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I’m actually managing to stay with the “update once a weekday” thing. I’m sort of impressed with myself.

I’m sure there’s more interesting stuff that’s happened in the last 24 hours, but I’m not really doing this to do work so I’m just going to talk about what’s on my mind.

And what’s on my mind at the moment is Fox’s Bones. Mostly because I just finished watching a couple of episodes with Deli. She got hooked when she showed up on the day I “forced” Nikki to start watching it with me. Both of them, of course, like it.

If you’re not familiar it’s a rather intriguing show structurally. It walks that thin line (which is so rarely walked) between being plot-driven and being relationship-driven. Most shows fall too far into one or the other. Heroes lost me because while it was driven hard by the plot, I lost interest in too many of the characters. Joss Whedon (with the exception of Firefly, which I sometimes suspect got lucky in being canceled so early) tends to lose me by driving everything through relationships at the expense of anything actually happening.

Bones walks the line between. It’s a show that very clearly only works because of the relationships. The tension between Brennan and Booth is clearly the key, but all of the inter-character relationships are dynamic and fun. Yet while it’s a show that works because of the character relationships, it’s not actually about those relationships. It’s a hard balance to strike, and it’s done well here. I love it.

You should watch it too.

Thomas

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