Around the Water Cooler: “Bones” – The Season 9 Premiere (SPOILERS)

THE SPECS:

Who: “Bones” currently airs on network TV, specifically on FOX, Mondays at 8:00 PM.

What: “Bones,” a black comedy/procedural about forensic anthropologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel), her work, her colleagues, and her relationship with partner and lover, FBI Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), who she assists in solving grisly murders by examining skeletons and bones (for a more detailed Synopsis, read here: http://www.aceshowbiz.com/tv/bones/summary.html).

When: The Season 9 premiere aired on Monday, September 16, 2013, on FOX at 8:00 PM.

Where: The show is set in Washington DC and surrounds, primarily at fictional institution, the Jeffersonian Institute, and the FBI.

Why: I initially tried watching this show because I love David Boreanaz, formerly known as Angel the vampire on his self-titled show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I couldn’t get into it at first and stopped watching after two or three episodes because the crime procedural, which this program largely emulates, is not my cup of tea (I do not enjoy shows like Law and Order or CSI).  Yet, the show became very popular with friends and respected television critics and seemed to have some longevity, so a few years ago, when the show was made available on Netflix instant, I caught up, muscling through the first few episodes of the first season, which, in fact, are uneven, and learning to enjoy the unusual chemistry between Deschanel and Boreanaz.  Once the show found a solid cast and also explored story arcs with serial killers, not to mention toying with the sexual tension between Bones and Booth, it became a mainstay of my fall to spring television viewing.  All of the characters are lovable and engaging.  Except for Daisy the Squintern.

How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)

The major question of this, now the ninth season, is how much life Bones has left in it.  The primary thrust of the season will be whether the Jeffersonian team, along with Booth and Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher), is able to capture serial killer and computer genius Christopher Pelant.  Pelant, who sees hyper-intelligent Bones as his most formidable adversary (while simultaneously holding a perverse affection for her), threatened Booth in the Season 8 finale by indicating that he would murder five innocent people unless Booth told Bones, who had proposed to marry him after long declaring the institution of marriage to be a pointless construct for her own rigidly scientific and anthropologically ordered life, that he couldn’t marry her (Pelant is capable of hacking complex computerized networks, including security cameras in the major metropolitan DC area, and can track them and see them).  The premiere deals with the aftermath of Booth’s retraction, indicating that in the three months between seasons, Booth has doggedly searched for Pelant with the intent of killing him, while Bones has puzzled through Booth’s consummate rejection of her proposal, which was a cataclysmic personal step for her. In the meantime, Bones’ best friend Angela (Michaela Conlin) has drawn the line with Booth, her husband Jack Hodgins (TJ Thyne) is trying to stay neutral, Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) is cultivating a professional detachment while trying to give Booth the benefit of the doubt, and Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) worries for the stability of Bones and Booth’s occasionally fragile relationship, for which he feels personally responsible as their sometime psychoanalyst, roommate, and (always) friend.

The show’s executive producer, Hart Hanson, has indicated that as long as there are grisly, bone/skeleton-related deaths to portray, and as long as the actors remain invested, Bones will keep on ticking.  It’s no secret, however, that the show lost a bit of its spark when Bones and Booth finally consummated their long-repressed feelings for one another, a consummation that was not shown onscreen, to the vitriol of some fans.  Avoiding the Moonlighting curse, the writers have managed to render Bones’ personal and emotional evolution, now as partner to Booth personally as well as professionally, relevant as she becomes increasingly compromising to concepts previously abhorrent to her, such as marriage.  Yet, if Bones and Booth finally do marry, it seems the show will probably have used up all of its major milestones.  Nine seasons is a long time for shows nowadays.  It will be interesting to see if FOX prolongs the show’s life while its late-stage quality declines, as sometimes happens. Fortunately, the formula for this show. unique to its quirky premise, is like a well-oiled machine, and the familiar pattern of each episode provides a sense of easy comfort, with the long-term story arc serving as background to each episode’s crime to solve. As a result, people keep watching these characters, even if there are few surprises left.  Of course, I anticipate that several surprises will emerge this season as the Pelant arc plays out.

Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

1) Where is Pelant, and how omnipresent will he be this season?  How quickly will this looming obstacle to Booth and Bones’ eternal happiness be resolved?

2) Are all of the squinterns coming back?  Can Daisy just leave?

3) How are Cam and Aristu doing?  I find that relationship charming, and there is so little focus on it.

4) Are Angela and Hodgins going to be given any interesting story lines this year?

5) Will Sweets find love?

6) Bones told Booth, in the end of the premiere, that though she knows he loves her still (and Christine, their daughter), and though she knows they will someday get married, it will be his turn to propose to her.  How will Booth do it – because you know it’s going to happen this season?

PARTING SHOTS

Bones is still quality television and still offers plenty of disgusting remains to siphon through, plenty of crazy Hodgins experiments to stage, plenty of easy chemistry between characters to play, and plenty of “I don’t know what that means” and other typical Bones expressions.  If the writers are smart, they will milk the Pelant story thread for as much of the season as they can, as he is the only real obstacle the characters appear to face anymore.  Also, maybe Bones should get pregnant again.  What would she do with two children?

LOOKING AHEAD:

Bones is one of FOX’s higher rated shows, so a full season was automatically ordered.  Will will happen as the year progresses?  Only time will tell.

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One comment

  1. kyliekeelee · September 18, 2013

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