Bones returned for its seventh season to Fox 5 in Queens Thursday night with “The Memories in the Shallow Grave,” and just because they’re now together and having a baby doesn’t mean the show’s all that different.
Money is quite the strong motive in murder often enough, and that was the case in the season 7 premiere. Though it didn’t turn out to be surprising at all that the psychiatrist ended up being the one to kill her, though the victim’s husband did seem creepy—there was just something about his voice. However, because they focused on him, it was evident that he wasn’t the killer.
Booth and Brennan’s relationship has changed. They’re spending all their time together, going between apartments, but Booth wanted them to have their own place. It took some time, but in the end, he did win the argument that they need to get their own place—and they should. They’re starting a new life together, and the best way to do that is to find a place that’s theirs. The “I love yous” were a nice touch, as was Brennan interrupting her and Booth’s make-up kisses when she had a realization about the case. They’re still crime-solvers, albeit ones now in love and together, and they’re still working quite well together.
Another nice touch was the permanence evident in their relationship. They’re casually talking about marriage and who will propose. The last scene with them in bed together talking about what they want in their new house was perfect, and you couldn’t help but want him to budge a little and let Brennan put in more money so they could get a place with everything they want for themselves and their baby—especially that tree house.
With babies now a big part of their lives, it was hard not to worry that this would carry into their work—and it did, somewhat, when Angela brought Michael to Hodgins. Even though Cam was mad, she couldn’t resist his face. Still, Hodgins was able to give Cam the rundown on what he discovered, and with daycare just seemingly right around the corner practically, it seems like these scenes could happen again.
The squintern of the week was Wendell, and it’s hard not to want him around permanently. He fits in perfectly with everyone, and it was fitting to have him return to open up season 7 after he was the squintern in the season 6 finale. However, it will be interesting to see how the new squintern, Finn, does in the second episode, “The Hot Dog in the Competition.” Will he be a positive addition or just leave viewers wanting Wendell (or another squintern) back?
Overall, Bones got off to a strong start after leaving fans waiting a bit longer for the new season. The series has shown it can balance the personal with the professional without losing what makes it such a successful show. As long as it continues like this, there’s no reason for any concerns about the Moonlighting curse to stick around.
Bones season 7 continues Thursdays at 9PM on Fox 5 in Queens. What did you think of “The Memories in the Shallow Grave”?
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