Friday, July 3, 2015

Falling Skies 5.1: Still Worthy of Viewing

Falling Skies was back last Sunday for its 5th and final season.  I'm only somewhat sorry that the series will be concluding, since the story itself has been falling in the past few seasons, in addition to the skies.  Still, the alien invasion narrative has some power.

The most interesting feature in this new season is Tom, who comes back to our people imbued with all kinds of impressive powers, including knowing something of the future, and markers to tell which is best course of action to defeat what's left of the enemy on Earth.

Tom also returns with a fighting spirit - a zest to exterminate the bad aliens - also imbued by the masterful, good aliens.  The question remains, as it always does with Tom, is whether these new characteristics change him to the point where he's no longer himself, perhaps no longer human, and whether those changes will be worth the presumed ultimate victory over the bad aliens that the changes will likely bring.

Otherwise, Hal and Ben still both love Margaret, who explains to Hal, after he professes his love for her, that, yes, she does love him, but she also has feelings for Ben that neither she nor Hal can hope to control.   That's, of course, because they both now share an alien spine, which they need to be alive. That being the case, it's hard to see how Hal can prevail.

It was good to see our people do well against the bad aliens in this first new episode, though, which raises the question of how far that success can go.  Even aside from Tom losing something of his humanity as the price to be paid for such success, it's hard to imagine all of our people surviving - and, indeed, an Earth totally free from baneful alien presence.

Which makes this final season of Falling Skies especially worthy of viewing.

See also Falling Skies 4.1: Weak Start ... Falling Skies 4.2: Enemy of my Enemy ... Falling Skies 4.3: Still Falling ... Falling Skies 4.5: Cloudy ...Falling Skies 4.7: Massacre Indeed ... Falling Skies 4.8: Spike ... Falling Skies Espheni: How to Pronounce? ... Falling Skies 4.9: To the Moon, Anne, To the Moon ... Falling Skies 4.10: Lexi ... Falling Skies Season 4 Finale: Self-Sacrifice and Redemption

And see also Falling Skies 3.1-2: It's the Acting ... Falling Skies 3.3: The Smile ... Falling Skies 3.4: Hal vs. Ben ... Falling Skies 3.6: The Masons ...Falling Skies 3.7: The Mole and a Likely Answer ... Falling Skies 3.8: Back Cracked Home ... Falling Skies Season 3 Finale: Dust in Hand

And see also Falling Skies Returns  ... Falling Skies 2.6: Ben's Motives ... Falling Skies Second Season Finale

And see also Falling Skies 1.1-2 ... Falling Skies 1.3 meets Puppet Masters ... Falling Skies 1.4: Drizzle ... Falling Skies 1.5: Ben ... Falling Skies 1.6: Fifth Column ... Falling Skies 1.7: The Fate of Traitors ... Falling Skies 1.8: Weaver's Story ... Falling Skies Concludes First Season

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no moon, no aliens, but other strange stuff

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Monday, June 29, 2015

True Detective 2.2: Pulling a Game of Thrones?

I think the killing of Ned at the end of the first season of Game of Thrones, combined with the fact that its excellent ratings subsequently increased, has forever changed television.  Well, certainly the kind of superb television we've been seeing since The Sopranos on HBO, and soon after on Showtime, AMC, Starz, and now Netflix and Amazon streaming, as well.

But the problem with successful innovation is that you need to out-innovate the original innovation if the successor shows are to be as successful as the original. Which brings me to last night's True Detective 2.2 on HBO.

In the two episodes - including last night's - in which we were introduced to and got to know him, Ray was an interesting, provocative character, with all kinds of narrative potential.  Further, he was played by Colin Farrell.  So ... why kill him?

The usual provisos apply.  Maybe he's not dead.  We didn't see his head blown to bits in front of our eyes.  But those two shotgun blasts sure look that they did more than enough bodily damage to kill him.

But, ok, if Ray survives this, I take back everything I'm going to say, which is based on the assumption that he does not.  Why kill such a character?  Obviously to make a point that nothing is sacred in what television narrative has become, including a great character played by a talented actor killed almost right off the bat, actually not quite off the bat, but after we were beginning to fully go with him as a primary protagonist, which makes this even more striking. I guess this is a good lesson. Certainly it will keep viewers on their toes, and punish any who dozed off before the end of the episode, or missed it entirely, and read what happened to Ray in some online review such as this.

