Finally Jacob Broadsky is back in “The Killer in the Crosshairs” as he shapes up to be this season’s big bad. A role he has usurped from The Gravedigger who he assassinated a few episodes back in “The Bullet in the Brain”. This week the case of the week and the Booth vs. Broadsky story were combined, much like “The Bullet in the Brain” where Broadsky was introduced, but far less compelling. (To be fair “The Bullet in the Brain” is going to be very difficult to top.) The similarities are all positive; “Bullet” is more relevant to the season long arc as the show diverges from the standard case-of-the-week format catching up with the man who assassinated the Gravedigger who also has close ties to Booth.
The whole episode focused on the drama between Booth and Broadsky which after such fantastic set-up a few weeks ago fell disappointingly flat. I’m not entirely sure what was off this week but the pace felt uneven and the Angela-Hodgins story was a retread of when Hogins asked Angela to marry him and watching those parts I felt bored. Please let me know in the comments if you disagree, did the baby-naming story work for you? Tell me!
When I watch TV I do it because I love it, not because I love to hate it, so from here on out I will focus on the parts of the episode that really worked for me.
We know from his days back as the sizzling brooding hottie in Buffy the Vampire Slayer then in Angel that David Boreanaz can act the hell out of emotional and moral inner turmoil. This was a Booth episode, exploring the depth behind the cocky FBI agent with a soft spot for independent ladies and a flashy belt buckle.
“The Killer in the Crosshairs” really allowed Boreanaz to flaunt his stuff as he struggled with his past as a sniper, he killed not because he wanted to, or because it was a bad guy, but because he was trained to follow orders.
Booth has been coming up to a breaking point recently, crushed by Hannah and confused by Bones he doesn’t know where he stands. Now faced with Broadsky, it’s like looking in a funhouse mirror of how he could have turned out post military. He questions his sanity and wonders if he’s dealing with his past ‘correctly’.
Once admiring Broadsky for his actions in the military Booth now has to face the dark path his former mentor has gone down that he doesn’t want to follow. Booth sees the dark side of himself in Broadsky and he is terrified.
Sweets got his moment as a real psychologist. His screen time this week was quite short although his part in this story was significant on two counts; he helps Booth understand his place and reaffirm his being a good person, a healthy person. He was also finally being accepted by Booth as a man, and as a professional. Sweets has spent a good deal of time on this show trying to gain the respect of the crew due to his age, he has especially been trying to earn the respect of Booth, tonight was significant as Booth directly came for advice instead of begrudgingly accepting when approached
I’m glad that Booth didn’t kill Broadsky, it would have been too much for him to handle. The guy has enough on his conscious already. Maybe they’ll be able to take him in without a kill shot, we already have one big bad assassinated, let’s switch it up.
Other Little Things:
- Cute new hair on Cam….for the 2 seconds she was on screen
- I found that Arnold Vosloo (Broadsky) sounds a bit too much like Christopher Walken, that was very distracting – I was digging the progression with the relationship between Booth & Bones without making it the entire story this week. It was very sweet that he was accompanying her to a very academic event. Plus, their race was perfectly adorable.
Stay tuned – my review of “The Blackout in the Blizzard” is coming really soon!