Bones Season 9 does not disappoint as it builds on previous story lines and adds more touches of humour than in the last couple of series. Diehard fans will not be disappointed and those few who choose this season as the time to start watching the series may well become hooked.
As before the combination of Seeley Booth’s emotional intelligence and Dr Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan’s scientific brain makes them a formidable pairing. Emily Deschanel is as brilliant as ever as the forensic anthropologist and the chemistry with David Boreanaz doesn’t disappoint. Colleagues Cam, Angela, Hodgins and Sweets are there as always to lend a hand in solving a random mix of murders. The circumstances in which bodies are found are more incredible than ever, including the food scientist whose remains are discovered in cans of stew, the chess master found in pig slop and the swimming coach at the bottom of a well.
This season the Christopher Pelant plot line from season 8 is finally resolved. In episode 4 the team stage a fake murder to draw Pelant out. Following this he walks coolly into the Jeffersonian and confronts Brennan, offering to help her solve a series of murders. She later tracks him to an abandoned power plant, leading to a tense situation which is resolved when Booth arrives. Booth shoots and kills Pelant to save Brennan, who finally accepts his proposal of marriage. This will please those who have been expecting them to get married for several seasons!
Humour has always been integral to the series and balances the serious theme of murder and the bloody remains. If anything the humour is stronger than ever through season 9. In episode 2 ‘The Cheat in the Retreat’ Bones and Brennan go undercover at a marriage retreat as Tony and Roxie, reviving characters from a previous episode and creating the opportunity for some comic moments. In episode 9 ‘The Fury in the Jury’ Brennan is hilarious as she refuses to agree with the rest of the jury and works to gradually bring them around to her way of thinking.
The relationship between the two main characters has its ups and downs in this season, which starts with Booth consulting a priest about their future and finally sees their wedding in episode 6. As expected the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly and the wedding is in jeopardy when the church burns down. Angela comes to the rescue though by arranging a romantic last minute ceremony in the rose garden of the Jeffersonian Institute. They even manage to solve a murder on their honeymoon in Buenos Aires, when they help a local detective who is a fan of Brennan’s novels.
The series ends with the obligatory cliff hanger when Booth is seriously injured in a thrilling Hollywood-style shoot-out at the home he shares with Brennan. In a dramatic twist he is then arrested for killing three FBI agents, leaving us to wonder who is behind this and whether the Jeffersonian team will clear his name ready for season 10.