Bones Review: The Soul Transcends

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Miranda had to take the night off and asked if I could step in this week and review Bones.  "The Ghost in the Machine" made me grateful for the opportunity.

It's unusual for Bones to make me tear up. The sheer gore of the corpse scenes tends to make me cringe or turn away, but it's never brought me to tears. With the show's 150th episode, it went beyond the blood, bone, and science of death and explored the heart and soul.

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The entire episode was told from the viewpoint of a deceased 14 year old boy and although it's a gimmick I generally don't enjoy, it worked here.  From the view of the crow flying over the top of the greenhouse to Booth offering his battlefield prayer, I enjoyed the alternative perspective this format offered.

The fact that the victim was a kid shook everyone, moreso now that some of them have children of their own.  Even the unshakable Brennan felt the need to hold her daughter.

Avalon, Angela's psychic friend played by Cyndi Lauper came back to visit as she spoke with Colin's spirit that just wouldn't leave. I've always liked Avalon and was happy to have her make a return appearance here. 

The most compelling part of the episode was Brennan's willingness to discuss the possibility of a soul as she explained to Angela in this Bones quote…

Brennan: It's a myth that transcends race. It is an abiding tenet of humanity. | permalink

She still pointed out that there was no evidence of an afterlife but that didn't stop her from talking to Colin's remains as though he could hear her. 

Colin's death was a horrible, stupid accident.  He was a 14 year old daredevil looking to impress his friends. As a parent, the random reality of it made my stomach turn.

When Avalon told them that dying wasn't was made Colin sad, it seemed obvious what did.  When a teenage boy goes through the trouble of making a mix tape for a girl, all he wants in the world is for her to listen to it. 

But the best scene was at the end. Watching Booth and Brennan dance to their song with their daughter was just perfect.

I've always found that Bones can run hot and cold but this was definitely one of my two favorite episodes of the season.  The other being "The Patriot in the Purgatory."  If only every Bones could be as good as these two it could be one of my favorite shows once again.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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I thought the episode was extremely corny! I mean who talks to skulls? Also since when do they carry a skull around everywhere they go? The best part was the end with Bones and Booth dancing together with Christine.


Didn't like this Episode or any of the Ones this Season.. I love Bones but this new Season has been a Big Disappointment. With the Exception of the 911 Squinterns Episode which was amazing.. I hope they get back to Booth & Bones together at Crimes Scenes & at home at the end of ths show!! The best part of this Episode was them dancing with Christine !


I only watched it after the shooting. When Booth offered up the battlefield prayer, I lost it.


I can see what they were trying to do. I can also see where they failed and I wanted to add that they did the MOST basic storyline to try this flop of a perspective. They made us try to feel bad for the victim using a new strategy which led to the audience feeling even more detached. Thanks a lot for trying something new, just don't let the public see it next time. It was horrible, bringing a B- show into a halting D to D+ at best.


What's with the shows needing to try out a weird perspective? First Castle, no Bones. It's not cool people, it's tacky! What I love about Bones is the no-nonsense approach to science. Viewing the episode from the perspective of a dead guy really puts a cramp in that. I can live without this type of perspective. It's not nice, it's plain irritating. I did however LOVE the last scene. Hot-blooded! :D

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I thought it was gimmick actually didn't feel a thing. Maybe I getting more jaded as I get older. The only part I really liked was the last scene with Bones and Booth dancing with their daughter.


it was different....and NOT 1 i'd really want to see again....sorry to say.....i just didn't care for it. alisa


Well I read all the remark of other people a lot of people didn't like it now the way I saw it it was different not the Bones we normally see it had a lot of twist and turns. I didn't like the smoke or clouds but we are not going to have a five star every week and it had some good parts booth and bones dancing at the end gave it some funny stuff so it wasn't great but sometimes they try stuff to see how it goes over. I did not like staring into the face of the actors it was odd abnormal but next week we will have a good one we can't take it to serious it only fiction stay cool.:-)


All these people going on about "avant garde" film making, etc. make me as ill as this episode did. I watch shows like this because they are NOT artsy, stylistic nonsense. I HATE that crap. It's not "realistic" to show the "perspective" of a decapitated skull; a skull HAS no perspective, because it's DEAD. If they really wanted to show the perspective of the spirit of the boy, he could observe from ANYWHERE, not just from his skull, so even THAT doesn't work. It's just stupid, as this episode was. If you want artsy crap, tune to PBS or go to Sundance; leave my procedural CRIME show out of it.

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Bones Season 8 Episode 9 Quotes

It's better he hurt himself dare deviling for the internet than getting beat by a drunk foster father.


OK. Take a hike bug boy.