Monday, February 16, 2009

2 New French Articles on Bones

Pascale delivers again! Here are two nearly-new articles about Bones from France. There's nothing spoiler-ish in them. They are mostly just really nice mentions of Bones taking over NCIS's timeslot.

Metro – Friday, January 23, 2009

A family likeness

“Bones” replaces “NCIS”, this evening on M6. Reassuring.

The show created by Hart Hanson is based upon a forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs.

Bones’ third season has a hard task this evening: coming after mammoth “NCIS”, of which M6 has no new episodes for now.

Gibbs’, Di Nozzo’ and Co’s fans will feel quite at home since the two shows have numerous similarities: action-packed investigations, crazy scientist experts, friendly humor and veiled romance.

An endearing cast

For those who would have missed the beginning, “Bones” is about beautiful anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), recruited by FBI to unravel its most complicated investigations, only by analyzing the victims’ remains. On the field, she works with agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz, former star of science-fiction show “Angel”), a nonchalant good-looker. One can’t help thinking that she is secretly in love with him.

In the first of the 3 episodes aired this evening, a group of adolescents drive full speed when a truck throws a human skull on their windshield causing a pile-up. For Brennan, it’s the occasion to test a new intern after Zack’s departure, while her colleagues push her to admit her feelings for Booth. Without shining, this new season combines inventiveness and care for scientist detail with honed sense of humor and endearing characters. A little like “NCIS” as a matter of fact.

Aujourd’hui en France – Friday, January 23, 2009

Once again, “Bones” makes dead body talk

It’s not bulldozer “NCIS”, that stopped last Friday, or “Prison Break” escaped prisoners, but most certainly “Bones”, regularly watched in France by 4 million people [close to 5 million on Feb 7th, ratings for less than 50 years old viewers were about 30-35%], is one of the best shows on M6. In the US, the heroine’s criminal investigations –inspired by forensic anthropologist and writer Kathy Reichs’ real life- did better than the prisoners’ tribulations, for their third season that starts this evening at 20h45 on M6. And pick up in the US half a million new followers each year.

An unexpected team

Rather copied on “CSI” ‘s model and therefore less subject to scriptwriting tail off, “Bones” essentially rest on its pair of investigators. An unexpected team between sour-tempered Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), lab rat close to unpleasant, and cheerful Booth (David Boreanaz), very endearing. Former sniper in the army, now FBI special agent, he uses forensic anthropology to solve investigations that require more than classical procedures, thanks to bones analysis.

Add to this a few secondary characters who have jibe repartee, an impressive (but totally unrealistic) facial reconstruction device and one of American TV’s most imposing set (they recreated Washington DC’s Jeffersonian Institute) [I fear they mixed everything here!!!] and here is a fair show, understandable from any episode on. Even with, in the background, an investigation about a cannibalism case committed by Illuminati secret society followers that will hold our investigators breathless each week.


Christina :-) said...

Oh, I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have Bones OR NCIS. More Bones though. I'm glad I don't live in France.

Anonymous said...

Since when is Dr. B "sour-faced"??? :)

singinglupines said...

I was actually in France this summer when I first became hooked to both NCIS and Bones. They just both have such great character interactions.

mmmthaifood said...

these articles are always cool to see! it's always good to get perspective on how bones is viewed in other countries. thanks for sharing!!!

Shep said...

I've been musing over the last few episodes lately and whilst I love all the character development and I really want to see Booth and Brennan get together, I'm just wondering whether the cases have taken too much of a back seat.

Bones is more character driven than many other forensic shows, which is what makes it so much fun to watch but the character relationships also make the moral and social issues that have surrounded previous cases all the more emotive. I know HH recognises that they have to keep a balance between the procedural and character parts but I'm just wondering if the fans' keeness of getting B&B together will push the show into full-blown soap-opera mode. I might start to feel like Clark Edison - being the only one who cares about the work!

What are everyone else's thoughts on this?

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