Friday, 26 September 2014

Bones Season 10 Premiere episode - recap and review....and rant! SPOILERS!!!

If you haven't watched the opening episode of Bones season 10, you should probably stop reading now!

Having re-watched Bones from the beginning over the last 2 weeks in preparation for season 10, I was very excited when premiere day I am PISSED!!!! I still haven't recovered, nor forgiven Hart Hanson, for the murder of Mr Vincent Nigel-Murray, played by Ryan Cartwright. Now, something even worse has happened and I am seriously not happy!!!!

At the end of season 9, Booth, Sweets, Brennan and all the squints, were trying to unravel the conspiracy surrounding the McNamara family, and reaching into the upper levels of the F.B.I. As a result, Booth became the object of an assassination plot. Three Delta Force members, and apparently also F.B.I agents, stormed his home and tried to kill him. Booth had sent Brennan and their daughter, Christine, away to stay with Max, but Brennan returned with vital info to help Booth. Luckily, as he was an Army Ranger, Booth is pretty damned resourceful and tough, and had booby trapped his beautiful (*sob* I still haven't recovered from seeing that place destroyed!) home, and was prepared. He killed 2 of the men, and Brennan killed the third. He didn't emerge unscathed however, he sustained gunshot wounds and was rushed to hospital for treatment. When Brennan finally hears that her husband is ok, she demands to see him, and pushes through to get to him. She finds him cuffed to the hospital bed, accused of the murder of 3 agents.

Three months have passed since the attack on Booth. He is in prison, trying to stay safe and alive, while Brennan and the squints work with Sweets to continue to unravel the conspiracy. Booth is toughing it out, but life isn't easy for an accused cop killer, or for a cop and he is now both. When Brennan visits him she tells him that they have found some leverage on the prosecutor in charge of his case. He doesn't want her to show their hand too soon by using it to get him out, but she ignores him and visits the Federal Prosecutor. She rather deftly blackmails him into dropping the charges against Booth, and he is released immediately. Booth isn't happy however, as he insists he could take care of himself in prison. Brennan takes him to their new, rather palatial home which she has decorated with all of Booth's beloved stuff, despite the damage. She's getting very good at this relationship and romance malarkey! Ian thinks I'm very like Brennan in the romance department....practical romance! No mushy stuff bleurgh!

Brennan and the squints have exhumed a body which they think will lead them to the top of the conspiracy, a man named Cooper. However, when they try to examine the remains they find that someone really didn't want anyone to be able to reexamine the body. The body had been sabotaged, to ensure that the remains were compromised. Thankfully, we have Hodgins! Upon examination of the bones, the team finds evidence of a car accident which happened approximately 5 years before the man died, but which is described as a fall down the stairs in his medical records. They've found another cover up!

Sweets tries to get Booth to trust him enough to let him help. At Sweets' apartment, Daisy lets herself in....well herself and her huge baby bump! Sweets and Daisy are together and they're having a baby! Yay! In hindsight, that should have given us a clue that something bad was about to happen....just like the title of episode 2, The Lance to the Heart, did.

The team find the doctor who treated Cooper when he got to the ER after the car accident. Turns out that he'd been blackmailed to cover up the accident. Cooper had killed a man in a hit and run, and whoever is in charge of the conspiracy wanted that leverage over him. The doctor had been caught on film stealing pain medication, to sell to pay for college.

The squints discover that Cooper didn't die from cancer, as was reported, but was injected with a substance developed by the company Booth believes is behind everything, Sanderson Chemical. Thanks to this info, Caroline gets a warrant for any and all documentation about the drug from the company. Sweets goes to deliver the warrant and get the paperwork, while Brennan and Booth visit an old man who worked security at the hospital where the doctor worked. He had access to the security tapes, and was then hired by a subsidiary of Sanderson Chemical. When they get there, the old man seems confused, and starts talking about being in the F.B.I. Booth gets a call, which appears to be very bad news, and he and Brennan rush off. It turns out that Sweets had been ambushed as he went to serve the warrant, and had suffered massive internal injuries. He dies before help can arrive.

