Transitions…

Happy Tuesday! Happy day after Memorial day!  Housekeeping:

Subbing this Wednesday, June 1st, Brooklyn Heights Equinox.  Vinyasa, 6pm.  Please come!

Hello all!  I have been away from blogging, its true.  It was not deliberate I assure you!  I was in the midst of a very significant transition in my life.  I went from being Graduate-student-who-spends-every-waking-minute-either-at-work-or-in-the-library to being…free!  I graduated!  I feel very proud, excited, inspired and relieved.  What a long road…two years of going to school both at night after work and in the summer, a highly curtailed social life, lack of sleep, multiple sentences of intellectual mumbo-jumbo tumbling out of my mouth at any given moment – was it worth it?  Absolutely.  Going to school and learning, being exposed to the vastness of ideas and incredibly rich intellectual material out there is one of the all time best things that has ever happened to me. I discovered more about myself in the past two years than I could have ever imagined was even there.  Once we get to know ourselves, and embrace who we are (read: my inner nerd!), we begin to not only sense a completeness but also what power there may be in investigation and the thrill of opening the door to life’s challenges.

I transitioned in other ways as well.  I was very fortunate for months to have been able to teach a highly dedicated and LOYAL group of yogis every Sunday morning at 9am since October.  We made great use of the space, I knew everyone’s name, we had great chemistry for an early hour, on a Sunday no less.  I was again fortunate to be offered a new teaching spot, which coincided seamlessly with my new status of being out of school.  This new spot is Tuesday nights, at Equinox Columbus Circle, at 6:30pm.  I am so excited.  A good portion of my Sunday morning students have been able to switch and come on Tuesdays, so in a sense they are transitioning as well.  Anyone who is working through their schedule, we miss you and please know that the door is always open. Come when you can:)

How does this idea of transition play itself out while we are practicing yoga?  In the most immediate sense, once we step onto our mat and begin to become present in the yoga studio, we have transitioned.  Maybe we have had a rough day and we are in class to go to a quieter space in our minds, in our hearts, in our bodies and our muscular system.  Maybe we have had a great day and we use our yoga practice to celebrate and help us transform even further into beings of light, energy, warmth and love. Or maybe we are that person who is not even aware of how we feel until class is over and we feel so much better…no matter.  All that matters is that by the end of class it is clear we have shifted.  We are relaxed, we slow down, we breathe easier, we think more clearly, and what might have seemed insurmountable now seems entirely under our control.  That, my friends, is not magic.  It is yoga! It is what happens when you allow your breath to slow, your movements to deepen, your awareness to be directed towards the present moment, your intentions to be based on what is happening at that very second, not what you wish would happen or what you think you should be doing. 

Allowing ourselves to be open to the moment, as expressed through our bodies, requires us to be vulnerable. In order to be vulnerable, we have to relinquish control.  We may not know exactly what is going to happen, or how a pose might feel, or if we will be able to hold it for so long, or if we even know how to do it.  We commit ourselves to doing the work it takes to go deeper, maybe through conscious self exploration.  We might decide to become more mindful of our thoughts, our reactions to things, our process, our judgements, our critical inner voice.  Picture yourself now stepping into the yoga studio, onto your mat, ready for your practice to enable some form of transition within you.  Doesn’t that sound exhilarating?  True, maybe terrifying as well.  No one said it was easy!  It is without a doubt a tremendous opportunity just waiting there for you.

Breathe, movement, conscious awareness and a penchant towards transformation is all you need.  Yoga is that gift.  Life is that gift really.  And it is summer!  The perfect time to transform. So… lets celebrate the potential that is there and enjoy as we unfold.

Tune in next week for my posting about hip opening poses and the kinesiology behind certain vinyasa sequences.  oohhh, ahhhh!  Until then, have a wonderful week and see you in class!

 

“It is the truth we ourselves speak rather than the treatment we receive that heals us.”  (O. Hobart Mowrer, 1966).

“Things do not change.  We change.”  Henry David Thoreau, Walden

 

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Race, Class and Gender on Big Love

What kind of self-respecting graduate level discussion would leave out the hot button topics of race, class and gender?  Not this one!  As I prepare my final blog entry on Big Love, HBO’s Mormon dramatic series, I wonder how these constructs fit into this show.

