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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One of my favorite scenes in this episode has to be where Booth and Brennan kiss in the lobby of the FBI, an uncharacteristic show of affection in public. As she is leaving Brennan makes a very un-bones-like explanation for going back to the lab "I have to...go do scientific things and catch a serial killer." No multisyllabic jargon befitting her scientific status. Just the words of a flustered woman in love, who is finally letting her emotions overrule her logic. The entire scene plays to that evolution.


Alex Indigo I don't know what show you watched but it sure wasn't Bones-The Sense in the Sacrifice! How could you possibly think it was anticlimactic & as far as Booth goes he has always been the Hero of Bones, thats what makes him Booth. If you are so unhappy with that why do you watch,read reviews and comment? When I don't care for a show I don't watch it & could care less about reading it's reviews. The episode was awesome! It had everything Bones fans expect. The team working together,a complicated case,suspense,action,drama,comedy,romance,lots of B&B love & to top it off the end of Pelant! I believe you are in the minority on your opinion.


Although it was a god episode in how the team came together to catch Pelant I'm glad you pointed all the things also that were not done well. Like in such a short time Pelant being able to to what he did to Flynn by himself when it took a whole team longer to do the same thing to a dead Body. I too will miss Flynn. Reed Diamond is one of my fave actors(so wasted on Franklin & Bash JMHO) It would have been nice for Booth to have a friend outside the Jeffersonian team. Is it possible Flynn is not really dead somehow Pelant made the body look like Flynn's? maybe the serial killer is holding Flynn somewhere?


So I definitely enjoyed Pelant as a character. I felt that he was a little too drawn out, though and that he it was such an anti-climactic ending for such a drawn out character. He definitely brought forth a frustration that I hadn't felt for a character in ages.
So good, though....


So where should booth and Bones go for the honeymoon?


I am SO Happy that Pelant is dead! Finally! I have not hated a villian like I hated Pelant! Now Booth and Bones can get married....Sighs....


So glad to see the end of Pelant! I really enjoyed this episode, as others have commented, seeing the team working together. And I loved Booth in his black tee, showing off his wonderful musculature! He was certainly at his sexy best! And I got a real kick out of their bedroom conversation--Bones and her favorite sleep aids and Booth ready to meet the challenge! LOL! It may have taken them a long time to get together, but they are certainly making up for lost time! They are so adorable together. Still my favorite couple on TV and highly likely to remain so! And Pelant seriously thinking a little weenie like him could possibly compete with Booth, brainy or not...only in your dreams!


Pelant will go back as one of the greatest bad guys on TV behide Red John these two are a raw character that you don't see on tv much anymore


Im not sure what kind of villain gonna introduce next. Or maybe a group of them, but that could look like "The following" (I dont watch that, i have enought tv for me)
But i liked pelant, for the damage that he cause, the time he was "free" and he was a textbook that how a nerd could turn insane.


Super great that Pelant is dead -- and ending was a cute way to tie up the relationship loose ends with the rest of the cast watching. Nice. So, there's a new serial killer already. I just hope they don't make "her" another Evil Overlord (Voldemort) type of villain.

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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.