Fox’s ‘Bones’ heads for TV’s bone yard after 12 season run

Fox TV’s longest running scripted series draws to a close with a spectacular 2-episode finale that marks an end and a beginning for the ‘Jeffersonian’ crew.

Looks like our heroes are headed to a bad place in the upcoming series finale of Fox TV's "Bones." (Screen capture from Fox promo trailer via YouTube)

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 – Fox TV’s popular, unusual and long-running crime procedural drama “Bones” is drawing to an end this coming Tuesday, March 28. Taking a different path detection and analysis, “Bones” covers crime primarily from the angles of forensic anthropology and archaeology, unusual in the realm of forensic science, at least in terms of what’s popular on TV these days.

The explosive conclusion to Part I of “Bones'” two-part series finale. (Screen capture of imagery in Fox TV “Bones” trailer via YouTube)

This past Tuesday evening’s installment marked the first episode in “Bones’” literally explosive two-part finale, which clearly aims to merge tense, crime-solving action sequences with a decent, not-too-mawkish wrap-up of dangling series threads and tangled personal relationships.

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Launched on September 13, 2005, “Bones” was created by Hart Hanson, who based the series’ unique premise on the life and novels penned by Kathy Reich, a forensic anthropologist.

Her chief fictional character, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, who is modeled somewhat on the author’s own life experiences, works in similar scientific terrain in the labs of the Jeffersonian Institute Medico-Legal Lab in Washington, D.C., an entity clearly modeled on similar facilities at the real, D.C.-based Smithsonian Institution.

Also in real-life, the FBI is known to collaborate with the Smithsonian lab on certain cases, mirroring the key set-up in the Fox series, in which the Jeffersonian’s chief FBI contact, Seeley Booth, takes the lead in each tough case, but always needs a big assist from the always skeptical Dr. Brennan when it comes to interpreting the evidence.

Rocky to begin with, the relationship between Booth and Brennan is slow to develop, given their entirely different backgrounds. Booth is not only a former sharpshooter for the U.S. military. He’s also a practicing Catholic.

Brennan, on the other hand, is a religious and scientific skeptic, who, conveniently enough for her field, also has little if any use for or belief in “feelings” and emotions, viewing them as entirely irrelevant to scientific detection if not to life itself.

For these reasons and more, Booth and Brennan have made for the oddest of odd couples on all levels over the past 12 seasons, making “Bones” one of the more intellectually interesting TV series to have aired in the current century.

In addition to the inventive crime solving and the central characters’ relationship issues, each of the series’ regulars and irregulars—currently including Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Eric Millegan and John Boyd—have always done their part to add a “family” feel to “Bones,” something that’s been a key element in other long-lasting series, ranging from “Star Trek” to the original “CSI.”

Tuesday night’s episode, “The Final Chapter: A Day in the Life,” marked the shadowy return of vengeful criminal mastermind Mark Kovac (Gerard Celasco), who was caught and convicted in an earlier episode due largely to the teamwork of the series’ central characters, FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel).

The episode begins with a jagged timeline, à la Quentin Tarantino, which initially spins around the long-awaited wedding of series regulars Camille Saroyan (portrayed by Tamara Taylor) and Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vahdat). As things develop, it turns out that Kovac has escaped from prison, covering his tracks via a clever ruse.

Worse, he is hell-bent for getting revenge on Booth, Brennan, their families and the entire forensic staff of the Jeffersonian, whom he holds as collectively responsible for his conviction and incarceration.

Now that the first episode in this two-parter has aired, we can tell you that by the end of Tuesday’s show, it certainly appears that Kovac’s revenge is complete. Several powerful bombs, hidden by either Kovacs or an unknown associate, spectacularly detonate in the Jeffersonian’s extensive labs with all our heroes trapped inside, at which point: Blackout—“To Be Continued.”

Next Tuesday’s endgame installment, ominously entitled “The Final Chapter: The End in the End,” will likely bring these and other series threads to a proper conclusion. Will our heroes all survive to the end? Alas, we can’t bring ourselves to provide more spoilers here.

And so, “Bones” fans, as they so often used to say in those tacky TV promo trailers, “Don’t miss the next thrilling episode.”

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