An unexpected relapse of last week’s sinus infection had a nice side effect: I suddenly had the time to marathon watch all of season 1 of BONES.
I didn’t expect to like the show for two reasons:
1. I have never been a fan of David Boreanaz in his role as Angel/Angelus on both Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel. (In fact, I’ve never even made it through all of Angel, despite being a devout enough Joss Whedon fan to watch all of Dollhouse.)
2. I don’t like decomposing bodies, skeletons, gruesome murders, or detailed closeups of gooey, bug-ridden flesh. (All of which are abundantly present in almost every episode.)
But, after watching 22 episodes of BONES in the course of one weekend, I’ve become a fan of the show despite these initial objections.
David Boreanaz is great as ex-sniper FBI agent Seeley Booth. Seriously, he has great comedic timing, a wicked smile, and an engaging presence. I have become adept at looking away during the more disgusting visuals — definitely a much-needed survival skill for this show.
But mostly, I love the geekery. I love watching uber-competent people, especially when they’re doing things in a field I have no experience or understanding of. Forensic anthropology definitely falls into that category. The dialogue is fast and witty, and the side characters — Dr. Temperance Brennan’s staff — are fun and three dimensional.
Dr. Brennan, aka “Bones,” is the least realistic character in the bunch, having obtained three doctorate degrees, mastered three different martial arts, written a best-selling novel, been a world-class scuba diver, traveled the world identifying bodies, and who is daily the best forensic anthropologist (and workaholic) in the world. (I’m sure seasons 2+ will add even more skills to her list.) But hey, she’s our hero, right? She’s allowed to be superhuman.
The only bad thing about this weekend’s marathon is that I think I like Castle a little less now. The shows are very similar, but I think Bones handles its secondary characters far better — even FBI agent Booth is a lot more interesting than Detective Beckett. Of course, Castle is still a young show, and I’m looking forward to watching it grow.
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