Review: Bones: Season 4 (2008 – 2009)

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Bones Season 4 Poster and DVD Cover

*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Synopsis: We begin the season with the team trying to recover from the bad knock they suffered at the hands of Zack Addy (Eric Millegan). Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) and Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) put an end to their relationship, both drifting their own ways, and losing each other. Hodgins loses something that used to be a large part of his identity: his ability to be a rich conspiracy buff. He gets cocky, short and rude with people, no longer overly caring about his appearance, and his amusing insight to government dwindles to non-existence. I blame this on his trauma of losing Zack, his best friend, as well as the love of his life.

A steady stream of interns come through the lab. Dr Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is unable to pick one, and so we meet up with the extremely depressed and gloomy Colin Fisher (Joel David Moore), uptight and work-oriented Dr Clark Edison (Eugene Byrd), the calm Muslim Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vahdat), the permanent fact-spewing Vincent Nigel-Murray (Ryan Cartwright) and my personal favourite, Wendell Bray (Michael Grant Terry). Each with their own distinctive skill set that they bring to the table, they all vie hard in hopes of being granted the full time position.  Brennan and Dr Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) establish soon on in the intern that they will not, under any circumstances, be able to work with: Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo), and neither can the rest of the team. She is ditzy, irritating and frankly just grates on everyone’s nerves. However, Dr Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) gets into things with Daisy, but they have to keep in under wraps from the rest of the team as they aren’t prepared to really put it out there that they are an item. When Daisy returns to the team for another case to help out on, Camille approaches Dr Sweets, desperately seeking his help to rid the team of Daisy. Dr Sweets says that he will do the firing, and he and Daisy announce to the world how they are together.

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Zack Addy assisting on a case

On a particular case, Hodgins goes to see Zack Addy at the mental institution, and discusses the case with him. In the middle of the case, when the team is ready to give up, Zack walks back into the Jeffersonian. Booth’s first instinct is to take Zack in, but they need his help. With his assistance they solve the case, and Sweets is tasked with delivering him back to the institution. Sweets is terrified of being alone with a killer when Zack admits to him that he never killed anyone, although claims he would have had the “master” asked him to. Sweets is upset, and tells Zack that he does not know what he will do in a situation until he is in it, and wants to inform everyone of Zack’s innocence when Zack forbids him. He knows he will not make it in prison, and so he will stay where he is. Sweets knows he is sitting on a big secret now.

Dr Gordon Wyatt (Stephen Fry) returns for a few episodes, and reads the book that Dr Sweets is compiling about Brennan and Booth. Again, Dr Wyatt feels the books tells more about the writer than the subjects, and he informs Brennan and Booth that Sweets has had a more difficult life than they know. Inviting Sweets to join them for dinner, Brennan shares a fragment of her past that has been hidden away for so long. Sweets feel sorry for her, and Booth is shocked that Brennan has been through the things that she has. Angela’s father (Billy Gibbons) returns to town, and Hodgins is freaking out. He is desperate to avoid the man, and Angela speaks to her father, telling him that the breakup was mutual. Just when they think all has blown over, Angela’s dad kidnaps Hodgins, who wakes up in the desert with Angela tattooed on his bicep. Sweets suggests that Angela take a sexual hiatus after her relationship – that she started shortly after calling it off with Hodgins – with Roxie Lyon (Nichole Hiltz) also ends badly.

Booth and Brennan join the circus for a case, and Brennan gets very attached to the place, the familiarity the people share, and the dedication. She fools Booth into being far more reckless than he was prepared to be, but the pair leave there feeling particularly good about themselves. Camille hires Max Keenan (Ryan O’Neal) to teach at the Jeffersonian, which causes major disagreements seeing as Brennan wants him gone and out, nowhere near evidence and crime scenes, etc. Eventually Brennan relents and her father stays.