Do I like this new kind of television? I guess so, probably, I'm not sure.  But at this point, rather than passing judgement on it, I'm just noting it here - and saying I'll definitely keep watching, which probably means the ending of last night's episode did its job, though I'm sure I would have kept watching this season of True Detective anyway.

See also Season Two: True Detective: All New

And see also Season One: True Detective: Socrates in Louisiana ... True Detective Season One Finale: Light above Darkness

 
Like philosophic crime fiction?   Try The Plot to Save Socrates ...

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Drop: A Lift

I saw The Drop last night - the Dennis Lehane movie (he wrote the screenplay, based on his short story, "Animal Rescue"), starring James Gandolfini in his final performance and Tom Hardy in what, by my lights, is probably the best performance of his career so far.

The plot is intricate, with lots of sharp, dangerous, fast and slow moving pieces, and it's all brought together beautifully in the end, with a twist that's stunning when it happens but perfectly plausible in retrospect - in other words, precisely the kind of surprise ending you would want.

Tom Hardy delivers of powerful performance as Bob, who seems well over his head in the lethal currents swirling all around him, but has a quiet strength and a heart, which we see applied to Nadia, the complicated love interest, and Rocco, an adorable puppy.  As a police detective remarks, you don't see Bob, even though he's right in front of you.  And Hardy's portrayal is as memorable as it gets, like a low key Pacino, if that makes any sense.

Gandolfini as Bob's cousin Marv was outstanding, making it all the sadder that this is his last performance. As he did in all his renditions of people in one way or another involved in criminal activity, Gandolfini managed to project a no-nonsense toughness combined with an appealing humanity.

All of this is played out against a tableau of a bar owned by the Russian mob, and used a "drop" place for its illegally gotten gains, and a psycho not connected to the mob who is thrown in for good and bad measure.  The pace and the dialogue are reminiscent of Tarantino at his best, and I found The Drop is one of the most appealing movies of this kind to come along in years.


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Monday, June 22, 2015

True Detective: All New

True Detective was back for its second season on HBO with last night, with no connection to the first season, except this second season looks like it could be almost as outstanding.

Colin Farrell plays Ray, a detective in the pocket of an LA hood, Vince Vaughn's Frank, for essentially very personal reasons.  The question, as it always is in these circumstances, is how much in the pocket - and what, if anything, will pull Ray out of it.

Rachel McAdams plays Ani, who at this point appears to be a much truer - i.e., non-crooked - detective than does Ray.   It's good to see a woman in this spot, and a welcome departure from season 1, in which the woman were mostly victims, with an unsympathetic wife and a prostitute thrown in.

Taylor Kitsch - a lot older than he looked in his superb Tim Riggins role in the late lamented Friday Night Lights - is the fourth major star, playing Paul of the California Highway Patrol, with his own host of problems, including a dangerous obsession with his motorcycle.

In short, this really is a brand new tableau, with new characters, pace, as well as story.  There is at least a flashback or two showing how Ray became indebted to Frank, but even that seems much less dominating that the relentless but highly effective flashes backwards and forwards and all through time in the first season.

Look, it's hard to imagine anyone in this season putting in as quietly searing a performance as Matthew McConaughey did in the first season - one of the best ever on television and of his distinguished career - but this second season is off to a good start, and I'm looking forward to more.

See also Season One: True Detective: Socrates in Louisiana ... True Detective Season One Finale: Light above Darkness

 
Like philosophic crime fiction?   Try The Plot to Save Socrates ...

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Poldark Rebooted on PBS

Poldark was back on PBS last night, in a brand new rebooting of the series.  (Hey, rebooting can have a literal, original, nondigital meaning here, since there are lots of boots in the muddy terrain of this narrative.)  My wife and I loved the original two Poldarks back in the 1970s - adopted from the books - right up there with Upstairs, Downstairs and I, Claudius as the best-ever on PBS, to this very day.

What always attracted me to the story was the reverse of what we in America usually see in the aftermath of our successful 1776 revolution.  To England, that war as a humiliation, and those who returned to the isle got no big rounds of applause.

