Monday, December 13, 2010

What Drew's Watching: Bones

Bones: Season 6, Episode 9 "The Doctor in the Photo"

Usually, I write the review as I go along, but I decided to shake things up today and wait until I finished the entire episode. This method has its perks -- for example, you can observe your official MONTAGE WARNING from the get-go. Anyway, this one makes for a pronounced change of pace, as it is overwhelmingly told from Bones's perspective. (You'd think a show called "Bones" would be more Bones-centered, but you'd be wrong!) I'm not sure how to take this. On the one hand, it's compelling to get a bit more insight into Bones's inner workings, but on the other hand, it just reinforces the clumsy conundrum of her inconstant emotional deficiency. I don't think the writers are ever going to be able to square that circle, but they could do themselves a favor by not parading the problem like this. On a gut level, I liked this episode, but by the numbers, it's pretty bad. There's little from the other characters because they all subordinate themselves to Bones. There's little plot because the plot subordinates itself to Bones. There's little comedy because -- well, you guessed it. In fact, now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure the writers cooked up this one just for the post-climactic scene. Oh, and by the way, the last time a character on this show started communicating with dead people, he had a brain tumor. There had better be an equally good explanation for Bones's craziness this week.

Plot: 4/10
Action: 0/10
Characters: 5/10
Comedy: 0/10
Bones's Makeup: 3/10

Overall Grade: D

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