Friday, December 19, 2008

Bones as Precursuor to Heroes

I just saw "The Superhero in the Alley," the superb Episode 12 of Season 1 of Bones, which I'm at last getting around the seeing via Netflix. The episode was aired on Fox on February 8, 2006, and contains some very evocative elements ...

1. Bones and Booth solve the crime with the help of a comic book, written by the victim.

2. The victim, physically ill, writes in the comic book of a super hero - the victim, except in the comic book he is a super hero.

3. Lots of the action takes place in the Karma Comic Book Store, on the top of floor of which are a group of role-playing heroes and villains.

4. We see a stylized version of the ending in a new or completed issue of the comic book.

Now both this episode of Bones, and Heroes, which debuted in September 2006, owe a lot to the X-Men and similar stories in comic books and movies. And Heroes, of course, is a vastly different story than "The Superhero in the Alley".

But I think "The Superhero in the Alley" on Bones should be recognized as an important television precursor of Heroes.

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