Bones Season 8 Finale Review: Getting Jerked Around

Bones S08E24: "The Secret in the Siege"

Knowing that Pelant would be back for the finale, and expecting another typical Pelant episode full of byzantine clues and computer hacking magic, I had pre-written in my head a brief spiel comparing him to the Batman villain The Riddler: Both The Riddler and Pelant harbor a desire to mock their respective nemeses through puzzles, to prove their superiority. They both feel a burning need to be noticed by the only people they think worthy of their massive intellects. I might've kept it if the last few minutes of the Season 8 finale hadn't just so utterly made my eyes roll right out of my head.

I've never been super invested in the Brennan/Booth relationship, but I do like them more together than apart, if only because Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz have a great deal of chemistry, and I'd rather see that channeled into depictions of a happy couple than endless unresolved sexual and romantic tension. So the developments with Christine and the couple's cohabitation led to something that's a bit rare in primetime dramas: a happy, healthy relationship between two consenting adults. They don't have huge fights, and they're capable of working through their differences because they love each other and complement each other's strengths and weaknesses as people.

Because of that, the beef jerky and talk of "attraction cycles" at the start of the episode were delightfully couple-y without being too much. There was an authenticity to it that only comes from the the build-up this relationship has had and the chemistry between the two actors. So for the beef jerky to come back as an engagement ring of sorts was exactly the type of thing that the overly-logical-but-still-trying-to-behave-in-an-emotional-way Brennan would do. It was very sweet, and really the kind of engagement you'd expect from these two characters who have danced around one another for so long but who also understand and respect one another.

Which is why the ending of this episode was so ridiculously stupid. 

It was entirely consistent that Booth would sacrifice his and Brennan's happiness for five complete strangers. He's all about the greater good, and Pelant was clever to use that characteristic to control Booth, to forge a victory out of the burning wreckage that was his least interesting scheme thus far. While Bones has gone to great lengths to make Pelant this all-seeing master hacker, I refuse to believe that, had Booth just slid a piece of paper across the table to Brennan that explained the situation, and then burned that piece of paper, and then flushed the ashes down the toilet, that Pelant would know, and that Brennan wouldn't have understood what needed to be done. That's all it would've taken, really, as convoluted as I made it sound. 

So the canceled engagement thing just rings as contrived, as false, as a desire to insert conflict into a stable relationship. That, sadly, is par for the course. Writing unhappiness into a TV relationship may make for "better" drama, but it seems like such an easy thing to do. Sure, writing and depicting a happy and stable couple is probably harder to keep interesting, but wouldn't that also just be a nice change of pace on television? People generally want to be happy, after all. As a result, my frustration isn't just rooted in the hollowness of this development, but also in how wearisome it was.

Moving on...

What did YOU think of Pelant's plot in this episode? I struggled to find it very interesting after we discovered that the dead FBI agents weren't as connected to Booth as I thought they were going to be; I had assumed that after the first one, who was Booth's first partner in the Bureau, the deaths would be pretty targeted toward Booth. So it just became another Pelant-designed race to figure out his scheme. The videos of Anna's father from beyond the grave were sort of neat, I guess, but I was amused that Pelant was undone by the bird in the video being wrong. 

Mostly though, I'm just annoyed that Pelant is still at large. He's not a very engaging long-running villain, but maybe that's because I find his Hollywood hacking skills to pretty outlandish in a show that stretches science but never feels like it reaches a breaking point, and Pelant's skills go too far for me. 

In all, it was a very much a low note to end the season. But I suppose the benefit of being a procedural is that Bones can still have weird and interesting cases in Season 9, even if the character arcs aren't exactly compelling.



NOTES FROM THE MASS SPECTROMETER

– Thank goodness they didn't kill Sweets. I would've been more upset about that than this marriage silliness.

– I don't need Booth and Brennan to get married. Truth be told, I like that Bones has shown that two adults can be in love and committed to each other without being married. If the show wanted to move into codifying their relationship so it could have some episodes about wedding planning, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and then the eventual wedding, that's fine. I imagine those episodes would've been (and likely will be) pretty entertaining, actually.

– Did you have a favorite episode this season? Looking over them, nothing really stood out for me as particularly memorable beyond the "Brennan talks to her dead mom" installment, but that was for negative reasons, not positives ones.


What'd you think of "The Secret in the Siege" and this season as a whole?

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The Pelant storyline so completely contradicts the scientific integrity that makes the show so much more than the ordinary procedural - worse it puts this moronic construct directly into the central relationship. I find it hard to believe that none of the writers saw what a disservice they were doing to the show with this cartoonist junior Moriarity.
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I've must have missed that show or is it in the next season that Hodgens lost his family money. I would to know which show that was. Right now I would like to see bones find out what is going on with Booth and Pelant and she lets him know and they both work together to get rid of him altogether.
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Give Hodgens back his money. Most importantly, don't screw up Brennan and Booth's relationship!!! I've waited season after season for the two of them to get together, and I was so happy when they did. Now, the writers are about to mess everything up. Let them have a happy relationship. Let them get married. Allow Booth to secretly tell Brennan what the situation is.
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They gave Brennan her chance to propose, they're not going to rob Booth of the opportunity. This is probably just a plot twist to shake things up and give the man a chance to get a "Yes" for once. C'mon, 2 marriage proposals, 2 nays (from Hannah and Parker's mom). As fun and unorthodox and apt Brennan's proposal was, I'd like to see how Seeley's going to pull this one off.

