Heroes Returns with Double Feature Season 3 Premiere

September 23, 2008

Tonight Heroes returned with a two-hour premiere – “The Second Coming” and “The Butterfly Effect” – opening Volume 3:  Villains with a literal barrage of plot twists.

Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet and Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli.  Courtesy Adam Taylor/NBC

Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet and Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli. Courtesy Adam Taylor/NBC

I know that NBC is trying to gain back some of the momentum the series had in the first season, but sometimes less is more.  I think that they threw a little too much at us to even start to digest.

After the disjointed Volume 2, I was left with a whole series of questions about the plot and one major question of whether the show was still worthy of my play list.

After tonight, I have even more questions and I’m still not sure if Heroes has recaptured the magic from Volume 1.

Let’s start with what tonight’s episode answered.

A future Peter shot his own brother during Nathan’s press conference in Odessa where Nathan planned to expose his powers. 

Apparently four years in the future, Peter – who has the ability to teleport – feels the need to run before traveling back in time, but not before he has a run-in with a dark-haired future Claire.  It seems not all is well for our heroes in the future with the masses knowing about their powers.

But once in the present, future Peter finds out that changing history isn’t as easy as it sounds.  While he might have prevented Nathan from revealing their secret, he did not actually kill his brother.

A miraculously recovered Nathan believes that he was “touched by God” while at the same time believing that he was healed by Linderman – a Linderman who we believe is dead and apparently only Nathan can see.

This tidbit then begs the question – who healed Nathan?  Is Linderman alive and invisible?  Is he a figment of Nathan’s imagination?  Or is someone cloaking themself to appear as Linderman while not being seeing by others?

Either way, the revived Nathan gets noticed by New York’s Governor (Bruce Boxleitner) and his staffer/lover Tracie Strauss – formerly known as Niki Saunders to viewers (and Nathan) – and is tapped to fill a senate seat.

It seems that Niki survived the fire in New Orleans, but has assumed another alter ego.  This one has the power to freeze nasty little reporters that might expose skeletons in the closet.  Poor William Katt.  What an end for the Greatest American Hero!

Meanwhile, future Peter sends Matt to an African desert when Matt discovers he’s not the present Peter.  While in Africa, Matt meets Usutu (N’Tare Mwine) who tells him he must go on a spirit walk.  Why doesn’t Matt just read his mind to get the answers he wants?

Nevertheless we learn the Usutu paints the future – I’m assuming he meant literally, but I guess it could me figuratively too.  It’s easy to guess that the rock painting that Matt saw in the desert is Usutu’s work, but what about the painting Mohinder saw?  How did Usutu get to New York?

Heroes - Season 3 - "The Second Coming" - Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh.  Courtesy Adam Taylor/NBC

Heroes - Season 3 - "The Second Coming" - Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh. Courtesy Adam Taylor/NBC

Speaking of Mohinder, he’s been busy playing mad scientist after sending Molly somewhere to be safe.  He uses Maya’s adrenaline to develop a serum that will give anyone injected with it special powers.  Maya, however, is still left without an antidote for her deadly power.

Mohinder – apparently coming up short in the common sense department – decides to inject himself resulting in heighted senses including super strength and super lust for Maya.  But no good deed goes unpunished and Mohinder starts to lose his skin. 

In another act of stupidity disguised vaguely as wisdom, future Peter tells Claire not to rush to the injured Nathan’s side, leaving her to continue hiding in Santa Cruz, CA where Sylar easily finds her.

After a chase scene right out of a teen horror flick, Sylar finally takes Claire’s power.  But he doesn’t kill her.  Instead he leaves her with a gift – he takes away the pain.  He also tells her she’s special and that neither of them can ever die.  But we know differently – if the brain stem is severed (like it was to Peter is Volume 1), death can happen.

With his new found power, Sylar heads to Section 5 where the biggest and baddest villains The Company has captured are imprisoned.  The same place where future Peter imprisons present Peter (anyone confused yet?) is the body of a prisoner named Jesse (Francis Capra).

Sylar starts off by killing Bob and acquiring his power to turn medal to gold, but Elle short circuits the rest of his plans.  While she’s able to capture Sylar, her power surge inadvertently released the rest of the prisoners which included HRG, Jesse, Knox (Jamie Hector) who absorbs fear and uses it as a weapon, Flint (Blake Shields) the flame thrower and The German (Ken Lally).

