Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bones Sets Up the Season Finale

The episode “A Wannabe In The Weeds” (aired Monday May 12), which was pretty good all on it’s own, carries the suspense through to the season finale, “The Pain in the Heart.” In “Wannabe”, an amateur singer is found dead in a grassy location, and the investigation sends Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) to the restaurant/bar where the singer tried out on open mic nights. The case is interesting enough, but in this case this episode seems to dwell less on the science and more on chemistry – that is, the chemistry between Booth, Bones, and the other major characters. This is the one strong thing that this show has had from day one – the great working relationship between Booth and Bones. Right now, they could be the most intriguing couple on TV these days. It is reminiscent of the great chemistry between Skully and Mulder on the X-Files, only in this case, Booth and Bones seem more real and livelier.

The episode "Wannabe" ends with Bones performing on the stage at the restaurant, and with the appearance of Booth’s stalker, who shoots Booth out of jealousy. What was really interesting about this scene was the expert way that Bones handled the gun she always was so keen to carry.

“Wannabe” ends with the fate of Booth still unknown, but we all have to believe that there is no way they would kill off the one person who is such a linchpin for the show. The next episode, which is the season finale, should answer that question but should open up some new problems. (Warning, some spoilers!) It seems that a human jawbone shows up at the Jeffersonian, and the team concludes that the Gormogon serial killer has struck again. An explosion in the lab sends Zack (Eric Millegan) to the hospital, Gormogon’s silver skeleton goes missing from the vault, and all the Jeffersonian employees become potential suspects. Could one of these people actually be working with this serial killer? The video below contains some spoilers.

I wrote about Bones this past March (here) and how I think this show can grow on you. The more I watch it, the more I like it. It’s not so much about the crimes as much as it’s about Booth and Bones exploring the differences between themselves – how they work, how they relate to others. Sometimes Booth can be too goofy, sometimes Bones too clinical. Still, even when they go to extremes, they seem to balance each other well.

So if you’ve been following this show, make sure you catch the season finale, which will air on Monday, May 19. And if you haven’t watched the show, it still may be a good time to start. It looks like this season ending could be interesting!

Video from TV Guide – Spoiler Alert!

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