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I persevered and finally reached the end. For me, this is officially the worst episode of Bones I've ever seen.



Major plot point. The American property developer (played, of course, by Michael Brandon. *g*), was trying to develope a piece of land in Kensington, in order to build some 'condominiums'. *winces*. We don't have condominiums in Britain, but everyone, including the British characters, referred to the development in this way. Well, okay, I can forgive the need to 'translate' for US audiences so can let that one go. But. The development had been held up for 2 years because they might (might, mind you, not had) discover Bronze Age remains there. The British Bones equivalent was in charge of the dig looking for remains.

No. Just no. If we were to hold up development in London, especially in a highly developed and extremely expensive part of London like Kensington, because we might discover ancient remains we'd never get any building done. You see, large swathes of London is riddled with ancient remains. For example, I used to work on Upper Thames Street, which is the main street in the City that runs alongside the Thames. When a building was torn down for redevelopment, the remains of the Roman London baths were discovered. At that point, true enough, the building ceased and the archaeologists moved in, carefully removed the baths to a museum and the building works resumed. Given that there was no find of remains in Kensington, then the building would have simply continued.

Another major plot point. Bones' equivalent is murdered. The murderer tries to make it look like an accident, by burning down his flat. Leaving aside that an Oxford don apparently lives in a studio flat (I don't think so!), how did the fire start? Why, because he was boiling a kettle on the 'stove'! The what? The how? Leaving aside that they all, including the Brits, referred to the gas cooker as a stove. there's no way he'd be boiling the kettle on the cooker. Why? Because, in common with the rest of the British population, he'd have an electric kettle. *head desk* Okay, if he'd had an Aga, he might boil a kettle on it (although everyone I know who has an Aga also has an electric kettle) but this was a bog-standard gas cooker.

You know, when an American TV series does an episode set in Britain, I don't expect them to get everything right. Likewise, I know that when a British TV series goes to America they often get some of the details wrong.

But this episode of Bones got everything wrong, including major plot points that just would never happen. Couple that with leaving no 'American in England' cliche unused, and then breaking Angela and Hodges up, and well, I hated it.

Er, as you may have gathered. *g*

Date: 6 September 2008 09:04 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
lolol

After they had teared down the Ashmolean, there was a VERY careful dig for any remains, but even that didn't take two years!!!! lol

Oh, I really will watch it later this weekend - if only to see a don living in a studio flat!!!:)

It sounds absolutely appalling... (in fact, it sounds like it managed to reach Bonekickers standards of 'things got wrong'

Date: 6 September 2008 09:14 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
Yes, but when the Ashmolean was torn down, they thought that they actually might find something... Whereas in Kensington, not so much!

On the studio flat front, we only see the outside (which is, of course, a very pretty mews type building) and then the gutted remains of the inside, but there's no wall between the gas cooker and the bed, which means that the kitchen is in the bedroom. So, studio flat!

Date: 6 September 2008 09:35 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
lol (I just got reminded that they spent over a million pounds on that dig only to find something like £2000 worth of things... not that I agree with quantifying and evaluating archaeological artefacts like that...)

*blinks* a studio flat...

Date: 6 September 2008 12:08 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
Well, it was a very large studio... But, having kitchen segue into living room area into bedroom just isn't British. Unless space is at a premium and you're in a tiny studio. Which this wasn't - in that it wasn't tiny!

Date: 6 September 2008 12:32 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
it sounds more like the american (well, US) notion of what a studio flat is...

Date: 8 September 2008 12:36 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keletkezes.livejournal.com
I've never watched Bones (well, more than about 5mins while waiting for something to come on after it), but I'm an avid fan of Bonekickers... But, yes, if they're stooping to the 'historical' and 'scientific' standard of that, what are they doing?!

Date: 8 September 2008 19:58 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
God knows. I knew that they did'nt get the science right, but in their home setting it's an entertaining programme nonetheless. Dunno what they were thinking!

Date: 6 September 2008 10:31 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kay-taylor.livejournal.com
And who on earth would have enough space for an Aga in a studio flat? I barely have enough room for a fridge...

Date: 6 September 2008 12:09 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
Yes, Agas an studios just don't mix.

Of course, this was an exceptionally large studio. Just like the apartments you get in the US, as opposed to an actual British flat...

Date: 6 September 2008 19:47 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moonlettuce.livejournal.com
lol! I'm rather pleased I don't watch Bones.

(Although, I have a bog standard gas cooker and we boil our kettle on it. I don't have an electric kettle ::grin:: But maybe I'm just awkward ;)

Date: 8 September 2008 20:00 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
Yeah, Tem said that they used to boil the kettle on the cooker as well, in the eighties. So it's obviously not impossible. Just rather unusual (hey, no one ever called you normal! *ducks*). *snerk*

Date: 6 September 2008 23:37 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparkindarkness.livejournal.com
I have said it before and I will say it again.

This is RIDICULOUS. The researcher should have been SHOT. This is just beyond ridiculous

Date: 8 September 2008 20:00 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
*g* I think shooting is a tad extreme. I'll settle for hung, drawn and quartered myself...

OMG!!!

Date: 11 September 2008 21:45 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
I'm watching the Bones ep. finally and -- wahahahahaaaa. Could it be any more full of stereotypes????? It's not even amusing any more...

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