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Bones Review: Sniper vs. Sniper

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Booth nearly had "The Killer in the Crosshairs," but ultimately came away empty-handed last night in the second installment of Bones' ongoing sniper story arc.

While this week's perpetrator, who we first met back in January, got away and left this chapter open, Booth and Bones began a new one ... which is basically their old one.

Beginning with the jogging scene at the beginning, B-squared is back to their old rapport of crime-solving, acting all cute and debating deeper philosophical issues.

Take Him Out!

Booth didn't get his man, but the episode had us hooked.

Is there such a thing as a just sniper? Is Booth so different from Dexter or his nemesis Jacob Broadsky? Brennan put this out there more than once, and Seeley struggled.

At times it felt like we were being hit over the head with it - Broadsky BAD, Booth GOOD - but David Boreanaz displays Booth's internal conflict with just the right nuance.

Also delivering an understated, strong performance? Arnold Vosloo. The actor playing the evil Booth counterpart is intimidating and mysterious because he doesn't overact.

Whether he's listening to country tunes in preparation for the kill or confronting Booth face-to-face, Broadsky has an ice-cold calmness to him. Even Booth is a bit spooked.

This week's Broadsky victim is a man in witness protection who - like the Gravedigger - the gunman himself sought out, contacting his former drug lord to suggest the hit.

Convenient when that happens, isn't it?

Booth realizes that in both cases, their locations were classified and a U.S. Marshall whose life Broadsky saved overseas is the leak with which he's getting his information.

After Booth calls her out on this, she commits suicide shortly thereafter. That's sure to do wonders for Booth's already fragile psyche, which Brennan has rattled a little.

This isn't just about upholding the law for Booth. It's about proving to himself that what he thought of as a noble profession can still be one, and punishing his adversary.

When he learns the sniper's next target will be in a courthouse bathroom, he's determined to put a stop Broadsky's perverse sense of vigilante justice once and for all.

If only he didn't get the wrong bathroom.

Sniper vs. Sniper

This case is testing Booth's resolve in more ways than one.

After coming up short, he's reassured by Brennan that he and Broadsky aren't the same because they have the same training. Perhaps that's just what he needed to hear.

Overall, it was a solid episode full of action, underlying themes that made you think, terrific acting by Boreanaz and a healthy dose of old school Brennan-Booth interacting.

With she-who-must-not-be-named out of the picture, it was nice just to watch them joke around, but also broach more serious topics as well. Like nothing ever changed.

We're already looking forward to the sniper's return. Will Booth ultimately get his man? Do you think it will tie in with the introduction of The Locator later this season?

Elsewhere ...

  • Angela's dad is hilarious. While we were slightly annoyed he made us wait to actually reveal the ultimate baby name, and that she didn't ask, it was worth it.
  • Staccato Mamba. Somehow, coming from Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, we can kinda see it. Maybe Hodgins will come around, lest he end up in an alley again ...
  • We have a request, Mr. Montenegro. Take Sweets and Hodgins next time.
  • Momentarily, it looked as if Caroline could be the target, and one of the Bones characters rumored to be killed by the sniper this spring. But it was not to be. Yet.
  • How delightfully creepy was the opening montage of Broadsky's pre-"work" routine and the time lapse of the rats devouring the victim, set to twangy country?
  • Cam's haircut is ... interesting. We think we're on board.

What did you think of last night's Bones? Discuss!

Review

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The best episode yet! If this is anything marking what's yet to come, we're in for a seriously great season. Booth, Brennan, & Billy, Hodge & Angie! Too fine! TOTALLY ENJOYABLE. Give us more, more, more.

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The episode was thoroughly enjoyable and interesting and one of the few episodes of season six that had the high quality of positive relationship between Booth and Brennan and a riveting case that Bones fans have come to expect and had so sorely missed during the whole Hannah debacle. The into scene with Booth unexpectedly joining Brennan on her morning run was really nice and him wanting to go to the lecture with Brennan showed us that he wants to spend some non case time with her. Very sweet! I loved that Caroline questioned him about it. Caroline is such a wonderful character and Patricia Belcher adds so much to any episode she is in. The dynamic of Brennan questioning Booth's motives for wanting to stop Brodsky and Booth's struggle with his feelings towards Brennan's comments about Booth and Brodsky being similar on many levels was very well acted, in particular David Boreanaz. I particularly liked his little talk with Sweets, who for once, listened to Booth and gave him the right advice in telling him he should talk to Brennan about this. The emotion in Booth's delivery of the line that it kills him that Brennan thinks he doesnt bother him when he has had to kill someone was very moving. I like that at the end Booth did do the right thing. It would have been too simple for Booth to have killed Brodsky and it would have left him all the more tortured. I also liked that Brennan did tell Booth that from where she stood Booth was good and that she would always stand by him. The center is definitely starting to hold again. I love the chemistry between Hodgins and Angela's father. What a hoot -- Stacatto Mamba. I really like the Hodgins choice of baby names -- Michael Joseph for a boy and Catherine Temperance for a girl. The middle names are for Booth (Seeley Joseph) and Brennan. I'm not too sure whether I like Cam's hair cut -- although the sides are okay I think she would have looked better if she had bangs as opposed to having the front part of her hair plastered to her forehead. I actually thought it looked like a wig.

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i just didn't get how come cam was only in one scene et there is nothing justifying it ... anw loved sweets who is scared from angie's dad...and loved the episodes!!!!!

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Really excellent episode - worth waiting 3 weeks for! I loved seeing Booth & Brennan more relaxed around each other again - having fun. Definitely reminded me of pre-brain tumor Booth. I for one ADORE Cam's haircut, but why was she in only one scene? Angela's dad is so cool, but that name? Yikes! I'm glad Hodgins stood his ground on that one. And I think he earned his f-i-l's respect, too. Can't WAIT to see what the "elevator episode" has in store!

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Finally, finally, finally...an episode this season that I enjoyed...and I enjoyed it enough to rewind and rewatch some of the scenes. Never thought that would happen again! "Old" Bones is FINALLY back....did I say finally? lol Now if I can just try to erase from my mind some of the horrible stuff Booth said/did to Brennan during his bout with insanity, I will thoroughly enjoy the rest of the season.

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Did anyone else get a bit worried about Broadsky's little speech whilst holding Booth at gun point? He was more than a little upset, for a sniper, about a 'good person' - that US marshall - being killed because of something Booth said. I'm sensing a little foreshadowing. Who is the most important good person to Booth? An eye for an eye....a tooth for a tooth?

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Also I love the names Hodgins said Michael Joseph and Katharine Temperance!!! Great reference to the author of the books!!

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Awesome episode!!! Next weeks looks even better with B & B stuck in an elevator (If only it was a regular steel one where no one could see them)!!!