I know that the strike completely messed up your stride and characterisation, just as it did with Heroes, but you have to be more obvious about things like that. The biggest hint was one given a couple of episodes before the end, during Max's trial, when Sweets said "That's why rational people are so dangerous: they can rationalise anything to make it seem okay." Yes, very good, I get it. But again, why would anyone else remember that? And I know that Eric Millegan was leaving but you don't need to fuck over his character because of that. You could easily have carried over the Gormagon storyline to the next season, I think most people would have been happy with that, instead of a rush job.

Here's my suggestion for tying in his departure with the Gormagon storyline: Zach becomes the Gormagon's next victim. He's approached by the Gormagon as in the original storyline and accepts, but with the aim of undermining him and helping the others to capture him. This would fit in with his desire to prove himself after being sent back from Iraq. Zach becomes trapped in a cat and mouse game with this twisted killer as he is caught between the Gormagon's demands and his desire to help his mentor, and ends up having to sacrifice himself in order for the Gormagon to be captured. Sadistic? Maybe, but no more sadistic than making him into the Apprentice for real. It would still be painful and it would also create a sense of symmetry: start the episode with a fake funeral, end it with a real one. Brennan loses a loved one at the beginning, loses a loved one at the end. It would make a good fanfic. Thoughts?

Having said all that, there was some very good acting in this episode. Brennan being in complete and utter denial and then flying at Booth when she saw him and not being rational at all about the secrecy. I couldn't stop laughing, she was being such a WOMAN: "I don't care about national security and capturing the bad guy, YOU SHOULD HAVE TOLD ME." And Booth can't handle it because he expects her to be rational. XD She's so emotional about it that she broke into his house and she can't even SEE that she's being irrational, which is the funniest part. And even though the storyline is straight out of Lewis Carroll, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz were amazing during the last fifteen minutes of the episode, especially Emily. The way she rested her forehead against Eric's, how motherly and sad that gesture was, and her sorrow that her boy had gone so far astray and she could never lead him back. That scene with the lab team standing at the window, looking at Zach, was amazing in its simplicity and silence. Russell T. Davies could learn a thing or two from that.

Actually, here's a poll for the... two people who watch Doctor Who and Bones on my flist:

Poll #1251351 Bad Character Endings

Who has the worst ending for their storyline?

Donna Noble
Zach Addy

In other news: guess who's coming to the Cheltenham Literary Festival? That's right: John Barrowman. Guess who's going to see him? That's right. Me. *smirk* You may all hate me now.

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I don't know, I think it's a bit soon to say this is the end. If every show bit the dust after a crap finale, that would have happened to DW after the end of S2, with that ridiculous scene on the beach between the Doctor and Rose, or at the end of S3 when the Doctor turned all sparkly and blue. So I'll wait and see.

Bones is on my to watch list, but as of now I've only seen about half of an episode from I don't know what season. I think it was a Christmas ep.

And I'm going to go see Neil Gaiman at the National Book Festival. So there! :)

Oh no. ;_; I feel terrible that you've read this and spoiled yourself.

Neil Gaiman! *_________* Lucky!

Oh, don't worry, I skipped over reading that part, so no spoilage! I just know that some character has a crummy ending... eventually. I'll have forgotten completely by the time I get there. :)

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I would have *loved* seeing it end with a funeral, because I have this rampant love of circular storylines. Yes, yes I do.

Hee, glad you like my idea. I love circles in stories as well. And I LOVE your icon. David's acting was so good in that scene: Booth's complete shock as he realises what just happened and not being able to SPEAK because all he can think is, "She kissed me, oh my GOD, SHE KISSED ME." *lol*

I watch both, but I'm (or at least I was) much more of a Bones fan. For background, I started watching Dr Who this season again because Huw was still watching and I did start to enjoy aspects of it again, thanks to Catherine Tate and to a lesser extent the other supporting characters, but I still don't like David Tennant as the Doctor. Anyway, that may possibly influence my answer to your poll but I don't think so. I thought the Donna ending was really well done, although I can see how it would have been painful for fans more invested than me. My first reaction on seeing it was just the right balance of shock at the human tragedy of it and admiration at the gutsiness of the writing.

Whereas, I thought making Zach the Apprentice was appalling. A terrible thing to do to his character (he's never been a rationalising monster, the role he plays in the show is the INNOCENT). If they wanted to argue it was the effect of war that caused irreparable damage, it could have worked if they'd led up to it throughout the season, but they didn't. It was badly done all round. The line of Cam's about how she knew he would hurt her? Totally superfluous seeing as they never actually did anything with the Cam/Zach thing. Clunky and embarrassing. I thought the whole episode felt like rushed join the dots writing. I'm not watching it any more, not even for the shipping - it's completely turned me off the show.

Edited at 2008-09-01 11:53 am (UTC)

Donna is made of win, it is a universal fact that cannot be denied. But yeah, it would be hard to watch DW at the moment if you don't like David Tennant. I don't hate him but I liked Christopher Eccleston better and I'm getting a bit fed up with David (a shame, as I think he's a good actor and have liked him in all the other parts I've seen). I suppose I just feel that RTD chickened out again with Donna: he said that Rose would die at the end of S2 and she didn't (much to many people's disappointment); then he said the "most faithful companion" would die, except she didn't, she just forgot what had happened, and I know that is a kind of death, but as far as I'm concerned, RTD just wriggled out of actually killing someone again. If you say someone is going to die, they should DIE. Kick the bucket, pop their clogs, hop the twig, shuffle off their mortal coil. You know? DEATH. Not some ridiculous "oh well, it is like death if you look at this way", a proper DEATH. ¬_¬

I thought making Zach the Apprentice was appalling. A terrible thing to do to his character (he's never been a rationalising monster, the role he plays in the show is the INNOCENT).

It's funny you should say that, I was just thinking last night that Zach is the Galahad of the show, pure and focused. Or maybe Percival, because Percival was a little bit silly sometimes, like Zach. That started me trying to match up the other characters with Arthurian characters: I got as far as Cam being Morgan Le Fay, Brennan being the Lady of the Lake and Booth being Gawain. I think Hodgins would be a good Merlin.

*Sigh* Donna was so awesome.

You're seeing John Barrowman? Lucky! You'll have to tell me if he is really that pretty in real life....

Hopefully I can get a picture with him. :D

And yes, she was so awesome. And hopefully, someday, she will be awesome again.

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