Bones debates itself and talks dirty this week
BY FRED TOPEL
WARNING: MILD SPOILERS AHEAD
David Boreanaz got us all excited about the 100th episode of Bones coming up next week. To prepare for that interview, I got an early copy of the episode, but also a copy of episode number 99 so I’d be caught up. 100 episodes is certainly the milestone to celebrate, but there’s a lot of big stuff to be excited about this week too.
The story manages to present the very artistic analysis of the show in a sort of meta analysis from within. A guest character gets the Jeffersonian gang analyzing Dr. Brennan’s books. Do people read them for the mysteries, or the relationships between the characters? Of course, they’re actually discussing the balance of storytelling in their own lives, which is the essence of the show.
Whether you watch Bones for the cases they solve or to see how Booth and Brennan banter, your opinion is represented in this discussion. Of course, Bones itself is inspired by the work of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. I don’t know if her books deal with these issues specifically, but maybe there are some meta easter eggs for readers as well.
Speaking of cases, the case they have to solve this week is a doozy. The body turns up in a pretty outrageous way, something I’ve certainly never seen on television and not really in movies. It’s a pretty gruesome set of bones, and they have every opportunity to use their cool tricks to identify it and find out how it died.
It’s a heavily dramatic episode for the supporting characters. It opens with a profound incident that shakes Sweets’s foundation, and could easily shake that of any viewer if you’re the type to think about things that happen, in life or in stories. It’s really an age old philosophical meditation about how you choose to live your life. It’s pretty cool to get that on an episode of a TV show.
There are major developments that will impact future episodes as well. The profound incident I mentioned earlier inspires a character to action. Also the exploration of the Brennan books leads to another development in character relationships. They might not refer to it specifically, but you’ll forever look at those two and know they have an added connection.
There’s also some just plain funny banter. Watch out for the number 187. It plays an intriguing role, and could be a running gag. The Office has “That’s what she said,” so this could be Bones’ answer to that.
Episode 99, titled “The Bones on the Blue Line,” shows that they’re not just saving the good stuff for #100. It’s got as much emotion, intrigue and humor as the best episodes of Bones, and should only whet your appetite for next week’s milestone. Bones airs Thursday nights on Fox.
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