And, as we all know, adding a kid into the fray of an adult-oriented series is like having a character named Beauregard “Beau” De LaBarre suddenly appear to make up for the absence of Vinnie Barbarino.
Oh, well, at least the rest of Bones: The Complete Sixth Season is pretty darn good.
We begin with a recap of the finale of Season Five, wherein all of our main characters depart for new lives away from their former stomping grounds, the Jeffersonian Institute — where they devote their time and fervent skills in determining the identity and downfall of various bags of skeletal remains discovered in the vicinity. It doesn’t take long for them to reunite, though — and they soon resume their duties in solving mysteries — to wit we as viewers are treated to a delightful host of stories such as the Season Six highlight “The Body and the Bounty,” wherein David Alan Grier (who is surprisingly tolerable for once) as a Bill Nye-esque TV host who wants Bones to guest star on his science show.
Additional focal points in Bones: The Complete Sixth Season include “The Shallow in the Deep,” in which the crew of specialists catalogue the bodily remains of a sunken slave ship — only to find a new skeleton in the mix — and “The Babe in the Bar,” where the oozing carcass of a young lass is found baked into the world’s largest chocolate bar (and which guest stars the great Wayne Knight). “The Doctor in the Photo” gives Emily Deschenal’s detached character a chance to see how others view her when she investigates the death of a similarly-natured genius. “The Blackout in the Blizzard” is that proverbial installment every show needs where its leads get trapped in a room (and is entertaining for that reason alone).
Bones: The Complete Sixth Season also introduces us to a rather unbecoming story arc which pits Booth against an old sniper colleague from the Army, Jacob Broadsky (Arnold Vosloo, desperately trying to fill in that void left by those Mummy movies), who first appears to wipe out another story arc, that of “The Gravedigger” before turning into the series’ main bad guy later on — taking out one of the show’s beloved quirky “squinterns” in the process.