by Rachael Nisenkier
I stopped writing about Bones about two years ago. It had stopped being fun. The show seemed to stop being the kind of show that really benefits from tons of analysis. Instead, it seemed to fall strongly into a procedural crime drama where the characters weren't as engaging, and the plots seemed designed just to create overly cutesy moments that Fox could use in its promos.
Then, at the end of season five, the show decided to try something a little bit risky. After pushing its central relationship, Booth and Brennan, to the breaking point, the show sent them each off to their respective safety places (amusingly, Afghanistan and a third world island). Then, for season six, it brought them both back a year later, allowing a large amount of character development to happen off screen. It also allowed the supporting characters to mature, although maybe not as much as I would have really liked. I was a little wary of this when it happened, but it turned out great. It was a development that allowed
As with every other season, Bones is held afloat (and made to feel like a much better show than it actually is) by the performances and chemistry of Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. At this point, they slip so effortlessly into the depth and adoration of their relationship with all its bumps and bruises that they make you want to continue along with them. And the writers are clearly re-energized by the new story they get to play with. Color me excited for delving back into a procedural that I thought was dead two seasons ago.