Saturday, April 28, 2007
Geeks need love too...
I've been watching Bones since the beginning, and I've really liked how they've developed the characters into their current incarnations. However, I just caught the pilot and a later episode again and was reminded that, unlike most shows these days, this has been a pretty terrific show since the beginning. Emily Deschanel plays a forensic anthropologist who can basically reveal the past and a good deal of the future from a set of bones (hence the name). Her FBI counterpart (i.e. sexual tension partner) is played by David Boreanaz of Angel fame. The murders they investigate run the gamut from crispy critters to floaters with a heck of a lot in between. But the best part about this show is the interaction between the various members of the scientific staff. Boreanaz spends most of his time asking them to translate their nerdy jokes, which, if you're a nerd too, is funny twice. They spend a lot of time explaining the niceties of social interaction to each other (e.g. if you want a jury to believe your science, you can't show up in flannel shirts with shaggy hair), which seems strange at first, but becomes their modus operandi, and where the best lines always come from. My favorite episodes to date are "Aliens in a Spaceship" and the first season finale, "The Woman in Limbo". Oh, and the geek love between two of the supporting characters becomes an awesome counterpoint to the main characters in the second season. Enjoy - you'll never think about what your scars and broken bones might say the same way again.
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