This week's episode of Bones treated us to a new cast of quirky characters, serving as a pilot for a spinoff show aptly titled, "The Finder."
While I was expecting nothing less than a B&B minimized episode, Walter, Leo and Ike stepped up to the challenge of integrating into a mix of already established characters without stepping on any toes.
While Booth's vehemence towards Walter isn't resolved until the end of the episode, their initial sparring was rather disconcerting. I do give them credit, however, for giving Walter an interesting introduction, as we first find this new character contemplating the philosophical distinction between ninjas and samurais.
I appreciate Leo's textbook-like reference to the law on multiple occasions throughout the episode, as well as his reference to a religion which apparently values gifts like those Walter possesses. Of Ike, I have to say that her accent was slightly distracting and often hard for me to understand, and her particular place within the group remained largely unresolved for me, except that she's a pilot doubling as a bartender.Which brings me to my next point: do they really work/hang out at a bar with no customers? How do they financially support their business, or do they rely solely on FBI consultant fees? Technical concerns, but certainly ones that could be resolved if "The Finder" does, in fact, find a home of its own in primetime.
I also wondered about Walter's sudden enchantment with Brittany Stevenson. He goes to investigate her, ends up kissing her, and then ends up on a hunt for her killer as if they had been star-crossed lovers. I didn't particularly agree with how that storyline was delved into without any pretext, yet I suppose for a pilot truncated plots are par for the course.
If there was one thing I was hoping they would have gone left out of this episode was Walter's stripping down to investigate the dead man's apartment. I recognize that this is perhaps some kind of insight into his "process," but I certainly could have done without the emphasis on the time he spent on the commode. It was sufficiently awkward and when he flushed on the phone with Brennan I about died.
I also don't understand how any of the things he did in the house demonstrated his ability to find things. He surmised depression, torture and a terminal illness by parading around in boxers. I don't think I get the connection.
What I'm still having trouble grasping is what the point of this episode actually was. With all the introductions and personality quirks I can't even remember what the real importance of the original set of remains really was. Body, treasure map, latitude and longitude and Leo and Ike dropping off the murderous curator in a crate; that's all I remember related to the case.
What I do distinctly remember is Walter's recovery of Brennan's Seventh Grade Science Fair medal, and the newspaper clipping featuring a picture of her and her mother. It was a nice moment for Brennan, and it was obvious that Walter was sweet on Brennan a little bit. Go figure he would be attracted to someone Booth was also attracted to! Also, it was the first time in a long time we've seen Brennan genuinely emotive for quite a while. It was brief, yet refreshing.
Same goes for Booth, whose story about skipping off base to be at Parker's birth was a nice insight not only into his relationship with Walter, but also with his son. Booth has always been a family man, but it's always nice to discover another story. It reminds us that even while we're meeting new characters, there's still so much to learn about the ones we've grown to love over the course of six seasons.
Also, who enjoyed the print of Hart Hanson on Walter's oxygen tank just before the dive? If you missed it, go back and watch again. If you're on Twitter and follow Hanson, you'll know it when you see it.
All in all, I might take a chance on "The Finder," but I certainly missed the Jeffersonian team.
So, was the spinoff-pilot a success, or were you upset that B&B and the Jeffersonian team took a little break this week? Would you watch "The Finder" if he had his own show?
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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.