DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
CORN. Always a disturbing sign in a film. Right there — the movie called Signs. Had corn and Mel Gibson in it. Children of the Corn. North by Northwest. Carnivale and the dead corn. And now there’s a dead person on Bones. In a cornfield.
Corn’s a grass, Dr Brennan tells the others when she finally arrives at the crime scene. I thought for a minute she and Agent Booth were going to just shrivel up and die out in the paddock. They couldn’t see anything and the corn was tall and dry and it was all looking very unpleasant. It would’ve been a good way to end the series.
Doesn’t happen tonight, though. Tonight they’re in Virginia and surrounded by hillbillies from a casting agency that got the memo and gave the producers what was re- quired. Overall-wearing yokels who can’t talk proper, amen.
I haven’t spent a tremendous amount of time in front of this series, but I start to see its appeal at the point where Dr Brennan, with Agent Booth in tow, is having a chat to the dead man’s family. It’s a large family, 11 children, and a lot of them are in the room when she makes the following statement: ‘‘ Ed must’ve enjoyed having sex with a pregnant partner— I can tell how much time he spent copulating’’.
Castle also has a zingy investigative couple, but it doesn’t have the weight of Bones. I’ve never seen any real forensic work take place on Castle. It’s probably more fun on any given day, but head-tohead tonight, Bones is the better episode. More going on.
Castle’s just a tiny bit silly. Though you will learn how to make a smorlette — a marsh- mallow and chocolate omelet. Yes, very handy. And also disgusting. But as its creator Rick Castle says: ‘‘ It’s kind of like David Hasselhoff. At first you’re repulsed, but then strangely you’re drawn in’’. Bones Channel 7, 8.30pm Castle Channel 7, 9.30pm
Booth: David Boreanaz