But never fear, there’s someone to step up and fill Bob’s shoes – Angela Petrelli, who promptly fires Elle.  Angela confirms that her power is premonitions – that’s how she knew who future Peter was. 

She also had a premonition in which Matt, Hiro, Peter, Claire and others are left dead while the likes of Adam, Tracey, a black guy I didn’t recognized and what looked like Governor Malden face off against Angela and Sylar.

Seems Angela has taken a liking to Sylar.  He’s her new project – and judging from the previews for next week, HRG’s new partner.  But the big reveal is when Angela tells Sylar that she is his mother. 

Is she speaking literally or figuratively?  Just how many people has Angela slept with?  There’s Peter and Nathan’s dad, Kaito, and apparently Sylar’s dad (whose identity remains a mystery).  There is even speculation that she’s Matt’s mama too – but I have no proof to back that one up.  This woman really gets around.

Lastly, we have Hiro and Ando who find out that Kaito left Hiro in charge of half of a dangerous formula whose only cure is the purity of blood.  Hiro immediately loses his half of the formula to speedster Daphne (Brea Grant).

In the quest to find her and retrieve the formula, Hiro travels to the future where he sees a super charged Ando kill him.  Of course, now Hiro treats Ando differently and that is going to be the exact reason Ando turns on Hiro in the future.

More interesting, I’d rather know who Daphne is working for?  And who has the other half of the formula – at least until Daphne steals it.

Micah, Monica and Molly are all missing this episode.  Jessalyn Gilsig reprises her role as Meredith Gordon, Claire’s biological mom.

I felt like I was running through this entire episode trying to keep up.  Didn’t the creators learn anything from last season?  I can only hope that the show finds its groove soon and settles in.

What did you think was the most interesting twist?  What was the biggest surprise of the night?

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House finds out “Dying Changes Everything”

September 17, 2008

It’s been two months since House (Hugh Laurie) was unable to save Amber, Wilson’s girlfriend who was fatally wounded in a bus accident after bailing a drunken House out of a bar in last season’s finale.

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HOUSE: The team (L-R: Olivia Wilde, Peter Jacobson, Omar Epps and Kal Penn) discusses the case of a young woman who has a strange hallucination during a business meeting in the HOUSE season premiere episode

In “Dying Changes Everything,” the fifth season premiere, we find House is still up to his old tricks.  This time he’s playing video games – which he stole from the pediatric ward – in a coma patient’s room and using the coma patient’s hand as a cup holder.

But are things really the same for House?

We quickly find out he hasn’t seen Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) for the last two months and he jumps at a new case just to avoid seeing Wilson now that he’s returned from his sabbatical.

Enter patient of the week – an assistant to a high-powered feminist (Jamie Rose) who hallucinates being covered in bugs and rips off her own clothes in front of a room full of male clients.  I don’t think we ever learn her name which might be symbolic of how she thinks of herself as significant (according to imdb.com, the patient’s name is Lou).

The patient (Christine Woods) thinks she’s just run down.  House blames it on her being a feminist (Jamie Rose).  But additional symptoms appear – rectal bleeding, an atopic pregnancy, eye blinking, fever and bruises.  And the diagnosis game begins. 

In the meantime House spills the beans about 13’s (Olivia Wilde) Huntington’s before he finally goes to see Wilson who has decided to resign.  House reacts as only House can by badgering Wilson to stay.

When that doesn’t work, House tries to recruit help.  First he attempts to sucker in Cameron (Jennifer Morrison).  She tells him to let Wilson grieve.  He responds with “Grief is like Newark.  It’s there you can’t avoid it.”

Then he hits up Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) to talk to Wilson.  She tells House to apologize to Wilson only to wonder if House really feels any guilt over Amber’s death.  We later learn that House is just unwilling to acknowledge his own guilt.

When all else fails, House resorts to blackmail.  He refuses to help the patient until Wilson agrees not to resign.  He leaves Wilson his phone and goes home.

Cuddy orders House back to the hospital.  When he refuses, she hits him where it hurts and turns off his cable.  She tries “couple counseling” with House and Wilson, but House’s team is still left to muddle through a diagnosis sans House.

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HOUSE: Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard, R) returns from his leave after Amber

But at the last minute House saves the day with a correct diagnosis.  It turns out the patient had a type of leprosy which makes her look younger (what a side effect!).  And House finally gives Wilson a sincere apology.

But Wilson still resigns and reveals the real reason – House spreads misery and Wilson’s had enough.

