The follow-up season of Fox’s hit series (based on a book written by an anthropologist) has a few new dynamics working for it. One of which are romantic sparks between its leading couple where season one builds a friendship and nothing more. Fortunately for fans that prefer their television cleaner, the first half of this season is tolerably clean; and then the second half rolls around.
Bones, Season Two (2006) Fox TV Review
Resulting from a car sitting in the middle of the train tracks, a train crashes and kills three others on the passenger train. The body of a man is found in the car suggesting suicide but best-selling author and anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) finds evidence to the contrary. She doesn’t think that the man who authorities tentatively identify as a well-known business entrepreneur is really that man. And he certainly did not commit suicide. Her FBI partner Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) comes under pressure to close the case because of the high-profile death. Intersecting with their case is the arrival of the new head of forensics at the Jeffersonian, and Bones new boss, Dr. Saroyan (Tamera Taylor).
Coincidentally, the woman also happens to have a romantic past with Booth, something Dr. Jack Hodgins (TJ Thyne) quickly picks up on. Throughout the investigation, Bones cannot stand her authoritative way of going about running the Jeffersonian. Bones and the “squint squad” like the way things are done so Bones sees no reason to change. Why mess with a good thing? Zack Addy (Eric Milligan) finally complete the requirements to become a full-fledged anthropologist, but his new title puts his job in jeopardy. Meanwhile the free-spirited Angela (Michaela Conlin) finds her life complicated when she and a co-worker realize there is more between them.
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If anything, Bones has steadily gets better since its debut. There is a strong emphasis on relationships and the meanings behind them, and as it would happen becomes an important subject over the whole scope of season three. Some of the best “Bones memories” happen during these twenty-one episodes. The relationships within this team so entertain. Including civilian Angela, who is such an integral part of the show. I appreciate her friendship with Brennan and the ways she can get through to her unemotional personality (also her calling Brennan “sweetie” is so endearing). We also finally meet Bones father (Ryan O’Neal) and find ourselves struggling with a love-hate relationship in regards to his character.
More amusing and some of the less-serious topics include one character undergoing a makeover; Bones falling for a guy who wants her to run away with him; and two others planning a wedding only to have it interrupted. I loved the finale of season two. It’s whimsical (not a word I would use to describe Bones in general, believe me), yet not a cliffhanger. But there are some hints of unanswered questions as incentive to come back for a brand-new season of crime-solving. From reviews and other’s remarks I do know that later seasons do end with shockers but I like that this show doesn’t end with a host of surprises.
There are some sobering cases and some enlightening ones. “The Girl with the Curl” and “The Stargazer in the Puddle” are both gloomy looks the idea of “love” by a mother. The former is a glimpse inside pageants and the latter is just twisty. Be on the look-out for one of the most emotional episodes yet involving a near death situation. (The one episode that is priceless is “The Woman in the Sand.”) Whatever the episode, the one thing we’re always sure of with this investigative team is creativity. That alone speaks for itself.
You can find Bones, season two digitally on Amazon Video
CONTENT: This is TV14 for some mature content. We also see dozens of bodies in varying forms of decompose. Each victim dies different ways; some are raped, others stabbed, and some are “boiled,” others from a gunshot. Several people are seen in bed together this season. One episode has Booth in bed with his ex, and by the end, he in bed with a different ex-girlfriend. Continuing with a casual attitude about intimacy, we also see Bones about three times in varying states of undress and in bed with her boyfriend; Angela and Hodgins are constantly making out at work [we see them under the covers once]. Sexual remarks are made and there is the standard use of profanity.