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ALL STILL ON FINE FORM
on 19 December 2014
Season 8 shows no signs of flagging, the awesomely gifted laboratory team continuing to help solve murders no matter how squelchy the victims' remains. Whatever the state of the skull, Angela will reconstruct the face, husband Hodgins deducing much from any creatures wriggling inside. Quirky interns ("squinterns") offer much expertise, delightful Cam ensuring all runs smoothly.
Central as ever is Temperance Brennan - work obsessed, unswervingly rational, no people skills and hilariously humourless. (When Booth suggests Paris for a vacation, she is delighted - a chance to check out the sewers.)
Despite all the gore and certain issues most serious, the series is often very funny indeed. This perfect blend is surely the secret of its success (along with superb scripts and a fine cast). As ever Brennan and Agent Booth make a great team, the domestic interludes with daughter Christine a delightful addition. Also an increasing asset is "shrink" Sweet, he often giving valuable insights into a murderer's mind.
24 episodes. Perhaps one or two misfires. (Some may have doubts about Ep.9 where everything is seen from the corpse's point of view.) With particular impact is Ep.6. Squinterns are called in to solve cold cases. Initially they are competing, but one discovery unites all - the outcome very moving indeed.
Genuinely chilling is the ongoing storyline concerning psychopathic killer Christopher Pelant. Brilliantly hacking, altering evidence and spying on all, he is determined to make the team suffer. All are in danger. Are we soon to mourn the loss of one we like so much?
Some may find the music unnecessarily intrusive, but the show's strengths totally overwhelm. Modest bonuses include cast answering questions from fans. (Thankfully the format here is more sedate than the sometimes noisy gushy sessions found in certain other box sets.)
A sobering thought. Despite the eight seasons, Brennan has only dealt with a fraction of the cases investigated by Kathy Reichs, author of the original books. The series may thus have way to go yet.