Bones, Season Three (2007)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Last season may have worked really hard to bond every single one of the characters together in what passed as more realistic and endearing relationships between people whose casual attitudes about very important and serious matters are often not without rebuke. This season tears down all of those walls. Countless pieces of Bones (no pun intended!) are stronger but there are certain times when the season could have benefited from more discretion – something this particular show seems a stranger to.

Ever since her co-worker left to go work in Iraq but request from the White House, Bones (Emily Deschanel) has been trying to find a replacement for her cannot-be-replaced former student Zack. Still adjusting to the authority of Cam’s superiority and the fact that her father (Ryan O’ Neal) was arrested (by Booth!), Bones doesn’t really want anything to do with the FBI just now – most especially her partner Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). She hides behind being needed at the Jeffersonian but really there is more behind her reluctance to be out in the field with Booth than mere work overload at the lab. Upon the sudden and unexpected return of Zack (Eric Milligan), as she promised Bones heads back out in the field with Booth, and the two set to work on solving a case that may involve cannibalism. But something is still “off” in their relationship, which is why the FBI threatens to take away their partnership unless they pair agrees to see a physiologist. Little does Dr. Sweets (John Francis Daley) know what he has come up against with the two bickering partners.

Brennan’s best friend Angela (Michaela Conlin) assumes the strain between her friend and Booth has something to do with Bones realizing she has more than just friendship feelings for her co-worker. Meddling in her best friends’ love life soon becomes the least of Angela’s worries when she must track down her ex-husband so that she and Jack (TJ Thyne) can finally marry.

In case you might not have picked up on it or read it somewhere else, the obvious theme this time around was “couple’s counseling.” Our favorite crime-fighting duo are ordered to the good doctors office a number of times even though he clears them to still work together, their obvious “issues” prevent Dr. Sweets from signing off the pair completely. A semi-regular character here, Sweets becomes a full-fledged regular in season four (and is still a current member of the cast today), and it isn’t long before we like him equally as well as the rest of the cast. He blends in well with the entire crew and has his own quirks and back-story begging to be told. Booth’s crazy quirks like his taste in ties and socks is still firmly in place which bring more than one point of teasing from his co-workers. Hodgins is still the typical conspiracy theorist (and he and Zack are continuessly fighting over who is “king of the lab”) whose love for Angela only grows – but is also severely tested and Bones is, as always the scientist who rarely if ever connects with anyone except for those who speak her “language” – she never has and still doesn’t communicate with her peers well because of her brilliant logic and blunt to-the-point scientific conversation starters. These scenes are often far too hilarious to be terribly offensive to the viewer but what really entices laughter is when the person on the receiving end of Bones bombard of facts is the deer-in-the-headlights look she receives – or their sudden dislike of Bones.

Before all is said and done with this set, Booth and Bones come to a crossroads after she isn’t trusted with information that Booth wanted her to have. But things do continue on in the same manner before the episode ends. I regret to share that the finale will break loyal fan’s heart. I “knew” how the episode was going to play out before I even “knew” (does that even make sense??) because of subtle remarks others had made to me and a shift in the cast list. It is an ending that isn’t exactly easy to come to terms with but we do get past it easily because of the continued banter and case load that keeps pace in the following premiere. Looking back, all of this is teased because of more conflict between characters – most noticeably between Angela and Hodgins, and Zack with Hodgins and Bones (ever since his return from Iraq).

Despite its changes and shifting emotions, I still thoroughly enjoyed these installments which add to a larger picture in the show. It was entertaining and built a lot of character relations even in its conflict (case in point: “The Verdict in the Story” shows Angela’s beautiful loyalty and friendship). So… do I recommend season three? Definitely – it is a definite must-see for any and all fans of Bones and Booth’s witty one-liners plus one episode puts Bones in charge of an infant (those who have been with the show from day one know how ironic this is) and the Christmas episode is priceless. Mistletoe has a whole new meaning after this one.  

(Parental review, the show is rated TV14 for dozens of sexual connotations [they number too many to count] and implications of extra-marital affairs. Bodies are still disgusting and in varying states of decay; each of the victims die differently, some tragic deaths, others violent. One interlocking case involves cannibalism. There is conversation about sexual activity prior to death although “Player Under Pressure” is perhaps the worst of all. Profanity is in the show [sh*t, da*n] but tends to be mild in comparison.)  

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