There’s too lit­tle meat on Bones

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IDON’T un­der­stand the thing with Bones — that any­one likes it. Put it on at mid­night and then see if peo­ple will still be both­ered with it, or re­mem­ber to record it. That would be the test; or not even mid­night— just up against State of Ori­gin.

It al­ways makes me laugh — one of those hol­low laughs — when any­one re­marks on the ‘‘ zing’’ be­tween those two lead char­ac­ters.

She is all right but he is like a ver­ti­cal chop­ping board. I watched an episode a while back, for pro­fes­sional rea­sons, and they were hardly in it.

They had this ten­u­ously re­lated loose crew of ring-ins who solved the crime. It was like an early episode of The Simp­sons where the an­i­ma­tion looked like I’d drawn it.

And now we have The Finder on Ten Mon­day nights, star­ring those ring-ins. You couldn’t re­ally call it a Bones spin-off, and even if it were, it’s too much fun to be linked to that old bore.

I can’t re­mem­ber now how The Finder came into the Bones pic­ture — some­one knew the guy they call the Finder (Ge­off Stults, pic­tured), maybe, or a dead per­son turned up in Florida and David Bore­anaz, ad­dled by the heat in his ill-cho­sen suit, went to the Finder for help and was then eaten by an al­li­ga­tor.

The premise of The Finder, and it’s one you could use to cover your left­overs with and put in the fridge, is this guy Wal­ter is back from Iraq with a head in­jury so se­ri­ous he’s only qual­i­fied to solve crimes that are be­yond ev­ery­one else. It’s Sher­lock Holmes, it’s The Men­tal­ist, it’s Medium.

Not re­ally. Walt doesn’t ac­tu­ally see dead peo­ple. But nei­ther does the chick from Medium. The Finder, Chan­nel 10, Mon­day, 9.30pm

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