Catching up with the Bones-Sleepy Hollow cross-over show that was on around Halloween, about two months ago. One might wonder what the two shows could possibly have in common, given that Bones is about hard forensic science and Sleepy Hollow is ghostly fantasy.
Well, Booth from Bones and Abbie from Sleepy Hollow are both FBI agents - and unorthodox, when need be - so there's that. And, as Booth points out to James, Booth does have an usual first name, Seeley, which gives him something in common with Icabod.
But there was something even more intriguing running through the two hours. The reality of Sleepy Hollow is that Icabod Crane has indeed time traveled from his origins in the American Revolutionary War to our present day. Since time travel, as far as we know, is impossible - see my Tricky Business of Time Travel for more of why I think this is the case - Bones is confronted with an intractable paradox when confronted with irrefutable forensic evidence that Icabod has come from the past.
Drawing on Sherlock Holmes, she correctly says that when you remove everything that's impossible, whatever remains is likely the truth, however highly improbably that might seem. In a crucial scene in the first hour, Bones is left with two highly improbable possibilities: (1) Icabod in 2015 had an ancestor in the 18th century with identical handwriting (something which she rightly says has never been seen before) and time travel (which we all know has so far never been seen, at least in no way that's been reliably recorded).
Since Sleepy Hollow is fantasy in many more ways than just time travel, Icabod's time travel is not so surprising in that universe or series. But the world of Bones has, till now, been our world, including even the possibility of UFOs some seasons ago (unlike time travel, there's nothing paradoxical or explosive of logic in space travel by aliens).
But what about time travel? Will its possible admission into the world of Bones result in its playing a role in some future Bones scenario? Probably not, but good for Bones for even opening that door a little.
See also Bones Back for Season 11: Aubrey and 'Audrey' ... Bones 11.2: Back in Place
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