Even when David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel offered some insight into the upcoming season, nothing could have prepared us for the premiere. Based on the way Bones Season 9 ended, we knew this was going to be an important episode, but it looks like the opener will set the (depressing?) tone for the whole season.
Below, TV Fanatic writers Mary Kate Venedam, Christine Orlando, Michelle Carlbert, and Ashley Bissette Sumerel discuss their thoughts on the shocking events that just transpired...
Mary Kate: Yes. Since every promo for the new season showed Booth in prison, I thought he was going to get out by the end of the episode, not beginning. But based off what was happening to him in prison, he probably wouldn't have survived the whole episode.
Christine: Nah. It was kind of tortuous watching him get beaten up and kept away from his family and friends. One of the best things about the show is how everyone works together. And it's not as though there was any less drama once he was out!
Michelle: I really do. I always hate it when a show has some huge, life-altering thing happen to a character (jail, an injury, etc) and then in the next episode it's all fixed within minutes. Do I think he needed to stay there for an entire episode or two? No. But I would have liked to see that played out just a little longer.
Ashley: Yeah, I have to say I do too. This part was too rushed, and I think it would have been interesting to see more of what he had to deal with in prison. And he does have one friend in there, but we didn't learn anything about that. I would have liked more details. On the other hand, we don't know what might happen later in the season. Maybe we could get a flashback or two? We'll see.
How do you think Booth and Brennan's relationship is going to change this season?
Mary Kate: Instead of just dealing with Booth in prison, now they also have to deal with Sweets' death together, which will probably cause a lot of stress, but hopefully they'll come together more and be there for each other after Sweets' death and for Daisy.
Christine: It's definitely going to face some challenges. Booth is headed towards a really rough road. They've taken away two of his four cornerstones: His trust in the FBI and his best friend. (Brennan and Christine being the other two.) Brennan is really going to have her hands full trying to get him through it all and I'm afraid it won't be pretty.
Michelle: I think, in a way, their roles will swap. Booth was the one who was emotional and seeking more of a connection from Brennan in the past -- wanting to get married when she didn't really believe in it, etc. He had to back off last season, but only because a psycho told him to. This season I think we're going to see a different Booth, a man who is intent on revenge and perhaps not as close to his family as he once was. I think Brennan will be struggling to pull him out of his shell, especially now that Sweets isn't around to help.
Ashley: These two have a lot to deal with this season. And like Michelle said, we're going to see a different Booth-- I think we already have. He's darker. Colder. So I see his connection with Brennan being strained because of that. And what Sweets said about Booth not being able to trust-- I can see that causing problems in their relationship as well. And we barely dealt with the fact that Brennan got him out of jail by doing exactly what Booth asked her not to.
On the other hand, dealing with the death of Sweets might just bring them closer together. This is going to have a profound effect on both of them.
Mary Kate: I liked Aubrey. I have no idea if he can be trusted, but I'm assuming he can. One of the first things I noticed is that he kind of looks like Sweets, I actually mistook the two at one point in the episode. But, now that Sweets is gone, Booth definitely needs someone to work with from the FBI, rather than just him and Squints. I hope Aubrey works out.
Christine: Well, Sweets trusted him. I hope we can trust him or more to the point I hope Booth can trust him because right now he has no one he trusts at the FBI. Whether or not Aubrey is trustworthy may end up being the crux of whether or not Booth continues at the FBI.
Michelle: Right now I'm very, very suspicious of him. I have a feeling he'll turn out to be a good guy and that we're just being set up to the *think* he's possibly a bad guy, but I'm not positive about that yet. I found it very odd that he was the only one there when Sweets was killed and I want to know the full story of what happened there.
Ashley: I think I like Agent Aubrey so far. He's quirky without being annoying, and he really does seem to be trying to get Booth to like him. I was surprised that he was so helpful to Booth right at the beginning.
And I have the same concern that his character will serve as a replacement for Sweets-- but I also think that's kind of necessary.
Mary Kate: Sweets was an important character. It won't be easy for everyone to heal, especially Booth. I am curious to see how everyone moves forward after his funeral now that he was supposed to be a father and how that will fit in. I want some nice scenes between Booth and the baby, or something and not just glaze over it.
Christine: OMG! No! Just no! I can't believe they did that. He was going to be a dad and he would have been wonderful at it and adorable to watch. It's just so wrong. Sweets' death will have a serious ripple effect on every character for the rest of the season and beyond.
Michelle: As I said earlier, I think this will affect Booth the most. Well, of course Daisy will be affected as well, but I'm speaking about the main cast. Booth and Sweets had a very special friendship and I was hoping that Sweets would be the one to pull Booth out of his current mindset of vengeance, vengeance, vengeance. But with Sweets killed at the hands of those that Booth was already after, I have no doubt it will send him further over the edge.
Ashley: Heartbreaking. I'm still not over this. It's going to have a profound effect on Booth, of course, but everyone else too. I know Booth will blame himself, so that's going to be a major part of the season. And Daisy! I think she is going to become a much more prominent character now. I'm bracing myself for that baby being born! I like Mary Kate's idea about seeing Booth with the baby. That could offer some really nice moments.
What were your overall impressions of the Bones Season 10 premiere?
Mary Kate: I thought it was good. There were so many details being thrown out there, I don't know if I could keep up at certain points. The premiere was one of the better episodes in recent years and, I thought, better than the premiere last year.
Christine: It was darker than what we're used to, between the conspiracy, Booth in prison and then Sweets death. I know we've dealt with character death before but somehow Season 10 has a different feel to it. It's a little disconcerting but I look forward to seeing where it's headed.
Michelle: A lot happened in just one episode and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all. The shock of Sweets' death is something I'm not going to get over very soon, but underneath all that emotion I feel that it was a strong episode. It definitely opened up a lot of storyline to be played out the rest of this season (or at least for a while).
Ashley: I thought it was a great premiere too. And I agree with Christine that it is definitely darker than what we're used to. I'm happy that this storyline wasn't wrapped up as neatly as I figured it would be. And even though I'm devastated about Sweets, there's something to be said for having such a shock in a season premiere. Especially when a show has been on for nearly a decade. More than that, it truly opens up a lot of potential for new story lines and character development.
What did you think, Bones Fanatics? Let us know your answers to these questions in the comments below!