Certainly not Poldark, presumed killed in the war, who returns to find his true love on the verge of marrying his cousin.  Poldark is slow to react - this is a hallmark of the man, who will learn the hard way that he needs to move more quickly on his feelings, and forget about what he thinks may be the right or courteous thing to do.  In that sense, Poldark is parable about Britain casting off its traditional moorings, and, though, they may not like to admit this, becoming more like wild, irreverent America.

The heart of the story is indeed the crumbling caste structure, against which true love struggles to find a way.  There's a tendency whenever you see a remake to compare it - usually unfavorably - to the original.  Robin Ellis was just outstanding as the 1970s television Poldark, as were Angharad Rees as Demelza, full of sauce and soul, and just about everyone in those two series.

It's too soon to tell if Eleanor Tomlinson will be as good as Demelza in the 2015 version, but Aidan Turner seems to have all the right up-right stuff for Poldark, and I'm looking forward to more.

See this more detailed recap and analysis of the new Poldark in The New York Times.


 
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Jurassic World: A New Kind of Weapon

I saw Jurassic World tonight.  As a fan of the earlier Jurassic movies, I was hoping for the best but was ready for less.  Sequels upon sequels are tough going.  The verdict: this Jurassic movie was one of the best.

The twist in the movie - so don't read on if you don't like spoilers - is that the raptors are being trained by a Navy man, Owen.  We soon learn why: the US wants to use them as literally biological weapons.   As the chief military spokesman Hoskins, played by Law & Order's Vincent D'Onofrio says at some point, wouldn't it have been great if we had these raptors on our side at Tora Bora.   In other words, wouldn't  it be great if we could put raptors out in the field against ISIS today? As Hoskins also says, they could be a lot more pinpoint effective than drones.

The sinister military motive, which actually does make at least a little sense,  is a new and significant element in the ongoing story of genetic rescuing of extinct species, the scientific hubris in the original movies.  In those stories, scientific arrogance and commercial greed combined to create tragedy on the island.  But the scientific god-playing is upped in Jurassic World, where we soon learn that a new breed of dinosaur, a genetically engineered mix, is about to be unleashed in the park, to thrill the patrons.   Idominus rex has been bred to terrify but of course not kill humans - but, of course, that's exactly what will happen before too long.

Hoskins has a bright idea - use the raptors, at least partially trained, to take down the indomitable genetically engineered dinosaur.   Unfortunately, one of the secret genomes that went into the design of Indominus was from the raptors, so in another nice twist, the raptors turn on Owen when they go face to face with the new dinosaur.  Later, Owen manages to get them back on his side, and, unless I missed it, there was no clear reason given why - which makes this a little bit of a hole in the story.

But the ending was plausible and worked great in the story and on the screen.  Claire, the female lead, seeing that even the raptors are no match for the vicious, highly intelligent Indominus, lets the Trynnosuarus rex out onto the field, and the surviving raptor and T. rex fight Indominus to a standstill, where in one nice last twist it is dispatched  by the monstrous dinosaur lurking in the nearby water pictured above.

Beautifully photographed, teeming with excellent special effects, and with ample room for a sequel, Jurassic World may just have put the dinosaur and genetic engineering back in business as bigger than life villains on the screen.

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a different kind of prehistoric




Lucy: Calling Keyes and Asimov

I finally got around to seeing Luc Besson's Lucy last night, starring Scarlet Johansson in the title role.   Parts of it were just high-tech, drug-dealing shoot 'em up, on a par with John Wick, which is to say, nothing really special in retrospect.  But parts of it were pretty good high-concept science fiction, in the tradition of Daniel Keyes' "Flowers for Algernon" and  Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question".

In both cases, I'm talking about the short written fiction versions first published in the 1950s.  In "Flowers," a contender for the best science fiction story ever written, in my opinion, we're told the heartbreaking tale of a man with below-average intelligence who receives a medical treatment that makes him a genius.  Why is this heartbreaking?  Because the fix is only temporary, and the genius must witness the beginning of his own intellectual decline, to where he was at at the start.  In "The Last Question," work on a computer over centuries finally gives an answer to the question of if there's a God - it's that very super-perfected computer.

