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.
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
Bones 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.