Race is not even a question, as I cannot recall seeing even one positive portrayal of any non-White character.  In one season there are some Native American characters who serve to reinforce the casino-gambling-alcoholism-crystal meth-teenage mom-stereotype, but even with that their presence is fleeting and not profoundly explored. I do not recall seeing any African American characters on the show at all.  The show does take place in Utah, and Utah is not known for its diversity, or its large African American population.  BUT – couldn’t there have been one or two? Come on now!  I do not recall seeing any ethnicity besides Mexican, when some of the characters (I forget whom, it was a few seasons ago), travel to Mexico.  So I say to the writers:  explanation? This is in part why The Wire was so hugely successful – at least in my life.  Here we have a show that not only features Black actors, but features and develops Black complex characters, with conflict, depth, hypocrisy and intricacy you can both relate to and coil away from. So the dominant race in Big Love is White.  And this might be OK.  There is a school of thought that says that it is refreshing to see White people portrayed as having culture that is foreign, disturbing, and makes people uncomfortable. This takes a bit of pressure off of minority culture, as it is normally minority culture that is quickly and repeatedly demonized for being “other”  and strange.

Class.  Where do I begin?  Class is not directly addressed in Big Love. Class and financial comfort are all indirectly presented as a matter of fact, in that Bill is the breadwinner for 3 wives and several children, all of whom live in three houses with a pool.  Utah in this sense is a big, expansive place where there is space if you can afford it, and privacy and the privilege be break the law if you can afford to hide it.  I wonder what the reaction would be if there was a situation with another group of people, who chose to live in a way that was illegal, that many people condemn, that involved children, but they didn’t have the means to hide it?  Would they be ostracized and criminalized?  Does money buy you a ticket to pursue a lifestyle outside of the reach of the law?  Of course it does!  Knowing this on one level does not excuse the curiosity of asking the question.  We all know what having an abundance of money can facilitate – that is precisely why we need to talk about it.

Gender.  Gender is at the heart of this show.  There is such an extreme reliance on gender stereotypes and differences in order to create the dynamics between characters, to discuss gender is really to discuss the nature of polygamy.  It is the submissive “nature” of women that gives Bill his power and authority – or rather, that does not challenge it.   It is the dominating and misogynistic “nature” of men that allows Bill to believe blindly in his power, or rather to not regulate it in a more equitable fashion.  Do I think all women are submissive, or that all men are misogynists?  Goodness no!  I think these qualities are present in various degrees in all human beings, but that in order to best exploit them and create drama and explosive plots, complex characters and cliff hanging story lines, you need to draw upon what is available from aspects of gender that might allow for a show like this to even be developed.

One word I would use to describe Big Love would be extreme.  When I began watching it, I was hooked on the far outlying extreme qualities the characters had -multiple wives, plethora of children, broods of enemies but a shared fear of the law, coupled with an “outsider” mentality where the audience member can be a voyeur, gawker, observer, and say” Jeez, I am happy that is not me!” .  It also serves as a way to distinguish “normal” from abnormal, and when we look at it through the lens of race, class and gender, we see even more extreme aspects of this brilliant show.

Thank you to Big Love.

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Scandal!

Hello again!  As I reported in my previous post, I am writing about the show Big Love on HBO.  The show is officially over now, having finished the season a few weeks ago.  the scandal I am referring to is the romance that blossoms between Kara Lynn, Nikki’s 13 year old daughter, and her math teacher, who is in mid 30’s I believe – maybe 38?  OHHH!!!  the drama!

I have to honestly say I could sense the tension between these two from a while back.  There was something in the way she looked at him, and how he looked back, that you could tell there was something bubbling underneath the surface.  I think this is based on a combination of very good writing and really visceral acting skills.  The main premise is that Kara Lynn is an exceptionally bright math student.  She does things that to me look like calculus – which is probably because anything complicated and math related that I don’t understand I call calculus!  She works on very complicated looking math problems after school with her teacher.  They begin exchanging glances, and pretty soon they are becoming more and more friendly, and Kara Lynn becomes infatuated with him, although it is mutual.  At first I didnt think they would actually pursue an affair with each other – too scandalous!  But then I remembered it was Big Love, and basically its an entire show based on taboo relationships!  Which is why this affair is both ironic in that it seems to be causing such a stir, and intriguing, because it is causing such a stir!