Who knew Wilson had a backbone?  And that’s the first time I can remember House apologizing and meaning it.  And it didn’t get him the results he wanted so I guess we’ll never see him do that again.

But the bigger issue is what will House do without his Wilson?

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‘Hole in the Wall’ Leaving a Hole in My Head

September 12, 2008

I’m not a big fan of prime time game shows.  In fact, I don’t currently (nor have I in a very long time) have any in my must see TV programs list.

Fox is cashing in on this Japanese game show.

Fox is cashing in on this Japanese game show.

But that said, it doesn’t mean that I’m not a fan of games shows in general.  I’ve already talked about my love for Bob Barker’s The Price is Right.  I don’t mind taking in reruns of Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune or even Family Feud once in a while.  I just don’t feel the need to see them during prime time.

Recently, I caught some episodes of a new game show called Hole in the Wall.  I’m not sure how I saw episodes of this show before it premiered Thursday, but I did – at least three times.  Once someone else had it on the television already, another time my husband found it flipping through channels and Tuesday it came on after Fringe

Normally, I might glance for a few minutes at one of these types of shows and move on, but not with this show.   All three times I got sucked in and watch a half hour.

Holes are in patterns for one, two or three team members.

Holes are in patterns for one, two or three team members.

Here’s the premise:  Teams of three must contort their bodies to match the shape of the hole in the wall so that when the wall moves at them they can pass through it instead of being pushed into the water.  It’s based on a Japanese game show.

This concept is by no means brain surgery.  But, in fact, it’s harder than it sounds and maybe that’s what sucked me in.

But at the same time I’m a bit ashamed that I’d waste my time with this level of crap at all.  It’s not like I don’t watch enough TV as is.

It’s not that the show is too easy. I can’t say that it doesn’t require skill.  But it’s more like who cares that you have the ability to shape your body like a hole in the wall.

My husband and I spent the last episode wondering what would make someone consider even competing on the show.  The money isn’t all the great (unless you beat the blind wall and I’ve yet to see anyone do it and judging by the communication skills of the contests I don’t see it happening anytime soon).  It can’t be for the bragging rights.  I mean, who wants to say I jumped through a hole in the wall touch me?

Remember when it meant something to make the cut for a game show that tested your knowledge like Jeopardy.  Or when the show tested your abilities on consumer smartness like in The Price is Right, spelling skills in the Wheel of Fortune or even trivial knowledge in Family Feud.

But now we are just jumping through walls.  Where’s the pride in that?

By husband and I were also astonished at the studio audience.  Please tell me that these people didn’t wait in line for tickets to see this!  Maybe they are all just family and friends of the contestants.

And what about the hosts?  It used to be that there was an art to being a game show host.  It required some pizzazz.  Not just anyone could be Bob Barker or Alec Trebek.  But it seems to be that a game show host these days is just a job when your career is flailing.  I swear, that Brooke Burke shouted (as in volume, not disrespectful) at the contests through the whole show.  No pizzazz there.

But I guess if there’s people like me out there watching this junk then it’ll remain on.  Ok, I’ve watched it and now I’ve written about it.  My new goal is to avoid Hole in the Head – I mean Wall.

Seriously, I felt like it was actually draining brain cells while I watch it.

But if you are desperately bored, you can catch an episode on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Fall TV Premiere Schedule

September 11, 2008

I remember a time when the fall premieres last a week, maybe two.  Nowadays, the premieres go on for a couple months.  If you are like me it’s very hard to keep track of when your favorite shows return, let alone when the new shows start airing.

So in an effort to make your TV viewing pleasure easier, I’ve compiled a list of the premiere dates from various sources including TVGuide.com and TV Guide Magazine.  Hope this helps you find your favorites – new and old.

Thursday, September 11

8 p.m.
Hole in the Wall on Fox

9 p.m.
Kitchen Nightmares on Fox

Friday, September 12

9 p.m.
Don’t Forget the Lyrics! on Fox

Saturday, September 13

11 p.m.
Mad TV on Fox

11:35 p.m.
Saturday Night Live on NBC

Tuesday, September 14

9 p.m.
House on Fox

Thursday, September 18

8 p.m.
Survivor: Gabon on CBS
Smallville on CW

9 p.m.
Supernatural on CW

Sunday, September 21

7 p.m.
In Harm’s Way on CW

8 p.m.
Valentine on CW

9 p.m.
Easy Money on CW

Monday, September 22

8 p.m.
Dancing with the Stars on ABC
The Big Bang Theory on CBS

8:30 p.m.
How I Met Your Mother on CBS

9 p.m.
Heroes on NBC
Two and a Half Men on CBS

9:30 p.m.
Worst Week on CBS

10 p.m.
Boston Legal on ABC
CSI: Miami on CBS

Tuesday, September 23

8 p.m.
Opportunity Knocks on ABC

9 p.m.
The Mentalist on CBS

10 p.m.
Without a Trace on CBS
Law & Order:SVU on NBC

Wednesday, September 24

8 p.m.
New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS
Knight Rider on NBC

