Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Ryan Cartwright
Writers:
Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley
Director:
Chad Lowe
Network:
Fox, Thursdays @ 9 PM
Airdate:
April 14, 2011

On occasion, BONES resembles an older Fox series involving the FBI, namely THE X-FILES. One of the primary differences between the two shows is that on X-FILES, the explanation was almost always otherworldly, whereas on BONES, no matter how weird the clues, the culprit will turn out to be as human as the investigators.

Even with this caveat (if it’s a spoiler to say there’s not a shred of hope that the killer is really a monster, this may not be the show for you), “The Truth in the Myth” is pretty entertaining.

When a professional TV myth debunker is found dead and decomposed in a forest rumored to be inhabited by the fierce Chupacabra, with the corpse ripped apart in a way that indicates the legendary beast may be responsible, a whole spectrum of attitudes easily spreads across the BONES regular characters. On the rational end, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) dismisses the possibility, Booth (David Boreanaz) tries to keep an open mind, Cam (Tamara Taylor) is just a bit freaked out by the prospect, Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) is giddy with delight that there may really be a Chupacabra out there – and pregnant Angela (Michaela Conlin) just wants to relax.

What’s especially charming about the episode – co-written by series regular John Francis Daley, who plays psychologist Lance Sweets, & Jonathan Goldstein – is how it plays with the notion of evidence, perception and possibility, and how it allows Booth to be the one contemplating all of this without having him become too philosophical for the parameters of his character.

Less successful is a B story about occasional lab assistant Vincent Nigel-Murray (Ryan Cartwright) working the AA steps and making amends, as (through no fault of the game Cartwright) it’s meant to be funny and just falls flat. By the episode’s end, we can’t tell whether Nigel-Murray is actually trying to make amends or whether he’s trying to play a prank that gains no traction. Much better is Angela’s hormonally-induced mild crankiness, as she demonstrates that she is in no mood for anyone to be even slightly rude to her.

The evidence aspect of the episode is also good, with enough incongruous evidence to let us share Hodgins’ momentary euphoria in endless possibilities. “The Truth in the Myth” gives us some good character moments, along with some actual food for thought.about how we reach conclusions about we will and will not believe.

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