Sweets' body arrives at the Jeffersonian, with Daisy by his side. He will never see his son. The team are all devastated by his death. Cam isn't sure she can perform the autopsy, but Brennan steps up to say that she can. That the body isn't Sweets, it's a tool they can use to catch his murderer. Rest assured, whoever killed Sweets is in for a world of pain when they catch up to him. Sweets was family.

I'm genuinely devastated that they killed him! He was just so damned lovable and sweet, and great at his job....and he was going to be a dad, and he would be able to put the demons from his childhood behind him, and raise his son with love! Really not fair! I know that John Francis Daley needed time off, as his career behind the camera takes off, but they didn't need to kill him! They certainly didn't need to show us how happy he was with Daisy, and with his newly growing family....that was unforgivably manipulative! I really wanted it to be a set up, a ruse, but it really doesn't seem like it *sob*....I hope they get the conspiracy sorted soon, I like the standalone episodes a lot more, the arcs just last too long for me. Glad that Booth was only locked up for a few minutes of the episode. While I do love it when Booth goes all wrath-y, I'm not sure I like this new angry and disillusioned version of him. I like his wit and humour, and the relationship with Brennan. Now I have to find a way to get through next week, when they really start to mourn him, and we see what the world looks like with him.....

Did you see the premiere? What did you think? Are you upset at Sweets' death? Or do you like the twist? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!




  1. I'm very disappointed that the powers that be decided to kill off Lance Sweets. He was a beloved member of the Bones family. They should have given actor, John Francis Daly the time off he needed and somehow written a script to allow for it. I've really enjoyed the evolvement of his character and bond between he and Booth, Brennan and the others. I also love Angela, Hodgins, Cam and most of the others. There is one squint that I could have done without but can't remember his name. He was allegedly more highly intelligent that Brennan and I think he was only in one season. He was just too much for me! I've missed Wendell and I always enjoyed Vincent Nigel Murray's quirkiness! I liked Zach too but was disappointed with the way they chose to discredit him. One of my favorite things about watching Bones from season 1 to now has been the evolution of the all the relationships. The first 2 seasons could have used more humor but they finally started to break it out after. I'm disappointed that Bones is winding down. I've really loved the series. Maybe it will be renewed for season 11 but I hope they don't kill off Wendell too! That would just be too much after the horrific losses of Vincent and Sweets! Maybe the powers that be could make Sweets' death a nightmare that Booth had and bring his character back! I think John Francis Daly has put his heart and soul in to the character and deserves a permanent spot on the team! If they don't bring John Francis Daly back he and his character, Dr. Lance Sweets, will be missed!!!

  2. I agree completely. While I like Aubrey, and I like the chance to see Booth as a father figure to the newbie, it would have been much better to see Sweets 'graduate' and become a father in his own right. The fact that they've robbed a beloved character of the chance to be a father makes me sad and angry, in pretty much equal measure! It just felt like blatant manipulation to make him an expectant father. I know that's the writers' job but it felt much too heavy handed for Bones. While I still hate what they did to Zack, at least they didn't kill him, and they left the door open with the fact that he didn't actually kill the lobbyist. With Vincent, though he was beloved, he wasn't in many episodes so, although it hurt to lose him, it hasn't necessarily affected the show week on week. To lose Sweets, who after all was the catalyst to the Booth and Brennan relationship, and provided the catalyst needed for other relationships to bloom, is devastating for the show. It is almost as if they have decided that season 10 is the last, that they're just holding the news back just in case, and they've just decided to throw out the rule book, which means we could potentially lose ANYBODY this year. I don't see the need for it, personally, the show is impressive and gripping enough without needing shock tactics. I honestly hope this isn't the last season, I hate to lose a show that I've become so invested in over a decade! I know that the actors want to try new things, but they create such an amazing world, and fans get invested and support the show so much, it can be quite painful to lose!

    They can't make it much worse than losing Sweets, so going Dallas and having it being a dream would upset people a lot less! I'm happy, and really really not happy, that John Francis Daly's career behind the camera is going so well....but I still need Sweets in my lfe!

    Thanks for the comment!