8:30 p.m.
Gary Unmarried on CBS

9 p.m.
Criminal Minds on CBS

10 p.m.
CSI: New York on CBS
Lipstick Jungle on NBC

Thursday, September 25

8 p.m.
Ugly Betty on ABC
My Name is Earl on NBC

9 p.m.
Grey’s Anatomy on ABC
The Office on NBC

10 p.m.

Sunday, September 28

7 p.m.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC

8 p.m.
Amazing Race 13 on CBS
The Simpsons on FOX

8:30 p.m.
King of Hill on Fox

9 p.m.
Desperate Housewives on ABC
Cold Case on CBS
Family Guy on Fox
Dexter on Showtime

9:30 p.m.
American Dad on Fox

10 p.m.
Brothers & Sisters on ABC
The Unit on CBS
Californication on Showtime

Monday, September 29

8 p.m.
Chuck on NBC

10 p.m.
Life on NBC (airs Monday and Fridays through Oct. 10 and moves to Fridays)

Wednesday, October 1

8 p.m.
Pushing Daisies on ABC
Friday Night Lights on DirecTV (doesn’t return to NBC on Fridays until midseason)

9 p.m.
Private Practice on ABC

10 p.m.
Dirty Sexy Money on ABC

Friday, October 3

8 p.m.
Wife Swap on ABC
Ghost Whisperer on CBS
Everybody Hates Chris on CW

8:30 p.m.
The Game on CW

9 p.m.
Supernanny on ABC
The Ex List on CBS

10 p.m.
Numbers on CBS

Monday, October 6

9:30 p.m.
Samantha Who? on ABC

Thursday, October 9

8:30 p.m.
Kath & Kim on NBC

9 p.m.

9:30 p.m.
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday on NBC

10 p.m.
Life on Mars on ABC
Eleventh Hour on CBS

Friday, October 10

10 p.m.
The Starter Wife on USA

Monday, October 13

10 p.m.
My Own Worst Enemy on NBC

Tuesday, October 14

10 p.m.
Eli Stone on ABC

Friday, October 17

8 p.m.
Crusoe on NBC

Wednesday, October 29

9 p.m.
Stylista on CW

Thursday, October 30

9:30 p.m.
30 Rock on NBC

Sunday, November 2

7:30 p.m.
Surviving Suburbia on CW

Already Premiered

True Blood on HBO at 9 p.m.
Entourage on HBO at 10 p.m.

Gossip Girl on CW at 8 p.m.
Prison Break on Fox at 9 p.m.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox at 8 p.m.
One Tree Hill on CW at 9 p.m.
Raising the Bar on TNT at10 p.m.

90210 on CW at 8 p.m.
The Biggest Loser: Families on NBC at 8 p.m.
Fringe on Fox at 9 p.m.
Greek on ABC Family at 9 p.m.
Privileged on CW at 9 p.m.
The Shield on FX at 10 p.m.

Bones on Fox at 8 p.m.
America’s Next Top Model on CW at 8 p.m.
Deal or No Deal on NBC at 9 p.m.
 ‘Til Death on Fox at 9 p.m.
Do Not Disturb on Fox at 9:30 p.m.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader on Fox at 8 p.m.

What show are you most looking forward to returning?  Supernatural and Chuck tops my list.

Fringe Premiere Promises New Hit, Lots of Intrigue

September 10, 2008

If I only watch one new show this fall, it’ll have to be J.J. Abram’s Fringe.  Last night’s premiere just happened to be my first glimpse into the new fall season and judging from Fringe‘s debut this season should be a good one.

Fringe trio Walter, Olivia and Peter

FRINGE: An unlikely trio uncovers a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realizes they may be part of a larger, more disturbing pattern that blurs the line between the possible and the impossible on FRINGE premiering Tuesday, Sept. 9 (8:00-9:35 PM ET/PT) this fall on FOX. Pictured L-R: John Noble, Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole and Joshua Jackson ©2008 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mark Ben Holzberg/FOX

Fox’s new series reminded me of an updated X-Files with a dash of Alias‘ science, Lost‘s intrigue and 24‘s terrorists.  And like the X-files, fans will find that the “truth is out there” and I for one am looking for to the adventure to find it.

