A show that continues to go from strength to strength, Bones
is based around the character of forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (a creation of author Kathy Reichs) and FBI Special Agent Seely Booth, who between them must use forensic science to get to the bottom of some particularly gruesome crimes.
Season four of Bones finds the show in particularly rich form. Brennan and Booth have a variety of different cases to tackle, as you’d expect, backed up with exposition about earlier events and many interesting new developments. It’d be remiss to spoil them here, but Bones, to its credit, manages to be as fresh and as interesting as when it first arrived.
What helps gives the show a distinction is its marriage of genres. At its heart, it’s a hard-nailed crime show, but it effortlessly weaves in comedy, romance and some very impressive twists, with an undercurrent of unpredictability that serves it well. The writers clearly had their thinking caps on for season four, too, and while there are one or two lulls, they’re easily compensated for by some very impressive episodes. The relationship between Brennan and Booth clearly sits at the core of the show, and even that--appreciating that television has taken us down similar roads in the past--is interesting to watch, and well realised.
Bones might, at first glance, be easy to dismiss as just another crime show. But there’s genuinely impressive work going on here, and some very smart writing. If it’s at this level of quality four seasons in, then Bones has a very bright future ahead of it. --Jon Foster
All 25 episodes from the fourth season of the US forensic investigation drama series starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. Episodes are: 'Yanks in the UK', 'The Man in the Outhouse', 'The Finger in the Nest', 'The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond', 'The Crank in the Shaft', 'The He in the She', 'The Skull in the Sculpture', 'The Con Man in the Meth Lab', 'The Passenger in the Oven', 'The Bone That Blew', 'Double Trouble in the Panhandle', 'Fire in the Ice', 'The Hero in the Hold', 'The Princess and the Pear', 'The Bones That Foam', 'The Salt in the Wounds', 'The Doctor in the Den', 'The Science in the Physicist', 'The Cinderella in the Cardboard', 'Mayhem On a Cross', 'The Double Death of the Dearly Departed', 'The Girl in the Mask', 'The Beaver in the Otter', 'The Critic in the Cabernet' and 'The End in the Beginning'.