Homework for “Bones” Season 4 [Guest Post]

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Jamie FreveleJamie Frevele lives in New York where she writes for Huffington Post & Newsday. She became hooked on Bones during a short period of unemployment. She says that she became bored and picked up the Bones DVDs. She watched seasons 1 and 2 nonstop and instantly “fell in love with the uniquely character-driven procedural comedy drama.” She also writes her own blog, http://flummoxology.blogspot.com

It is no secret that I was not the least bit happy with the Season 3 finale of Bones. However, as I said in that article I so blatantly self-promoted just now, I still love the show, and I’m looking forward to a new season in which we can patch things up and do our favorite show some justice after a spotty season. Here’s what I want to see addressed in Season 4:

The biggest of the big f@!#ing deals: Explain what happened to Zack Addy. We were sideswiped by the connection to Gormagon, and even more shocked by hearing he’d killed someone, especially when we all totally saw someone else jumping out of the lobbyist’s closet, apparently leaping towards the lobbyist that Zack confessed to killing. Look, I have a loooooooooong post on my own blog about what I think could have happened before, during and after the finale episode. But unfortunately, I am not on the writing staff. I’m just a fan. (Who happens to be a writer.) But we, the audience, need an explanation for why. And I’ll bet it includes the storyline that should have never been shelved, the Iraq storyline. Fix this.

Bring back the Angelator: Um, where was it this season? Did I miss it completely? It was easily one of the coolest things on the show. And don’t even tell me Gormagon stole that too, because I will throw a fit.

Resolve Hodgela: I know this was all supposed to happen last season, but the strike made it rough. I understand. It screwed up your whole season. But seriously, either get these two married or call off the marriage. Not the relationship necessarily, unless that’s what’s already happened. But have them go back to Angela’s original plan – let them be in love. And at peace.

More focus on the cases: This one is actually negotiable. I’ve been revisiting the older episodes, and I noticed that there was a lot more focus on how the squints solved the cases. It feels as if the shift has been towards the characters, particularly Booth and Bones, but that’s completely understandable for an ever-evolving show. That’s why I’m flexible on this one. It just felt like the early episodes gave about 70% to the crime and 30% to the characters, but now it’s switched in favor of the characters. I love the characters. But you know where you screwed this up? When you failed to focus on the character you were writing off. That said…

No more serial killers, or at least less of them: Gormagon is resolved, at least until the Zacksplanation we are owed, but now you’ve also got the Gravedigger that we haven’t forgotten about. To say nothing of Howard Epps spanning Seasons 1 & 2. This is purely my opinion, but isn’t that a bit excessive? Three serial killers, two of them overlapping?

Ahem – Bones and Booth totally made out, and no one said a word about it: Yeah. Let’s maybe address this. Did they like it? (Um, I think, probably, yes.) Well? What else? While I will argue that it’s wrong to hook them up, I think they should at least talk about why they haven’t thus far. And then, if I’m right, why they won’t, or if everyone else is right, why they will.

Have I mentioned…: That you have got to fix the Zack thing? Seriously. We’re all really pissed about that.

Extra Credit: Make Sweets a killer. Bring back Dr. Goodman (Jonathan Adams). And don’t deny us more Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher), David Barron (Ernie Hudson) and Dr. Wyatt (Stephen Fry).

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  • TT918

    they should’ve made sweets the killer not zach!!! :( then that would hav kept zach on the show, AND brought back gordon gordon! :D

  • sabri

    I must say i agree with some of your arguments.
    Nobody understands why the writers choose Zack to be Gormogons apprentice, we all know that Zack is no capable of killing someone, but i also know that the writer have this constant pressure to make really shocking season finales.
    I also agree about the Booth/Brennan kiss, they should’ve talked about it, just to know if they liked it.
    But i what to give you my opinion on the cases. I think it’s great that the writers are more focused on the characters than on the cases. All the cases are really interesting but i think that what makes this show progress is getting to know better the character and i think thats great and i enjoy it.
    And i don’t think they should’ve made Sweets the killer, because instead we couldn’t enjoy and have fun with all the stuff that comes out during therapy.
    Still i love the show and i not giving it up just because Zack is gone, and i don’t think people should do that just because they are mad at the writers.