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.

How to be Cocky Like Booth

I had to wade into this 'get your own Booth Cocky belt buckle' discussion that's cropped up around the Bones fandom in the last few days. A few days ago on 206 Bones I saw a link for an ebay auction of a Cocky belt buckle. It has the same image as Booth's belt buckle, but it's surrounded by black instead of the silver he wears on the show. Now SearchingBones has the same thing up.


I'm not the only person to point this out, but I wanted to have it here for anyone interested: You don't have to rush out to bid on a sorta-like-Booth's belt buckle. You can get the belt buckle, surrounded in the pewter/silver border, for a set price. And, on another site, for the ladies, there's even a Cocky ring.

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