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Bones Review: A Swing and A Miss

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The World Series is over and, finally, our regularly scheduled programming is returning. Hooray! (Sorry, baseball fans, but unless my team's playing, I'm less than engaged. Blame it on my girl-ness if you need to.) 

So Bones is back. And that's about as exciting an intro as I can muster. To be quite honest, I'm feeling sort of ranty about tonight's episode.

"The Method to the Madness" was no grand slam. Or even a home run. I'm not even sure it was a ground double. Dare I say it, I think we're seeing a lot of strikes in Bones Season 8.

Bones, Sweets Shirtless

Bones is the kind of show I stick with because I want to see Booth and Brennan. Hodgins and Angela are next in order of importance to me. Then Cam. Finally, Sweets brings up the rear. The revolving door of interns are also important to me, but since Mr. Nigel Murray is no more, the top spot goes to Wendell.

I'm downright annoyed by Fisher. And while I do love Sweets (more than some of the TV Fanatics who read this column each week), I'm growing angry with the focus on him so far.

The emphasis this season has been the reverse of my preferred order of characters and it's starting to irritate me. And yes, I realize it's not all about me, but I suspect I'm not alone in the way I'm feeling about this season.

To center this little rant of mine on this episode, I don't for one second buy mopey Sweets. (Nor do I buy Booth telling him to get a new girlfriend after only breaking up with Daisy two weeks prior, for whatever it's worth.) Living in his office? Pining away like his heart was broken? Not even bothering to try to find a place to live? All of that was rather idiotic and I'm irritated that it took up so much of the episode. That this story line with Sweets has taken up so much of this season.

The case this week bordered on ridiculous. The artisan marketplace felt like a way to promote an agenda much like the previous episode. I don't want my television shows, grounded in fiction, to become political statements. Not even Scandal tackles political and social issues head on like this and it's a show about politics.

Figuring out the whodunit of the applesauce-entrepreneur-turned-prostitute who, as it turns out, died by accident was both tired and tiring and gave too much screen time to Fisher and his macabre ways. Oh, look! He's channeling Jack the Ripper to read the bones! And he's made giddy by discussion of human sacrifices! Really?

This show used to keep me on the edge of my seat. Now it barely keeps my interest for an hour.

These characters, Booth and Bones, who, if they were real people, definitely deserve to be happy, are the heart of the show and they've been relegated to supporting cast members in a show about them. So if this is a series about them, where are the stories about Booth and Bones?

Booth and Bones' interactions center on discussions of parenting and the cost of applesauce or the end-of-episode sexual innuendo. They have nothing else to do. I've said it before, but it's as if the writers decided that if Booth and Bones are happy they can't also be interesting.

Give me Gormogon or the Gravedigger! Is an over-arching story line for this season about Sweets' love life or lack thereof really the best the writers can do?

Where is the drama? Where is the intrigue?

I can tell you one thing's for sure. It's not in what we've seen of season 8. Hopefully, Pelant's return will help save this season and return this show to its former glory.

What do you think? Am I being too harsh? Or is Bones a shadow of itself these days?

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I'm a avid fan. Bones character, however, seems to be devolving. She's always been quirky,brainy and a bit awkward, but showed a more human, softer side occasionlly even in the early shows. Without showing this side of her character once in a while she borders on unlikeable. After all these years, becoming closer to the Jeffersonian team, loving Booth and having a child, you would think she would have evolved into a more human, well rounded character. She's becoming more and more one dimensional and it's disappointing.

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Why is it, that Bones dresses like her grandmother! Frumpy!
I still love this show, but not so much of sweets!

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Totally agree with you. I want to see more Booth and Bones. I missed watching their relationship growing. I too care about the characters in the same order as you do. After B&B, it is Angela and Hodgins. I hope the writers/creators will show what the fans want.

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I love the show Bones. Look forward to it all week I agree with DeAnn that the dancing at the end and the laughing was great. Bones should look more human than robot. I think Sweets is giving too much power on the show. Does the FBI really hire Psychologist to interview people? Love the work in the Lab, with the whole team working on it. Don't care for Fisher. I will keep watching.....

