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Date Posted: 06:04:03 10/30/06 Mon
Author: Darby
Subject: Is the new "Bones" boss pulling the show into the shark tank? (one side-issue spoiler)

We just caught up with the current season of Bones, but two things seem obvious:

Every scene with the new boss being a boss just saps the life out of the show. Whatever tension they're trying to bring, it's just horrible. Does anyone want to see the micromanager they hate in their own jobs on screen?

The writing is getting particularly spotty - the bad stuff is really really bad. The writers seem to think that Brennan is somehow House, but she is too literal and humorless (and too intelligent) to be as insensitive as they're writing her this year. There was a brain-tumor patient on Grey's Anatomy who had lost his social filter, and he was more adept than she is. That aspect of the character has always been a fine line to walk (especially as they fill in her background, and it turns out she hasn't actually been living under a rock her whole life), but the line is moving toward the horizon.

The procedural stuff has gotten kind of spotty as well. This last episode, they figured out that a person was in a room because they left a "shadow" - they blocked the wall when a fire seared it but were gone before the explosion that followed. But apparently a fire that can sear a wall has no effect on the person in front of the wall...

On the upside, the holdover supporting characters are improving, DB is consistent (even if he does have a bit of an issue playing exasperated), and there are still a few gems in the guest casting.

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