Monday, October 18, 2010

What Drew's Watching: Bones

Bones: Season 6, Episode 4 "The Body and the Bounty"

"If Al Gore really cared about the environment, he'd live out of dumpsters." Thus does this episode cement my favorite line before even the opening credits. Anyway, we're doing just fine on our trajectory here, but we've taken a few backward steps on auxiliary characters. Although the bounty hunter employer is quite compelling, his underlings are lame stereotypes of the highest order. I can't pick apart The Wolf too much because he's...well...dead, which allows that maybe his personality was utterly out of sync with a gruff bounty hunter. (Maybe he rode unicorns and picked daisies in his spare time.) But the hot bounty hunter chick? I mean, come on. I know fiction gets to go down roads that real life could never set foot on, but this is so far outside the realm of credibility that even my male brain is protesting (even if it may crave hot bounty hunter chicks in less serious programming). The mystery is cool (I got it pretty fast), but a few anomalies stick out: wouldn't the fake ribs need to be replaced after each murder weapon test? And if Booth can half-open the double-doors in the hospital, why can't he slide the crutch out to finish the job? Oh well. The action in this one is two-sided: the first chase scene is great, but the second one is poorly directed and clumsily shot. David Allen Grier is fun as the Science Dude if you can get over your desire to see the role played by Bill Nye instead. Honestly, though, out of everything, my biggest problem with this episode is Bones's ridiculous getup at the end. I can swallow her decision vis-à-vis Grier (mind-blowing spoiler: she agrees to do the show), but the Temperance Brennan I know and (sometimes) love would never, ever wear that. All in all, this is a solid episode that kept me interested without any trouble. (P.S. I laughed out loud at Angela's expertly delivered one-liner regarding baby names...and if a show can make me laugh out loud, it's an automatic ten for comedy.)

Plot: 8/10
Action: 8/10
Characters: 6/10
Comedy: 10/10
Bones's Makeup: 9/10

Overall Grade: A

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