Bones: Season 10
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Bones: Season 10

For television series having a very simplistic premise, a so-called high concept show, is relatively easy to obtain approval by the studio programming executives. When it happens to coincide with a very popular trend the chance of it getting picked up increased dramatically. A number of years ago a new twist on a perennial popular genre, the police procedural/detective series was expanded to include new mandatory component, the forensic investigator. There’s nothing new about this since 1976 ‘Quincy, M.E.’ helped introduce the concept of scientific approach the gathering and analyzing clues in order to solve a crime. Even series that retained the more traditional format there is inevitably a scene in each episode with detectives consult with the people in the laboratories with their access to the cutting-edge scientific technologies. In 2005 a very specialized variation of the forensic investigation show was introduced on Fox, ‘Bones’. The main character was a forensic anthropologist who had a very of sideline of being a mystery writer. This mirrored the source material for the series with a clever idea of switching the names of the scientist and the character in her novels. Typically a series with this specific premise might find it difficult to rise above the one trick pony status and be able to come up with sufficient fresh ideas to keep the audience interested season after season. In this case the show runner, Hart Hanson, managed to prove to be quite innovative with the series about to enter its 11th season. Most important aspect series responsible for its longevity is that the science that is an integral part of the show can be considered to be a MacGuffin, more important to the characters within the context of the series that for the audience. Audiences have been faithfully tuning in over a decade not to watch as a highly trained group of scientists examine instead of bones and other evidence but because they are intrigued by the intricate interpersonal dynamics that serves as the driving force for the character development crucial to the series. The show may have begun as a strong primary character supporting cast members but it has grown into one of the best ensemble cast crime mystery series.

It appears that life is never simple for Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan (Emily Deschanel) despite the fact that she is leading forensic apologist in the world and is a constant fixture on the literary bestsellers list, every person that she cares about is always in trouble. A couple seasons ago Bones Was Framed for Murder and Was Forced to run away with a young daughter to avoid incarceration while the team works to disprove the charges against her. As the 10th season begins upon network and husband, FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), has been incarcerated, framed for the murder of a confidential informant. Once again the forensics team at the Jeffersonian Institute has to focus collective brilliant minds to exonerate their friend and colleague. Crucial to the investigation as an FBI psychologist, Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) who started as an annoyance to Bones and Booth now has become one of their closest friends. They discover that someone in the FBI behind the conspiracy to frame Booth open the investigation heats up Sweets is murdered. As it turns out expecting a child is on-again off-again girlfriend, Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo), one of Dr. Brennan’s revolving group of interns. He is replaced by a Junior FBI agent, James Aubrey (John Boyd ) finds it very difficult to follow such a beloved member of the team. Several of the contributing factors to the success of the series can be seen in how just these couple of threads I handled and integrated into the greater whole of the main story arc series. Initially the coworkers of the Jeffersonian conducted themselves as acquaintances at work but in a very organic way bonds between specific characters begin to deepen as romances begin to grow. Not only to Bones and Brennan get together but the entomologist and particulate expert Dr. John Hodgins (T. J. Thyne) and Dr. Brennan’s best friend, Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin), get married and have a son together. A romantic relationship between Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), head of the Forensic Division at Jeffersonian, and another one of Brennan’s interns, Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vahdat). This relationship becomes the basis for a major story arc within the season.

Cam and Arastoo have become very serious in their relationship and are moving towards marriage of major disagreement disrupts this when Arastoo discovers that his brother back in Iran is terminally ill. Determined to return back to Iran to make sure his brother was taking care of there is a high probability that he could be arrested with charges pending from under the old regime. He is eventually kidnapped by a member of the Iranian parliament to blackmail the team at the Jeffersonian to helping solve a murder case. Almost every series has work based romances the difference with this one is that a proper amount of time is given to develop as a natural part of the character development that is the heart of the series.

There is a consistency with the back stories of each of the characters. Understandably one of the most detailed back stories was developed for Booth. Is a highly decorated veteran of the United States Army Rangers and is considered one of the best snipers in the military. Is a practicing Roman Catholic which is always been a point of contention between him and Bones. As a staunch imperialist an atheist, Bones considered any religious activity to be superstition and mythology. Over time as their mutual love deepened and he began raising a family each one has become increasingly tolerant of the others personal beliefs. Is also recovering gambler and has joined the Gambler’s Anonymous support group. When one murder case revolves around a high-stakes card game in the casino, the only one with the understanding and proficiency with the game is Booth. The couple splits up when Booth’s shows up at their home demanding a substantial amount of money. The sum is inconsequential to the very wealthy Bones but the fact that her husband has been lying to her is too much for hundred handle and Booth moves out. By the end of the season significant strides toward repairing their marriage has taken place.

Another major continuing story arc that is progressed in the season concerns Angela and Hodgins. At the start of the series it was discovered that Hodgins came from a very wealthy family and his network was in the billions. An arch nemesis of the team was a master computer hacker and completely right out the fortune leaving Hodges and Angela broke. During this season Hodges developed a revolutionary new substance, a material incredible resiliency. This was developed on his own time nothing is owed to the Jeffersonian committee arranges for commercial use is told that his remuneration could be as high as $40 million. Now that the independently wealthy Hodgins wants to move his family to Paris in order to fulfill Angela’s autistic dreams. It also appears that Booth and Brennan may also leave the Jeffersonian in order to reduce stress in their lives in an effort to enhance Booth’s recovery from gambling addiction.

The success of this series is a result of the synergy formed by a creative juxtaposition of characters and situations. Every character comes across as a unique individual, is solidly constructed and fully believable human being. It was a brilliant stroke to have to revolving interns each intern possesses their own eccentricities providing a variety of nuances that consistently makes the scenes in the laboratory exceptionally entertaining. All too often in any forensic based series the scenes depicting the scientist in the lab frequently quite dry and little more than a lot of highly technical terms. While the scientific jargon remains as a matter of necessity the differences in personality always ensure that these traditionally mundane scenes remain fresh. One intern is a young man with a troubled past but a natural affinity toward science. Another is clinically depressed while yet another has an IQ of 160 it is an obnoxious elitist. One of the interns did go on to earning his PhD and has become a full staff member to the Jeffersonian. Dr. Clark Edison (Eugene Byrd) onto a staff position at the Jeffersonian heading the department of archaeological forensics. Series is just so well-crafted that it has the potential to go on for the foreseeable future.

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Posted 10/01/2015

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