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Bones Review: Death Goes Digital

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Booth and Brennan found themselves hunting for more than just the perfect home on Bones this week. When severed remains appeared at the American Heritage Museum, the Jeffersonian team plunged in to the world of informants and clues embedded in the skull and vertebrae of the victim to find the killer.

Indeed, "The Crack in the Code" was quite an eventful winter finale.

That's a Big Statue

I was pretty impressed with the innovation and imagination of the writers room on this one. Never would I have conjured up the idea of rearranging spinal vertebrae to fashion a code of any kind. Yet it was no surprise that Hodgins was the one to crack it, with the help of his lovely wife Angela. This was every government conspiracy buff's dream.

Bones has had slew of infamous serial killers and snipers ranging from The Gravedigger to Broadsky. This one, however, takes the concept to a whole new level.

I will forever be stumped as to how an effective fractal pattern containing malware could be etched into the distal end of a bone. Especially not one that would send Angela's entire electronics collection up in flames. It's epic in a very sick kind of way.

It seems Christopher Pollant will not soon be forgotten, as our team was unable to directly connect him to the string of bodies left for them to find and identify. I only have one question: Who's next?

On a much lighter note, Booth and Brennan were not only chasing potential serial killers, but also searching for the perfect home. With their little girl six weeks from being born, it was down to the wire for those two to find a place to live.

One thing that struck me about their choice was that it had to be in the most unlivable condition known to mankind. Worse still, Booth and his help will have minimal time to make it into a livable and family-friendly dwelling.

Perhaps the most endearing feature of this home is its symbolic quality. Booth and Brennan's likening the house to a symbol of their conquering of the bad guys was a fitting comparison. If there's anyone who deserves to live in a rehabilitated home that signals their strength, it's Booth, Brennan and their little girl.

It's a shame this show is going on hiatus again! Guess we will have to wait a little bit longer to see the birth, and, more interestingly, how this whole house thing works out!

What do you think of the new villain? What about the new house? Sound off below!


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    I to thought it was good. Christopher Pelant was arrogant. I am surprised Caroline or Booth didn't have his place torn apart to get evidence, and to check his leg monitor closer. He must be somehow beating the system. Maybe he had others helping. Also surprised Sweets didn't talk to him longer to try to get in his head. This should mean they will meet again.


    I loved it, the constant "I'm better than everyone else has finally been shattered!" I've often held the view and desire that this team would finally come up against someone who is quite simply, better than they were. And it's happened.
    Booths skills are perishable, given that he's older and fatter and becoming a father no way he's in his prime whereas others will be, and do you honestly think that there is no one better or smarter than Bones? Give me a break, the universities are full of them. All young, eager, up and comers..
    The utter arrogance of this team has been staggering to think that they are better than everyone else.
    It was refreshing to see a bad guy sit back give them the finger and say "prove it."
    Of course it won't last long the writers will have to write it so the bad guy not as clever as the team is but nevertheless quite a refreshing EP.
    I'm also awaiting the day that they introduce someone that is quite clearly smarter than Bones but I won't hold my breath.


    I don't like the constant hiatuses either -- but I guess were lucky to have what we do, working around her real-life pregnancy. It's always been funny and fun to me about her matter-of-fact view of her superiority! I especially liked when she was introduced as the leading forensic scientist in the country ... and she corrected the introducer immediately and with a straight face, "... in the world."


    Seems like she has met someone smarter than herself and that is why she couldn't catch him!


    I AM SERIOUSLY PISSED! They just got back from hiatus, now they are gone again, leaving us hanging until summer????? They could have at least gotten the kid born before closing up shop....again.
    The arrogance thing is a writers invention and I don't mean Kathy Reich. If you have read any of the "Bones" books, you know that Temperance is not the arrogant,insular, socially maladjusted twit she is shown to be. She is, however, a lovable and interesting character--just don't blame it on the author.


    Hiatus again???????? Give me a break!! Great episode, however.


    I really enjoyed thus episode. The chemistry between Booth & "Bones" was very much in evidence. Love the new villian-look forward to seeing how the storyline is carried out. Wish we didn't have to wait so long,but will look forward to the rest of the season.


    Loved the episode, the mystery, and the frustration of KNOWING this guy is guilty, but being unable to prove it.
    Great storyline, and the characters were perfect.
    I have to say, though, my final thought to take me into this 'hiatus' was
    "They think that house is going to be fixed and ready when that baby is born!?"
    I think Bones' book money will definitely have to be used to pay the crews to work that miracle.


    @Childish Gambino ,I think Brennan kept harping on being the smartest because at some point it was mentioned that she had an exceptionally high IQ.It may make her smarter than such significant percentage of the world's population, that she knows that it's not very likely that some random criminal can outwit for long her. She's simply stating a fact in the unvarnished way she always does.It's not bragging if it's true.
    This episode was clever and interesting with something for everyone.I like that the hunt for the house ended the way it did and I do believe it can be finished in time for the birth. The house looks like a wreck but that's only because all the dry-wall was removed and some electricity disconnected when investigators looked for evidence but since the place was owned by a rich man just weeks before, it was well built.Basically, all there is to do is the cosmetic part of construction.That always looks terrible but it only takes a few weeks.


    I loved it. I loved the fact that they knew it was him but yet he has the upperhand. I honestly don't take to heart what bones says or does on the show. If she wasn't the way she was I think I would just see this as another dull show. I loved this episode exceeded my expectations. Great Job!!!!!