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Bones: The Doctor in the Photo (2010)
Constructed and out of character
This episode presents us an entirely new side to Bones, a side that is irrational and incompatible with the character that we have come to know. Simply put, her behaviour is out of character. It is well established that she is highly rational and does not believe in sentience after death. More than once we have seen her standing in front of her mother's grave and wondering why she should say anything to it. And yet here we see her having conversations with a dead woman via a tape recorder! At a stretch I could have accepted this as being a means for Bones to figure out what may have happened and indeed this was perhaps Bones's initial motivation for doing this. However when she plainly admits to Micha, the night watchman, that she is talking with the deceased woman, one can only assume that she has gone insane because there is no way that her character would ever find such embarrassing behaviour acceptable.
This was not acting out of character in the sense that she was not her usual self. This was acting out of character in the sense that she had developed a split personality.
Perhaps the writers wanted to show us that she was on a slippery slope towards insanity because she had always bottled up her emotions. Perhaps her objectivity and ability to be dispassionate was indeed part of this, however if this were the case, then her recovery back to her normal rational self was just too rapid. Something like this would have to be fleshed out over multiple episodes, perhaps even over much of the season.
Then we are expected to really believe that Booth follows Bones out in the middle of the night, when he has better things to do with his own girlfriend. Up to this point Booth wasn't showing a lot of interest in what Bones was feeling about this case. Despite his lack of interest and the fact that he has a personal life of his own, he still follows Bones around in order to save her from herself. This all seems contrived and constructed. In the scene where Booth saves Bones we have a Deus Ex Machina which is the car that comes out of nowhere at a ridiculous speed and yet for the rest of the scene not another car is seen.
Finally Bones spills the beans and admits what so many viewers have been waiting to hear for the last five or six years. However because I had basically switched off at this point (or I was too busy discussing with my wife about what was wrong with the previous scene), I don't remember what happened and what was said. I'm sure that other viewers would agree that this scene was over far too quickly. Possibly scenes in following episodes with her grappling with the realisation that she loves Booth before she finally manages to admit it?
Days of our Lives revisited
The show Battlestar Galactica is like a roller coaster ride and I don't mean that in a positive sense. There are some brilliant episodes such as episode 4 of this series (Exodus: Part 2) and there are ones like this one with all the pointless and constructed drama of a soap opera.
There were more of those long slow scenes with Admiral Adama and President Roslin staring at each other. Unfortunately some might call this great acting but to me it seems like they're just filling in time.
I cannot surely be the only person dreading having to watch through more of the tedious Apollo vs. Starbuck melodrama. Starbuck is a train wreck and seems to be eternally heading for her comeuppance but never seems to get it. She is just a poor replacement for the beautiful and pleasant Anastasia Dualla and Apollo is obviously an idiot, but then a lot of the characters on this show are idiots.
The episode was also inconsistent. At the end of the second series just before the arrival of the Cylons on New Caprica there was a feeling as if everyone more or less hated living there. It was cold, there were strikes and it seemed that people were dissatisfied. In this episode one got the feeling that life on New Caprica was good and they were all loving it. Oh, and one other thing, Chief Tyrol's baby was not born on the Galactica, as indicated in this episode. Since his wife was pregnant at that union meeting just before the Cylons arrived (which was led by the then-civilian Tyrol), his baby was obviously born during the Cylon occupation.
Perhaps the idea with the boxing match was original and a change but all in all, a poor episode.
Verliebt in Berlin (2005)
Like most people, I'm referring to the original Verliebt in Berlin with Lisa and not the extension. I only watched the show because of Lisa so I don't care about the extension.
The final episode, which concluded the main story thread, was a huge disappointment for me. The whole thing with Rokko vs. David seemed to be an incredible farce invented just to keep everyone watching until the last moment. Obviously it was exactly that, but it was unnecessary. The writers should have trusted more in what they had created and in what the show had going for it (e.g. Alexandra's performance), rather than inventing this silly twist that would sort itself out in the very last moment.
Lisa's behaviour at her train wreck of a wedding was simply inconsistent with her character. The best way to describe Lisa was to say she was "nice", which is why I liked her and cared about what happened to her. However on her wedding day she was everything but nice. It is one thing to leave someone standing at the altar but it is another thing entirely to marry someone else on the same day! Imagine being in Rokko's shoes on that day! He even said "I do" and then gets brusquely replaced by the competition.
Obviously the target audience was rooting for David and I was probably too old to be watching this but there are many reasons why she would have been better off with Rokko. The series was about her development from a silly ugly girl into a beautiful self assured responsible young woman but in the end she was still the same silly starry eyed girl as in the beginning. She only liked David because he was some sort of prince that young girls like to dream of but she never honestly loved him because of his personality. I mean, he treated her badly, was fickle, moody and was constantly egoistic. They never even had a date together and yet she married him! Rokko on the other hand cared for Lisa, they had the most fun together, he was patient with her and always supported her even when she was obsessed with David. These are the important things one needs in a partner for life.
I hope all the best for Alexandra. It was the best thing for her to do to leave the series.