I have finally caught up to Season 6!!!! God Bless iTunes for having all the current episode available for rent so we could catch up!!! Bones is back after a 3 week layoff and I am so happy to be able to watch new episodes again. Although, like my transition with Supernatural from DVD to real-time, I hate not being able to watch the next episode of Bones when I want to. I’ll get over it.
Killer in the Crosshairs brought back Jacob Broadsky (played by Arnold Vosloo, who I will always think of as Imhotep) and Booth is on a mission to take him down. Broadsky is continuing his mission to take out really bad criminals who have gotten away with their crimes and it sets up an interesting discussion about justice. You have the 2 best snipers in the world. One has a very concrete view of justice and another has his firm belief. It’s easy to sit on the outside and say what Brennan said to Booth at the end of the episode….”Broadsky is bad. You are good.” But is Broadsky really bad? The first victim (that we know of) was the Gravedigger. And while I love me some Deirdre Lovejoy because that lady rocks, you have to admit that once the initial shock wore off of what you just witnessed, you were thrilled she was finally dead. She got what she deserved for not only killing all her victims but for what she did to the members of our Bones family that we love so much…Hodgins, Brennan, and Booth. I know I was. Again after I stopped puking for 20 minutes after watching her head explode in front of me. Seriously how did Sweets not lose his lunch? Sorry, I digress. In all seriousness, Broadsky is being hired to take out serious criminals who have either escaped prosecution altogether or more serious punishment. Now before I start getting hate mail from all 2 of you, I understand the law. You don’t take matters into your own hands and you let the justice system handle it. That’s why we have the best justice system in the world. It isn’t perfect but it’s the best there is. I have always been less harsh of vigilantes because I can understand (to a point) why they would want to kill the person that killed one of their loved ones. Have you ever read the book “A Time to Kill?” If not, have you seen the movie with Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L Jackson, Ashley Judd, and Sandra Bullock? If ever a man was justified for what he did, that was it. But here’s the difference, Broadsky isn’t a victim seeking justice. He’s a paid assassin by the victims seeking their justice. So is it ok? If you ask Booth, it’s very clear…it isn’t ok. Broadsky is a murderer and he will bring him down in whatever way he has to. There is no gray area with Booth and no discussion. What Broadsky is doing is wrong and he should pay the price for it.
I really like the way this made Booth look at himself and second guess who he is. In his love life, Booth has always been wishy-washy and constantly rethinks his decisions and wonders if he made the right call. But when it comes to his professional life, Booth has always been firm, confident, and incredibly decisive on what needs to get done to make his cases successful. So it’s fascinating to see him second guess himself and ask the question of “am I just like him?” Of course when Brennan tells him, in her charming straight forward way, that he and Broadsky are incredibly similar, it really strikes a cord with him. Is he as bad as Broadsky? Is he no different? Of course we all know the answer to that and eventually, with the help of Sweets (great scene with them by the way), Booth realizes the difference between them. Now if only he can get Brennan to see that too. Oh please, of course she sees it. And over their traditional celebratory drink, Brennan confirms that she also sees the difference. Broadsky and Booth are different in the most important way…their souls. No you did not just jump to a Supernatural recap. What I mean by that is, deep down in Booth’s soul, he is a genuinely good person. He will always make the best decision for the good of the people he protects, the citizens of this country, for his family, for his friends, and for the love of his life, Brennan. And he does it without thinking about it. It is second nature for Booth to make the right decision. Broadsky knows what he is doing is ultimately wrong, however good the intension behind it may be. And he is choosing to do it anyway even though he knows it’s wrong. Booth would never do that. Bingo…difference established!
Next week is the big elevator episode!! For those of you who are spoiler free you may not have heard about the elevator episode. I won’t be spoiling anything here by saying this so fear not, but this episode finds Booth and Bones stuck in an elevator during a blizzard and allegedly their relationship moves in a closer direction. Apparently some big stuff happens in the elevator. About frickin’ time right!!!