Friday, May 8, 2009

Bones “ The Critic in the Cabernet” Lobotomizes Viewers

It seems that hallucination week continues this week in Fox on ”Bones” (Fox) in the episode ‘The Critic in the Cabernet.” This time, it’s Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) who is seeing things.

The episode involved a body that was found in a wine barrel. Since the show seems to work very hard in making dead bodies seem as gross as they can, this one was no exception, as it was in a wine barrel, the wine turning to vinegar and the remaining bones turning rubbery.

In a completely clichéd case, the murder victim is a wine critic, murdered by a wine maker who was discovered by the critic using his cheap wine to create counterfeits of a more pricey wine. The case could not have been more obvious or more boring.

The show attempts to bring the relationship of Booth and Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan (Emily Deschanel) to another level by interjecting Bones sudden wish to have a baby. This all happens while they are in a session with Dr. Sweets (John Francis Daley). I find myself wondering why these two continue to need to see Sweets, coming up with the answer that is only gives the show an excuse to bring out new scenarios for Booth and Bones to explore. It is not only getting too predictable, it is getting boring.

This brings me back to Booth’s hallucinations. It seems that once Bones suggested that Booth be her sperm donor and the father of this baby she suddenly wants, he starts to have concerns. This seems to cause him to have hallucinations of the animated character Stewie from “Family Guy”, of course, a Fox show. But when he sees Stewie during the interrogation of the murder suspect, Bones realizes that something is wrong. She mentions other hallucinations that Booth has had – but for some reason I can’t recall any previous mention of hallucinations in any previous episodes with Booth. Maybe I just forgot about them, but it still is a surprise to me. It is possible that the show has become so dull that I fell asleep during some of the episodes. She rushes Booth to the hospital, and of course he has a brain tumor that requires immediate surgery. (Maybe they will have the same surgeons as Michael Scofield on Fox’s “Prison Break” who had no evidence on his head at all after his surgery.)

The other thing with this series that is becoming very annoying is that there is a different lab assistant each week. I am not sure why they seem to have such trouble picking someone to replace Zak. Speaking of which, they mentioned Zak appearing in next week’s episode, and I find that as I had no interest in Zak to begin with, the announcement of his return does not bring any excitement.

If you like a crime show that doesn’t tax your brain, Bones is the show for you. It is predictable, it is trite, and it is all about the “dance” between Booth and Bones. And after a while, that dance becomes old and repetitive. This may be one series that I may pass on next season.

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