With a horde of awesome episodes having been given to us over the last two weeks I believe that now is as good a time as any to add my review to the many that share this show's wall.
Firstly this is a very good show, not afraid to be different, quirky and funny in a genre which is normally dreary and intense full of clever little CGI shots seen in the band wagon of CSI shows with perhaps only NCIS sticking out as another exception. Despite this quirky, funny side we are also able to switch neatly to profound and heart felt setiments with both Booth's near death by stalker and last episodes handling of the pimp springing immedeately to mid.
Both Booth and Brenan (who no longer seems so annoyed by the use of the nickname 'Bones' which was the original branding of the show) are well developed ying-yang style characters who compliment each other fantastically in an almost identical Mulder and Scully relationship. Although not particularly orginial (see Standoff, Castle, Chuck or even Doctor Who) it still seems refreshing and has bravely refused to induldge in the wants of every fan of the show for the two of them to get it on. Booth's empathy and charismatic patriotism and feelings of responsibility to Bones and Bones' scientific, stoic and yet faithful admiration in her partner are the stuff great un spoken romances are made of.
But here is where my admiration in the show takes a little of a dent. I admire a show that sticks to a single story episode plot, its what made so many shows amazing before they inevitably get stuck in over arcing stories and character driven moaning. This is a brave move as means the stories themselves have to be compeling enough and the on screen relationships deep enough to bring fans back week after week. Yes Bones did have a few of these over-arcing storylines but with Bone's lack luster emotional response to any issue they were never of real importance to the show. Unfortunately this strength is also its greatest weakness.
I'm sorry to say it but I'm getting bored. Yes every now and then you'll get a couple of Booth/Brennan gold where the will they won't they storyline seems about to reach fever pitch but even this is starting to wear thin. Im sorry to say it but this show needs direction. It needs an over-arcing story line and this time it needs to deliver in a big climactic ending unlike its last 'sith like cereal killer plot' which due to writer strike was finished off poorly. Like so many of the books by Katy Reichs this show fails to reach the potential brimming beneath the surface. Here is the story we need = We need a darker than dark, eviler than evil killer, we need Booth to have a real emotional need to finding the killer and we need Brenan to think the killer is Booths 'new and slightly perfect girlfriend'. Her friends will think she's being jealous (an emotion she's not capable of) Booth will get angry at her and we will once again be on the edge of our seats. 'Cliche!' I hear you call 'Trite!' and I agree I am no writer and they have the potential to do a far better job but I am the audience and aren't shows supposed to deliver to their audiences?....