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The Booth brothers

The Gravedigger returns, demanding evidence that was stolen be turned over to them, and kidnaps Booth for the incentive. It turns out Hodgins stole the evidence, and they are almost killed when returning it. Just in the nick of time, Booth is rescued by Brennan. Booth saw a dead Private on the boat that he was kept on by the Gravedigger, Teddy Parker (Noel Fisher). In the midst of all of the Gravedigger drama, they manage to ascertain who they are, and state attorney Heather Taffet (Deirdre Lovejoy) is arrested for the crimes, while Jared Booth (Brendan Fehr) is in deep trouble with the government for having pulled some highly illegal strings to finally grow up and help his brother out for a change. Camille’s ex-lover turns up dead, and she goes on an emotional roller coaster ride with his daughter, Michelle Welton (Tiffany Hines), and eventually ends up adopting her, throwing herself headlong into parenthood.

Brennan decides out of the blue that she wants a baby, and that Booth must be the donor. This shocks the whole team, and even more so that Booth gives into Brennan’s wishes that he be the donor. However, Booth is having difficulty with the concept of bringing a baby into this world and not being allowed to be the father. Brennan figures this out because Booth is talking to things that are not there, and tells him she will not have the baby, but that he needs to trust her and see a doctor. It turns out Booth has a benign tumour in his brain that needs to be surgically removed. The last episode of the season revolves around the antics of Brennan and Booth in an alternate universe where they are an item and everything is distinctly different from what it is.

Best Episode: The Hero In The Hold

Worst Episode: The Yanks In The UK (Part 1 & 2)

Rating:
GRADE 7
I was not particularly enamoured with this season. I missed the way Hodgins and Zack brought life to the show, and the surly guy that replaced Hodgins really got to me. I missed all the conspiracy stuff that he used to cook up. I don’t know, having Zack gone really screwed with the whole make up of the show. I like the fact that Zack was not the loon that we thought he was, that clears up a lot. I like the new lab techs that are floating in and out, they each have their perks. My favourite is Wendell of them all, but Clark gets me, too. He is so anal about everything, and such a stickler and so unsocial at work. Brennan suddenly wanting to have a child took me by surprise, and the fact that Booth insisted on being the father is something that could not be taken lightly. I am glad that Jared, for all the silly, stupid and immature things he has done, finally stepped up to help Booth. It was high bloody time he did some of the protecting. Booth’s tumour is heavily scary by the end of it, and the alternate reality he has woven for himself featuring Brennan is very heavy. Overall, a rather slow season. However, I loved Angela’s dad coming back for Hodgins, and the dodgy tattoo that was left. I was heartbroken when they went their separate ways as they were so great together. I wish Booth and Brennan would finally just say what they have to say! Brennan and her father finally laying things to rest is a relief, too, and Sweets suggesting that Angelo go celibate had me in stitches. The latest love of his life, Daisy, is really annoying, though you could see why they would be drawn together. Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher) was again an absolute pleasure to watch, she is so amusing and always a treat when she has a role to play. Not the worst series season I have ever watched, but I expected more bang after the conclusion of season 3.

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Review: Death du Jour – Kathy Reichs

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Temperance Brennan #2

This is my eighteenth book in my book challenge, and is the second book in the Temperance Brennan series.

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is closing up her last few days in Canada before returning to the Carolinas for the new semester. A nun was excavated to be examined for an application of sainthood. Brennan is finishing up the last things when she gets called out to a house fire in St-Jovite. What she discovers there sets her teeth on edge: mangled babies and an old woman shot to death as well as a couple that has been burned to death. Brennan joins in to help out as much as she possibly can before her departure.

Brennan’s sister, Harry, comes in to stay with a few days while completing another one of her new age courses. Brennan does not notice her sister become more withdrawn and completely like herself. One of the nuns rings Brennan, desperately trying to get someone to assist her in locating her niece who has gone missing. Brennan puts detective Luc Claudel on it, who is not impressed at all.