Lucy gets her trigger to genius from a bag of powerful drugs that breaks in her stomach after she's beaten, which in turn happens after she's forced against her will to carry to the drugs (this is the uninspired part of the story).  How the drugs make her so smart is only slightly spelled out - it's based on a hormone that ignites growth in fetuses - but the interesting part of this is that Lucy becomes much more than a genius.  Her astonishing intellect is able to read minds and move matter, for example.

There's no reason at all in our current science that this would or should happen with an enormous increase in our intellect - except, I suppose, if we wanted to postulate a macro-quantum-mechanical mind-over-matter (this is not clearly suggested in the movie) - but it's still fun to see enacted on the screen, and Johansson puts in a good performance as Lucy, as does Morgan Freeman as the sage scientist.   My favorite scene is when our Lucy, already close to God-hood, travels back in time, and touches the original Lucy in prehistoric Africa, to get our whole human race going in the first place. In the immortal words of Desi Arnaz, "Lucy, Lucy, Lucy!"  Or maybe the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" should have been playing in the background.

Hey, I'm sucker for time travel in just about any form, so I'd recommend Lucy for that reason alone, as well as its contribution to the Keyes and Asimov themes.

 
Sierra Waters series, #1, time travel

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Friday, June 19, 2015

I'm Glad Brian Williams Will Be Back on Television

That's right, I'm glad Brian Williams will be back on MSNBC, where he started, rather than being exiled from news reporting and anchoring forever.

I get that he did something wrong in his braggadocio misremembering of several news events of which he was not a part.  But that wasn't as bad, as, say, the racist comments made by Imus on the radio a decade ago, or even Dan Rather's misreporting of the George W. Bush evasion-of-the-draft story, if indeed that was misreporting.  But Brian Williams' exaggerations were not a misreporting of a news story, just of his own direct involvement in it.  And although people who tell us the news should be held to a higher standard of truth-telling than the average person, it's worth noting that exaggerations of personal experiences are as common as saying you loved a popular movie when you slept through it, as in fact at least one famous movie critic was reported as frequently having done.

As for MSNBC, they can use all the help they can get.  Despite their highly intelligent and articulate anchors - especially in the evening - they've been consistently in last place in the Fox, CNN, MSNBC lineup for a while now.  They were outrightly dumb to get rid of Keith Olbermann, the most energetic, iconoclastic person ever on their air.  And the tick-like constant reference to their "Pulse" statistics - to show what their viewers are thinking - is a drag on more than one of their shows.   But whatever its problem, MSNBC will be well-served with Brian Williams and his sage, incisive, sometimes satirical analysis -- especially with the 2016 Presidential campaign already in gear, and William's astute political sense.

Rachel Maddow, the best person on MSNBC and for that matter on any news network, last night took a point of personal privilege and said how happy she was that Brian Williams was returning and being given a second chance.  I couldn't agree more. Now, if MSNBC got back Olbermann, I'd bet at least even money that they'd overtake at least CNN once again,


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tyrant 2.1: The Tyrant's Character

Pleased to see Tyrant 2.1 back on the air on FX last night.   The episode has a well-executed execution twist, predicable in that no series is very likely to kill off its major star, but, on the other hand, that never stopped Game of Thrones.

But putting Barry out in the desert rather than at the end of the noose was a wise move for many reasons.  First, it continues to deepen the character of Jamal.  He manages to resist the advice and pressure of just about everyone around him, other than his mother, and stay true to his inner, deeper soul: he's not going to have his brother's death on his hands, at least not directly.  But how does he know that Barry will survive in the desert sands? Maybe we'll find out that Jamal alerted some nomads or whoever to save Barry.  But even if not, leaving Barry's fate in the hands of the sands is consistent with Jamal's personality.

So is his refusal to resort to chemical weapons, as urged by his ruthless uncle.  Jamal is not just looking to stay in power at any cost.  He wants to say in a power in a way that history at very least won't condemn.  Presumably most of the people around him other than his uncle would want that. And certainly that's what Barry's best advice would have been.

Jamal's at his worst when dealing with his son and daughter-in-law, as he was last season.  But the stakes are much higher now, with his daughter-in-law carrying Jamal's grandchild. It occurs to me that we don't know for a fact that Nusrat's child was fathered by Ahmed, so we may have some provocative story ahead there, too.