As I mentioned, the entire premise of the show is based on relationships that do not fit the traditional mold of one man-one-woman/man, or one-partner-one-partner-cheating-is-not-cool;, or monogamy-but-I-look-the-other-way kind of thing.  Kara Lynn is a direct descendant of this type of “outside the norm” relationship, as she was born to a young mother and much older father on a Mormon compound where women are not educated and often married as young as 12 or 13.   The difference lies in the origin of the relationship:  Kara Lynn and her teacher are exploring this relationship not to honor “the principle”, and begin to amass wives and children, but as a genuine expression of their feelings for each other.  This brings me to a theme I spoke of earlier – social norms.  It is generally accepted that there is a boundary between teacher and student, that especially if the student is a minor, should not be crossed.  We have seen some rather scandalous breeches of this boundary in popular culture and media (that teacher and her student who are married now and have children, she served jail time, and the movie “Notes on a Scandal”, which is excellent), some of whom have become legitimate relationships beyond the tabloid headlines, and some of whom have ended with hurtful repercussions and damage that takes years of therapy to undue.  It is most interesting to me that Kara Lynn, already being an outlier based on her exposure to education and her talent for math, would choose a direction that is both so attention garnering, and so reminiscent of the system she escaped on the compound.

As this affair progresses, Nikki finds out and becomes enraged.  Her parenting skills are also put to the test, as she unleashes abusive tirades towards her daughter, and as opposed to devoting time towards her development, seeing as how she is a young, conflicted, confused and misguided young woman, Nikki decides to deride, control and alienate her to the point of pushing her affair even deeper underground.  This inadvertently makes the affair seem that much more exciting and rebellious in nature.

What social norms are we seeing at play here?  We have the controlling, dominating, self loathing mother who lives vicariously through her daughter.  We have the young, desperate for attention, bright, pretty, naive and abnormally sheltered young daughter, and the nice and handsome, albeit predatory teacher.

What does Big Love teach us about these social norms?  I don’t know if it teaches us anything, as much as it serves as a stage where this type of intense family drama and conflict can be enacted and we as viewers can get engrossed in while we (or I) take a much needed break from the drama in our own families.

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Such Big Love!

It is finally the end of the semester and things are hectic!  Everyday the library is packed, literally every seat is taken.  I enjoy the 3rd floor because it is a quiet space and typically I can get a good amount of work accomplished here.

I was thinking about some different ways to conclude my blog for this class.  Since I have three more entries to write, I decided to divide them up among various themes that can be universally applied to all forms of art and creativity that we engage with.  I came up with a few:  Faith, Family, Social Norms, Empowerment, Fidelity, and of course…Race, Class and Gender.  The show I have been blogging about consistently for the final four entries is Big Love, a dramatic series on HBO which had its final episode about a month ago.  I actually felt very dissatisfied with the last episode, but frankly, the episodes prior to it were so incredibly dramatic it would have been very tough to cap it off with even  more intense drama.

The themes for this blog entry will be Fidelity, Empowerment and Social Norms.  The first question I ask is does polygamy empower women?  The second question is What constitutes fidelity in a culture where there is plural marriage?

Does polygamy empower women?  I believe the women on the show would say that it does, because they are able to embody the ideals of their religious faith, while embracing their sister wives as family members rather than threatening mistresses. I also believe that Barb, Margene and Nikki all have the best of intentions to override any feelings of jealousy or envy or deprivation, and uphold “the principle” as best they know how, in order to fulfill what they have taken on as their spiritual path.  As I watch the show, I can honestly say I see not empowerment – but its intellectual and practical opposite – enslavement?  Or is that too harsh?  I see complete and total submission and a complete deferment to paternalism and patriarchy. I think that it is common to confuse transparency with empowerment.  On Big Love we supposedly have a lifestyle that is transparent, in that as opposed to cheating or adultery, we have plural marriage, and that in being aware of what your partner is engaged in is somehow better than having a monogamous relationship where you may be vulnerable to affairs, lying or other forms of deception.  Is this me judging?  Well, of course!  But also I am relating what I see on the show.  One particular situation comes to mind.

Nikki has a daughter who is 13 years old, whom she brought from the ultra-conservative, strict sect of Mormonism compound Juniper Creek. In order for her (Kara Lynn) to be Nikki and Bill’s legitimate daughter, she has to be legally adopted.  For this to happen, Barb and Bill have to get divorced. Once Nikki starts to imagine that she will become the “first wife”, all sorts of jealous, irrational, possessive and envious exchanges take place.  Once women are pitted against themselves in an effort to have a certain status with a man, they have actually lost their power.  They have relinquished their power to a being defined as “someones wife”, which is a fine aspect if oneself to be proud of, but cannot be the core of who you are if you are to truly be self actualized on any level.  When you define yourself only by what you are to other people, you inadvertently end up relying on them to provide your worth and identity.  Nikki starts to assume all sorts of added roles in the household – bill paying, organizing, logistical functions, etc.  At this point, Nikki and Barb were so antagonistic, it was very uncomfortable to watch. One the one hand, barb is being usurped. On the other hand, it was tragic  to watch Nikki express her frustrations.  I imagine these frustrations to have been built up for years of always being “second”, never being first, and always wanting not only the social acknowledgement of being the first wife, which is what is socially acceptable in all walks of life, but also the elevated status within the stratification of the family.

