This episode of Bones has been a long time coming. Ever since we learned that Brennan was a successful novelist and that her book had been optioned for a movie, an episode that included a set visit was a predictable eventuality. Other shows have covered the surreal reality of movie sets (notably including both Castle and CSI – though their “sci-fi con” episode wasn’t a perfect fit) to great success. “The Suit on the Set,” however, was not able to replicate that success.
I don’t know if I should have expected more out of this episode. Maybe I shouldn’t be expecting more from Bones in general. The case itself was woefully run-of-the-mill, and the B-stories were even worse. Since the show has returned from its hiatus, I’ve found the show as a whole disappointing. From my perspective, Bones has been a better show than it has proven recently; sure I’ve had my problems with the show in the past, but this is different. Oddly, I don’t blame the most logical criticism: Bones and Booth being a “real” couple. The problems I’ve had this season haven’t been with the chemistry between the leads.
Unless, of course, subconsciously, I have been holding on to Bones for the last couple of seasons to finally get to this moment. Now that we’ve finally reached the checkpoint in the series, I’m letting myself clock out. It’s possible, even though it flies in the face of the post I wrote earlier this year about show runners trusting their audiences a little more. I hope to have to have a different reaction with different shows that eventually get to this same point (I’m looking — hypothetically — at you, Castle).
But I don’t think I would have enjoyed Cam’s whole Mother Sucker storyline at any point in the run of the series. It was unnecessary camp. I’m always frustrated when a show focuses on something they’ve done such a poor job selling me on as a viewer, that I describe it as unnecessary immediately following the episode. Why not delve deeper into the idea that Hodgins wants to do something that his son can see and be proud of? Sure he’s a brilliant scientist that solves murders, but they don’t put that on lunch boxes. Every father wants to be cool to their son; that’s a storyline that I have got to imagine could include some very real character moments, but instead was only glanced over.
I get especially frustrated with the idea of “unnecessary” considering that Bones had introduced a “big bad” this season that we’ve not yet gotten back to. I realize that this season is only thirteen episodes long, but I’m disappointed that we won’t be getting back to Christopher Pelant until the season finale.
Am I being too harsh, or did everyone else find this episode more than a little wanting?
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