Returning home and starting the new semester, homicide detective Andrew Ryan calls her to inform her that he will be in her neck of the woods for a while when one of their leads turned up a link between Quebec and Saint Helen nearby Brennan. Meeting up with Ryan leads to a grisly discovery of a further two more corpses – they have been there for three weeks. Something seems amiss, and it seems that the cases should be joined together, though they are two countries apart. Their investigation takes them to a group which has all the markings of a cult headed up by charismatic leader Dom Owens.

Suddenly things start to screw out – Harry seems to have gone missing, the cult is overly secretive and all the victims seem to be tying back to Saint Helen and a mysterious man overseas running the show for payments for both St-Jovite and St Helen. Brennan is being strongly warned to stay out of it, yet she continues to dig. Will she and Ryan sort out what is going on? Will they be able to conclude their dealings and stop the ruckus before the body count escalates further?

GRADE 5It is so frustrating to read her books. I keep thinking that they will be getting better in time. I mean I read this one and couldn’t reconcile the fact that she was more upset about her cat being killed than having lost her best friend of many years in the previous book. As though that was not enough, Brennan always seems to have premonitions as to what is going on yet major difficulties pulling it up. Then she spends pages lamenting the fact that something bothered her and she wasn’t quick enough on the uptake to notice what it was and make a difference. Reichs also writes in a rather boring and predictable manner, and overall I am just not particularly keen on it. It is fine to read as a filler between really good reads, and maybe she gets better (after all, this was like the beginning for her), but I still don’t really like her writing style. Also, the heroine Brennan seems to be incredibly selfish, rude, cold and totally unrealistic. I blame her immensely flawed logic. She just sets my teeth on edge, to be honest. Not the strongest character to lead with. Not the worst book of all time, but definitely not tight and flowing and perfect, there is too much lull and boredom and filler crap lining the pages. But wait – there’s more! More French. Truly, if the language is that amazing, write the book in that language. If you are going to put French in it – translate all of it. Bear in mind, readers are there for a story, not a new language and grammar pop quiz. So what if it was mentioned earlier what it was? Repeat it for clarity and what not.

Review: Déjà Dead – Kathy Reichs

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KATHY REICHS DEJA DEAD COVER

Temperance Brennan #1

I have read a few of these books in no particular order over the years – not all of them, but a few, and decided to go back and read them in the correct order and see how I felt about Kathy Reichs’s writing after that. This is the first Temperance Brennan book, and my fifteenth entry to my book challenge.

Dr Temperance Brennan is a the Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, and is called out one afternoon to check out some bones. A feeling tells her that it will not be an ancient burial, and she is correct. The mutilated corpse of a young woman is dredged from garbage bags that have been dumped. Something seems off to Brennan, but she cannot place what it is. Once in autopsy, she continues to grasp at what is bothering her so much about the most recent corpse.

Soon Brennan is convinced that this case has similarities to one of her older cases, but instead of being met with helpfulness, she is met with hostility. She is an anthropologist, and should not interfere with the detectives’ job. She is angered that they will not take it seriously while they are sure she is cooking up some American serial killer story in her boredom. If no one will help her, she will do it on her own. Painstakingly slowly she starts to tie the cases together, all the while worrying about her best friend Gabby Macaulay and what she may have gotten mixed up in.

More bodies turn up as the days go by, and still no one will hear of her crazy theory. Fighting her own demons as well as the police is not easy when it soon becomes evident that there is a monster on the loose, and he has his sights set on Brennan. Her insistence on looking at all the murders as though committed by the same perpetrator has divided the police force, support for her as well as professional courtesy. Will she be able to tie the cases together as well as get someone to take her claim seriously? Will detective Andrew Ryan take her side, or back up the ever-frustrating and dismissive detective Luc Claudel.