But unlike our friends Scully and Mulder, this team isn’t looking for aliens.  Instead they are looking for those behind “The Pattern” – a series of mysterious events that are a result of experiments by ethically challenged scientists dabbling in “fringe” science – science dealing with topics on the fringe of science like genetic mutation, reanimation, mind control, invisibility teleportation and astral projection.

In the opening episode, we see just one of these events when all the passengers and flight crew of Glatterflug Flight 627 (so glad they didn’t use Oceanic, but what is it that Abrams has against planes) mysteriously die after a bioterrorism agent is released leaving nothing more than skeletons and piles of body fluids and tissues.  (yes, it was a little gruesome to watch.)

In the search for the scientist responsible for releasing the toxin, FBI agent Olivia Dunham’s partner and lover John Scott (Mark Valley) is exposed to the raw ingredients of the toxin in an explosion leaving him to a slowed version of the same fate dealt to the Flight 627 passengers.

Now Olivia (Anna Torv) must not only solve the mystery behind Flight 627, she must find a cure for John.  Her research leads her to Walter Bishop (John Noble), a brilliant scientist who did research in fringe science for the government in the 70s and 80s.  In fact, his work turns out to be the basis for the contagion used in Flight 627.

But Walter isn’t a suspect.  For the last 17 years he has been incarcerated in a mental hospital following the death of one of his lab assistants and speculation that he was conducting tests on humans.  Now he is allowed no visitors outside of family.

Since Walter might hold the key to not only Flight 627, but treatment for John, Olivia seeks out Walter’s only son, Peter (Joshua Jackson), to gain access to Walter.  A genius in his own right, Peter has refused to follow in the footsteps of the “mad scientist” father he’s separated himself from for so many years, choosing instead to wander from job to job and place to place getting himself into his own trouble in the process.

Together the trio – Olivia, Walter and Peter – work to solve the case and save John from the toxin.  But what they discover changes their perspectives forever.  The threesome then signs up to work for Homeland Security Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick, The Wire and Lost) to investigate The Pattern.

I originally tuned in because I like J.J. Abrams and I’m a big Pacey – I mean Joshua Jackson – fan, but I’ll be returning for the intrigue.  There were a few predictable moments like how the team came to work for Broyles, but for the most part, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the show.

The show is also laced with a nice blend of humor.  The cow in the first episode was my favorite especially when they are all eating lunch with it. 

Joshua Jackson does a great job of showing his character’s conflict between his interest (and knack) for the science with his distrust of his father.  Peter acts as Walter’s conscious preventing him from becoming Dr. Frankenstein.  As Olivia says, Peter is the only one who can “speak Walter.”

It’s also easy to see that there will be some chemistry between Peter and Olivia in future episodes.  For being such a loner, Peter really seems to care about people.

I’m also very intrigued by the mysterious Massive Dynamics and the yet-unseen William Bell, who just happened to be Walter’s former lab partner.  It’ll be no mystery to learn that Massive Dynamics is behind The Pattern.  What will be surprising is to learn why and how far Bell and company have gone with the technology.

Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) – and her robotic arm – is very creepy as the Massive Dynamics Chief Operating Officer who warns Olivia that science has already gone too far to be controlled.

I, for one, am looking forward to the next episode.  This show has definitely earned a spot on the DVR this season.  Let’s just hope Fox doesn’t screw it up.

If you missed the premiere episode, Fox is re-airing it on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. or you can watch it online at Fox.com.

Anyone else catch this premiere? What did you think? Does the show have potential? What was your favorite part?

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Does the Right Eye Hold the Secret to Battlestar Galactica?

April 8, 2008

The season four premiere of Battlestar Galactica has fans everywhere buzzing with questions and theories.  Co-Producer Mark Verheiden is pretty mum about spoilers, but he did give a clue of where to look.

Who’s the final cylon?  What happened to Starbuck?  Does she really know the way to Earth?  What is with Baltar’s harem?  Is the prophecy about Hera (Agathon and Helo’s baby) or Nicky (Tyrol and Cally’s baby)?

