I was jazzed beyond belief for this episode - catching back up with Booth and Squints after the Gormagon reveal...and in LONDON, no less. How could it POSSIBLY be anything but fantastic?
Well, much as I hate to say it, I'm a bit disappointed.
As a season premiere it did everything it needed to beautifully. Some of the coming season's conflicts and themes (I highly doubt we've been introduced to all of them) were presented in grand style. The Booth-and-Brennan will-they-or-won't-they looks like it's finally going to be a big something. Sweets is finding a role on the team. We're looking for a Zack replacement (I'll be sad to see that Clark guy go...he was pretty cool). And let's not forget Angela and Hodgins. May I just get it out there...dumbasses. But it makes for good television, so I can't really complain.
All in all, the substance of this episode was excellent and gripping, appropriately comedic and dramatic, and well performed by the entire cast - kudos to guest stars!
My problem with this episode is that it felt strained to me. The forensic plot was weakly portrayed. Both of them, I should say, because the transition from part one to part two was not particularly smooth. In my opinion, there was too much story for one episode but not quite enough for two. There were a lot of dead spots and the continuous transitions from London to D.C. made the whole thing seem rather disjointed. I appreciate the need to make the season premiere as omg-packed and exciting as possible, but I really think that stretching the Angela/Hodgins storyline out a bit more might have been a better choice overall.
When all is said and done, though, that was an EXCELLENT way to start the season. Case in point: I was shaking from excitement about coming episodes by the end.
So thank you, Hart Hanson, cast, and crew. Looks like we're up for the most amazing season of Bones yet.