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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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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I have not watched this show since the middle of last year, or earlier. I believe I said that they not only jumped the shark, they jumped a school of every known species of shark. And once jumped, sharks can't be unjumped. I did see the first episode this year, because nothing else was on, and I happened to be home. But I do read the reviews, and the comments, religiously. I am glad Daisy is gone. I wish she had taken Sweets with her. I have always liked Fisher, but I also prefer Wendell, now that Mr. Nigel-Murray is dead. Of them all, I preferred Zack. I love Caroline, and Hodgins, and Angela. Booth and Brennan both have become too annoying to watch. I will not even watch the clips on your "upcoming" pages any more. The southern squintern is still played as a clown. So, no. You aren't the only one unimpressed with this show. They should have ended it after season five.


This ep was pretty "meh" for me, I did enjoy the care/consideration B & B gave to Sweets but dont buy his drama. If he was living in his office, the FBI would have taken him off duty long ago, a danger to himself and citizens. I, too, hate that the show, about Booth and Brennan, have pushed them in the background. Brennan has a few stories coming up, where are Booth's?


I may be in the minority, but I agree with all you have said. This episode left me totally flat, and I am the world's most obsessed Bones fan.


I may be in the minority but I agree with everything you said. This episode left me totally flat and I am one big Bones fan.


I haven't watched the show since last season. the break was way too long. They changed the characters way too much and it just hadn't been the same. I used to love this show. I watched the forest 4 seasons in like 2 days!!! IM planning on catching up to this season by December but is it really worth it? I hated the whole Brennan leaving thing just dumb. I'm hoping they get their stuff together by then because this really was an amazing show!


was expecting not to like the episode. I actually really liked it. And I disagree, season 8 has been amazing so far. Loving it.


I don't agree. While this wasn't one of their best episodes it wasn't that bad. What's the matter with Sweets? I'm glad the focus has been on him a little, I like him. I like even more than he split with Daisy, the most annoying character on the show. I've found that people are mad when great characters are created but are regulated to the background and then they're made when background characters come to the front and push the frontrunners to the back. Do I think Boothe and Bones need to go to the back? Of course not! The show is called Bones! But I don't see the problem with giving some of the other great characters some show time. They gave Zack lots of screen time when he was the squintern, why not Fisher? And not every episode can be a Gravedigger/Gormogon episode. If there were that many crazy killers in the DC metro area I would have moved out of Maryland a long time ago.

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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.