These are all questions fans everywhere are puzzling about.  But in a recent interview with ComicMix, Verheiden is mum on the answers to these hot questions.  The only thing Verheider will say is “As to what it all means, again, I preach the mantra of patience…”

But he is willing to talk about eyes, or more specifically the right eye:

“If there’s a single moment that I really like in that “gave me a little chill” way, it’s the red light from the raider scanning Anders’ eyeball.”

Sam\'s right eye when the Cylons scan it.

For those of you not paying attention that was Anders’ right eye.  And after scanning it, the Cylons disengaged and left.

Verheider promises that we’ll learn more about it next week.  But could a scene before it hold a clue.

Moments before the recently self-identified cylon Sam Anders went face to face – or eye-to-eye – with the toaster-version of the cylons, his fellow recently identified cylon Colonel Tigh had a hallucination on the bridge.

In his dream sequence, the one-eye Tigh shoots Admiral Adama in his right eye – the very same eye Tigh is missing as a result of the cylons on New Caprica.

About this Verheider quotes writer David Weddle:

“I was waiting for someone to pick up on that telling detail. Congratulations. But I am disappointed you have not figured out its significance within the larger mythology of the show. It’s all laid out for you. All you have to do is run the episode over again in slow motion, and the deeper truth will be revealed.”

Well they say the eyes are the windows to the soul.  Can they be the window to the secret of BSG?

Tigh during his hallucination


Tigh shoots Adama in the right eye.

Check out the screen shots from that sequence above.  What do you see?

Maybe I’m reaching, but in Adama’s glasses I see the reflection of the board behind Tigh.  With the hole that bullet left, I think his eye looks like the Eye of Jupiter.

The Eye of Jupiter from the Temple of FiveI’ve read on some boards (I can’t remember where, sorry) that the Canadian version was bloodier that the Sci Fi version of the episode so I’m not sure if that makes a difference in the image.

If that is the Eye of Jupiter, what does it mean?  Why did Tigh shoot the right eye?  Why did the cylons scan Anders right eye?  Is there a connection between these two events?

Could Tigh have used his hallucination to send some kind of warning to the toaster cylons through Sam’s eye?


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Bones’ Season Premiere is a Nail Biter

September 26, 2007

After a season finale last spring full of surprises, Bones opens its third season with a nail biter — or should I say bone biter — of a mystery.

Bones and TeamA reluctant Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) pairs up with Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) to hunt for cannibal serial killers who use an abandoned D.C. bank vault full of priceless treasures as their sacrificing altar.

While the duo finds one killer due to a diamond tooth, his mentor remains unknown and on the loose.  And unfortunately, the one in jail just committed suicide with a dagger, placing himself in a death pose associated with a secret society favoring widow’s sons.

While I am thrilled that Bones is adding a serial killer to the overarching storyline, I am most interested in this episode is the interaction of the team itself.

Let’s start with Bones and Booth.  Over the summer, Bones has thrown herself into her work and avoided opportunities for field investigation with Booth, something she relished last season.  Booth thinks it’s because he threw her father in jail.  Angela (Michaela Conlin) thinks it’s because she and Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) left Booth and Bones at the altar last spring when they fled from their nuptials and it made Bones unconsciously uncomfortable about her relationship with Booth. 

We find out, though, that Bones is really upset with Booth because he didn’t stop Zach (Eric Millegan) from going to Iraq.  When Zach returns, Bones is ready to go back on the road with Booth.  I’m glad they didn’t draw that out too long.  I didn’t like that kind of tension between Booth and Bones.

Yes, Zach, complete with buzz cut, returns to the lab after about three months in Iraq just in time to save the day (or at least further the case) with his expertise.  Why?  Because the Army psychologist doesn’t think Zach adapted to that environment very well.  Do you think?  But regardless of what the Army says, Zach fits in nicely at the Jeffersonian.  In fact, he fits in so nicely there that they couldn’t replace him.  Although, I did feel bad for the poor guy “auditioning” for Zach’s slot when he returned.

Meanwhile, Angela and Hodgins, who is sporting a new ‘do, are still not married and have hired a private detective to locate her husband.  It was interesting to see Hodgins struggle with his own insecurities as he found out more about the man Angela married. 

Personally, I was astonished with how much information the detective found and how quickly he found it given the little amount of information Angela gave him to begin with — she thought his name started with a B and her sketch looked more like modern art.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens when they actually find this guy.

Not a mind bending episode, but a nice piece to work us back into the groove with the team.  It had a nice mystery that wasn’t easily solved (yet) and great chemistry between the cast.  I’m looking forward to another great season on Bones which airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.