Bones Review: Strength In Numbers

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Yes! YES YES YES! Finally! This is the Bones we've been waiting for! 

"The Corpse in the Canopy" was the best episode so far of Bones season 8. Hands down, no questions.

It's been quite a while since I've sat to watch an episode of Bones and found myself riveted from start to finish. Tonight was one of those nights. Pelant is back and he brought suspense, drama and a story our heroes can sink their teeth into!

A Bedtime Surprise

The opening scene hooked me immediately. Sleeping parents, a baby crying down the hall. I know the scene all too well from personal experience. But then a nuisance became a nightmare as Hodgins and Angela awoke to discover that not only had they been drugged and a flayed corpse brought into their bedroom, but the intruder, who - from the detail of the flower petals was sure to be Pelant - had laid his hands on their child.

Fear and rage and anxiety climbed up inside my stomach as I thought about that. For Christine and Michael Vincent alone, Pelant has to pay.

Hodgins, Angela and Bones would be content to take Pelant out themselves without involving the authorities. But Booth, who is the authorities vetoes that idea and opts instead for a closed-case, need-to-know investigation involving as few people as possible, which allowed Bones to focus on our major players and give them all their moments to shine.

First of all, it's always easy to tell when Bones is scared of failing to protect those in her inner circle. She becomes intensely focused and even more hyper-rational than usual. As Angela mused about how someone could do something like this as they pored over the remains and Bones gave her anthropologic answer, it all felt true to form. Bones has come so far with being able to understand when people are being rhetorical, but when she's in crisis-mode, she's unable to focus on much aside from solving the crime.

Booth, similarly, is focused and driven in the midst of a crisis, though his focus is on staying inside the lines of the law while also protecting those he loves. He was the voice of reason, knowing that they cannot just take Pelant out. Booth will do what needs to be done and he take down those who need taking down - but for Booth, that needs to happen while following the rules.

Based on nothing more than conjecture and speculation, I believe Pelant will be taken out in a way that causes Booth to question his morality. It's purely a hunch, but I believe he'll have to do something questionable in order to save his family and friends, or he'll have to choose whom to save, and it will give him a moment of hesitation. Unlike Hodgins, who showed no hesitation tonight.

Hodgins is at his best when he's slightly manic and mad-scientist. Shades of conspiracy-theorist Hodgins were abundant tonight. He biopsied his own lung and broke out WWII-era communication machines! When he discovered that the gas used to poison them had been sold by a company he owns, I almost thought Pelant was framing him for the murder of the corpse found in their home. But the end result was so much more dangerous and scary than that.

Pelant forced Jack to choose between a school of girls in Kandahar or his millions. Without wavering, Hodgins chose to save the girls. It was an easy choice, really.

And Angela is once again back in the ugliness from which she longed to escape. She long ago became more than just their face-giver. She's their technology go-to and idea girl. But her most important role is that she's a grounding force in the lab. She helps the others maintain the connection to humanity and reality that is often missing in a world of science and labs and experiments. And since Pelant drained Hodgins' bank accounts, it's a good thing she didn't quit her day job.

Caroline, Cam and Sweets were all fantastic tonight. (Yes, even Sweets.) Caroline provided the comic relief needed for an episode as heavy as this one. (To read a few of her quips, check out the Bones quotes page.) Cam, meanwhile, aided Bones' laser-like focus in the lab and thought a step ahead of Pelant in keeping Hodgins at work. Sweets did what Sweets does: he profiled. He was a friend. He vowed to carry the mantle should Booth and Flynn fail. And speaking of Flynn, even though he was shot - and really, how did he survive that? - I'm not sure I trust him. Time will tell, I suppose.

In closing, Pelant is the most evil and intelligent villain Bones has seen and watching his story unfold is delightfully suspenseful. The lengths to which he'll go to try and prove that he's smarter than our heroes are scary. But he isn't smarter alone than they are collectively. There's strength in numbers and he won't best them as long as they are working together. At least not forever. And besides, he has that wicked scar on his face now so flying under the radar is going to be that much more difficult.

What did you think of "The Corpse in the Canopy?" Was Pelant's return a welcome one or did you find yourself disappointed?


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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.


LanaSweet , it's a fictional story on a tv show. I never exepct everything to be totally possible. I find myself saying that's not possible with many different shows yet, I'm not watching to learn something scientific or new. If I wanted to do tht I old red a textbook. I want to be entertained ! There are people and groups that are able to hack ino restricted access sites ( think Anonymous ) . Of course government agencies, private groups and banks have safeguards in safe to prevent this. I think the writers have built Pelant up to be a super hacker thus he can hack into a private defense groups computer system and release a drone. I mean come on he supposedly wrote code on a skeleton ! So I look at his character as this genius and super hacker that can access anything. I just really think you are looking too hard at the plot and you have to just accept the plot holes. Please sit back ,relax and just enjoy the show instead.


