Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sepinwall on TV: 'Bones' goes for the funnybone

I hadn't originally planned to write a column on the "Bones" season premiere, but then my actual column for the day wound up running shorter than planned, and my editor asked me for a few hundred words on another topic. Hence, a "Bones" review-let. Not much to read, but we can use this post as a place to talk about tonight's two-hour season premiere, which is a little heavy on the Clark Griswold humor at times but comes together by the end.

7 comments:

Sara Ann said...

Ooo, dead-on analysis of Bones, Alan - mediocre-to-bad mysteries provide structure for far more entertaining character tics. This is one of those shows that frustrates me almost as much as it tickles me, but I keep watching; I even look forward to it. They can't all be Mad Men, but honestly, I wouldn't want them to be.

justine said...

Great analysis.

I agree, it isn't going to win any emmys, but it is one of the few shows which offers a refreshing look at the crime genre while getting into some fun gender politics.

Solid show I look forward to watching every week.

Not sure Fox's 2 hour premiere idea was the best for the show, but London was fun. The show has never looked or sounded better either.

Chris said...

Although I was hesitant about the cross-the-pond premiere, I liked the way it worked. Then we weren't clubbed over the head with the shifted dynamics in the lab. (You know, no Zach.) I liked seeing they'd added the Clark character, because I thought he filled the void nicely. Too bad it looks like he's gone. And Angela and Hodgins, oh how disappointing!

The show is at its best when it's dealing with season-long stories (Bones' parents, Gormagan, etc).

A.H. said...

I'm not watching Bones this season, because I was just too disgusted by the season finale.

No big loss - the first season worked the best for me, and it was all downhill after that.

Matt said...

I've read most of the Reichs books on which the show is based, and interesting how much they've changed it. In the books, as I recall, Brennan is a dark and broody Canadian alcoholic.

Jenn. said...

I'd say that it's reasonably good on the mystery front, and quite good on the interpersonal front. I wish that they were keeping Clark in the lab, but it sounds like maybe they are going to have a rotating group of Zach-wannabes.

mrsb said...

I was pretty P.O.ed about the season finale and Zach being the bad guy, but I really enjoyed the start of this season of Bones. Great laughs, and David Boreanaz delivers on the charm.