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BONES 206: The Backbone of the Show

April 26, 2015 by  

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The BONES 200th episode was such a huge milestone and production that it’s no wonder the 206th episode may come and go with a bit less fanfare. But, as fans, we know that the 206th is special—after all, there are 206 bones in the human body! With that in mind, we wanted to do a little something special to mark the occasion.

We found a list of all 206 bones (thank you Wikipedia!) and were surprised to learn that all of the bones can be grouped into five categories: vertebral column, chest, head, arm, and leg. From there, we assigned each category a show representation:

  • Vertebral Column (What’s the backbone of the show?)
  • Chest (What are the defining emotions or heart of the show?)
  • Head (What is unique in terms of the show’s smarts and respect of intelligence?)
  • Arm (What’s the show’s outward focus; how does BONES affect culture?)
  • Leg (What has carried the show over the long haul?)

Between now and when the 206th episode airs (Thursday, April 30th), we’ll be covering one category per day. We’ve got our own thoughts, and we’ve even got a bit of input from some of the cast and crew of the show too. And we want to hear what you think!

First up — Vertebral Column: What is the backbone of the show?

Sarah: To me, the backbone of the show is the quest for justice—personally and professionally. For Booth, his sense of justice comes from an innate idealism; he believes in the goodness of people and God and America (democracy), and he wants to rid the world of anything that would try to block or stifle that goodness. For Brennan, her sense of justice comes from her strong belief that the truth is always best. While painful, the truth will ultimately make things right. So while Brennan and Booth come at both personal and professional situations differently, their end goal of protecting and respecting people is what has carried their partnership. It’s more than sex appeal that kept them working together all of these years; even when they barely tolerated one another, they recognized that quest for justice in one another, and it has kept their professional and personal relationship intact.

Marisa: On a basic level, BONES is a procedural. Fans know the show is much more complicated than that — the relationships may be was has kept many of the most passionate fans engaged over ten seasons — but at its core the one constant is there is a crime to solve, and these people are going to work together to do it. The team has varied throughout the ten seasons, but through all their personal ups and downs (and despite the occasional cost to themselves), they fought to discover the truth of the crime. Are these characters interesting enough to explore without the crimes? Of course. But it’s hard to sustain a show for over 200 episodes without an engine like a procedural, and through that format, we’re able to see these characters in their element: saving the world (in their own unique way) with people who have become their family.

And BONES creator Hart Hanson and star Tamara Taylor (Cam) weigh in on what they feel the backbone of the series is:



Now that you’ve heard from us, what do you say? What do you think is the backbone of the show’s success? And don’t forget to come back tomorrow!

BONES airs Thursdays at 8 PM on Fox.


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6 Responses to “BONES 206: The Backbone of the Show”

  1. Raquel Luciana on April 26th, 2015 7:38 pm

    To me the backbone of the show are the relationships of all the characters since the pilot. they evolved brilliantly and beautifully through 10 seasons! All the crimes they solved were a result of the lives they shared together as friends, lovers and family and turned out what they are now.

  2. Athena on April 27th, 2015 1:28 am

    Bones has lasted this long because Hart Hanson is CLEAR about what constitutes the backbone of the show — David and Emily’s chemistry which is the basis of Booth and Brennan’s romance. Unfortunately, HH has dedicated this year to Backstrom, and we have seen that Stephen Nathan does not appear to be as clear as HH as to what the backbone of the show happens to be. I think that the show needs to hold a workshop, at least one day per month, with Hart Hanson reminding the writers and his cohort, SN, that “the center must hold”…

    Interesting that Tamara talks about the writers and the chemistry of the entire ensemble being the backbone of the show. Not so, Tamara. It is simply David and Emily and the strong bond between them

    Reviews of Bones season 1 should be a pre-requisite for writers of the show…and even for the actors. And the sooner they start reviewing it the better…

  3. Frankie707 on April 27th, 2015 2:13 pm

    For me the backbone of the show is the “family”, the whole ensemble cast, and the recurring characters. I think without those characters and those relationships it’d be just another procedural. All of them together give the show a strong backbone allowing the show to stand tall.

  4. Adrienne Hobbs on April 27th, 2015 6:31 pm

    Athena, so right. David and Emily, the CHEMISTRY, SIMPLY THE KEY.

  5. Adrienne Hobbs on April 27th, 2015 6:35 pm

    Athena, so right. David and Emily, the CHEMISTRY, SIMPLY THE KEY. Not to forget their enormous talent. I agree with Hart Hanson, totally.

  6. Jo on May 3rd, 2015 4:07 am

    Athena you are so right. Without Booth & Brennan there would be no Bones. The show was HH baby he knew how to write B&B as the center. SN is case oriented and B&B are a separate issue. The show has suffered under SN direction. HH needs to come back and put the show back on track. I will always be a fan of Bones & I will watch the show until the end then I will watch the reruns. I love Bones best show on TV.