Loosely based on the life and novels of author and forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs, the television series Bones follows forensic anthropologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) as she works along side FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanz) at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, D.C. to identify human remains that are past the point of identification.
The cold and distant Brennan becomes more of a human being as the series goes on, but it’s slow. Along with her gang of “Squints”, Brennan proves time and time again that she has no skills with people. She brash, and painfully honest when loved ones ask what happened to the victims that had once been their family members. Booth becomes to buffer between Brennan and people, slowly teaching her how to interact with people dealing with their situations.
The personality difference between Booth and Bones, since Bones’ relies heavily on the evidence and her literal view of the world while Booth relies on his emotions and gut instinct during the cases.
Viewers learn quickly that Bones is the way she is because of her parents going missing when she was a teenager, and no one had any answers. Bones believed that if someone like her was around, her parents would have possibly been found.
But, she also proves to be a force to be reckoned with. She shows time and time again that she doesn’t need a gun to protect herself, and even has a hit put out on her by the leader of one of the gangs that she and Booth speak to regarding a case.
Although the darker subject matter the show deals with, the characters have healthy sense of humours that offer comedic relief during the more intense scenes. Booth has the best one liners, helping to relief the stress in more than one interrogation room.
Bones has been on television since 2005, and is still in the making for the newest season. The show proves time and time again to keep people on their toes, and even make them laugh when the characters talk about the remains that are so far gone it’s out of the realm of recognition.