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.

The Gormogon skeleton
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 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.