GRADE 6There really are a few things that set my teeth on edge about this book. The content is pretty cool, the execution is at some times lacking a little bit. I don’t like for instance how a character will say something, and all that she will write after it is a name, or how a whole conversation will go on between multiple characters and there is no indication of who is speaking at any given time. Then the French. It is fine when she translates it, but it angers me when it is not. Not everyone can speak French. However, the story was quite interesting, and the anthropology field is majorly interesting.  It is evident that this is a first novel for her, and at some points can get excessively long winded for nothing. Not a terrible first read, but her writing style needs to be tightened up considerably. Also, if you are looking at this expecting a written rehash of the television series, you have to think again. To say that the show is loosely based on this book series is the understatement of the century. Try to keep the two separated when reading.

Bones: Season 3 (2007 – 2008)

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Absolutely no time was wasted from the end of season two and then into this. I thoroughly enjoy Bones. I will not lie to you and say it has always been my favourite, because season one really didn’t do much for me, and took me an awfully long time to get into.

*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Synopsis: This season kicks into full throttle with the case of a brilliant murdered musician who turns out to have been eaten by cannibals, thus bringing in the “main case” as such for this season. They are hunting a killing partnership that are killing their victims, eating parts of them, and building a skeleton with selected parts of the corpse. This chills the team, as the logic seems flawed. FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) is struggling bitterly to come to terms with the death of Howard Epps (Heath Freeman) and ends up in counselling when he shoots a clown on top of an ice cream van. His anger is bubbling to the surface and without check most of the time. Dr Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is battling to find a replacement for Zack Addy (Eric Millegan), and is relieved when he returns from Iraq after just three months, intent on working with his friends again. Brennan teases Booth when she sees how the therapist is changing Booth. Dr Gordon Wyatt (Stephen Fry) is helping Booth deal with unresolved anger and control issues and the blame he has assigned himself for Epps’s death.

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The Gormogon skeleton

Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) and Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) are desperately trying to locate her husband so that she can get divorced and begin her life with Hodgins. She tries everything, including hypnotism, to locate him, which actually turns out to be far more useful than she gave it credit for! As soon as they have the relevant information, they hire a woman to track him down and serve his divorce papers. They are unimpressed that it takes so long to track him down, and when they do, he is not at all interested in letting Angela go. If anything, he feels she is the love of his life, and is not prepared to sacrifice that. Through all of, Gormogon is starting to become a real problem. With no further leads to follow up on, the team is wholly upset when a case arises that might have the hand of Gormogon in it. However, instead of catching their killer, Gormogon attempts to bomb Booth and Brennan, and although he fails, they are horrified to learn that he ripped all his teeth out of his skull to add as fragments.

Brennan’s brother, Russ (Loren Dean), is still on the run while their father, Max Keenan (Ryan O’Neal), gives himself up for arrest. Booth takes him in. This results in Brennan and Booth being sent for counselling and seeing Dr Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley), who says that he has the power to put them back together or split them apart. He tries in vain to get them both to open up, and cannot believe that there are no underlying issues between Brennan and Booth about the fact that Booth arrested Max.  Russ’s wife, Amy Hollister (Bess Wohl), goes to Brennan, begging for her to get into contact with Russ. His stepdaughter, Hayley (Skye Casey Arens), is extremely sick, and she just wants to see her father again. Brennan attempts to get it all sorted at the prison with her father, who refuses to drag Russ back to D.C., where he is sure to be imprisoned. This again leads to another fight between them. Brennan eventually pays for Hayley’s treatment, and Russ shows up to see her. Booth arrests him, but does him the favour of taking him to the hospital so that he can see his daughter, and let her know that he has not forgotten her. They go to elaborate lengths after his imprisonment not to let his stepdaughters know that he is has been sentenced to thirty days in country jail, but rather working overseas. This is really not bad sentencing all considered.

While in prison, Max talks to Brennan of Christmas, and tells her he would love to have a whole Christmas with the whole family while awaiting trial. Brennan gets the plan into her head to find a way to make her father’s dream Christmas come true, while Booth is surly about not having Parker (Ty Panitz) with him for the festive season. Eventually Brennan caves, and they have everything organized for Christmas with the exception of the tree. They even went as far as to get Russ civilian clothes so the kids would be none the wiser as to his interment. However, Booth is feeling giving when it all works out that Parker is with him over Christmas, and they set a tree up outside the prison, lights and all, for Brennan and her family.

