Tuesday, 4 April 2017

"The End in the End" Bones Series Finale

Forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan, and cocky FBI special agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders - and quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones. 


FOX's longest-running drama came to an end last week, after 12 seasons and 246 episodes.

Booth: 
You’re the Roxy to my Tony, you’re the Wanda to my Buck. Who else is going to sing 'Hot Blooded' with me, huh? And besides, we’re way better than Mulder and Scully.
Brennan:
I don’t know what that means.
Booth:
I don’t care if you know about the bones, or if you know how to solve crimes. All I know is that I want to spend the rest of my life with you. This is you. Temperance Brennan. You’re my partner. Don’t forget that. 


TV has learned a thing or two about bringing serialised stories to a close. More often, creators are developing new series with the intention of bringing them full circle in the span of a few seasons. As such, the medium has seen some remarkable endings, many of which are as memorable as their beginnings. Unfortunately, bringing shows to a satisfying end still proves difficult. While viewers are likely excited - if not completely overwhelmed - with the amount of television they can now choose from, there is something comforting in knowing shows like CBS's NCIS, NBC's ridiculous Law and Order: SVU, CW's Supernatural and until now FOX's Bones exist. In fact, as more television moves to shorter and shorter seasons and, even shorter lifespans for most shows; seeing Bones brings its 12 season run to a close is a little like admitting a once-reliable staple of television has slowly faded away. 


Moreover, the fact is that sometimes, a happy ending is exactly what you need. And God knows these characters deserve it. It might be the end of the series but you can imagine how everyone's stories will go on. Still, there was a sense of conclusiveness going into the finale. The Jeffersonian was ostensibly gone and after a brain injury, the title character found herself without the thing that made Bones... well, Bones: her intelligence. 


There have been changes over the past 12 years that have allowed Bones to feel like the audience was a part of the character's life. Things have changed; characters have changed. Some, like Sweets, have died (or gone off to co-write Spider-Man: Homecoming), while others have seen their lives irrevocably altered for the better, or not. But despite the changes, they all have come back to the same place. That is why the destruction of the Jeffersonian Institute was such a symbolic gesture. 


FOX granted the series a shortened last run, a Final Chapter if you will, so it could go out on its own terms. Something of significance took place, so it felt as though the audience was, in fact, seeing the end of something and it was okay to move on because the characters were. However, what is strange about the scenario of that last episode is that, by the time the credits role, it doesn't feel like much of anything has come to an end. At first, I thought it was denial because I almost grew up watching that series and I loved it; but Bones, just keep going. Finally, the ending was left open for a possible continuation - who knows? - but show creator Hans Hanson doesn't expect anything to happen anytime soon. They crafted an ending in this last season that is organic to the shows' DNA, rather than rushing to bring everything to a close. 


Overall, Bones tied a nice bow on its historic run. 'The End in the End' provides some closure while leaving the door open for new journeys.                

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