Bones: The Pathos in the Pathogens


by Shawnie Kelly (@DearShawnie)

Hey, Bones fans! We were treated to quite the episode this week. When the Jeffersonian team is investigating the death of journalist Mia Garrett, they discover that her murder was not just any murder – it was a viral infection that killed her. When this mutated virus infects intern Aristoo (Camille’s intern/lover… how is that okay in the work place again?), the team races against time to save their friend. Solving this case is the only way they can save him, which means the stakes are high.

I really enjoyed this episode for all of the reasons I first loved Bones. The atmosphere was a little different this week in that you really felt the tension throughout the episode. Sure, they do care about the individual cases on a weekly basis, but this felt more personal. The personal element is obviously due to the fact that this is affecting one of their own. The unease you feel throughout the episode is attributed to the team trying to prevent and solve something simultaneously. Normally they don’t have to worry about the future, only the past. That element of “prevention” is what propels this plot forward and swiftly; the change of pace was refreshing.

Another point I enjoyed was the setting, or rather, the consistency of the setting. Every episode of Bones is all over the place, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Booth and Brennan are usually out on the road together, interviewing, researching, or interrogating. That being said, the lab is sort of their home base. This week almost the entire episode took place at home base due to the lockdown instituted after the outbreak. It felt contained in that way, like they weren’t leaving until they saved Aristoo. Speaking of the lockdown, with Brennan and Booth separated most of the time, we started to miss their chemistry! At least I did. It was just another added element this episode brought to the table.

As it turns out, Mia’s murderer was Dr. Thorne who ran a research lab. Thorne mutated the virus and was going to let it out, then become the hero who came up with a cure. Kind of brilliant (and super psycho). Knowing he had the cure already, Bones injects him with a needle, making him think he was infected… which led to him showing them the cure. Aristoo is saved! Camille and her intern lover will be okay! I’m sorry, I just can’t help but make fun of that a little bit. If this was a male boss and his female intern, do you think it would be ok? Probably not, but I digress!

I did laugh two times… during very serious moments. 1) I mean, the astronaut suits. Come on. They were funny. 2) They were monitoring Aristoo’s body temperature on a screen the size of a football field. Despite these things, I loved this episode. One last thing — the guest-star doctor who specialized in viral infections was THE Iron Will. If you know your 90’s Disney movies, you were just as excited as I was. Where have you been hiding, Willie? (aka Mackenzie Astin) I may or may not have geeked out.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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