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
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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