Bones Review: "The Body in the Bag"

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Bones returned for its first episode of 2011 last night, but my reaction to "The Body in the Bag" was somewhat mixed. To be honest, it was somewhat of a letdown.

This isn't to say it was a bad episode, or that I can even pinpoint one exact reason for coming away with that sentiment. Sometimes you just expect a little better.

Perhaps some of the blame lies with all the Bones spoilers about proposals, deaths, lingering sexual tension, etc. Last night didn't really get any of that rolling.

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The primary personal plot line was the awkwardness between Booth and Hannah, and between Brennan and Hannah, over what Bones revealed in "The Doctor in the Photo."

Brennan still has feelings for Booth, who told Hannah in the interest of full disclosure, but left her understandably unhappy as a result. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

After Angela alerted Brennan to the statistical impossibility of Hannah's string of excuses being legit, Bones confronted her partner's girlfriend and asked what was wrong.

Most of this story was handled very well. Just not the end.

I like the idea of Brennan and Hannah trying to be friends and act like mature adults, and I like that there is awkwardness and that it isn't always easy. It feels very real.

But the last scene with Bones and Hannah at the bar, drinking and laughing, just felt forced. Bones concluded it's time she moved on. Hannah agreed. Problem solved!

Quite an about-face for both parties. We don't expect Brennan to fight Hannah or deliver some impassioned speech about how she intends to fight for Booth, but still.

We get it, they're trying to be friends and this is a complex, non-cliche love triangle. But giggling like lifelong BFFs when some guy tries to pick them both up? Really?

What do you think? Would you like to see this handled differently? Should Bones fight for her man or really try to move on - and will she and Booth even get together?

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JENNY'S A SWEET GIRL: Or so we're told.

As for the murder victim this week, the case offered some serious twists, some very cool science and a body find that was easily a 8.0-8.5 on the Bones grossness scale.

The decaying corpse was pretty standard, but Hodgins' excavation of the shower and the stream of debris sent flying onto Booth and Brennan was delightfully disgusting.

Interestingly, the victim was not actually the girl who lived in the apartment, but a girl who sold her fake purses. A camera caught her on top of the likely killer. Sexually.

For Booth and Sweets, there was definitely an overlap between porn and work as they searched for clues. Naturally, the guys were distracted and more or less useless.

Angela saved the day by collecting different pieces of images, if you will, from various reflections in the room on the tape. With that, she made a composite of the killer.

It was neither socialite Paisley, nor her boyfriend, but the agent investigating Jenny and her little contraband purse-selling ring. The Prada Police ... who'd have guessed.

Speaking of Angela, she and Hodgins had some terrific scenes this week, just the kind of normal interaction we've grown to love from them, but a treat just the same.

They really are going to make bizarre, but splendid parents, as Dr. Clark Edison said. It's good to see Clark 2.0 trying to forge human relationships, however awkwardly.

Overall, it was a fine episode, even if it felt lacking for some of the laughs and drama we've come to expect. It's great to have Bones back, and I look forward to next week.

What did you think of last night's Bones? In particular, do you like how the Booth-Brennnan story line is playing out? What would you like to see happen going forward?

Leave us a comment below and discuss!


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Very disappointed with this show putting in highly incorrect and stereotypical information, like the Chinese using rhino horn as an aphrodisiac! The writers should do some research - rhino horn is mostly used in Vietnam, not China!


Like a lot of other fans, I used to love the show and eagerly anticipated new episodes. But after 2 years of hints and teases that "this will be the season for Bones and Booth", I just can't watch anymore. The storyline with Hannah is ridiculous. I think Brennan is awesome, but I don't even think Booth deserves her. I'm just over it.


I have been a Bones fan since the beginning, have loved watching the tension build between the two of them, watching them learn and grow from one another; to see the caring and concern that they both try to hide and deny - and have sat on the edge my seat this last season thinking this is it, its going to happen, they are going to come back and after a bit of their own style of struggle the hook up will finally come!!! and in walks Hannah...what are the writers thinking???!!! I am so disappointed and disgusted and bored watching these strange people walk around in characters that seem totally unknown to me...Angela is sitting by the wayside while her BFF is hurting, Hannah and Bones are becoming BFF's knowing that Bones is in love with Booth, get with it writers!! and Booth is no longer "cocky" with the belt buckle or caring for Bones or even talking to her or trading barbs with her?? The whole show is losing its edge of what we have come to love about it -- the only good thing is watching everyone getting used to the Squinterns new open attitude. Bring Bones and Booth together and lose Hannah before you lose the fans!!


Has anyone else noticed Booth isn't wearing his "Cocky" Belt buckle anymore?


Beware everyone,Bones writers are losing it.


You are spoiling the magic between Booth and Bones. It's possible for a successful series with a happy couple. What about Hart to Hart or the old Thin Man movies. Bring back the magic. We loved the chemistry.


At a certain point, no other criticisms matter as much to me as the fact that you didn't see Booth and Bones talk to each other ONCE throughout the whole show. There were maybe two or three lines of case-related conversations, but other than that they weren't in contact at all! I mean, there wasn't even any awkwardness, because there wasn't any anything! I mean, what's the point of having a show centered around these two fantastic mains when they aren't even interacting anymore. That was the most disappointing part in my opinion. Also, why is it that none of the killers/widowed spouses nowadays seem remotely upset about the deaths? I mean c'mon! Your fiance died! You killed your lover! Are there really just that many efficient sociopaths in the world?


The problem with the show now is that I'm just bored. I should care that Booth is with Hannah and I just don't. Two seasons ago I would have cared. There is only so long you can keep a couple apart and not make the storyline seem ridiculous. The powers that be keep telling fans to wait but I'm tired of waiting. It's a show I used to run to watch but now it sits on my Tivo until I have the time. Very sad.

Sue ann

Julie is right. "The center didn't hold, and now neither does the show." I am still of the feeling that the actors are at sea, with no guidance regarding the goal of the season. They do not seem to be as invested in this show as we are, and it is very annoying. The only thing in the entire episode which remotely appealed to me was the strange reaction which the squint elicited by trying to chat with his co-workers about all the personal issues he had so rigidly ignored or dismissed in the past. That was funny. Not believeable, but funny. Actually, I liked him the way he was, and I hope he goes back to it, but not just now. Since the rest of the show is garbage, at least he is amusing. Even Angela and Hodges seem unreal. Their comments were too brief. If so much of this show is now to be devoted to Hannah, I would like to see some reaction in Angela. She was supposed to be Temperance's best friend. Even pregnant, I don't believe she would have no feelings about being supplanted in this way. Angela has feelings about EVERYTHING! The writers must be on crack. This used to be a good program.

Honey tats

The thought of Bones and 'the one of which i do not speak' being BFFs is soooo fckin redonkulous.-I didn't like the way Booth handled the bones situation with the other one.

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