I don’t care if you know about the bones or if we know how to solve
crimes, all I know is that I want to spend the rest of my life with you.
This is you, Temperance Brennan. You. You’re my partner. Don’t forget
I loved playing this character. I loved playing a character who is such a brilliant female in science who is also not shy about telling people about her brilliance, that has so many different ways of living her life. She’s not set by certain mores of our culture, and she makes up her own rules and is an independent, free-thinking, truly unique individual, and I loved that, especially a strong, powerful, successful, brilliant woman working in science. My favorite thing to ever hear from people who watch the show is to hear from young teenage girls that they wanted to become — whether it be forensic anthropologists or anything in science, or the character inspired them in that way. Also, to have a character who is not wonderful at social interactions. If it was a cable show, she would have had Asperger’s. [Series creator] Hart [Hanson] and I talked about that. I’ve heard from younger people who are on the spectrum or have Asperger’s themselves that they loved seeing a character who was not dissimilar from them portrayed on television, so that makes me happy to represent that. I know we weren’t truly representing someone with Asperger’s exactly, but there are qualities that Brennan has.
Emily Deschanel on what playing Dr. Temperance Brennan meant to her (♡)
Ok, so @magicaldestiny was SO KIND to let me off the hook for her birthday fic while I was drowning in Spacedogs stories. So I would like to thank her for that and say….LOOK! I remembered to do the thing, months later. Please forgive the lateness - as well as how incredibly sappy this is m’dear.
Will pulled the blanket around him,
trying to control the shivers that wracked his body. This was worse than the cliff - worse than the sound of his skull rattling as
Jack screamed for Hannibal to stop the saw. Will let himself loll to the side, head
thumping weakly on the arm of the sofa. Through half-closed eyes, Will saw
calf-leather loafers shuffling toward him.
“If you were
planning to kill me again, now would be a great time,” Will moaned, letting his
eyes fall closed. He heard the clink of a tray as it settled on the coffee
table before he felt himself being pulled upright and settled against a warm, solid mass.
dream of killing you,” Hannibal murmured in Will’s ear, offering him a steaming
cup of tea. “Unless
you wipe your nose on my hand loomed throw again.”
for that.” The tea smelled of ginger, Will gulped it down.
yet the stain remains.”
“You know you
actually gutted me, right? Like, my actual innards spilled out.”
that more than you’ll ever know.” Hannibal sighed, pressing a kiss behind
Will’s ear. “I’m
sure the floors had to be refinished. They were original to the house.”
“If I wasn’t
three seconds from dying, I’d smack you.”
ridiculous, Will. You’ve got hours before dehydration would even seriously
threaten you.” Hannibal held up a bowl of soup and made Will swallow a few
spoonfuls. “There, I’ve just bought you another half hour, at least.”
ever talk to you about bedside manor?”
smirked. “I’ve never had any complaints.”
“Sex puns? When I’m too weak to defend myself? Have you no mercy?”
“None.” Hannibal fed Will a few more swallows of soup before setting the bowl on the
table. “Now, how shall we wait out this illness? I could read to you? Perhaps
his mouth, then snapped it shut. Hannibal frowned.
want to do it.”
“I would have
thought after the incident in Pallentine Chapel, you’d know there is very
little I’m not willing to do to and for you.”
“For the last
time, if I had known that goddamn nun was watching us, I wouldn’t have-”
But I believe his biggest fight was when he came back into my life…Since then, everyday he has fought to show much how much he loves me and to make me believe I can trust him again… and he won that fight.
“Bones” is one of the most feminist shows I have ever seen, and yet I don’t remember anyone ever calling it “feminist show”.
It might end up being a long post but this show is so good just LISTEN.
2 out of 3 main female characters are WOC. But let’s start with Dr Brennan.
