Bones has long been the one crime-fighting procedural show that I watch on a regular basis. There are others that I find enjoyable (I'm loving Lie to Me right now, and Castle is growing on me) but Bones has always been the one that I watch the night it airs and really look forward to. Lately though, its been really off, and I'm getting sort of discouraged. Its spot on an already overcrowded Thursday night -- as well as the other recent scheduling issues -- isn't helping matters at all. It's fast going from a favorite to frustrating in my book. I hope that things get turned around, and soon. Here are my biggest issues with the show.
Too many hallucinations
I was okay with Booth playing hockey and getting knocked to the ground and having a famous hockey player give him some dreamy advice. But when coupled with the fact that there was an entire episode where a dead soldier helped Booth escape a soon-to-be exploded boat, it makes it a little ridiculous. That's not even mentioning the upcoming hallucination (which is next on my list). When did this become their go-to story arc? Knock Booth on the head and have his unconscious self solve the crimes? Not cool.
The Family Guy Crossover
Really? I don't care if it is a hallucination or not, this just seems ridiculous and a little too much like something you'd see on Grey's Anatomy. I don't really like Family Guy to begin with, which makes it so much worse.
I can't believe that we are more than halfway through the season, and they still haven't found a replacement for Zack. I get that he was an integral part of the team, but most of the subs seem competent. At this point, I'm not even sure I really care which one. They all have some irksome quirks, but as soon as we settle on one, I can learn to accept the intern oddness and get on with my life.
Putting Booth out of commission
A couple of times this season they've had Booth injured, which means that annoying agent Perotta steps in. The best thing about this show is the relationship between Brennan and Booth. Their tag-team investigations are what makes me interested in watching, not seeing Brennan with some other random FBI person who I don't really care for. And why is Booth injured so much? From the hockey thing, to having his back out... it's getting a little out of hand. Let my fave tough guy on the show be tough.
Things just don't jibe
It's almost like they're forgetting details that don't matter. Like Bones was having a hard time driving a sports car a couple episodes back, but didn't she own a sports car at one point? Wasn't there a whole thing about how she had all sorts of money and could afford flashy cars back in Season 1 or 2? Am I hallucinating that? I'd like to think that I'm misremembering in this case, and that the writers aren't just being lazy.
Brennan's Not Herself
I've always loved the smart, strong-willed, analytical side of her, but lately it seems like they don't know what they are doing with her. From making her exceedingly rude about a fellow employee's religious practices, to alluding to the fact that she's interested in having children, to making her think she could do Booth's job... it all just seems off and out of character. Brennan used to appreciate people who had been trained to do a job, and you'd think she'd understand that Booth had spent his entire life learning how to interrogate people, without an entire episode devoted to it. And she's previously had issues with religion, but never seemed so openly hostile about someone practicing as she did with the Muslim intern who took prayer breaks. And a baby? She's never seemed to have the burning desire to procreate, so even hinting at that is kind of bizarre.
Ripped From the Headlines
Last episode's pregnancy-pact thing just wasn't as clever as the usual oddball cases that make this show more intriguing than your garden variety CSI. Not to say that every case has to have bones turning into foam or involve cannibalistic behavior, but this one just felt like someone read that recent story in the paper and said, "Hey, let's do pregnant girls and one of them ends up dead."
Again, I am a fan of this show, and will continue to be, but it is becoming less of a must-see show for me, and becoming more and more of the kind of show where I don't care if I miss an episode. Which is sad. I hope that the flurry of upcoming episodes find this show back to its old self, though with Stewie Griffin making an appearance... I'm just not so sure.
What's your take? Are you loving this season?
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