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I completely agree with your review. I am so tired of seeing Sweets! It seems to me like the best episodes from this season so far are the ones that they actually taped last season (the 4 bonus shows) but that's not saying much. This is how bad it has become..... I actually fell asleep watching it Monday night. Then when I decided to watch the DVR the next day, I fell asleep again. Finally last night I managed to stay awake for the whole show. Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and company need to wake up. I am a die hard Bones fan, but this season is not impressing me, heck some nights it's not even keeping me awake. A friend turned me on to Revenge last month, and I'm finding that I'm now more excited for Revenge on Sunday than Bones on Monday. I'm hoping that the upcoming episodes of Bones can interest me enough to turn my anticipation and excitement back to them on Monday nights.

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@DeAnn What show have you been watching?? Booth and Brennan have had many tender moments throughout S7 and 8 and lest you forget they are still dealing with the issue of Brennan running off! I do wish people would stop comparing the show to Castle. I watch and love both but they are SEPARATE shows. Get over it! *yawns*

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The show was disappointing, to say the least. Bones did not look like the attractive woman that she is. For heaven's sake, give Ms. Deschanal some stylish clothes that accentuate her beauty. Just because the Bones character is a professional doesn't mean that you must dress her like a charwoman. Style her hair and improve her makeup. She is in love with Booth and wants to keep him. Do you think we women who are professionals stop caring about our appearances once we find a mate or have a child? As for Sweets, Mr. Hanson, enough is enough! I even find the actor who plays the part annoying. Booth fully clothed is far more appealing than Sweets in full frontal nude. Supporting actors should do just that...SUPPORT! Both Ms.Deschanal and Mr. Boreanaz deserve better.

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I love Bones, but wasn't thrilled with this episode...seems like they are going for more shock value than anything else. Normally the body scenes, while gross are not nauseating; this one however was. I really thought I was going to be sick for a while. There were some good Bones moments though...I really liked seeing Sweets being a little more personable and less clinical and it was nice to see a new side to the Bones, Booth and Sweets friendship.

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wonder about the critics here. I love that you are offering up your time and effort to write and post current reviews. I admire it. it is a great way to know someone elses feeling about your favorite show and get in contact with other fans.
But this 'review' shows perfectly that it becomes less and less about acutally reviewing and more about ranting. Sometimes ranting is in order. if you feel that way, why don't do it after the review?
Theere were things about this episode that were really good. Like Angela making a face out of skin instead bones. Cam actually lying to her, because Angela isn't like the creepy scientists. Fisher being funny (while being creepy which Cam so accurately pointed out to us. Baby Christin being a cute baby. I could go on but I hope you get it.
Sincerely

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I have watched and loved Bones since the beginning of the show. And while it may come as a surprise I still love it. This episode had everything we always had. Gruesome death, speculation who might have done it (though I tend to suspect the less obvious character which was the partner...), and showing us snippets of the life the main characters are living.
Like it or not Sweets is a main character now. I hated Daisy and I am glad she's gone but I felt sorry for her when Sweets broke up with her.
Booth and Brennan never flirted as obvious as Beckett and Castle do. It wouldn't fit with Brennan's character.
And I actually like the political side. People aren't dealing with politics enough, forgetting that everyone has to pay taxes, that we relay on the government to make the right choices, to keep our economy going. When a television show takes up a political argument you are free to ignore it, or you can start use it as a starting point for your thoughts.
Right know I am starting to wonder about the critics here. I love that you are offering up your time and effort to write and post current reviews. I admire it. it is a great way to know someone elses feeling about your favorite show and get in contact with other fans.
But this 'review' shows perfectly that it becomes less and less about acutally reviewing and more about ranting. Sometimes ranting is in order. if you feel that way, why don't do it after the review?
Theere were things about this episode that were really good. Like Angela making a face out of skin instead bones. Cam actually lying to her, because Angela isn't like the creepy scientists. Fisher being funny (while being creepy which Cam so accurately pointed out to us. Baby Christin being a cute baby. I could go on but I hope you get it.
Sincerely

Bones Season 8 Episode 5 Quotes

Booth: You're a psychologist. Who would do something like this?
Sweets: You want me to figure that out right now?

Hodgins: What kind of freak feels nostalgic over human sacrifices?
Fisher: I'm gonna go ahead and plead the fifth on that.