Last season may have worked really hard to bond every single one of the characters together in what passed as more realistic and endearing relationships between people whose casual attitudes about very important and serious matters are often not without rebuke. This season tears down all of those walls. Countless pieces of Bones (no pun intended!) are stronger but there are certain times when the season could have benefited from more discretion – something this particular show seems a stranger to.
Bones, Season Three (2007) Fox TV Show Review
Ever since her co-worker left to go work in Iraq, Bones (Emily Deschanel) tries to find a replacement for her irreplaceable former student Zack. Still adjusting to the authority of Cam’s superiority and the arrest (by Booth!) of her father (Ryan O’ Neal), Bones doesn’t want anything to do with the FBI just now. This extends to her partner Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). She hides behind the Jeffersonian but really there is more behind her reluctance.
Upon the sudden and unexpected return of Zack (Eric Milligan), as she promises, Bones heads back out in the field. Together with Booth, the two set to work solving a case that may involve cannibalism. But something is still “off” in their relationship. This is why the FBI threatens to take their partnership unless they pair agrees to see a physiologist. Little does Dr. Sweets (John Francis Daley) know what he’s in for with these two bickering partners.
Brennan’s best friend Angela (Michaela Conlin) assumes the strain between her friend and Booth is personal. Meddling in her best friends’ love life soon becomes the least of Angela’s worries when she must track down her ex-husband so that she and Jack (TJ Thyne) can finally marry.
In case you might not pick up on it or read it somewhere else, the obvious theme this time around is “couple’s counseling.” Our favorite crime-fighting duo must got to the good doctors office. Though he clears them, their obvious “issues” prevent Dr. Sweets from signing off the pair completely. A semi-regular character here, Sweets becomes a full-fledged regular in season four, and it isn’t long before we like him equally as well as the rest of the cast. He blends in well with the entire crew and has his own quirks and back-story to tell. Everyone remains their usual self (Booth’s crazy socks, or Hodgins conspiracy theorist) and it’s always fun, no matter what.
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Before all is said and done, Booth and Bones come to a crossroads. But things do continue on in the same manner before the episode ends. I regret to share that the finale will break loyal fan’s heart. I “knew” how the episode would play out before I even “knew” (does that even make sense??) because of subtle remarks and a shift in the cast list. It’s an ending that isn’t exactly easy to come to terms with but we do get past it easily because of the banter and case load that keeps pace in the following premiere.
Despite its changes and shifting emotions, I still thoroughly enjoy these installments. It’s entertaining and builds a lot of character relations even in its conflict. (Case in point: “The Verdict in the Story” shows Angela’s beautiful loyalty and friendship.) So… do I recommend season three? Definitely! It’s a definite must-see for any and all fans of Bones and Booth’s witty one-liners plus one episode puts Bones in charge of an infant (those who have been with the show from day one know how ironic this is) and the Christmas episode is priceless. Mistletoe has a whole new meaning after this one.
You can find Bones, season three digitally on Amazon Video
Content: the show is TV14 for dozens of sexual connotations [they number too many to count] and implications of extra-marital affairs. Bodies are still disgusting and in varying states of decay; each of the victims die differently, some tragic deaths, others violent. One interlocking case involves cannibalism. There is conversation about sexual activity prior to death although “Player Under Pressure” is perhaps the worst of all. Profanity is in the show [sh*t, da*n] but tends to be mild in comparison.