I have to confess, I dislike serial television. I want my entertainment all wrapped up in a nice neat package: I do not want to happen to me what happened to Firefly fans. Of course Firefly is a favorite show of mine, but I waited to watch it so I could get the whole story at once.
Imagine my surprise when, getting caught up in some re-runs of Bones, I found myself eagerly anticipating this new season. My interest has little to do with the occupations of the characters, and more about the characters themselves. Each time we see a re-run, I identify the relationship changes (That’s the one where they find Angela’s husband!”) and cannot even remember which murder they solved.
The writers of the season premier must have had me in mind. Sure they solved two crimes (one a murder and they got to save another living child), and even though the character stories seemed on the surface to be about drawing the group back together, there were many indications towards this seasons character stories.
Although the Booth/Bones love story has evolved as a central focus, and has now been introduced in the opening as an integral part of the series, other characters have become more substantial to the core. Characters such as Sweets and Daisy, who initially were insignificant, have grown on the affections of the audience until their relationship (engaged or not) is being drawn out for us to observe. More significantly, Hodgens and Angela, whose tumultuous relationship has developed over several seasons, are having a baby. Wait-strike that! They are pregnant, and the fact that Angela wants to keep it a secret from the gang until after the third trimester is , for those who have experience real-life pregnancies, an indicator that there will be problems with the pregnancy in a future show.
Even Bones’ intern is a particular point of interest. After losing our favorite, Zack, to the Garengorm story, we have been introduced to several characters, all of whom were excitingly different, they settled on Wendel, who once dated Angela and is a best friend to Hodgens. In spite of other great possibilities, this is my favorite, not only because of the strange relationship status with Hodgens and Angela, but because now there is an odd relationship with Bones; not only is she his mentor and boss, but now his benefactor as well. I have always enjoyed watching Bones spend her money.
Miss Julia promises a more significant role in this season, based on this premier episode, as the writers and the audience openly discuss the future of the show. Which character holds the show together? At the end of last season, Bones decided to leave and everyone took the opportunity to try new things. If Bones didn’t come back, would there still be a show? The writers, I feel, have addressed this danger by acknowledging the relationship conundrum between Booth and Bones, but giving us focus on other characters as well. It is dangerous to set a show on one individual, but now we have the reassurance that the show can go on without any one character, though we will definitely feel the loss as we did with Zack. Rather it can go on as well, we have yet to determine, but I am quite certain this season will draw the audience even more tightly into this odd little family.