Forensics series are a dime a dozen these days. If one were to turn on any television station at any given time, they would be given the option of devoting their time to no less than 128 different shows about people investigating the deaths and disappearances of others — 125 of which aren’t at all good. And so, we have to embrace the few of ‘em that are out there that are actually good. But, as is always the case with a TV show that holds one’s prolonged interest on account of being superior in quality, the writers and producers of said first-rate program are constantly in jeopardy of committing that one, heinous, soulless sin: that of “jumping the shark.”
Sadly, it’s time for such a crime to happen for Bones — and there are two unambiguous happenings in Bones: The Complete Sixth Season to indicate such. For starters, we have a backdoor pilot for another series. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with the languid phenomenon of backdoor pilots, it’s when entirely new characters are introduced in an already-running series so that a “spin-off” series can be developed. In this case, we get to meet (most) of the cast for the upcoming show, The Finder with Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan (which is scheduled to premiere midseason 2012).
Normally when such an occurrence takes place, you can’t help but wonder how long the original show that this forthcoming “offshoot” emerged from will continue to last. In the case of Bones: The Complete Sixth Season, however, the show’s makers decided to go that extra mile to ensure that they will lose their faithful viewers; ending the season on such a laughably-horrendous note wherein (Spoiler!) our lead female protagonist, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (as played by actress/producer Emily Deschanel) announces she has successfully been injected with baby-batter by her cohort, FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz).
Had it have been Bones’ first child, I probably would not have cared as much. But no, the happy announcement at the conclusion of Bones: The Complete Sixth Season follows the birth of another baby-thing — one belonging to and begat by Brennan and Booth’s coworkers, Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) and Dr. Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne). Now, when supporting characters reproduce onscreen, it’s no biggie: you don’t have to see the spawn crawling about every second then, do you? But no, such is not the case. These is the newly-conceived child of the main characters I’m lamenting about here.