A 1950s, Alfred Hitchcock-themed episode? My heart was all aflutter. As a huge history buff for any and everything in life, I was awed by the picturesque sets, the props, the dialogue, the costume design and Hodgins’ hair! Who can forget that hair? I must gush about this 200th episode of Bones.
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Remakes have been done by TV shows before, but there was something fundamentally magical about seeing Booth, Brennan and the gang living in the 1950s. If I had to give accolades to only one actor in this episode, it would be given to David Boreanaz. His performance as a jewel thief was smoothly done and his use of the lingo and the male ‘swag’ of the 50s had me smiling from ear to ear. He reminded me of a modern day Humphrey Bogart who, in whatever role he played, exhumed male magnetism.
Critics might label this episode as a filler veering away from the season’s storyline. But you must be having the worst day on earth if you think this was just some ‘silly filler’. This is one of the most creative, fillers ever—don’t dispute me! If you have no idea about Alfred Hitchcock movies in the 1950s, you would still be charmed by this episode. Even the one or two cheesy lines in the script were endearing. What went wrong with this episode?! I challenge you to find something.
Besides, there was some continuity. The characters may have all shifted around to accommodate the plot but Angela and Hodgin’s still got their screen time chemistry. Daisy and James Aubrey…I um…I’m not really sure about. Let’s stop thinking about that and putting it out there in the universe. And of course, our star couple had to get their screen time. It’s been ten years and the chemistry between them is still quite strong. Pat yourself on the shoulder, casting director.
Apart from the reasons I presented above, this episode should be a fan-favourite because it had nothing to do with the overall plot. Have you confused? Bear the irony for a second. In the Bones universe, there have been fans who have loyally stayed on for the decade. There have also been not-so-loyal fans who have watched a couple episodes per season. There are fans who started watching, stopped and then picked a season to continue watching (*points to self* re-started at season four) and there have been those fans who watched up to a certain season and then stopped altogether.
Bones’ fans come in all types. So, I’m pretty sure when the writers were looking for a way to celebrate all that Bones has accomplished in its 200th episode, they decided to veer from the plot. See how much sense it makes? (If you disagree it’s okay. Democracy and all that…). Why keep up with a plot that only loyal fans will follow when you want every Bones’ fan to enjoy the episode?
This isn’t just any old Bones’ episode. It’s the 200th episode. Also, the quality of an episode doesn’t count much when the TV audience numbers are low. Loyal Bones fans are slowly losing interest. This may be the last season. They had to make it count.
And it totally did. TV Rating: 10/10