Friday, March 21, 2008

Bones Returns with New Episodes on April 14

Image from Fox

Finally we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel with some good shows returning with new episodes. Bones will be coming back to Fox on a new day, MONDAY, April 14.

I could only find some brief details on this new episode, called “The Baby in the Bough:"

"A woman's car is run off the road and she is killed, but her baby miraculously survives the accident. Booth and Brennan go to the woman's hometown to try to find out who's responsible for running her car off the road. Bones, with help from Booth, takes care of the baby until the team finds out who killed the mother."

Bones is one of those shows that can grow on you. I’ve been watching it since the show premiered and admit I was a little shaky about it at first. I think it was because of the cheesy, hard to swallow special effects in the lab, and the even more cheesy car scenes that clearly speared to be filmed in a stationary car with a film backdrop. It reminded me of a bad 1950s movie. I suppose I can understand why the producers may not have wanted to put tons of money into a show that they may not have been sure of its success.

In case you haven’t seen the show, here’s some background information. The show is centered on Dr. Temperence Brennan (Emily Deschanel) who is probably the tops in her field of forensic anthropology. She works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, DC, and writes novels as a sideline. (It’s based on books by real life author Kathy Reichs.) Because her career centers on bones, she has earned the nickname “Bones” from Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), who is with the FBI's Homicide Investigations Unit, and brings Bones into cases that require her forensic skills. Her staff at the Jeffersonian supports her in solving these crimes.

The show is like a lot of the crime procedurals on television now, but it has one important difference – the center of the show seems to be the chemistry between Booth and Bones. Over time, they have made this relationship a mixture of attraction, annoyance, respect, with a little comedy thrown in. Somewhere in there is usually a case to be investigated. The show has a tendency at times to go a little over the top on the grossness level, but considering her field, I suppose it’s to be expected.

The relationship between Booth and Bones – the spark – is what keeps the show going and makes it very enjoyable. Emily Deschanel’s monotone, clinical delivery plays very well off of David Boreanaz’s playful, yet sometimes cynical banter. While the plots are sometimes thin and the supporting cast sometimes a distraction (case in point Bones’ boss Dr. Saroyan (Tamara Taylor)), the show works well and provides a decent hour of entertainment.

So I’m excited that the show is coming back with some new episodes. Hopefully I’ll have no Bones to pick with it.

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