Posted June 09 2008 - 06:29 AM
I dunno; I don't think that's good enough for me. People can point to when Zach got back (being discharged, etc.) and they can point to the episode where he 'attacked' the melon and telling Hodgins that he was more a 'man of action' now, but it still rings hollow.
| Originally Posted by Joseph DeMartino |
First we are reminded that Zack finally convinced himself to go to Iraq after Booth encouraged him to do so. Zack is a weak personality who compares himself to alpha males like Booth and even Hodgens (who compared to Zack is an alpha male.)
Booth didn't encourage him, he simply didn't discourage
him. Zach had already decided to go, and was asking Booth about what to expect; and asking him to explain as he knew more about honor and valor than anyone Zach knew.
I agree that Zach has a weak personality, and that he defers to Brennan and Booth - but that's where the problem, for me, lies. Zach would not act against the one person that he looks so much up to, without at least somehow talking to her about it.
It may have been more palatable (pun intended) if Gormogon/Master had been in Iraq with Zach, as another consultant, etc. And had spent the 4 months or so completely breaking down Zach's psyche - without Brennan being there. It'd be more believeable because Zach wouldn't have Brennan to bounce Gormogon's ideas of of, to see what she thought (if she'd approve). What we're given is Zach, already on the case, and seeing Brennan's reactions to Gormogon/Master's work (negative), being approached by said, and completely falling for it in 2 months' time. It just doesn't track, and as Nicholas posted, smacks of going just for shock value.
Or, another way to go would have been Gormogon essentially blackmailing Zach into providing a diversion so he could get the statue, with the excuse that any of the team, Brennan, Angela, or Hodgins, would be the next victim, if Zach didn't cooperate. His hands are completely mangled right now, and he would need months of surgeries and rehabiliation - excuse enough for him to not be on the show - then later on in the season, we could see Zach either deciding to go home to Michigan, or perhaps showing some social growth and having met up with a woman, and deciding to leave with her.
I know all of this is reaching, but I like Bones because of the characters. I'd like to continue to think of each of the team as heroes, and not having to think that ultimately one of them is basically a punk because he became a murderer.