Bones Review: Will You Marry Me?

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Bones season 8 will not go down in the history of the series as one of my personal favorites. It's been all over the place in terms of plot, development and public service announcements.

Tonight's episode had some of the hallmarks of seasons past but ultimately fell a little short of the mark. As a finale, "The Secret in the Siege" brought closure to just about nothing.

Bones Season Finale Picture

There was so much to love and hate that it's really hard for me to get a read on exactly what I'm thinking about the concluding hour.

Pelant's much-promoted return felt a bit anti-climactic, probably because it was no surprise that he'd be back. Bones proposing to Booth was also anti-climactic because we pretty much saw it in the previews. There were twists to both aspects of the episode, yes, but were they twisty enough? That's the question I'm not sure I can answer.

I've been a fan of Pelant since he first appeared last year. He had the makings of an terrific villain. He was smart, cocky and always two steps ahead. But he wasn't entirely untouchable. Now that he's isolated himself inside his creepy TV room and never has to get his own hands dirty, he's become silly.

I waved my hand and poo-pooed when he hacked a drone and pointed it at a school. Meh. Surely there are some who can do that and he had all that clearance when he worked at the private military firm.

His antics tonight, however, just put him straight into the realm of completely unbelievable. He hacks a traffic light, okay. Sure, maybe. But hacking all of the traffic lights, shutting down entire cellular networks, creating weird videos of a dead man to send the dead man's daughter on a murder spree, being able to tap into any and every security camera anywhere, and having that ultra-fancy lip reading software?

Nope. Instead of being a villain I love to hate, he just became a villain I hate.

Part of my hate definitely stems from the fact that he ruined Booth's life by making him tell Brennan they can't get married. And what shocks me about that is that I haven't been in favor of her proposing at any point.

I do hate to say I told you so, but well, I'm going to. Booth's mother's return only served the purpose of softening Brennan to the idea of getting married. Their back and forth about her catching the bouquet and how she's a terrible catch and it was her subconscious desire to get married was just so "I told you so." That was the entire reason for that episode.

Yes, being afraid to lose Booth and Pelant's return was another factor in Brennan's proposal. That and that alone would have been enough for her to have believably changed her mind regarding marriage. And the ending of the episode, with Booth essentially breaking her heart, still could have happened and still would have worked.

Despite the fact that it could be seen coming from 10 miles away, it was no less sweet. Throwing the bag of jerky at him and telling him she wants to spend the rest of her life with him was just such a great moment. I was happy because they were so happy. Watching her with Cam and Angela in the lab just made me more giddy for her. (Her proposal can be found on the Bones quotes page!)

She opened her heart to the idea of marriage after having been against the institution. She was excited and started to dream and plan. Booth crushing those dreams because Pelant said to makes me really hate Pelant. Really.

Ugh. Moving on so I don't just Pelant-bash all night.

In things that made me happy, I was glad that Sweets wasn't shot. I don't hate him the way some do, but beyond that, I don't like seeing our principal cast die. Vincent Nigel-Murray was only a squint and watching him die was enough. Yes, Bones is a drama, but it doesn't feel like that kind of drama where character exits are by death. Maybe that's just me though. I'm okay with that.

I loved Angela and Hodgins interacting tonight, too. They're so good together. He feels terrible for letting Pelant get away and she knows that he's not the guy who kills people. Pelant has taken a lot away from them, but she knows that Hodgins killing him would've been worse for Hodgins than losing his money has been.

I hope the next season, if there is a next season, picks up right where this one leaves off and Pelant is gone in the first episode. His story feels tired. It's run its course. Let's move on to another super villain and return this show to its early glory.

What did you think of "The Secret in the Siege?" Are you tired of Pelant and irritated that he wasn't caught in the finale?


