“Bones” — Season 2

By Jae-Ha Kim
Amazon.com
September 11, 2007

Beginning with the death of a senator and ending with a marriage, the second season of Bones builds on the momentum created during the Fox drama’s debut year. Bones‘ sophomore season (which includes all 21 episodes that originally aired during 2006-2007) centers on the collaborations between FBI special agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), whom Booth has nicknamed “Bones.”

While Booth doesn’t completely believe in Bones’ method, he can’t argue with her success rate at solving crimes.

As for Bones, she is meticulous at what she does and is a borderline genius, but she has issues. Seemingly oblivious to her own good looks, she is all but socially inept. Booth may be blunt, but he’s comfortable dealing with the public. Bones, on the other hand, would rather be sequestered away with the dead, trying to figure out what happened before their uncertain deaths.

Of course, while viewers can see that Bones and Booth would be a perfect couple, the characters aren’t quite there yet. Their friendship becomes a little more complicated this season when it turns out that Bones’ new demanding boss, Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), is a former girlfriend of Booth’s. And the two women aren’t getting along.

Still, everyone is able to work together to solve a series of crimes, such as identifying the remains of an all but unidentifiable teenage boy and dealing with a serial killer who is emulating the crimes depicted in Bones’ latest mystery novel. (Yes, she’s not only a brilliant scientist but also an ace author.)

Like many television dramas where forensic evidence is a driving force in the plots, Bones offers up the gross-out autopsies. But it also serves up a lot of humanity in the way the characters interact with one another.

It is giving nothing away to reveal that Bones and Booth are not the couple getting married in the season finale. But the episode does reveal that beneath their tough exteriors, marriage and all that it implies is something they wouldn’t mind… perhaps even with each other.

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