Bones Review: The Beginning In The End

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Tonight's episode of Bones gets a full five stars. All of them. All of the stars to Bones. I would give it 10 stars if I could. Why, you ask?

Because, finally, after months and months and months, this supervillain story is getting somewhere. "The Sense in the Sacrifice" is going down in my book as the best episode of Bones season 9 so far. (Yes, I know, we're only four episodes in, but really? Best so far.)

Tragic Consequences

Pelant is dead! 

It feels super weird to put an exclamation point there, but exclamation indeed. Pelant is dead and we can put that insanity to rest and move on to whackier, zanier, bigger and badder things.

If I only wrote three words in this review--Pelant is dead--and called it a night we could all go home happy, right?

There's so much that I could sit down and nitpick about this episode. Really, there is.

Like how Pelant had time to cart Flynn's body all the way back to the deserted power plant, flay it, carve the bones, cart it back, and arrange it in under 5 hours when it took the entire team to do their parts the first time. 

Or the fact that Angela finally (after months) tripled the firewalls in her crazy computer office, built some sort of techno-bubble, and out-hacked the best hacker ever who used clock radios to spy on all of them. 

Or the fact that Sweets just now realized that Pelant's endgame is that he and Brennan ride off into the sunset together after he leaves her a cryptic constellation-laden love note leading her to his secret lair which she deciphers by herself and goes to apprehend a mass murderer on her own without telling anyone at all where she's going. 

But you know what? I'm so glad this Pelant story is over I can't even bring myselt to dissect the myriad ways that nearly everything that happened to night was implausible and forced. Aside from those previously mentioned, of course.

The opening sequence tonight appropriately set the tone for one of Bones more serious episodes. It had the team working together to carry out what would have been a pretty amazing plan had it worked. Frame the framer to lure him out of hiding. I like it.

I also liked that there were no interns working on this case. How would they possibly choose which intern would take the platform, you know?

Does Wendell get the job because he's my favorite? Does Arastoo get the job because he's dating Cam? 

In moments like this, reducing the number down to the principal cast and those directly affected by Pelant had the most impact on the story. 

It's sort of sad that Flynn is dead because he had potential on the FBI side of the series, but his death reminded us of two of the things about the show which has worked for so long: the team working together as the driving force of the show and Booth's instincts. 

When the team comes together, they're unstoppable. Like Caroline said, Pelant was smart, but together, they are all smarter. Any time they get together and pool their energies and resources and none of them is reduced to a caricature, good things happen.

Booth is a man who listens to his gut. He knows when something isn't right and he knew that Flynn wasn't on Pelant's payroll. Aside from the fact that we've done that once before with Zack and Gormogon, Flynn being yet another innocent Pelant victim made Booth shooting Pelant that much more okay.

And really, Pelant dying was the only possible end for the character. He had to go. For good. And now he's gone.

Now Booth and Brennan can plan a wedding (and live mostly happily ever after).

What did you think of "The Sense in the Sacrifice?" How glad are you that the Pelant story is complete? 


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Ive just downloaded episode 9x4 where pelants gets a bullit to the chest....and a big question comes to mind now that pelant has finally kissed the ground does that mean hodgens gets to steal back his money that pelant once stold from him?


In the season 5 finale...the Col. That tries to get Booth to train soldiers in Iraq is named Pelant...psycho's daddy?

@ Lynn

I mean afganistan


I REALLY HOPE PELANT IS REALLY REALLY DEAD. How crazy would it be if Flynn is alive and turns out to b the serial killer that Pelant was talking about. I no he mention that it was a woman but maybe that was to throw us off..and as someone mention were Booth shot Pelant it is most likely he would be wearing a BP vest. I really hope he's gone 4ever.


I hope he really is dead because I am sick of this storyline and Pelant.


I don't think Pelant is dead. because his face seemed 'smile' when the camera zoom on him. And suddenly it just ended there. That is. No more check on him to make sure he is really dead. Being a sniper, Booth should shoot him straight to his brain. I'd like to see if Booth make a few shots more (not just once), just to make sure Pelant is really, really dead.


Am I the only one who was disappointed by Booth' "proposal"? He didn't even really ask Brennan, all he did was pose an hyperthetical question which she answered with yet another hyperthetical question. And her question was kinda weird to me to. If I say yes, will we get married? Seriously? What's the point of getting engage if you are not going to get married? But that might just be me..
On the bright side, that Pelant storyline is hopefully over now! I felt like they dragged it out for too long. It felt very forced to me for the last 2-3 Pelant-focussed episodes.


I can't get over the fact that just last week Sweets threw down the gauntlet and declared he still had time off left and was going back to helping others outside of the FBI. Then suddenly this week he is back with the team as if nothing happened. It seems like the episodes in terms of story continuity are jumping around. I think this will be my last season of watching Bones.


If you think Pelant's really dead, I think you're wrong. Do you think he was unprepared enough to not wear a vest? I'm pretty sure he'll be back. Looking forward to it - it's interesting to watch him stump and cripple the entire crew. And yes, I'm totally sick of Angela's superhuman computer abilities. For an "arts" kinda gal, she's incredibly talented, and can do things I know computers can't do in the few seconds she makes them do them. Let's be a little more realistic on that element, at least.


This whole story of Pelant was completely unrealistic.Maybe when it is over the show will get better.


Anyone else sick of the never ending capabilities of Angela? Just saying this girl is apparently a computer genius.

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Bones Season 9 Episode 4 Quotes

Well, I'm not about to argue with a woman who can solve a murder using only a tooth and a magnifying glass.


Brennan: This is excellent work. Very thorough.
Caroline: Lovely. Makes me want to poke my eyes out.