Last night the one and only Bones had its season premier and I missed it. Ridiculous, right? I know. So I just finished watching it on Hulu and it is so much better than I could have hoped for.
After running a few seasons most shows begin to run out of original material and either close up or completely shake things up and then peter out, it is the rare show that does neither but instead finds new and exciting, yet still logical, plot twists. Last night I was thrilled to see my loves The Office and 30 Rock do the latter and was even pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed an entire episode of Community as well (Betty White? Anthropology? Dear Goodness, that’s good!). It was my worry that Bones was going to go the second direction (that’s the peter out direction.) The melodramatic season finale had me worried that when everyone returned it would be Bones and Booth all over each other like Bonobo apes.
Praise the heavens that this episode did not indicate that being likely. Instead of a Oh-I-Came-Back-For-You-My-Dark-Haired-Bonopo-Sex-Lover episode we got an episode that gave us logical explanations as to why everyone was back, and gave me a whole new appreciation for Caroline. The characters were still the same, in new emotional places but still the same. The setting was still the same, mostly. And the dialog was still as sharp as ever. The episode also introduced the possibility of moving away from pure forensics and right now I think they could pull it off. They could pull it off that is, as long as we still had the Angelator, shots of Brennan staring at bones with that look on her face and “King of the Lab!”
The one thing I was slightly worried about was the title. The entire episode I was going- Where’s the mastodon? Did they just pick a witty title and then not support it? ‘Cause if they did then this does not bode well. I was thoroughly relieved to see that the final moments not only pulled it in but they made the mastodon metaphors fly like hotcakes.
It is wonderful to think that not only is the team back, but they’re hitting the ground running.