Grayson Barasa (Sean Blakemore) returns to Washington D.C. to fix things between him and Angela, and serves no other purpose than to infuriate Hodgins. Hodgins simply wants them to divorce so that he can begin his future with Angela. This is starting to seem damned impossible. However, after much arguing, begging and pleading, Grayson realizes that Angela is no longer in love with him, and will most likely never be. He grants the divorce, and Dr Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) offers to drop him at the airport. As though more complications were necessary, she sleeps with him. This does nothing but make Angela and Hodgins nice and edgy with her, as though she has overstepped a boundary, which in a sense, she has.

Russ has been released from prison, and Brennan and Booth have been separated on their cases and from one another by the FBI seeing as Max’s trial is soon coming up, and Brennan’s whole team is with the prosecution, and it is their job to have Max convicted for the murder of the crooked FBI director that he assassinated. The trial is not going well, until the kid, Clark Edison (Eugene Byrd), that Brennan brought in to help her search for missed evidence finds something. This does not overturn the case, but it does grant a reprieve for the defense to build on this more. Brennan and Booth meet up, and he advises that she act from her heart occasionally, and not just her head. Heading into court, Max is cleared of all charges when Brennan successfully shifts the blame, saying that it is unreasonable to think that Max was the only one able to have pulled off the assassination, though it means casting herself in a bad light. She finally has her family, but has no idea what to do with it further than this.

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Who is The King Of The Lab?

Brennan’s emotional tolerance is tested severely when a stalker case they are dealing with blows out of proportion and Booth becomes the object of obsession. Booth is shot and killed by Pam Nunan (Jennifer Hasty) while out with the team for some after hours relaxation. Brennan is barely holding it together, and adopts a more cut off, clinical and cold approach to it all than ever before, but her temper flares out of control when Booth appears at his very own funeral to take catch some man who has been after Booth for years. Everyone else is thrilled about him actually being alive, whereas Bones feels aggravated and hurt.

While all of this goes down, Gormogon strikes again, and in a hurry to figure out what is going on, there is a lab explosion, and Zack gets seriously injured. Zack is immediately hospitalized, with his hands predominantly shredded. While the explosion had taken place, the incomplete Gormogon skeleton was stolen right out of the vault. The team bands together, needing more than anything to find out who Gormogon is and stop him for good, seeing as it would seem he is an insider to the Jeffersonian. Rumours run rampant that Hodgins is the best candidate to be Gormogon, seeing as he is rich, a conspiracy buff and placed prominently in the Jeffersonian, and he works hand in hand with the FBI members dealing with the Gormogon manhunt. However, when it is discovered that Gormogon could be one of them, many lab students are pulled from their jobs and tasked to go through all the remains that are stored in the Jeffersonian, looking for ones that are not documented. This leads to the horrifying discovery that many of the skulls in storage are missing their canine teeth, and this leads to the shocking realization as to to who Gormogon’s apprentice is: Zack. Everything falls into place; his deliberate screw up with the evidence, the explosion as a diversion for theft and the entire Gormogon story. Betrayal runs deep within the team. Booth is extremely unimpressed, and finally gets Gormogon’s (Laurence Todd Rosenthal) whereabouts from Zack, and goes to personally ensure that he is taken care of.