Nikki and Bill have their wedding ceremony and it is beautiful in all its tradition and pageantry.  I think this show would be an excellent show to watch as a family as long as the children watching were over 15 – there is sex, lots of violence and plenty of taboo-breaking subject matter (homosexuality within a non-tolerant religious community, plural marriage, teenage motherhood).  Young women often compete for the attention of men.  Young women also feel as if “transparency” (no pun intended), as in revealing clothing and sexually explicit language/behavior is empowering, as opposed to developing ones intellect, ownership and knowledge of self  is a less valuable pursuit.  I would argue that empowerment comes from having the courage to decide for yourself that only you can measure your own worth and value, and your status with a man does not impact your value as  a woman.

What is the meaning of fidelity when there is plural marriage?  Our traditional understanding of fidelity, perhaps in terms of one partner being faithful to another partner, is turned on its head when we have three wives being faithful to one husband, while one husband is faithful to three wives – huh? I think in terms of Big Love the concept of fidelity means something much broader – it means fidelity to a custom, to a tradition, to a system where it is accepted and revered for the women to be submissive to their husbands and instead of question the meaning and place of fidelity, embrace the standard of being one of many, and treated as such.

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Big Love. Very Big Love.

Todays post is about Big Love, the cable series on HBO. I have already blogged about it previously. I really watching this show – again, not because I can relate to polygamy, or living in Utah, or having a bunch of children, or actually most of the setting of the show.  I find the acting to be superb, the writing to be equally excellent, and the story line to be full of drama, intrigue and surprises.  There is so – so so so- much complexity to these characters, I cannot even begin to describe them in one post, or two posts -actually I dont know how many posts it would take me to articulate the complexity of the three main female characters, Barb, Nikki and Margene.  Bill is the central male character.  Bill is married to all three women.  I am going to talk about what has been going on in the most recent episodes.  Since the show is ending soon, I chose this show because there is so much to talk about regardless if there is a recent episode or not.

Recently, Barb (the most “senior” of the wives – She and Bill are the only couple considered legally married) has been feeling a calling to the priesthood, a position and spiritual calling only held by men in the Mormon tradition.  Barb has been feeling this calling so strongly it is causing a significant amount of disruption in not only her marriage to Bill but within the dynamics of the plural marriage she shares with her sister wives Nikki and Margene.  Of the other two women, Nikki is the most traditional, having grown up on a strict, fundamentalist Mormon compund and forced into marriage as a young girl. Nikki is a bit of a contradiction in her character -she is extraordinarily controlling and jugdemental, although she submits to Bill without hesitation.  She also fights against the subjugation of women on the compund yet ir reviled to hear about Barbs spiritual calling and wants no part of it.  Barb seeks out council from another woman who also has this calling but this other woman is quickly discredited by the other members of the marriage because she is a divorced lesbian (oh no!). 

It has been revealed that Margene was only 16 when Bill married her.  Since Bill is now an officially elected Senator, there is a very focused amount of attention being given towards his lifestyle – i.e., “the principle”, aka, plural marriage.  Through various means, the district attorney’s office is made aware of Margene’s age at the time of her marriage to Bill, and an invesitgation has begun.  The charge is statutory rape as well as (I believe) unlawful kidnapping and endangerment of a minor (do not quote me on that -I forget the exact charges).  This does not bode well for Bill, as he faces arrest and possible jail time of 20 years in prison.

I will save the rest of the drama for a later post.  I want to conclude by speaking a little about how the show presents conflict.  Conflict is a central theme in Big Love, as the entire show content revovles around a controversial lifestyle, essentially people who live outside the law, both the legal letter of the law, and the more common-law cultural norm that most Americans subscribe to (monogamy within marriage, anything else is adultery).  The family is partriarchial so Bill often has the last word, and conflicts are attended to in bursts of accusatory arguments and not-quite-resolved contentious discussions.  Often the characters wind up doing whatever they originally planned just without the consent or knowledge of the other family members.  This breeds distrust, contempt, anger, resentment and often times violent outbursts – or – great tv!  Its not that I endorse conflict as a way to engage the viewer, but with complexity conflict feels much more real and close to home, as the relationships become that much more believeable and the characters that much more sympathetic.

