This week Bones added another fluff episode to its repertoire, this one dealing with mythical creatures and titled "The Truth in the Myth."
The content was okay, but it was not the plot-heavy, edge-of-your-seat case or B&B moment that I have desired for such a long time.
I appreciated the Nigel Murray confessions, but even those felt contrived and, quite frankly, awkward. The only redeeming thing about it was Hodgins insistence that he wasn't angry over Nigel Murray's lies about sleeping with Angela. The prank was juvenile, but funny.
Contrived is also a very good word to describe the two instances of laughter which Brennan partook in during this episode. She laughed once at the "moon" comments that Booth made, which, I have to admit, was kind of funny. But it immediately got old when she laughed at Nigel Murray's confession about telling his friends they were "lovers."
It was so out of place, borderline creepy, and sincerely felt forced.What were kind of natural and funny were the moments when Booth swore he couldn't laugh, lest he drive the car off the road. If that wasn't the smoothest "I don't think you're funny" brush-offs, then I don't know what was. Funny thing is, I think Brennan actually bought it.
On another front, I have also begun to notice a disturbing trend emerge in Bones as of late, and that's the tendency for the show to reveal the culprit in the closing five minutes.
They spend the entire episode building the case and weeding through the suspects and evidence, only to have minimal time to neatly unravel it all and reveal the killer.
I would be okay with this if they chose to pursue more intricate interpersonal story lines or depart from their normal repertoire of characters. But they haven't done that. And for this reason I have found my mind wandering throughout the episodes.
The motive for murder this week wasn't even substantive, it was a hunting accident. And then a desperate lodge-owner and apparent opportunist thought he would essentially make the dead body into tourist attraction; this was also not very substantive.
I appreciated the moment in the diner when Booth called Brennan out for not listening to him about what he saw in combat. The Yeti discussion was a serious moment that had me flashing back to "The Daredevil in the Mold." I kind of like those moments, only this episode's were less emotionally charged.
Overall, it seems that when I watch this series my brain tends to turn off. That's not a feeling I like having, nor something I want to associate with this show.
So something needs to change... soon. It seems that Bones is having a string of off-weeks. And, unfortunately, my hope for next week's "The Finder" spinoff introduction isn't high, either. Am I grumpy, or am I onto something?
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