Dr Temperance Brennan. #1 forensic anthropologist in the world, literally takes no one’s bullshit. Lost her family, was in foster homes, but worked her ass off to be where she is now. She’s rich, famous, smarter than almost anyone. Aside from her job as forensic anthropologist working with the FBI, she also wrote successful books (awarded even, if I remember correctly?). When she’s not working for the FBI she helps identify victims of genocides. Temperance has a problem connecting with people, talking to people, but over the years/seasons she gets much better at creating relationships with the help of her best friend Angela, her partner (husband, later) and other people. She didn’t just wake up one day and suddenly wasn’t “socially awkward.” No. She still struggles sometimes, but it’s a part of her personality and it doesn’t make her any less of a good female character. Aside from her career, she’s also a mother. A very good one. She didn’t think she’d be, bc she’s a scientist and talking to children isn’t her forte, but her daughter looks up to her and they talk about science etc. And when her daughter said she wanted to sell cars when she grows up, Brennan and her husband were like “okay then” and bought toy cars for her! (this is so important to me, personally, bc I hated being forced to play with barbies as a kid) Brennan also speaks 6 (or 7?) languages and knows martial arts.
Whenever someone says they’re honored to meet Brennan she’s like “I’m sure you are” lmao bc fuck false modesty that this society teaches girls, she knows who she is. She gives zero fucks about dumb social constructs, talks about religion, polygamy, gender roles, argues her husband that it’s nonsense that he doesn’t wanna use her money bc she clearly has a shitton more than he does, but still respects his feelings about it, and he respects her and admires her in every way. She also punched a meninist in the face.
Now, Dr Camille Saroyan. A black woman who is the head of forensics division, aka EVERYONE’S BOSS. The ultimate boss. She used to be a cop for 11 years, but now she’s a forensic pathologist at the Jeffersonian. Also a very smart woman, but unlike Brennan she has great social skills, she’s great. Has the best outfits 10/10. Pretends to be a strict boss but actually loves doing experiments at the lab. Aside from catching the killers (you know, nbd, just casual friday stuff) she’s a single mother. She adopted a child of her ex fiance who died. She proposed to her boyfriend. Cam is also religious but they don’t overdo that storyline, it’s well-written. She reads erotic novels in her free time. The reason I’m mentioning this is bc all the women’s sexualities are quite well-written. They talk freely about it, no one is called a slut, they date people etc.
And when a woman told Camille that she heard of her, Cam was like “from Booth?” and the woman said “no, from your work”.
Angela Montenegro, asian woman (mixed-race actually, her father is white and her mother is Chinese I think) she’s a forensic artist, she does facial reconstruction. She gives the victims their identities back bc she paints their faces to be able to identify them better. Angela is the heart of the Jeffersonian, she’s the actual human among all the scientists. At first she was a painter, but she needed the money so she came to the institute and then never left. She wanted to go to Paris later, but she came to love her work so she stayed. She’s Brennan’s best friend, she’s the heart while Temperance is the brains, so they’re a perfect match. That doesn’t mean that Angela isn’t smart, bc she really really is, but she’s guided by her emotions and sees deeper than just the facts. She has a degree in computer science, so she also does all the hacking for the team. There’s literally nothing that Angela can’t do. Her father is a rock star, so naturally Angela is also fabulous af. She takes photography as her hobby later on. She gives great sex tips and helps her friends get laid lmao. Speaking of sexuality, Angela is bisexual. Some would argue that it’s not really bisexual rep bc she marries a guy, but I thought it was worth mentioning that that part of her character is well-handled. Her old girlfriend comes back in early seasons and the storyline is so well-written. Some dude makes a shitty comment about her swinging both ways and Booth slams his head against the table and says “If you’re gonna hit on Angela, you should do it with a little respect.” She’s a romantic person and always sees hope in everything and is full of love and she’s just the best person, but don’t be fooled bc she’s also a badass. She also has kids in later seasons.
Aside from these main female characters, there are also so many side-characters who kick ass. Probably my favorite character in the entire show is Caroline. She’s the most badass, she’s also the funniest, she’s my fave ok I love her. She’s also a WOC, bless. And played by a woman in her 60s.
The relationships between these women are precious. They’re all supportive of each other. The conflicts between them are always professional, about work, and not about dumb things. And as much as Brennan/Booth is a very important and beautiful relationship and I love them, still, I’d say that the friendship of Brennan/Angela is probably the #1 important relationship of the show from the very start.
Anyway, Bones is very feminist and actually includes WOC, and if you’re not watching it you should, if you want to.
I wish I had a beautiful gifset for this day but, again, I don’t have enough material to do it
😭 That’s why instead I decided to collect my favorite quotes/dialogue that for me represents Brennan’s character growth. You can find it after the ‘keep reading’. Enjoy.