Wednesday, April 30, 2008

How it all began

It's always my hope that with this blog I can recruit new viewers to this great show. With that in mind I thought I'd give some background and summary info for the newbies amongst us.

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So the premise of the show is this: Dr. Temperance Brennan (played by Emily Deschanel, Glory Road) is top tier in a select field. She's a forensic anthropologist working for the Jeffersonian Institute. She travels the world assisting in cases and forensic IDs where her expertise is needed and, for at least one previous case, she has assisted the FBI in cooperation with Special Agent Seeley Booth. Apparently, it was not a good experience. If that wouldn't keep a normal human busy enough, she also writes novels on the side.

Special Agent Seeley Booth (played by David Boreanaz, Angel & the upcoming Our Lady of Victory) is a former Sniper-trained Army Ranger who has also traveled the world on assignment, but of the more covert kind. He's a man of action and is condescending toward the lab rat 'squints', including Dr. Brennan, and their lack of 'real world' knowledge.

On the surface you would assume that you're getting a show about a Dr. and a bunch of criminal cases. But that description does not do the show justice. What you really get with Bones is a show with many layers. You have the interesting criminal cases, you have a great cast of various lab characters and you have this wonderful partnership between a clinical, scientific, logical Dr. and a physical, emotional, action-oriented FBI agent. They take both show and gender stereotypes and either flip them completely or show them to you in a totally different way.

Dr. Temperance Brennan - played by Emily Deschanel
Special Agent Seeley Booth - played by David Boreanaz
Zack Addy - played by Eric Millegan
Dr. Jack Hodgins - played by T.J. Thyne
Ms. Angela Montenegro - played by Michela Conlin
Season 2 and beyond - Dr. Saroyan
Season 1 only - Dr. Goodman

The show is based on the Dr. Temperance Brennan novels, by Kathy Reichs. The plot comes from a mix of the books, Kathy's life, and Hart Hanson's twisted brain.

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I'll review the 'Pilot' soon. It's hard to say much more about how it began without Pilot details and I'm not ready to tackle that fully yet.


CupcakeBean said...

I just love your insightful episode reviews. Keep 'em coming! Also, may I suggest a seperate blog on the evolution of Booth and Brennan's relationship? I have been playing with this idea myself for a while, but I find that I like reading how other people analyze the relationship better. I would love to hear your ideas on this topic (which you basically cover in each episode review anyway). Thanks! :)

bugsie80 said...

I have recently discovered your blog, and I very much enjoy coming here! It's rare to find intelligent conversation, keen insights, and valuable information. Not to mention bloggers with the ability to properly use punctuation and capitalization!

I started watching the show with random episodes throughout the first two seasons...then got sucked in at the episode where Booth was shot. I recently purchased Seasons 1 & 2, and am watching them for the 3rd time, in anticipation of the beginning of Season 4 very soon.

Thanks for such a well-rounded, intelligent blog!!

Wendy said...

Hey bugsie! Welcome to OWB =) And thank you for the fantastic compliments.

gabriel said...

Just like CupcakeBean suggested, I would also love to read a blog on the evolution of the BB relationship, and I believe there are thousands of fans who would too. I have recently started to watch Bones from the beginning again just to look out for interaction between the two to see how it developed so far and I realised that it would be so good to collect these magic moments and great quotes and see them in order. Couldn't you just create a space for this on this site and ask fans to gather the stuff for you? I am so enthusiastic about this that I tried to do it on my own with season 2 now, but it's way too much for one person and more eyes can catch more nuances. It would be a great thing if your blog readers could put together a project like this. Hm? Please...

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