Som­bre start to new sea­son

THEIR re­la­tion­ship has never ex­actly been con­ven­tional, but Bren­nan and Booth are reel­ing as Bones en­ters its 10th sea­son, writes DEB­BIE SCHIPP

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BONES carved its niche as a quirky crime- meets- com­edy- meets- drama se­ries that has served it well for nine sea­sons. But as sea­son 10 dawns, not much light­ness can be found.

Emily Deschanel’s foren­sic an­thro­pol­o­gist Dr Tem­per­ance “Bones” Bren­nan is fight­ing to get her hus­band, David Bore­anaz’s FBI Spe­cial Agent See­ley Booth, out of jail.

Con­spir­acy the­o­ries abound and no­body is sure who to trust.

Be­fore the first episode is done, the long- run­ning se­ries will have lost one of its most loved char­ac­ters in a shock death that will leave fans reel­ing.

It is a far more frac­tured Bones than we’re used to see­ing – and a change of pace, Deschanel says, which was vi­tal to avoid go­ing over old ground in Bones and Booth’s re­la­tion­ship as the se­ries en­tered it 10th year.

“We have a whole dif­fer­ent dy­namic when we come back to this sea­son,” Deschanel told a re­cent Comic Con. “I mean, granted, we have a stan­dard – there are cer­tain things that will al­ways be in our show.

“Booth and Bren­nan have a spe­cific kind of re­la­tion­ship, but they go through dif­fer­ent things and dif­fer­ent times. Here, we’re watch­ing them go through a re­ally hard time.

“Booth is in prison, she’s try­ing to clear his name, get him out, get to the bot­tom of this con­spir­acy that we’ve been un­cov­er­ing and has landed him in jail.”

As is stan­dard for their re­la­tion­ship, the way the sit­u­a­tion is han­dled brings the pair into con­flict.

“He’s not al­ways happy with the way Bren­nan is do­ing things to help him,” Deschanel says.

“It’s not nec­es­sar­ily flow­ers when he ar­rives com­ing back or what­ever. So this is a whole new dy­namic.”

Last sea­son’s cliff- hanger end­ing saw the new­ly­weds’ house shot up, and Booth not only framed but almost killed be­fore he was carted off to prison.

Sea­son 10 opens three months on, with Bren­nan and the rest of the team fran­ti­cally try­ing to get him out.

The early episodes are in­tense but, Deschanel and Bore­anaz agree, a per­fect foil to the lighter mo­ments.

“One of my favourite things about this show is the way it bal­ances the drama with the com­edy, the heavy with the light,” Deschanel says.

“It can be even more chal­leng­ing when it’s in the same scene. Some­times … you have some­thing very se­ri­ous or dra­matic or sad or poignant and then some­thing light.

“You have to be care­ful, you don’t want to switch tone … but I do be­lieve there’s hu­mour some­times in the dark­est times that we’re fac­ing – and there should be hu­mour.

“If you can find hu­mour in hard times, I think that’s im­por­tant … be­cause it re­flects life in that way.”


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