TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Secret in the Service”

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 11 - "The Secret in the Service" | ©2016 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Joel David Moore, Michael Gaston, Nichi Munshi, Dave Power Writers: Kendall Sand & Mary Trahan, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Dwight Little Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: May 26, 2016 The combination of a Secret Service mystery, a possible threat to the U.S. President and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) having to telecommute due to a bad cold all combine well in the BONES episode “The Secret in the Service.” A drunken man stumbles over a […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Strike in the Chord”

Kirstin Taylor Maldonado, David Boreanaz and John Boyd in BONES - Season 11 - "The Strike in the Chord" ©2016 Fox / Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, B.K. Cannon, Sam Tsui, Nigel Gibbs, Jordan Fisher, Kirstin Maldonado, Gavin MacIntosh Writer: Yael Zinkow, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Michael Lange Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: May 19, 2016 BONES delivers an amiable if uneven Season 11 episode with “The Strike in the Chord.” On the upside, it’s got series regular John Boyd, as James Aubrey, singing, it’s got some gentle pro-animal material, it’s got Brennan (Emily Deschanel) getting to be right about […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Fight in the Fixer”

TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, Michaela Conlin, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 10 | ©2014 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Brian Klugman, Sara Rue, Alyssa Diaz Writer: Joe Hortua, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Silver Tree Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: May 12, 2016 The BONES Season 11 episode has the usual mash-ups of primary mystery and secondary subplots, but the latter seem a tad half-hearted here. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of the episode is simply seeing Hodgins (TJ Thyne) returning to his old enthusiasm for lab experiments. An experiment is called for […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Last Shot at a Second Chance”

John Boyd and guest star Laura Spencer in the The Last Shot at a Second Chance episode of BONES | © 2016 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Laura Spencer, Gil Darnell, Taylor Nichols, Daniel Lee Robertson Writer: Emily Silver, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: David Grossman Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: May 5, 2016 The BONES Season 11 episode “The Last Shot at a Second Chance” does a good job of thematically linking its four subplots. In the investigation storyline, the team looks into the murder of an ex-convict trying to get her life back together while living at a halfway […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Monster in the Closet”

David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 11 - "The Monster in Closet" | ©2016 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Pej Vahdat, Jim Beaver, Sara Rue, Sunnie Pelant Writer: Michael Peterson, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Randy Zisk Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 28, 2016 While BONES and CRIMINAL MINDS are both popular, long-running TV series – in fact, BONES is in its eleventh season, while CRIMINAL MINDS just wrapped theirs – and both are procedurals that deal with teams of brilliant government investigators, it seems like there isn’t a huge amount of […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Murder of the Meninist”

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES "The Murder of the Meninist" | ©2016 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Ignacio Serricchio, David Shatraw Writer: Hilary Weisman Graham, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Ian Toynton Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 21, 2016 The men’s rights movement, should you not have heard of it, is an actual social cause, arguing that heterosexual (and usually white) men are being discriminated against. The BONES Season 11 episode “The Murder of the Meninist” takes exception to this notion, while still finding examples of a couple of areas where […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Death in the Defense”

Emily Deschanel as Bones in BONES The Death in the Defense | © 2016 Patrick McElhenney/FOX Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Patricia Belcher, Michael Grant Terry Writer: Kendall Sand, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Arlene Sanford Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 14, 2016 While the “A” story in the BONES Season 11 episode “The Death in the Defense” is nominally the investigation of the murder of a public defender, the main focus is on Hodgins (TJ Thyne) as he and everyone around him try to deal with his new disability. In the midseason finale, […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Doom in the Boom”

Tamara Taylor stars in BONES "The Doom in the Boom" | © 2016 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Grade: B+ Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Patricia Belcher, Pej Vahdat, Sara Rue Writer: Keith Fogleson, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Michael Lange Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: December 10, 2015 The BONES Season 11 episode “The Doom in the Boom” works on multiple levels. It’s got a good, tricky whodunit and it provides a good fakeout in terms of which character should give us cause for concern. When two skateboarding teens phone the police to report their discovery […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “The Cowboy in the Contest”

Emily Deschanel as Brennan in BONES "The Cowboy in the Contest" | © 2016 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Carla Gallo, Gil Darnell, Sarah Lafleur, Michael Reilly Burke, Andy Milder, Skyler Vallo, Eddie Shin Writer: Karine Rosenthal, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Chad Lowe Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: December 10, 2015 Normally, it’s a good thing when the arced subplots in BONES come to the fore, but in the Season 11 episode “The Cowboy in the Contest,” there are so many that the A storyline gets a bit trampled in the stampede. […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 11 – “High Treason in the Holiday Season”

TJ Thyne in BONES - Season 11 - "High Treason in the Holiday Season" | © 2015 Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Ignacio Serricchio, Callard Harris, Rachel Melvin, Dayo Ade, Lochlyn Munro, Gavin MacIntosh, Michael Dempsey, Rob Evers Writer: Jon Cowan, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Anne Renton Network: Fox Network, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: November 19, 2015 It’s not unusual for BONES to be topical, but it is less common to have lasting controversy between the characters. In the Season 11 episode “High Treason in the Holiday Season,” FBI Agent Booth (David Boreanaz) doesn’t just disagree, but […]Read On »

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