One of the things I like best about Tyrant is the way the people in the fictional nation speak about and play off of real events.   Syria was named in a conversation last night, and it will be interesting to see if ISIS rears its head in the story this season, and how the people in power and in the streets of Abbudin deal with that.

See also: Tyrant: Compelling Debut ... Tyrant 1.2: The Brother's Speech and His Wife ... Tyrant 1.3: A New Leaf? ... Tyrant 1.4: Close to the Bone ...Tyrant 1.6: Don't Mess with Jamal ... Tyrant 1.7-8: Coup ... Tyrant 1.9: Tariq ... Tyrant Season 1 Finale: The Truest Tyrant

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Games of Thrones Season 5 Finale: Punishment

Well, we've come to expert the worst on Game of Thrones, in terms of killing off the best characters, and the season 5 finale last night certainly didn't disappoint.   Not only that, but there were two characters slain which were good to see go, and two other characters may well be dead but maybe alive.

And mixed into to all of that was a new kind of terrifying, horrifying scene we haven't seen before on Game of Thrones, Cersei's walk of shame, naked, through an angry, pelting crowd, and a priestess intoning "Shame, Shame" in perfect, blood-chilling sotto-voce syncopation.

On the two deserving deaths, despicable Stannis got just what he deserved - after what he did to his daughter last week - and a re-invigorated Theon did the right thing when he pushed that woman threatening Sansa to her death.  But then what happened to Sansa and Theon when they jumped? There clearly was no river below to save them, so I guess we have to hope that there was some other unseen thing, natural or constructed or supernatural, to cushion their fall.

Jon Snow was everyone's favorite character, including mine.   His execution was certainly well enough motivated, but also unnecessary -- the Night's Watch could've understood Jon's logic in wanting the Wildlings on the good aka human side of the wall.  But, then again, Ned Stark's death was motivated but unnecessary, too, as was Robb's.   How many Starks are left, by the way? Bran we haven't seen at all this season.  Arya may be blind.  And Sansa's literally in mid-air.  And what about the remaining dire-wolves?  We are they when you need  them?  The North may remember but I don't.

Meanwhile, the Lannisters are on their way to decimation, too.  Against all odds, Tyrion is the only one now once again in a good position, and that was probably the most joyful aspect of this season finale.  Joy is hard to come by in Game of Thrones, but I'll be watching it again next season, because I guess I'm something of a glutton for this kind of punishment.

See also Game of Thrones 5.1: Unsetting the Table ... Game of Thrones 5.8: The Power of Frigid Death ... Game of Thrones 5.9: Dragon in Action; Sickening Scene with Stannis

And see also Games of Thrones Season 4 Premiere: Salient Points ... Game of Thrones 4.2: Whodunnit? ... Game of Thrones 4.3: Who Will Save Tyrion ...Game of Thrones 4.4: Glimpse of the Ultimate Battle ... Game of Thrones 4.6: Tyrion on Trial ... Game of Thrones 4.8: Beetles and Battle ...Game of Thrones 4.9: The Fight for Castle Black ... Games of Thrones Season 4 Finale: Woven Threads


And see also Game of Thrones Back in Play for Season 2 ... Game of Thrones 2.2: Cersei vs. Tyrion

And see also A Game of Thrones: My 1996 Review of the First Novel ... Game of Thrones Begins Greatly on HBO ... Game of Thrones 1.2: Prince, Wolf, Bastard, Dwarf ... Games of Thrones 1.3: Genuine Demons ... Game of Thrones 1.4: Broken Things  ... Game of Thrones 1.5: Ned Under Seige ... Game of Thrones 1.6: Molten Ever After ... Games of Thrones 1.7: Swiveling Pieces ... Game of Thrones 1.8: Star Wars of the Realms ... Game of Thrones 1.9: Is Ned Really Dead? ... Game of Thrones 1.10 Meets True Blood

And here's a Spanish article in Semana, the leading news magazine in Colombia, in which I'm quoted about explicit sex on television, including on Game of Thrones.

And see "'Game of Thrones': Why the Buzz is So Big" article in The Christian Science Monitor, 8 April 2014, with my quotes.

