Bones: The Corpse on the Canopy
by Shawnie Kelly (@DearShawnie)
This week on Bones, our favorite crime solvers are faced again with the ruthless serial killer Christopher Pelant. How do they know it’s Pelant? He specifically targets Angela and Hodgens, letting everyone know that he’s back and ready to wreak havoc once more.
The episode opens with a hazy camera shot of Angela and Hodgens asleep in their home with the muffled cries of their son in the background. Hodgens awakens groggily and looks up to find a mutilated body hanging from their bed’s canopy. It’s one thing to see victims in the lab, but quite another when it’s in their home. There is no professional detachment in this scenario, and it’s clear from Angela and Hodgen’s reaction that they are terrified. Everyone immediately suspects Pelant due to the personal nature of the target. Hodgens threatened to kill him at the beginning of season eight, so it seems Pelant has a personal vendetta against him.
No one is willing to wait around idly to see what happens next. Brennan, Booth, Hodgens, Angela, Sweets, and Camille dive straight into the case. Evidence suggests that the victim is a special forces agent, but after further research they discover he was a mercenary; a “killer for hire” as they say. This shows that Pelant is upping his game and hitting bigger targets. After the usual cat and mouse nonsense, they come so close to catching him, as they always do. Eventually Pelant escapes their clutches, but not without taking down Special Agent Flynn in the process; it’s unclear whether or not he’s dead.
Just from a logical perspective, there are some questions going unanswered in this Pelant story arc. They never explained how he wiped his identity and came out clean on the other side. I know he’s supposed to be this super high-tech hacker/IT genius. But I’m going to need someone to break that down a little better. Maybe a Venn diagram of sorts? Other than that, I enjoy this story overall. Bones writers are especially adept at continuing story lines throughout the course of the season without it feeling like the main focus of every episode. We probably won’t hear much from or even about Pelant in the next few weeks, but I sense that we’ll get some closure as we near the finale.
I really like the family dynamic amongst this team at the Jeffersonian. When one or more of them are at risk — in this case Angela and Hodgens — they take care of each other. Their first priority is each other, and there are minimal distractions when one of them is in need. Speaking of need! It will be interesting to see how this loss of fortune works out for Hodgens and Angela. At the end of the episode, they have to choose between stopping Pelant from blowing up a school full of little girls in Kandahar Province or draining all of their bank accounts. Yeah, that was a little dramatic. So now they’re poor, I guess? We’ll see.
We’re left with some feelings of trepidation as Brennan and Booth sit in their living room with baby Christine. He wonders what will happen next, and you have to wonder along with him. Pelant is getting personal and if he’s not afraid to strike Angela and Hodgens, it’s just a matter of time before he comes after them as well. The coolest and also the creepiest scene is the last one, as Pelant stitches up his own face with a needle and thread. It seems that Booth did get a hit after all — even more reason to know Pelant will be coming after them. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. Until then, it’s back to work for Brennan and the rest of the team.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars