Thursday, March 29, 2007

Don't make fun of my invisible friend

Last night' Bones was engaging, philosophical, sweet and funny. Another outstanding effort from the best procedural on TV.

The plot revolved around a body found in a parish graveyard. Whodats: The older priest was played George Coe, whom I recognized as the Huntzburger grandfather from Gilmores, but who has also been a frequent TV guest star. The younger priest, who enjoyed wresting with young boys but uncharacteristically wasn't giving them any groiny blessings, was played by David Burke, another regular guest star who also played Aurthur on the criminally underrated (and cancelled by Fox, obviously) The Tick. (The Tick himself, Patrick Warburton, was Puddy and is now on some lame sitcom with David Spade. Captain Liberty, the sexy Liz Vassey, pops up on CSI: Original Recipe from time to time, and BatManuel, Nestor Carbonell, is now creepy "Other"/doctor recruiter/magical bus accident orchestrator Richard Alpert on Lost).

Anyway, while the plot was a decent mystery, the real fun and appeal of the show lies in the character interactions. And last night was a doozy. Some of my favorite moments and highlights:

  • "I'm Dr. Addy. Are you one of those priests who smacks schoolchildren with rulers?"
  • "I'm supposed to walk on eggshells because someone believes a plot of earth has supernatural properties because they waved a wand over it?" "They don't use wands." "Fine. Magic water." "Holy water!" "The terminology makes it real?"
  • "Funny, a man who believes in an invisible superbeing wants to run my personal life?'
  • "90% of the world believes in god." "And at one time most people were certain the sun revolved around the earth."
  • "So you don't believe in all the supernatural mythology he does?" "Yes, I do." "But you seem like such an intelligent man."
  • "I love it when you talk smelting."
  • Dr. Wyatt was great, as he has been in every episode in which he's appeared.
  • "Lunch at the Egyptian place" is indeed a good euphemism for doing the dirty.
  • "Actually, organized belief systems which fail to adapt to changing mores are demoted from religions to acknowledged metaphoric myth systems. I mean, no one worships Odin anymore. Or Zeus."
  • "Can we take this with us, or do we need to serve a warrant on god?"
  • "Can't you just be satisfied that if I'm wrong about god I'll burn in hell?"
  • "The hell you say... " "Is he allowed to say that?"
  • "Dr. Wyatt, we need you to do it with her." "Uh, er, would that I could. Unfortunately, my heart belongs to another."
  • "Listen Monty Python, you got it right with Hodges and I. That's fine, but we both know you're full of it on the other thing."

And a beautiful way to wrap up the show:

"Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, such shaping fantasies, that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends."

"Journeys end in lovers meeting, every wise man's son doth know."

Preach on Bones and Bard, preach on.

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