Is Bones the Same without Zack?

When Zack was revealed as Gormogon’s accomplice in the Season 3 finale of Bones, I was in shock.  I can only imagine what his co-workers and friends felt.

The team with Zach before they discover he's Gormogon's apprentice.

The team with Zach before they discover he's Gormogon's apprentice.

And imagine is exactly what I’ve had to do in Season 4.  Until last night’s “Finger in the Nest” episode, I was wondering if the staff at the Jeffersonian had completely forgotten about Zack.  His name hadn’t even been mentioned in the first two episodes and his situation was only alluded to briefly in Brennan’s speech in the U.K. premiere.

Is this how squints react when one of their own betrays them?  I’ve been expecting anger at the very least and a bit of nostalgia for the Zack they once knew.  At the very least I thought Sweets would be prodding them each to get in touch with their feelings.

I’m not sure that I want to see him have counseling sessions with each staff member (although after last night’s session with Hodgins, it might be quite funny), but maybe at least allude to the fact that he’d chatted with them over the summer.

Instead we’ve had a parade of grad students trying to fill Zack’s shoes.  And none have quite been able to do it.

First, we had Eugene Byrd return as Dr. Clark Edison, who filled in last season when Zack was in Iraq.  But being inundated with the personal details of his coworkers’ lives was too much for this guy who just wanted to focus on his job.

Next up was the Brennan-obsessed Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo) who annoyed the entire staff with her non-stop talking and her desire to kiss up to Bones.  Only Sweets is fond of Daisy admiration and we are led to believe that they went out for a date after she was fired.

This week we met Scott Starret (Michael Badalucco), Brennan’s oldest grad student.  Scott’s immense life experience made him an asset to the case and my favorite fill-in.  But his former life as a car salesman leaves Hodgins with a grudge.

Next week it looks like Bones gets to play Mrs. Robinson with her latest intern Wendell Bray (Michael Terry)

While the parade of grad students has changed up the dynamic in the office a little and added a bit of humor, I’m hoping that it doesn’t continue all season.

Whether they are talking about it or not, there’s something missing from the staff at the Jeffersonian.  It doesn’t help that Hodgins and Angela have broken up (in one of the weirdest dumpings).

But if the crew doesn’t find its inner team soon, I think we are going to start to see it in their work (and possibly on Sweets’ couch).

In fact, will there be a case the team can’t solve without Zack?

Maybe.  Tune in next week to get your Zack fix as Hodgins turns to his former lab partner for help with a case.  Not sure if he really needs Zack’s help or if he just needs to feel that connection with Zack again.

But you have to wonder how if you can trust information you get from a convicted killer?  How is Zack feeling towards the team?  Is he willing to help or is he angry with them?

Even if he isn’t back to stay, I’m still looking forward to next week’s episode and the return of Zack to the fold even if temporary.

What do you think?  Will the team ever be the same without Zack?  Will the show ever be the same?

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11 Responses to Is Bones the Same without Zack?

  1. […] interesting that Sweets advice to Hodgins a few weeks ago was that he was dealing with it with anger and that was okay.  Hodgins was baffled and kept asking […]

  2. Cheryl says:

    I’ve been watching the series since day 1. When you have a cast that has that kind of chemistry, it’s hard to remove someone, and try to re-create it with someone new. The X-files tried it, and even with good characters and great actors, the fans wouldn’t respond. As they discovered with the cast of “Friends”, fans develope a bond with the characters, almost a feeling a friendship. Abrupt departures just don’t set well when it’s a major character. If the writers are smart they will work Zack back into the mix, if they can’t make it permanent, he should be brought into episodes as he was in “Perfect Pieces”, giving fans the hope that he will be coming back and they’ll keep watching to see if he does. The bottom line is that replacing him is not the answer, and jumping from Grad Student to Grad Student may be amusing for a while, but will become annoying if dragged out.

  3. vacelts says:

    Cheryl, I agree that it’s just not the same without Zack. I haven’t heard if they are planning on working him back into any more episodes yet.

  4. Jack says:

    The show is not the same without Zack.And they could do without sweets.

  5. vacelts says:

    Jack, I agree with you on Zack, but Sweets has grown on me. I didn’t like him at first.

  6. Bring back Zach, its not the same without him – the team is missing a vital member, I miss the banter between Zach and Hodgins.

  7. Debbie says:

    Oh I love Sweets, but I miss Zach, too. I think Sweets was a great addition but Zach is still necessary.

  8. Darlene says:

    Bones without Zach is like Oreo’s without milk. Still tasty, but somewhat flat.

  9. jim says:

    BRING BACK ZACK,the show isnt the same with out him

  10. ej says:

    i am a new bones addict and am currently catching up the seasons (spending entire days in bed watching episode after episode!someone save me!)I love sweets, his acting is great and i love the science HIS proffession brings to the show. unless there is a reason they took zach off the show (eric wanted off or something like that) zach needs to come back there’s so much that can be done with his character, i compare this cast to that of Friends and Seinfeld each character is very full, colorful and important to the chemistry of the show.

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