Best Episode: The Pain In The Heart / The Verdict In The Story

Worst Episode: Death In The Saddle

Rating:
GRADE 8
The pain! Oh the pain! What a fantastic season, truly. It was again energetic, convincing, emotional and intelligent. I loved it, really. The dynamic in the team was thrown off kilter for long enough when Zack was in Iraq to show us how attached we are to the characters they have given us. The introduction of Dr Lance Sweets had me very skeptical, and it took a very long time for him to grow on me because he had me very suspicious a lot, but in the end you really do get used to him, annoying as he is and all. Angela’s husband, Grayson, was a real pain in the ass, and I was with Hodgins all the way on just getting rid of him, but loved the poetic justice he used to justify finally giving Angela the space and freedom she needed to marry the man she loved. I finally really like Camille, even though it took a while, she is pretty cool now. I am glad that Brennan’s father was freed (as demented as that sounds). The whole Gormogon case really sort of tainted my little skeleton earrings that I got recently (makes me really think of that skeleton in the vault, while it was all still so shiny), but not in a bad way, it just makes me think of how that case concluded. I really loved Stephen Fry in this season, he did not fail to entertain me, and give further insight into Booth and how he is, and why. It is amusing to see he became the team’s go-to man for a while, but was rapidly replaced by Dr Sweets, though nobody seems to like or appreciate the notion of psychology. I absolutely adore Caroline Julian (Patricia Beltcher), she is damn funny, über sarcastic and sharp as a whip. But all of that seems irrelevant with the conclusion of the series. I have never been so shocked, horrified and hurt by a series in my life. I did not see it coming, and I will never ever forgive the series creators, however, kudos to them for inciting such an emotion! Wow!  But all of that does not change the fact that I went into mourning!

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Bones: Season 2 (2006 – 2007)

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Well, season one was all over and done with, but right at the end they finally introduced something that made me want to look further into the series, and I am so glad that I gave it a shot. As long winded as season one was, season two hopped right up onto the horse and expelled entertainment. Finally some character development, more humour, and still the great cast dynamic. I could see good things happening for this season.

*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Synopsis: This season kicks off shortly after season one’s end. Dr Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is looking for her father, and Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) wants him too, to lock him up. Together they start a new investigation that has Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) on a conspiracy freak out, and Brennan meets her new boss, Dr Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), who has replaced Dr Daniel Goodman (Jonathan Adams). The Squint Squad is slightly confused that Brennan did not get his job, but she does not seem overly phased by it. A war ensues between Camille and Brennan, and the entire team gets involved. Booth sort of heals the rift when he makes it clear that the “squints” are not being overly dramatic when the threat was put out there that if Brennan goes, they all go, and Booth goes with, too. Booth also has to explain parts of Brennan to Camille that she never will, otherwise they will never reach a middle ground.

Season two introduces us to The Gravedigger, a terrifying kidnapper who takes his victims, buries them alive with a limited air supply and only a once off communication specifying the cost. If it is not paid, then it is all over, no remorse, nothing. The team discovers two young boys that are in a container that looks like a spaceship, and so the Gravedigger case begins. However, as soon as they get too close, Brennan and Hodgins are kidnapped and buried in a car. Angela is freaking out seeing as she went on the perfect date with Hodgins, and was too afraid to take a chance with him. Their incessant flirting throughout the last season and a bit seems almost like a let down with that answer from her, but cannot be finalized. Booth wants and needs Bones back, and it needs to happen soon. Hodgins reveals to Brennan that he is rich, and who he is, and it brings them closer. The team is horrified that they were drawn into something so grotesque, and the case skyrockets Angela and Hodgins into a relationship, and then rapidly into engagement.

Howard Epps (Heath Freeman) begins toying with Brennan and Booth again after they got him off death row, a serial killer. They are horrified about it, and it ended badly when Brennan broke his wrist at their last encounter. With him being locked up, they are shocked to find new victims with pretty much the same MO that he used. Has Howard Epps trained an apprentice? How can this be? They enter into a deadly game with him, and need to beat the odds.

Brennan and her brother start to get back onto rocky familial terms, and Russ Brennan (Loren Dean) violates his parole by crossing state lines to get to Brennan without permission. He is convinced he is being hunted, and he needs to know what is going on. Booth covers for him, and find that he is indeed being hunted. Brennan’s father, Max Keenan (Ryan O’Neal), makes an appearance, and takes her brother and runs. How can Brennan trust him ever again? She is hurt and angry, and at the same time cannot understand the nature of what just happened. Booth consoles her, and together they lament the fact that her father killed the Deputy Director of the FBI, who was a crooked cop, to protect her.

