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Booth and Brennan Areas of Expertise 
5th-Sep-2007 08:54 pm
I'm working on an AU of Aliens in a Spaceship which puts Booth in Hodgin's place with Brennan.

Since she doesn't have Hodgin's expertise in this fic I need to know what expertise Booth could bring to the situation.

All I recall from canon is his sharpshooter expertise. What other skills does Booth have that might come in handy in that situation? (Like automotive repair or explosives.)

As a bonus, what does Brennan know outside of FA? She seems to know some chemistry which is understandable and appears to know something about electronics, but what skills/knowledge does she have?


ETA: Fic is done and published! Thank you all! Two Partners Underground
6th-Sep-2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Brennan is all-around science person and it seems she just knows lots of random things, kinda like Zack.

As for Booth, he said he restores old cars once. I don't know if that includes automotive repairs. I don't think so since he doesn't like "machines". Honestly I don't think he has much skills besides being a sharpshooter, being is dire situations, interrogation, solving crimes, kick butt (psychical strength) and building things. At least they haven't shown that yet on the show.

If it was Booth and Angela down there in that car when they were buried... I don't think they could get out without the rest of the team finding them or ransom paid.
6th-Sep-2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info.

So he'd probably know about car upholstery then which might be handy when getting to the spare tire. What did you mean about building things?

Yeah, Booth and Angela would be goners, but then Hodgins would pay to get Angela out in a heartbeat and Brennan would pay to get Booth back regardless of what the FBI told her to do.

So would it be plausible then for Brennan to maybe think up the oxygen scrubber on her own? Maybe with some prompting from Booth?
6th-Sep-2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Building a BBQ pit :P

I think it is plausible for Brennan to think up the oxygen scrubber. I think without Hodgins, Brennan could of gotten out with dashboard explosion on her own. But of course the episode emphasized "team".
6th-Sep-2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
/smacks head/

Duh. I can't believe I forgot that.

Yes, the dashboard explosion was her idea so I can keep that and add some way for Booth to help in that regard, after all she definitely had trouble climbing out on her own so he did pull her out from the outside.

Thanks so much for the assistance!
6th-Sep-2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
I don't think she had THAT much trouble that she couldn't get out on her own. But Booth was there are the right time and helped her. Plus awesome shot of Booth running down trying to get to her was pretty.

I have no clue what Booth can contribute. From what we know of Booth, nothing.
6th-Sep-2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, that was a awesome shot!

The prompt was for adrenaline/crises and I think one reason Brennan is so calm is that she has faith - in Jack's words - that Booth will find them. So what happens to that faith when Booth isn't out there looking for her? So my thought is that we have canon that she hugs him spontaneously during times of need so he can provide some emotional support for when the deadline passes and they're still down there. I also think I have a way for him to help with the explosion, but we'll see how that goes.

Now if I could just *write* the thing. ;-)
6th-Sep-2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
I guess you could write it like that. Yeah Booth for emotional support is all he can do for Brennan. Oh if you ever finish writing it, hope you inform me of it. :) looking forward to reading it.
26th-Aug-2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Hi there!

Just wanted to say a belated thanks again for helping me on this fic. I had a hellish time trying to get it finished (when the muse says no, she means no /sigh/), but I finally did it earlier this year and thanks to the Amnesty Round was allowed to post it on the original comm the prompt came from.

I just posted it and wanted to bring you the link. My thanks are in my Confession post after the fic.

Two Partners Underground

I hope you like it!
7th-Sep-2007 02:59 am (UTC)

I can't imagine there are many run-down vintage cars that only need a good buffing and a quick paint job. Cars need restoring because they fall into disrepair, and most people who restore old cars not only fix what's wrong under the hood: they also update the inner workings. So I'd say it's incredibly likely that Booth knows his way around the inside of a car.

7th-Sep-2007 03:10 am (UTC)
idk, Booth doesn't like machines- that's what I got out of in Gater. As for vintage cars, I think it was thrown in because DB does it too. Not sure honestly. I don't even remember if it was restoring vintage cars or just liking them because Booth said he doesn't have any wheels after his SUV got taken away. Bones is bad with continuity.
20th-May-2008 06:08 am (UTC)
as speaking from experience, Forensic Anthropologists will have training in Archaeology, Linguistics, Physical Anthropology (which also includes Primate behavior and anatomy), cultural anthropology, chemistry, math (most likely stats), a bit of geology (which a FA might get in archaeology, I know I did), and anatomy. Anthropology is a very inclusive discipline.
20th-May-2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Wow, excellent. Sounds like an intriguing mix of social sciences and - for lake of a better term - hard sciences.

Thanks so much for taking the time to help out.
20th-May-2008 06:21 am (UTC)
if somebody tells you anthropology is not a hard science is pulling fluff out of their rear end. I've had to do more science with my anth major than anywhere else. I mean there's stats, there's other math, there's chemistry, there's anatomy, man oh man was there anatomy ;0 and there is all this other stuff.
20th-May-2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Forensic anthro is definitely hard science oriented. It's cultural anthro that gets labeled as a bit more fluffy. To me science is science, but I admit to having a bent towards the social sciences as long as I can have my statistics too. /grins/
26th-Aug-2008 02:16 am (UTC)

Just wanted to say thanks again for your input on this post.

The fic is *finally* done and posted.

Two Partners Underground
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