Also: CNN article, "How 'Game of Thrones' Is Like America," with quote from me

 

"I was here, in Carthage, three months from now." 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bones Season 10 Finale: Rehearsals for Retirement?

Rehearsals for Retirement is the name of a great Phil Ochs' album - check it out some day, you'll see what I mean.  It could also have been title of tonight's season 10 finale of Bones.

In a nice twist, it turns out that Hodgins and Angela aren't leaving, but Booth and Bones are.  Or, at least, for the summer and likely some unknown period of narrative time on the series, perhaps most or all transpired before it resumes, since Bones is indeed slated to return in the Fall.

The story line of the two leaving does make sense, just as it did for Angela and Hodgins.  I mean, who wouldn't want to get away from dead bodies and  killers of various stripe, especially when you're parents of young children.   But there was always a suspension of this logic on Bones, even before Bones was married, because it's quite a stretch for a dyed-in-wool forensic anthropologist to actually get so hands-on involved in often literally bone-crushing murder cases.  She, after all, was not a coroner.  And yet she did, and it worked, beautifully.

And it still does. Which raises the question of why we may be seeing the rev up for its ultimate wind-down next season.   This is one of the intrinsic problems of all narratives.  Authors get tired and want to go do other things; same for producers; and networks don't like seeing the most minute decline in the ratings.  Never mind if the story still has juice and life.  In the end, the sad story is that all the stories we read and see on screens are not our stories - they are the creators', who have the ultimate power over the story's life and death.

I'm happy that Bones will be back next year.  It still, after all of these years, provides a unique story with unusual and memorable characters.   If I had a vote, it would never end.  But, hey, I'm just a fan, and if I want that kind of control the only chance I have of finding it is in my own writing.   So, I'll just be glad, for now, that we'll see our crew at work again in the Fall.

See also Bones 10.1: The Fulcrum Changes ... Bones 10.2: J. Edgar and the DNA Confession ... Bones 10.3: Meets Rush and a Dominatrix ... Bones 10.4: Brennan and Angela on a Bench in the Playground ... Bones 10.5: Two Jokes and Three Times ... Bones 10.6: A Thousand Cuts ... Bones 10.7: The A-Word and Quarks ... Bones 10.8: Daisy's Doula ... Bones 10.9: The Milgram Experiment and the Birds ... Bones 200: 10.10: Just like Bogey and Bacall ... Bones 10.11: Life after Death, and Sweets in Wonderland ...Bones 10.12: The Digital Revolution ... Bones 10.13: The Almost-Serial Killer ...Bones 10.14: meets La Parure ... Bones 10.15: Cards in Hand ...Bones 10.16: Hodgins' Money ... Bones 10.17-18: Bullies and Capital Punishment ... Bones 10.19: Do You Buy Booth's Gambling Addiction? ...Bones 10.20: Intimations of a New Jeffersonian ... Bones 10.21: Ten Years Isn't Enough

And see also Bones 9.1: The Sweet Misery of Love ... Bones 9.2: Bobcat, Identity Theft, and Sweets ... Bones 9.3 and NCIS 11.2: Sweets and Ziva ... Bones 9.4: Metaphysics of Death in a Television Series ... Bones 9.5: Val and Deep Blue ... Bones 9.6: The Wedding ... Bones 9.7: Watch Out, Buenos Aires ...Bones 9.8: The Bug in the Neck ... Bones 9.9: Friday Night Bones in the Courtroom ... Bones 9.10: Horse Pucky ... Bones 9.11: Angels in Equations ... Bones 9.12: Fingernails ... Bones 9.13: Meets Nashville, and Wendell ... Bones 9.14: "You Cannot Drink Your Glass Away" ... Bones 9.15: Hodgins' Brother and the Ripped Off Toe ... Bones 9.16: Lampreys, Professors, and Insurance Companies ... Bones 9.17: Spartacus in the Kitchen ... Bones 9.18: Meets Day of the Triffids ... Bones 9.19: The Cornucopic Urn ... Bones 9.20: Above the Law ... Bones 9.21: Freezing and Thawing ... Bones 9.22: Promotion ... Bones 9.23: The New Intern ... Bones Season 9 Finale: Upping the Ante