Oh, gee, I'm sorry @BonesForever, I didn't realize that your opinion was the only one that counted or that you couldn't comment unless it was glowing. Just because mine and @LanaSweet's opinions don't agree with yours doesn't mean you have to be rude and insulting. Everyone has a right to their opinions and to come to an environment like this to have a lively, respectful discussion about them. Grow up.


@BonesForever, how do you figure that your view is more important than mine? Your view doesn't effect mine. Neither should mine effect yours.


Well, @LanaSweet and @Stephanie, just go watch Castle or something (although it is even less believable!). There are a heck of a lot of us who LOVE this season and still love Bones and think the show is going in a very good direction, so just take a long walk on a short pier! In TV shows, you always have to suspend belief to a certain degree--my gosh, it's TV! So of course Bones is something where you suspend disbelief to a degree. Jeez! I found this episode very nail-biting, and Pelant was creepy and snakelike as always. He's a little too omniscient, but he's supposed to be very bright and hard to figure out, and he is! It was very suspenseful, and even took a twist I was surprised by when Flynn was shot while pursuing Pelant with Booth. They've kind of implied that Flynn was tied in somehow with Pelant, so I didn't see that one coming, but we've still got a ways to go on the season. I love Hodgins too when he's into his "manic" state, but that's believable with his baby and his wife in danger. You could almost see the wheels turning in B&B when they were hearing of the dangers to Michael Vincent, Angie and Hodgins, and thinking--that could be Christine or us! Caroline made her usual zany remarks, lightening the atmosphere, but showing her caring for them all in her own irascible way. And I positively cheered to see the blood splat on Pelant's windshield and later seeing his wounds! I'm also looking forward to this next episode too, where everyone starts thinking about life and death more personally. It will be interesting to see how each one reacts, and is also a logical follow-up to this week's storyline.


My question about the money is that Hodgins made a big point of saying how his Cantilever Group is responsible for the majority of the funding for the Jeffersonian. So... if Pelant cleaned out Hodgins' accounts, all of them, including the ones for the Cantilever Group, doesn't that mean the Jeffersonian is broke too? How will they pay for their employees? And all the interns? How will they pay for their very expensive equipment or what must sure cost a lot to run that expensive high-tech equipment? How will the Jeffersonian be able to continue helping the FBI solve crimes if they have no money coming in from Hodgins anymore? That seems like a missed plot point, and it doesn't sound like they're going to deal with that. Stephen makes it sound like they're going at it more from the aspect of Hodgins having to deal with living with a lot less than what he's used to. Which is interesting, but I don't like the plot holes involved. It seems too convenient just to play 'Hodgins has no money anymore.'


Okay - first viewing ... fabulous! Be back later after I've analyzed the whole thing while watching it again! LOVED IT! Way to go, SN, HH, DB and ED!!! Best thing on TV Monday night (or any night, for that matter!)


Horrible show this week could hardly watch it.


One of the best shows they have had for a while. I hope they finally can get rid of that psycho though. Too nerve wracking.


@Miranda, Stephen Nathan said it was about being regular and if/how Hodg will try to get his money back and to what lengths he'll go. I'm glad to hear it was a private military system but it's still not believable. Surely there would be something in place to prevent one individual from sending a drone into a group of children. Also, Angela is an artist. She is not a genius yet she's able to figure out how genius Pelant is doing what he's doing. I don't really care about that because they've taken the time to lay a foundation for her skills; they just didn't change her overnight so it's not really believable but we're willing to buy it. The writers are no longer laying the foundation they're just throwing things at us out of nowhere like Cam and Arastoo. If the writer's would just take a little care it would show they respect their audience. I know they can do it because they did it superbly seasons 1-6.

Miranda wicker

I don't think Hodgins and Angela having to live like "regular" people was ever really in question. Of course they own their possessions, but it makes for an interesting dynamic shift in their relationship if now, instead of Jack being the provider he's relying on Angela and her money. As for spreading out his investments, sure, I'm sure he would have, but even taking only his liquid assets would still be a hit. The season has been incredibly all over the place thanks to those 4 "bonus" episodes that got dumped in our laps, one of which was the Cam/Arastoo reveal. And he didn't break into a government system. He broke into a private military system by impersonating one of their employees. Angela had access to the drone because they gave her access.

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Bones Season 8 Episode 12 Quotes

Cam: We have to stay focused on what's important.
Hodgins: He was in my bedroom. He threatened my wife and child. Nothing is more important than that.

[to Bones] That is a lot of highly trained squintspertise you are sending on a government-paid vacation.