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House

The show that I am going to blog about this week is House, which comes on Monday nights at 8pm on Fox.  I never used to watch House, until a few friends of mine were talking about it and I became intrigued. I have been watching it now for I suppose about 2 years off and on, but enough to follow major plot lines and switch ups in the characters.  The main character is Dr. Greg House – he is a diagnostician, which means he is not your run of the mill physician, but much more like a detective, because the patients he sees are those that have illnesses that defy ordinary diagnosis.   Dr. House, or as he is called House – was also a drug addict.  He suffered from a painful leg injury and in the process of rehabilitation he became addicted to vicadin.  For a long while his character was misanthropic, drug dependent, surly and misogynistic. House is now off drugs – he did this through an intervention, I cant quite remember the details – I think there was a police officer who had it out for him and so he went to jail and that might have set him straight.

Anyway, House is known for many things:  his confrontational style of leading his team, his sarcasm, his intellect, his cynicism, as well as his realism.  He often says “everyone lies”, which in terms of what you tell your physician might very well be true.  He also has a knack for looking beyond the obvious, beyond what the patient is saying and more towards how they are behaving, how they relate to people who come visit them, and how they describe their lives.  He uses all this to try to piece together what might be wrong with the patient.  What I like about House and the show in general is that sometimes the patient dies – which is realistic.  Sometimes treatments dont work, sometimes people are too far gone, or have engaged in self destructive behavior for so long that it is not possible to extend their lives.  I also like that House, although he is brash, aggressive, and often rude, he is incredibly smart and has a reliable method of reading people and getting his team to think outside of the box.

This past episode featured House trying to get back on the good side of his girlfriend Dr. Lisa Cuddy, who also happens to be the Dean of Medicine at the hospital where they both work. Dr. Cuddy is a single mother and she needs House to be more supportive, and because his character is essentially selfish he has a very hard time helping her with small acts of kindness like taking out the trash or being respectful towards her things in her house.  I can relate to this  – not the single mom part-  but in not feeling like my relationship provides the kind of tangible support I need as I struggle to balance work and school.  I am sure we can all relate to wishing our partners were different, or would do things the way we want them done.  In order to try to help her out, House volunteers his time at the school where Cuddy would like to send her daughter.  It is Career Day and House is in front of about 40 6th or 7th graders telling them graphic details about his work and some of what he goes through on a regular basis.  Of course it is bordering on inappropriate and there are several moments where House is about to start a fight – but all in all through this plot line, House eventually apologizes to Cuddy, solves his case at the hospital, and starts a fight all within one episode.  It really is a great show!

 

 

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My tv and youth essay

My apologies for using this format – I believe we were asked to tag this in another post, but  I cannot figure out how to do that, so I am using a new post to submit my essay. 

Tv and the development of youth…this phrase conjures up many ideas for me. I have to distinguish myself from what seems like the majority of my classmates, who are planning on or already have careers in the classroom, where they might have a very direct application in their professional lives of a statement like that.  As for me, I can only speak to the 2 godchildren I have, and the children of my own I wish to have someday.  I think that television has a huge impact on children, in both positive and negative ways.  I can remember as a child loving sesame street, and developing a love of learning, counting, singing, and making friends as  a result of watching that show.  As I got older, tv definately took on a cult-like status because I didnt have cable – therefore, no mtv.  I also was not allowed to watch tv during the week – therefore, no Cosby show.  I do appreciate that now, because I value my time away from the tv so much as an adult.  After an entire day of not turning on the tv, I feel somehow refreshed and a bit lighter – I think it is because there is less exposure to so much stimulation.  But I digress – back to tv and youth…

This is a broad topic – one that is really dependant upon what age group is being discussed.  For example, I have a goddaughter who is 13 now, and I can immediately see the influence tv, but really more technology – has had on her.  She has a very tough time being away from her devices – DS, cell phone, sidekick, you name it, she has it and relies on it not only as a way to communicate with friends but I think as  a bit of a security blanket – as if as long as she has constant communication with friends and potential boyfriends, her life is intact, on track, and therefore she is normal and accepted – she is loved.  Maybe that is a bit of a stretch – but I think there are lots of examples when tv (internet, phone, blackberry, etc) can feel like the friend you never had, or the family you wish you had, or the communication you long for in “real life”, only to settle for text messages and facebook status updates as a way to create, mantain and foster meaningful relationships. This is especially apparent when there are aspects of family and intimate life that are not fulfilling, or not providing the child with structure, guidance and support.  Now a family complete with real live people is flawed by  nature, and tv and such is by nature, “airbrushed”, or edited, or superficial to the point where some of the messiness and complexity are not revealed – or if they are, they are revealed through other characters instead of “real people”, even for reality tv, which we know is scripted a large portion of the time. 

