Sorry, but no.

The Gravedigger is back! Booth has been kidnapped! Bombs are exploding! Brennan and Booth are both give strong hints about revealing their mutual love! Insight into Booth's heavily shrouded backstory! Brennan hits a lady in the face with a briefcase!


All these things happened, and yet I remain unimpressed.


This was not a strong episode in my opinion, and it is just too bad. Promos had me believing this would be one of the best Bones episodes to date (and maybe those high expectations were part of why I'm so disappointed now). I mean, The Gravedigger returns and captures Booth? How can that not be a fantastic episode?


Well, let me tell you.


First, we spend all time not directly involved with the central crisis on two-bit jokes about GPS and a rented tuxedo. It's funny at the time, but not clever, not up to standard outright hilarity, and takes away from time that could have been spent filling out this story...which brings me to my second complaint:


Did Hero in the Hold seem rushed to anyone else? One of the things I most remember about Aliens in a Spaceship (the original Gravedigger episode) is how it was so anticipatory. I hung on to every second because events seemed to unfold in slow motion, agonizingly suspenseful...I forgot, while I was watching it, that Brennan and Hodgins HAD to make it out because they can hardly be killed off in the middle of a season when Bones is going strong. This episode didn't have that for me. I wasn't even worried for a second that Booth wouldn't make it out alive and fine. Close shave rescue? Not hardly.


And speaking of Booth...I'm sorry, but his old army pal Parker? Possibly the worst thing that has ever happened on Bones. Not because I didn't enjoy learning more about Booth, that was great. But this is a show that has never done anything like a ghost/hallucination, and I think this one was done badly. Whatever transpires on Bones, no matter how stunning, is always, essentially, real and believable. But the hallucination who physically helps Booth escape? No. Ghost who communicates with Brennan? No. No no no.


Overall, I am quite displeased with Hero in the Hold. I would have thought, before watching it, that that it didn't stick to the standard "find a dead body, do some science, catch a killer" formula would be good thing. Instead, I think straying from that structure worked against it, overall. That was isolated to that five minute segment where we discover who The Gravedigger is, and frankly, that scene was lame. The Gravedigger is suddenly lazy and leaves easy evidence? The Squints figure this out in, like, twenty minutes? I don't think so.


The balance between story lines (lab and Booth) was...well, poor. Not enough time on the one, too much on the other, given that the whole story had to take place in less than forty-five minutes. I know that Bones doesn't really do two-parters or major episode-to-episode cliffhangers, but I think that would have been the way to go. There was too much story, not enough time, and the final result was disappointing.

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Feb 7, 2009 4:17PM EST

I agree after waiting and sort of enjoying elements of the old circus act episode I was really anticipating the same sort of action on the previous grave digger Aliens in the Spaceship. I was disappointed... It started out great and then petered out really quick... I agree that it seemed like it was rushed the team didnt work together they just sort of hopped around and it didnt gel right. I am hoping or more on the next episode... however I have just seen glimpses of the reasons I started watching the show in the first place. I think the chemistry of the team and B & B is missing something... I hope the writers get back to what it was that they had in the beginning. So heres hoping that they have better stories in the future or sadly I will just watch them on HULU on rainy days.... and be sad that Bones isnt as great as it used to be....!

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Feb 7, 2009 4:58PM EST

i agree that something is missing, its been missing since this season started. And i cant help to think that its bc Zack is missing from the group.
After all we came to love the squint team as they were, and now that a major character whom we all loved is missing i cant help but to think that that is why something in the show is missing. He was like the little brother of the group.
I really hope they fill that gap up somehow and get back on track.

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Feb 17, 2009 9:14PM EST

I actually found the episode really disappointing as well. When compared to Aliens in a Spaceship, it was really lacking. The whole ghost thing put me off a little too.The whole episode was just a bit ridiculous.
I hope that this is just a glitch in Bone's great run, and that everything will return to its usual quality soon.
Though the hug and the comments between B&B were nice, I'm hoping for a lot more from them than that!!!
I'll keep my fingers crossed for next episode. Bones, don't fail me now!

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Mar 3, 2009 2:21AM EST

you are so right. lol i just can't think of anything else to say but you.are.so.right. lol

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