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


I enjoyed the episode but the ending made me feel so bad that I don't know if I want to watch next season. Its just a show but sometimes I like to see the upside of life. I hope season 9 has some good news, like B&B staying together.


tonight's episode was okay for me it was a bit predictable and a little exciting at the same time the whole Palent villain storyline was not what I expected first of all Palent is very intelligent and computer savvy and I expected more from him then use in a little girl as a puppet with that being said I think they should keep Palent for more exciting complications later on in the next season I hate to say this but I did see Brennan proposing to booth I never saw booth breaking her heart for the sake of being the good guy that he is in protect in the lives of others this makes you fall more deep are in love with booth because he is willing to give up his own happiness for the sake of spare in the lives of others.
I do want this couple to get married and be happy and have one more baby I also want to see cam get married and be happy I'm so happy they did not kill of the character sweet I love sweet and the way he interacts with booth and Brennan I think they should keep the main characters and if they should get rid of a character they should get rid of one of the squints. all in all the season finale what is okay and I enjoyed it I'm also looking forward to the next season I'm to Angela and her hubby getting back their money I think it was very charming that Hodgins was very rich yet he loves his job so much he was willing to work maybe even for freeit will also be refreshing to see more divers characters is Queens such as Asians Indians more blacks Caribbeans funny characters with funny accents to bring laughter on set maybe even a homosexual colorful actor was funny and witty and makes you look forward to having him on Set. I also meant Zack I wish the actor that plays Zack would reconsider and return I really enjoyed having him over intelligent high IQ nerdy innocent personality I wish they would also put a love interest there for him as well maybe even a baby


I gave up on Bones earlier this season but thought I'd tune in for the finale. Sorry Miranda but HH already said Pelant isn't going anywhere for a long time. He also said there'd be a time jump so once again we do not get to see the relationship build or breakdown, like we didn't get to see B&B's relationship build after she told him she was pregnant but came back to them in a full fledge relationship. Other than the unbelievable things Pelant did I thought this was the best episode since S6 in terms of seeing B&B together. They were the reason why I watched the show, then all of a sudden we rarely saw them together. I felt bad for both of them during the last scene. The raw emotion reminded me of earlier seasons. Not sure this was enough to bring me back. HH has no respect for the fans of this show, IMHO. The writing is very weak and the plot problems are unsurmountable for me. I'm a published author and if I wrote stuff like this I'd never sell a book.

Aja bird

I'm with the ones that say Pelant is boring. He's ridiculous. The writing is off track now. Hopefully next season they clear up the Pelant mess and move the heck on.


hopefully the writers can fix this or they will lose viewers. Because bones is smart she will find out that booth is being forced into do this.


Ugh...end it now! Seriously - how can anyone believe the Pelant could do ALL of the things he was shown doing? Not that they can't all be done, but all by one person? I understand suspension of disbelief, but this was a lot. I think the only "good" parts in my mind were Angela and Hodges scene, and the ending scene - although I don't know how hard it would have been to just say somewhere in there either with the eyes or written word Pelant's name and all would be understood. It allowed for good dramatic tension between Booth and Bones, but it was too contrived for me. I long for the stories of old that played out without all the heavy-handedness that this season has had - Bones has been dropping further and further down in my must-see list with every week, and this did nothing to make me want to think about Bones all summer waiting to see what happens. Sigh :(


The ep. had its highs and lows. Understandable that it wasn't the best ep. but it def. had a good balance of all the aspects to be a good ep. Pelant is just such a good vilian it irks me, and the actor who plays him does it so well! Kind of, no, really upset that the ending left Brennan in tears and booth with guilt. Why could he not have just told her about Pelants intentions...oh well. Can tell next season is going to start off rocky. Hope they end Pelant once and for all they're dragging him out too much.


Are they still together


I agreed with the reviewer. This Pelant theme and cross-star lover thing are old school to be the cliff hanger for Bones. It was almost as bad as using death as a lousy ending. The audiences and fans want a closer. Also, we need to get excited about what the next villain might be. No wonder the viewers number is going down. As much as Castle seems to be stealing plot from Bones. Castle viewer's number is going up and up. It's because that show makes the audience feels good. I love Bones and have been a huge fan. But two seasons in a roll to end with Pelant and the separation. Oh, boy!!! Hope the writing team and the producer read this blog.


Hopefully the marriage issue is only put on hold for now

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Bones Season 8 Episode 24 Quotes

Angela: Hey, we're gonna get him, Hodgins. You know that we will.
Hodgins: I should've killed him when I had the chance.

I hate dealing with hit men.