Bones Review: "The Truth in the Myth"

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This week Bones added another fluff episode to its repertoire, this one dealing with mythical creatures and titled "The Truth in the Myth."

The content was okay, but it was not the plot-heavy, edge-of-your-seat case or B&B moment that I have desired for such a long time.

I appreciated the Nigel Murray confessions, but even those felt contrived and, quite frankly, awkward. The only redeeming thing about it was Hodgins insistence that he wasn't angry over Nigel Murray's lies about sleeping with Angela. The prank was juvenile, but funny.

Hodgins and Brennan Picture

Contrived is also a very good word to describe the two instances of laughter which Brennan partook in during this episode. She laughed once at the "moon" comments that Booth made, which, I have to admit, was kind of funny. But it immediately got old when she laughed at Nigel Murray's confession about telling his friends they were "lovers."

It was so out of place, borderline creepy, and sincerely felt forced.

What were kind of natural and funny were the moments when Booth swore he couldn't laugh, lest he drive the car off the road. If that wasn't the smoothest "I don't think you're funny" brush-offs, then I don't know what was. Funny thing is, I think Brennan actually bought it.

On another front, I have also begun to notice a disturbing trend emerge in Bones as of late, and that's the tendency for the show to reveal the culprit in the closing five minutes.

They spend the entire episode building the case and weeding through the suspects and evidence, only to have minimal time to neatly unravel it all and reveal the killer.

I would be okay with this if they chose to pursue more intricate interpersonal story lines or depart from their normal repertoire of characters. But they haven't done that. And for this reason I have found my mind wandering throughout the episodes.

The motive for murder this week wasn't even substantive, it was a hunting accident. And then a desperate lodge-owner and apparent opportunist thought he would essentially make the dead body into tourist attraction; this was also not very substantive.

Seeley Booth, FBI

I appreciated the moment in the diner when Booth called Brennan out for not listening to him about what he saw in combat. The Yeti discussion was a serious moment that had me flashing back to "The Daredevil in the Mold." I kind of like those moments, only this episode's were less emotionally charged.

Overall, it seems that when I watch this series my brain tends to turn off. That's not a feeling I like having, nor something I want to associate with this show.

So something needs to change... soon. It seems that Bones is having a string of off-weeks. And, unfortunately, my hope for next week's "The Finder" spinoff introduction isn't high, either. Am I grumpy, or am I onto something?

Sound off below.


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While there have been a few great episodes this season I have noticed that I'm not as drawn in with some of the episodes as I have been previous seasons. To be honest some of the characters don't feel quite right. Yes, I understand they have to grow and change, but it has felt extreme rather than natural and progressive. It's a bit off-putting. This is a shame, because you could always count on Bones to deliver a captivating episode, whether 'filler' or not.


When was it that Brennan became such a boring character. I mean, everytime she enters a scene I`m like: oh, what now? And the funny thing is that she isn`t even part of many scenes. She`s the main character, she`s downright dull and I can`t even remember anything that happened 5minutes after I finished watching the show! Something`s defenitely wrong!


Personally, I liked the episode. I thought it was lighthearted and the Vincent Nigel-Murray scenes were kind of adorable. I do agree that the cases have been suffering lately, but I think that's more a victim of the fact that they are trying to catch everyone up with the rest of the cast due to their reduced roles when Hannah was around. Now that she's gone, they can put the squints back where they belong. And as for Booth being mean? Please. Brennan needed and deserved to be called out. Booth continually acquiesces to her "superior intellect" when it comes to most topics, and she almost never considers his (or anyone else's opinion) first. So Booth decided that she needed a little lesson. I think it ended up better than he anticipated, because she made a sincere effort to accept what Booth saw, and find a reasonable explanation for it. That is what you do when you care for someone, you take their side when you can. Brennan hasn't done that enough, even when Booth is generally on her side. He deserved a little give from her end for a change. Brennan can be very haughty when it comes to interpersonal interaction. And as for the Finder promo? I think it looks great, especially judging by the sneak peeks I've seen. Can't wait.


I agree with this review. I havent really watch bones this season at all. I miss there friendship... They were so funny back in the old seasons. Now they just seem akward to me now because all the relationship drama!


is it just me or is Brenean annoying anyone this season. I mean I know her character is supposed to be socially awkward but i feel like they really amplified her awkward ness this season and it is really making me dislike her character


this was clearly meant to be a filler episode, so i really think people need to lower their standards somewhat. not every episode can have a nail-biter murder mystery, intense BB scene, etc., especially after 6 seasons. also, i think people should remember that john francis daley (sweets) wrote this episode, not the regular writing team, and therefore cut it a little slack. overall i thought it was a fun light-hearted episode, and just what a filler ep should be.


I don't have too much to add to your "on-point" review: Bones is,by far, my favorite show, but this season is really going nowhere. This episode was a snooze fest; I can't believe I am even saying this about Bones. Something needs to change big time in the next 5 episodes!


I enjoy all of the episodes, since I just started watching Bones less than a year ago. I get my heavy, intelligent, make-you-think drama from Fringe, so this show is good for a lighter viewing.


Booth's lectures are getting worse and worse because 1) he should start with self reflection instead of always telling other people how to act (he's judgmental in general) 2)he getting increasingly condescending and preachy rather than insightful and helpful and most importantly, 3) they are regressing Bones' character in order to allow Booth to play the superior role. No more equality. Bantering was a fail. Cringing at the lines is not humor.


Don't you guys have those moments.. where you have this thought in your head and its hilarious, but when you try to explain why you laugh nobody gets it.. now factor in Brennans brain and you should get why she laughed so much in the car scene.. or in the other scene.. in her head it was funny. Sure this wasn't a great episode, and my attention wandered at times, but the end was really cute.
And about those lectures as some of you guys call it, that Booth seems to be giving Bones.. just had a thought.. is he maybe trying to help her improve? Is he getting out there again and is trying to make sure she has improved enough to not get spooked again? Letting people in on how she can be, how he mentioned in the episode before.. now the whole accepting the "confusing" deal.. couldn't that be interpreted as Bones loosing more of her imperviousness (however you spell that word).

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Bones Season 6 Episode 18 Quotes

Why don't you use that big scientific brains of yours to just believe what I'm saying to you is true.

Booth [to Brennan]

I'm not familiar with the yadda, yadda, yadda myth, but the others don't need disproving because they don't exist.