by Stephanie Barnett
“To unravel a Murder, you must strip it to the bone.”
Bones, a murder/mystery/comedy staring Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan, a world renowned Forensic Anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institution, and David Boreanaz as Special Agent Seeley Booth, a former U.S. Army Ranger and Special Forces sniper, tells the story of two completely different people coming together to solve murders in an unusual way.
Each week Bones and Booth along with an amazing group of scientists (Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro, Eric Millegan as Zack Addy, T. J. Thyne as Dr. Jack Hodgins, Tamara Taylor as Dr. Camille Saroyan and Jonathan Adams as Dr. Daniel Goodman) solve strange murder, after strange murder. Throughout the entire series, many different characters come in and out of frame. From regulars like the gravedigger (a psychotic murderer who tried to kill half of Dr. Brennan’s team, including Dr. Brennan herself), to both Brennan and Angela’s very different fathers; the show has been blessed with many excellent actors and actresses throughout the years.
When I first watched Bones, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. Always being slightly squeamish but very interested in investigative and science shows, I wasn’t quite sure what I would think about a show that deals with decomposed dead bodies. One show was all it took for me, because I was hooked ten minutes in. Combining a great cast, with hilarious characters and amazingly creative writing, Bones is a triple whammy.
Currently in its sixth season, Bones, now on Thursday nights at 9, has captivated the world with its interesting take on science, life, and law. With two main characters with amazing chemistry, along with the sexual tension that has developed throughout the years, and completely opposite views on life, Bones shows what it’s like having to deal with the issues of everyday life, and having to catch murderers.
Along with showing how they catch the killers using anthropology and science, they also delve into the character’s personal lives. From dating, to family issues, to breaking up, and getting back together, expressing their love, and how they just survive the everyday pressure of their life and job, the writers make you see what it’s like to be these characters living the lives they do. This show tries to show us that it’s not all glamour working with murders and decomposing bodies. It can have major mental effects. In later seasons they bring in Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley), an FBI psychologist who works with Booth and Bones on their issues, both from the past and brought on by the job.
Some people do not like Bones however, some have said that Bones has portrayed certain types of professions, or people, negatively on the show. This may be true since it is a show about murder, but just like in real life all types of people commit murder. So though there may be some underlying truth to their claims, Bones is a very good show. If you’re wanting to watch a truly interesting, scientific, and entertaining show, I suggest this show. You never know what’s gonna happen next with Bones, hey, it might even be the butler!
Learn more about Bones, catch up on current episodes and watch clips on their website.
Editor’s note: This show is loosely based on characters created by mystery author & forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. Learn more on her website.