May 15, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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There was no way BONES could top its season finale from last year, when the show finally addressed its eternal Will They Or Won’t They? about Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) by cleverly disclosing that they already had, and in fact that Brennan was pregnant with Booth’s child. 

Tonight’s 7th season finale, written by Executive Producer Carla Kettner and directed by Boreanaz, took an uncharacteristically somber note for the usually buoyant procedural comedy.  The episode went back to the well with super-brilliant serial killer genius–every procedural needs one–Christopher Palant (Andrew Leeds), who can manipulate any computer anywhere with little more than an alarm clock and a paper clip, and who now framed Brennan for the murder of her old friend.

In truth, Bones is at its best when the murder of the week is a side event to the personal issues of our heroes (aside from Brennan and Booth, they include Tamara Taylor as boss Dr. Saroyan, Michaela Conlin and TJ Thyme as married computer and insect whiz Angela Montenegro and Jack Hodgins, John Francis Daley as shrink Dr. Sweets, and whoever that week’s intern is).  When an episode is all about solving the crime, the show loses its special fizz and starts feeling like an ordinary cop show.  Earnestness isn’t its best color.

The season’s cliffhanger was also somewhat weak, with Brennan on the run from Palant’s implausible frame–there’s not much suspense, since clearly Brennan isn’t going to spend the rest of the series in jail, and presumably the evidence against Palant will be unearthed in the first few episodes next season.

All that being said, Bones is always fun to watch thanks to its crack ensemble cast, and tonight’s episode was no exception.  The series would just have been better off sticking to its unique expertise.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."