Welcome back, Bones fans and anti-fans! When we last left our team of Squints and Goons, the writers had decided to uncharitably kill off my favorite character - Vincent Nigel-Murray - and decided to end the will-they-won't-they dynamic between Brennan and Booth by having them sleep together while grief-stricken, which of course involved unprotected sex, which of course resulted in a baby.
The premiere episodes of Bones are always more focused on the drama than on the forensics (see last season's premiere review for an example), so let's jump right in to this seventh season, abbreviated because of the real-life pregnancy of Emily Deschanel...
- Overall, a solid episode. The age/sex estimation is reasonable, the team did good work identifying all the blunt trauma, they reasoned out the type of weapon that would have been used to make the injuries, and they figured out time of death and pertinent information about the victim through entomology.
- I wasn't so happy with the hand-waving about "particulates," which is always a bit lazy of a convention on the part of the writers. Also, why would there have been "particulates" in a perimortem wound on a skeleton that had already been fully defleshed? Did they deflesh it by boiling? Using dermastid beetles?
- I'm surprised that the team couldn't tell from the soft tissue and bone that the murder weapon was serrated. It should leave different marks on both the tissue and bone than a non-serrated blade would.
- The gum in the paintball is a little silly. Why would a murderer leave behind gum with possible DNA and dental indentation in it? This man is a doctor, he's not dumb. And is a partial dental impression really enough to convict a person?
- I kind of liked Brennan's discussion of the matrilocality/matrilineality of the Iroquois. Wonder if it'll come up in a few months when the baby is born? I'm guessing the kid will either be a Booth or will be a hyphenated Brennan-Booth, but it would be pretty cool if she gave it her last name. (Anyone notice that Booth called the baby "him" at one point?)
- Hodgins and Angela brought their baby to the lab, which was lame, but Hodgins at least got to call Michael a "very small bipedal primate from the Hominidae family."
- Also interesting is the way the writers are going all out to talk about pregnancy in a medical, anatomical way. Generally, the overuse of clinical terms for no good reason (e.g., when Brennan talks to Angela, for example) annoys me, but in this case I like that, even though many of the usual pregnancy tropes are present, they're at least given proper terminology. For example, Hodgins mentions that Brennan is producing chorionic gonadotropin. Seriously, in what other show will you hear the words "chorionic gonadotropin"?