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Bones–A Procedural with Heart

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As I am enrolled in graduate school, I often find myself writing or reading all the time (which might be one of the smallest understatements of the year). However, while I am reading or writing, most of the time I must have something on in the background in order to maintain my thought process and forward momentum. I know that there are a lot of people out there who will say that they need to have something on in order to write…I am being entirely honest here…I do have to have something on, but this fact is beside the point. Recently, I have found Bones to be one of the most enjoyable shows to have on in the background because it is an interesting and fun show and because it is something that I don’t have to pay super close attention to in order to understand the episodes. However, there are several things about this show that make it fun to watch and keep myself entertained.


**Emily Deschanel’s ( playing the character of Bones) and David Boreanez’s (playing the character of Agent Booth)  chemistry is one of the most memorable parts of the show. While I have watched shows with David Boreanez in the past, I can’t say that I have watched one that I thought was as fun as this one. With the dry wit of Bones and the cracking wise of Booth, they make a pair that is both interesting dynamically and balanced as seeming opposites against each other.

**The other characters of Hodgins, Angela, Cam, and the others–While other procedural shows (by procedurals I mean ones involving law enforcement or one that has a definite process that is followed in almost every episode…but I digress) have characters that are fairly forgettable and the main focus of the show is on the solving of the murder, on the other hand, Bones offers  us a cast that is both odd and causes the story to revolve around them. Thereby, they take the focus off the murder solving and cast the light of the show on themselves.

**The wit of the show is fantastic.–With the level of intellectuals that are supposed to be in the show, this makes for interesting conversations and moments that the other procedurals that I’ve seen just don’t have. It’s both intriguing and exciting to be able to chuckle at nerdy jokes and moments that occur within the context of the show.

On the whole, I would give Bones 7.5 out of 10. I really like the premise and the characters are interesting. However, the fact that it is a procedural is a little bit of a downfall simply because each episode has pretty much the same basic plot and ends with the good guys finding the murderer. Overall, I like the show and will continue to watch it. However, the lack of the overarching themes tends and plot (other than the Booth and Bones love that is there but isn’t there….I’m in season 5 so please don’t spoil if you know more than I do) makes it a little less than cohesive…I can catch later episodes and be fine without knowing everything that has went on or will go on.

Written by uncannynerdyguy

March 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm

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