And see also Bones 8.1: Walk Like an Egyptian ... Bones 8.2 of Contention ... Bones 8.3: Not Rotting Behind a Desk  ... Bones 8.4: Slashing Tiger and Donald Trump ... Bones 8.5: Applesauce on Election Eve ... Bones 8.6: Election Day ... Bones 8.7: Dollops in the Sky with Diamonds ...Bones 8.8: The Talking Remains ... Bones 8.9: I Am A Camera ... Bones 8.10-11: Double Bones ...Bones 8.12: Face of Enigmatic Evil ... Bones 8.13: Two for the Price of One ... Bones 8.14: Real Life ... Bones 8.15: The Magic Bullet and the Be-Spontaneous Paradox ... Bones 8.16: Bitter-Sweet Sweets and Honest Finn ... Bones 8.17: "Not Time Share, Time Travel" ... Bones 8.18: Couples ... Bones 8.19: The Head in the Toilet ... Bones 8.20: On Camera ... Bones 8.21: Christine, Hot Sauce, and the Judge ... Bones 8.22: Musical-Chair Parents ... Bones 8.23: The Bluff ... Bones Season 8 Finale: Can't Buy the Last Few Minutes

And see also Bones 7.1: Almost Home Sweet Home ... Bones 7.2: The New Kid and the Fluke ...Bones 7.3: Lance Bond and Prince Charmington ... Bones 7.4: The Tush on the Xerox ... Bones 7.5: Sexy Vehicle ... Bones 7.6: The Reassembler ... Bones 7.7: Baby! ... Bones 7.8: Parents ...Bones 7.9: Tabitha's Salon ... Bones 7.10: Mobile ... Bones 7.11: Truffles and Max ... Bones 7.12: The Corpse is Hanson ... Bones Season 7 Finale: Suspect Bones

And see also Bones 6.1: The Linchpin ... Bones 6.2: Hannah and her Prospects ... Bones 6.3 at the Jersey Shore, Yo, and Plymouth Rock ... Bones 6.4 Sans Hannah ... Bones 6.5: Shot and Pretty ... Bones 6.6: Accidental Relations ... Bones 6.7:  Newman and "Death by Chocolate" ...Bones 6.8: Melted Bones ... Bones 6.9: Adelbert Ames, Jr. ... Bones 6.10: Reflections ... Bones 6.11: The End and the Beginning of a Mystery ... Bones 6.12 Meets Big Love ... Bones 6.13: The Marrying Kind ... Bones 6.14: Bones' Acting Ability ... Bones 6.15: "Lunch for the Palin Family" ...Bones 6.16: Stuck in an Elevator, Stuck in Times ... Bones 6.17: The 8th Pair of Feet ... Bones 6.18: The Wile E. Chupacabra ... Bones 6.19 Test Runs The Finder ... Bones 6.20: This Very Statement is a Lie ... Bones 6.21: Sensitive Bones ... Bones 6.22: Phoenix Love ... Bones Season 6 Finale: Beautiful

And see also Bones: Hilarity and Crime and Bones is Back For Season 5: What Is Love? and 5.2: Anonymous Donors and Pipes and 5.3: Bones in Amish Country and 5.4: Bones Meets Peyton Place and Desperate Housewives and Ancient Bones 5.5 and Bones 5.6: A Chicken in Every Viewer's Pot and Psychological Bones 5.7 and Bones 5.8: Booth's "Pops" and Bones 5.9 Meets Avatar and Videogamers ... Bad Santa, Heart-Warming Bones 5.10 ... Bones 5.11: Of UFOs, Bloggers, and Triangles ... Bones 5.12: A Famous Skeleton and Angela's Baby ... Love with Teeth on Bones 5.13 ... Faith vs. Science vs. Psychology in Bones 5.14 ... Page 187 in Bones 5.15 ...Bones 100: Two Deep Kisses and One Wild Relationship ... Bones 5.17: The Deadly Stars ...Bones Under Water in 5.18 ... Bones 5.19: Ergo Together ...  Bones 5.20: Ergo Together ... Bones 5.21: The Rarity of Happy Endings ... Bones Season 5 Finale: Eye and Evolution

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