"Hero in the Hold": Some previous knowledge required

I have to say that I was a little confused for the majority of this episode. "When was the Grave Digger mentioned?" "When did they get kidnapped?" "What the hell?" all were running through my mind. Twice, I paused the episode to run through Sidereel's catalog of the last season and a half's Bones summaries, wondering if I'd just forgotten something. Several times I wondered to myself if maybe the good folks at Fox hadn't screwed the pooch and aired an episode out of order.


Finally, I read someone else's synopsis of this episode, and was rewarded with some info. Yes, the Grave Digger had been mentioned before... in SEASON 2! Apparantly I missed that episode. Season 2, episode 9, to be exact, "The Aliens in the Spaceship". So I just went and watched that one (great episode, BTW). Okay, much more in perspective now. But... really? A reference to a killer from 2 and a half seasons ago? That's asking a lot of the viewers, people. That's asking us to not only have seen it, but to remember. Yes, you can still get a lot out of the main plot device (Booth's kidnapping) without having seen it, but you miss so much about the underlying drama and who some of the characters are, and from where their motivations stem.


So, Bones producers... 2.5/5 stars simply because you relied too much on an experience from 2.5 freaking season ago! Bones fans...if you've seen and remember S2E9, then great, view the new one. Otherwise, go back and watch it first. Trust me, you'll thank me.

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Feb 6, 2009 4:48AM EST

well yes it's asking alot to remember for americans,but normal people remembered it

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Feb 6, 2009 5:13AM EST

flatliner15:Well, I'm not an American, and I still didn't remember all the details. Way to go, racist.
Anyway, thanks for the tip, bengela! I watched the beginning of "hero in the hold" first, was confused, then went back to sidereel and saw your comment. I watched S2E9 and it made a lot more sense, thanks a lot!

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Feb 6, 2009 12:54PM EST

I didnt think it was a lot to ask for. I remembered every little bit of the first gravedigger episode, and I'm American.
The moment I found out it was the gravedigger again I was extremely excited. I been wondering for the longest if they were ever going to close that case. So I thought it was an excellent episode. Though I'm a bit worried about Booth seeing all these dead people lately lol.

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Feb 6, 2009 11:53PM EST

The serial killer who keeps coming back to haunt one the main characters over several stretched out episodes is a plot device of sorts that's been used before.
Take CSI, for example. In it's very first episode we are introduced to Paul Millander (although we don't find out his identity until a later episode) a serial killer who kills one man at a time- their connection? they all have the same birthday as his late father- each victim's birth year is increasing consecutively. He makes their deaths look like suicide. He returns again in the 8th episode of the first season where his identity is finally revealed. The case became personal for Grissom whose birthday falls on the correct day- and his year is next. Millander gets away though, and the next and last time we see him is well over a year later- the 13th episode of the second season.
The point of all that is that they expected fans to remember the ones that got away and be aware that they will come back (as I definitely was) and that big fans will seen all the episodes (or at least know or have seen the really important ones- which Aliens in a Spaceship was).

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