Zack Addy (Eric Millegan) finally receives his doctorate, and begs Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) for a makeover to ensure that he gets to keep his job once the decision is no longer Brennan’s. A whole new character emerges. Booth and Camille break things off with one another when Howard Epps escapes from prison and plays a deadly game with Brennan’s whole crew, one that almost cost Camille her life. Booth is out of action for a case, and Brennan meets Tim “Sully” Sullivan (Eddie McClintock), and even though things appear to look rough between them, he cannot resist her. Brennan starts seeing Sully, and Booth gives it his okay but you can see that is bugs him to the extreme. However, their bliss is short lived, and being the free spirit he is, Sully buys a boat and asks Brennan to take a year long sabbatical with him, which she refuses to do, and it hurts him.

Howard Epps is not done playing with Brennan and Booth, and kills a fireman escaping prison, and the case ends in death when Howard Epps dies when falling from Booth’s hands. The Epps debacle causes Booth and Camille to call things off between them, as it seems it is too dangerous to be together in such a high risk job. The season ends with the wedding being called off in the middle of the ceremony seeing as it is discovered Angela is already married, and Zack leaves for Iraq due to a “request directly from the President to serve his country”.

Best Episode: Aliens In A Spaceship / The Man In The Cell

Worst Episode: The Titan On The Track

Rating:
GRADE 7.5
This season was incredibly entertaining, I loved pretty much each and every minute of it. I really did not like Camille, and I am still on again, off again about her. Bones and Booth are just too damn cute and completely odd together, and this season the tension between the two got a bit hectic, even with Sully having been in the picture, and Booth and Camille kicking things up together, it did not change anything. Hodgins and Angela damn near drove me crazy until they finally hit it off successfully, I think that they are a perfect match for one another, and superbly compatible. This was also a far more emotional season than the last, and there was even a pretty good back story to follow, not just case after case after case, which makes it very refreshing. I will not lie, I truly miss Dr Goodman though, he was a large source of my snickering in season one. Camille started off rocky, and a true adversary is all I saw in her, but it appears she is finally fitting in, and has stopped being the super bitch in the Jeffersonian. I was truly amused by how the heroine in Brennan’s books is Kathy Reichs, I had to have myself a little giggle. This season was action packed, and fantastic. I was completely reeled in and blown away by what I saw. Excellent way to continue along with something that had a rather drab season one. As always, Zack and Hodgins are a fantastic source of entertainment, a real “boys will be boys” type of thing, and I love it. They have a great dynamic together, and communication skills to boot, leaving many behind in the dirt at the rate they process and progress on matters.

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Bones: Season 1 (2005 – 2006)

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So this is a series I have heard of a lot over the years but never actually had a look at. I didn’t know if it was for me or not. Eventually, though, there comes a time in all of our lives where we have to check out another series or something, and then we sit wondering. Luckily for me though, I had this one, and I had heard so many times from so many different people that it is really brilliant and definitely worth the watch. Well, it was my turn to find out.

*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Synopsis: Dr Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is ridiculously smart and completely socially awkward. She returns from a trip overseas, and is met at the airport by cocky FBI agent, Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). The two distinctly appear to not get along, but are thrown together as the Jeffersonian Institute where Brennan works lets the FBI use their staff to help in ongoing investigations. She argues with her superior, Dr Daniel Goodman (Jonathan Adams), and he refuses to assist her in any way. Brennan agrees to help, but only if Booth makes her a full partner.

