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.
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: 7.5/10. 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.