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A bit behind the times…

June 6, 2009

One of the things I like to do when most of television is in reruns is play catch up with shows that I missed during the first run.

Right now the show that I’m starting from the beginning is Bones.

Now Bones has many average qualities. The procedural is done to death on network television and although they have a slightly different take to it, Bones is still about the same. In addition, most of the characters are over the top, with their defining qualities taken to the extreme.

However, what the show does well is hit those emotional buttons and that is my Achilles heal. Brennan, the forensic anthropologist turned crime fighter, has experienced tragedy in her life. Her parents went missing when she was a teenager and her abandonment issues, coupled with her experience in the foster system are realistic and empathetic.

Booth, the Mulder to her Scully, is a former army ranger whose loyal devotion to Brennan is one of his most attractive qualities. Add to that the fact that he is played by David Boreanez, who is easy on the eyes, and I was pretty much hooked. Fairly early in the first season they showed how much Booth was willing to put on the line for Brennan. And for me, that is one of the most appealing qualities in a television relationship. So for that reason alone, I will continue to watch this show no matter how stereotypical the rest of it is.

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