Brennan lost her folks when she turned fifteen: they simply disappeared, and they have never been found. It takes a lot from her to not know anything. Booth meets the rest of Brennan’s team: her best friend, Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin), her grad student, Zack Addy (Eric Millegan), and last but not least, Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne), an incredibly wealthy conspiracy buff. Booth calls her team “squints”, and so the unlikely symbiotic relationship begins. The team works together, and slowly but surely start to understand one another. Zack is a completely socially awkward individual, even more so than Brennan, and the two of them get along like a house on fire. Bones and Booth get along and at the same time, not even remotely. They are the polar opposite of one another, Brennan being the most literal person, with empirical views and nothing but textbook smart whereas Booth is more worldly, emotive and street smart. But it seems to work, and Brennan’s faith in Booth grows to immeasurable proportions.

Zack, Angela and Booth establish that Hodgins is rich beyond measure: he is the sole surviving heir of the third largest private owned company in the United States, but he wants that to be kept under wraps. His company makes the largest financial contributions to the Jeffersonian Institute, and he does not want anyone to know that he is that wealthy, or that he is technically everybody’s boss. He just wants to work on dirt and slime and be happy.

Brennan eventually scrapes the courage up and gives Booth the file on her parents, and asks him to investigate further into their disappearance. What he discovers is not what Brennan wants to hear: her parents were criminals, they were thieves. She refuses to reconcile that with who she is, and Booth brings her brother, Russ Brennan (Loren Dean), back to Washington D.C. with him so that they can investigate further. Bones are brought out to be identified in the Jeffersonian, and it turns out that they belong to Brennan’s mother: her mother’s corpse had been at the Jeffersonian as long she has if not longer. Her whole world collapses around her, and Booth is tasked with assisting as much as he can to keep her together, as well as open an FBI case on her mother and start searching in earnest. Brennan gets it out of Russ eventually that their names were changed as children, and that what she hears about her family is true. Booth struggles to keep Brennan focused and functioning, as she is intent on finding out what happened to her parents, refusing to believe the conjecture with the evidence that her father killed her mother almost two years after they deserted Brennan and her brother. Brennan finally lays the blame on Vince McVicar (Pat Skipper), as all the evidence points to him. McVicar tells Brennan that if she imprisons him, she will never know what happened to her father, but Brennan is not afraid, and does not get intimidated easily. She is certain she will find out what happened to her father the same way she found out what happened to her mother.

Brennan’s father calls her house to warn her and her brother to stop looking for him. Now they know that he is alive, and Booth is more intent than ever on finding him, not only because he is a criminal, but for Brennan’s peace of mind.

Best Episode: Two Bodies In The Lab / The Graft In The Girl / The Man In The Morgue

Worst Episode: The Man In The SUV

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GRADE 6Bones took me a while to get into, there is no denying that. I watched a lot more than I thought I would because there are so many people telling me that it is really good. I found the show to be very devoid of much action or story in the beginning, as it floundered for a while before finally landing on its feet. I thoroughly enjoy watching the characters though, as they are truly entertaining and intelligent, and the back and forth between them never ceases to amuse me. Another thing that I enjoy about the show is the realism to certain situations (or at least more so than the average series), for instance being kidnapped and almost killed, and then being saved. It is not a “phew, you were just in the nick of time” kind of thing, it a break down, scream and cry as you were terrified and had a taste of your own mortality. So well done on that front. I must say I was duly impressed, and it is a sharp show, definitely worth having a look at. Maybe it took me a while to get into because I am not a huge Kathy Reichs fan. I am not saying I don’t like her, but I never really got the feel for her work. But Bones is pretty good, and I am in the second season already. I also like the way that everything sounds as technical as it looks, but it is also brought to layman’s terms so that we can all look like absolute geniuses while watching. I must admit, watching Bones makes me miss my NCIS that much more (I am going to blame it on the whole Washington D.C. thing, and Booth having been an ex-Army Ranger sniper, very reminiscent of Gibbs 😉 ). I liked the intelligence, and the relationships between characters. The humour was also intellectual, smart, fast and well delivered. Overall, the cast mixes well together, and eventually a story line emerges from the episodes.