I suppose in closing I can say that my impression of tv and the development of youth is a dynamic relationship, one that should be monitored by parents and caregivers, and placed in perspective and prioritized according to the childs needs, along with how they adjust, react and cope with what they see and hear on tv -internet, etc.

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Second blog post

Hello class and Prof V – I hope everyone is enjoying their saturday afternoon – I know I am because I am not at work!  The show I am going to blog about in this entry is Big Love, on HBO.  It is entering its 5th and final season.  I have really enjoyed watching this show .  I started with season One and have followed all the way through- I almost always like any HBO series that I watch, so I have to pace myself because I can easily become addicted to them and thats just no good…

Big Love is an example of a highly intricate and sophisitcated plot sequence – not only is the main theme of the show polygamy – therefore already involving mutiple characters – but the characters themselves are very complex.  That is what I think is so appealing about the HBO shows- highly complex character development. This season seems to be winding its way towards a complete breakdown of Bills family -Bill is the main character. He is a polygamist with three wives and several children.  The wives are all different from each other, and sometimes can be very adverserial in their relationships with one another.  There is always some sort of scandal, and because the circumstances are so removed from how we function here in NYC-plural marriage, rampant evangelical influence, and a complete lack of racial and ethnic diversity – its amazing that the show can have viewers that relate to it.  I suppose anyone can relate to feeling like an outsider, or even feeling like your “group” doesnt quite accept you because of some choices you have made or some other way you have distinguished yourself.  I think anyone who has ever been in a relationship can relate to feeling jealous and having to balance the choices of your partner along with your own choices, and in that how much compromise is too much, and where to draw the line between blind faith and being taken advantage of.  The plotline is way too complex to go into, but suffice to say it is a series that is worth investing the time if you enjoy HBO series, and like  bit of drama and emotional manipulation.

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tv and youth first journal entry!

Hello classmates and Prof V, I hope everyone has had a good week.  I was very nervous to start a blog having never attempted one before but I am pretty excited about it, so thanks go to our brilliant professor for giving us this opportunity.  The show I am going to blog about is an hour long drama/comedy/who-dun-it on Fox called Bones. Some of you may be familiar with it, it has been on for several seasons and is in syndication on a few different channels.  The basic premise of the show is crime solving through forensic anthropology and FBI crime fighting interrogation, profiling, etc. The plot is always more or less the same, with a murder and then an investigation, with all the characters playing their part to help solve the crime.  I really enjoy watching this show and have seen several episodes many times over.  I DVR it and try to stay as current as possible.  Here is the lowdown on the characters:  Dr. Brennan is based on  a real person, Dr. Kathy Reichs, who is a doctor of forensic anthropology.  Dr. Brennan is extremely intelligent and always has a graduate student as an intern.  Booth is the FBI agent Brennan works with.  Booth refers to Brennan as Bones because her specialty is in human remains, which she reconstructs to find cause of death and other markers about how a person lived.  Her attention to detail is very impressive and her strong character as a brilliant female scientist is refreshing to see on tv.  Once in a while there is a recurring theme like a serial killer or some intense personal relationship between two characters that keeps everything interesting. There is a large amount of sexual tension between Bones and Brennan which ebbs and flows with one of them being more committed and invested, then the other, but never quite connecting into a full blown romantic relationship.  The chemistry between the characters is very convincing, you can almost feel it through the screen.  The intended audience is 18-49 year olds, according to cha cha answers, which seems like a question and answer-forum type site on the web.  There are a ton of educational possibilities for this show.  The cast includes a psychologist and several highly educated scientists of varying specialties – it is so interesting to see all of them interact without the content being superficial.  On the other hand, because there are plot lines that deal with relationships, there is alot of vulnerability and humility on display as well.  I could blog on and on about this show but I am not sure how long these entries are meant to be so I think I will keep it short and sweet for now.

 

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