TV Review: Bones Episode 1.04

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

From FOX: When a human arm is found inside the stomach of a black bear, Brennan and Booth travel to Washington state to investigate. They search a small town for clues and discover that ritualistic cannibalisme is involved. After a symbol points to the suspect's occupation, Brennan and Booth realize that there is sometimes more to an autopsy than they thought on 'the Man In The Bear' episode.

My Rating:

I don't know if I can properly express in words how happy I am to have Bones back following the baseball playoffs. I kept waiting for November 1st, and it finally arrived. That wasn't the only reason I was waiting for the date to arrive, but it was definitely one of them. During the month of September we were treated to the first three episodes of this series, and I fell in love with it almost within the first fifteen minutes of its airing. This show has already been picked up for the season by its network, and we'll have to see if the break hurts viewership any in the weeks to come.

Let's start with a bit of a refresher. Bones tells the story of a forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan. She works with the Jeffersonian and the FBI, along side her partner Booth. Each and every week, Bones has a different case to solve as she uses the victim's bones to identify the identity and cause of death. The character of Temperance is actually based on a real life person, Kathy Reichs. Reichs is an antrolopologist and author. Temperance is the character she created based on her experiences.

On tonight's episode, Bones and Booth take a field trip to Washington state in order to discover the identity of a body when a hand is discovered in the body of dead bear. The rest of the team stay behind in D.C., and Bones keeps in contact with them from the small town via phone and satellite hook-up. The more she uncovers, the weirder things get, and soon she realizes she has a cannibal on her hands. On the bones of the hand, there is both saw marks and teeth marks, and that just makes things too sickening to think about.

A sideplot of the episode shows the men of the town hitting on Temperance at every chance they get. Small town means there isn't all that many available single females for the men, so they all want a piece of Brennan. This doesn't set too well with the one single woman in town. Apparently the town vet gets around town, and is dating several of the men, and they all know about it too.

As things progress, it looks like this little love triangle or quadrangle might actually be at the heart of the murder. Bones thinks it is the young woman, but she is soon cleared, and with more research, they learn it was one of the men the vet was seeing, the town doctor. Bones and Booth return to his lab just in time to see him trying to destroy the evidence by burning the bodies. Bones hits him over the head with a bed pan, and he is taken into custody.

Across the country, Brennan's team is hard at work taking in the evidence she sends them over night and helping her piece together this new puzzle. however, that isn't all they are doing. The two men on her team are after the new delivery girl that services them. Both men flirt with her, but in the end it is neither she shows interest in. Turns out she swings her bat the other way, and she would date Angela if she had her choice. However, it looks pretty good that Angela doesn't swing her way. Poor guys. They did try this week. On the romance front with Bones and Booth, things are still moving slowly on that front, but it is still something there as a possibility. Maybe in time we will see some action between these two. First, Booth needs to ditch the girlfriend.

Bones is probably one of my favorite shows on television right now. I did miss it over its break, and the break did allow other shows to move up higher on my list of favorite shows, but just by watching tonight I remembered why I love this show. Bones is well written and the acting on the part of the female actresses part of the cast is excellent. Temperance is a wonderful character, and I am growing to love her. I also love how they are developing her. She is growing more and more each week. I love that this show is back, and I can't wait for next week's episode.

For you Supernatural fans looking for a review of tonight's show, Supernatural was a repeat tonight of the third episode of the series. You can find a review of that episode titled "Dead in the Water" here.


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