I agree that the whole all-seeing-Pelant feels contrived, but I (along with others, I surmise) would forgive them if they --

1. give Hodgins back his family's money! (I prefer him as an uber-rich nerd who chooses not to live like a spoiled socialite. It's nice he and Opie, erm, Finn set up a business for themselves--and that was needed to show just a little more depth and business acumen on their parts, not to mention a whole lot of love,--but Bones has always been a show where characters could have the best of both worlds without feeling sorry for it. [And this applies to the main couple] No, the money doesn't define Hodgins but he still wears it well.)

2. don't mess with Cam and Arastoo (keep them together... the occasional near-death scare's perfectly acceptable)

3. knock viewers dead with Seeley's proposal.

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I also loved Temperance's reaction to getting engaged to Booth; it's a believable emotional breakthrough for her. I hated Seeley having to pretend to not want to get married, but as one reviewer points out, it's hard to imagine that he couldn't have let her in on the real situation somehow.

I drives me nuts that the two of them insist all calling each other "Bones" and "Booth" instead of "Temperance" and "Seeley"; as far as I recall, they haven't called each other by the first names even once (correct me if I'm wrong) in direct address. I would believe her doing it all this time, but not him. When they do finally do it, it will be a good dramatic moment. I think they're building up to it.
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Just trolling through old posts, and I felt I had to make this point. Booth doesn't like to be called Seeley. Cam would call him that when she first arrived, and he would tell her not to. Initially Bones didn't enjoy her nickname. I assume she accepted after awhile.
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A valid point.
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They should have arranged for Bones to shoot Booth out of rage after he broke off the engagement. That would have thrown Pelant for a loop & then they could have caught him in next seasons episode 1 when he came to booths funeral, which you know he'd have to attend. After which Bones decks Booth again with another great right hand stating something about how she's tired of attending so many of his funerals.
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Ha! That actually would've been really good!
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Totally agree with you. This is a couple I love to watch. It was delightful when she proposed and his and her genuine happiness was very satisfying. I do not find these two the least bit boring at all. The actors and chemistry is so good and they are well written as flawed people who totally get each other. The respect each others differences. So to bring on this cheap cliff hanger with Pelant, whom I hate anyway as part of the show, is so ridiculous. I want to see the gang outsmart Pelant and fool us the audience too. I would like to see a big con run on Pelant, like they used to on that great British show called Hustle where at the end you see they were all in on in from way back before the audience knew anything..Give us some clever and smart solutions from this brianinac group of people I enjoy watching so much.
Do something more clever please!
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Completely agree with all comments regarding the Brennan/Booth development. Disappointingly transparent plot ploy, especially considering the show had been doing a good job of depicting them as a happy, healthy couple who managed to work despite their extensive differences. I was exceedingly annoyed by all the previous back and forth, and actually stopped watching for quite some time until they finally got it together. I wish they'd decided to have Booth slip her a note under the bed covers or something similar, as you suggest, and then have the cliff hanger be - how are they going to get out of this together?
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Lucky for me, Noel Kirkpatrick (see his review "Getting Jerked Around") described exactly how I feel about the Bones season finale...minus the swear words and teeth gnashing. So this review will be brief...I absolutely loathed it! I could only conclude that one of three things must have happened...1. Some high level executive still fears the" Moonlighting" curse and demands that all attempts at lasting happiness together for the two main characters end in pain and suffering. 2. The writers have collectively suffered massive writers block. 3. You have created a villain (Pelant) you can't figure out how to kill/capture and are reduced to concocting outrageous plots lines to disguise this fact. Unless the first episode of the new season features the entire Jeffersonian crew, Bones, Sweets and Booth meeting in a bank vault or secret underground bunker to discuss how Booth was forced to end the engagement and how they are going to find/capture/kill Palant...I will be sorely disappointed in all of you. Sorry, wasn't brief, but I honestly thought you had moved beyond this Young Adult angst nonsense.
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Pelant is too good in hacking. No one is that good. Even Angela is unable to do what Pelant did. Did she think she could track Pelant? YEAH RIGHT. No way Angela is going to find Pelant unless he purposely slipped up. The writers for this show has gone overboard with Pelant's ultra godlike hacking skills. He is like having an IQ of 9000........
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Totally agree with you on this point. So over the top.
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I can live with a shortterm "ruin their relationship cliffhanger" because of Booth going along with Pelant as long as this is quickly resolved by Bones figuring out what happened and putting Booth's head on straight in the very soon future!
She has the smarts and the understanding of Booth to be able to do that and if the writers won't let her I am seriously considering dumping the show off my schedule as that doesn't play for me in terms of her considerable intellect.
Anyway, the other plot theme got too little play in this episode. There was an attempt to insinuate the agent in the office as a suspect but it was not really picked up. And the innocent blond witness was so obviously going to be the real perpetrator that it was clear the guy with the knife tattoo was just a read herring.
And yes, Pelant as the over evil master mind is way too convenient and ridiculous. Enough already.
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I AM FINISHED WITH "BONES" AND WILL NOT WATCH IT AGAIN! I hope that the writers and producers read these forums to learn how stupid their stories are, and how much they disappoint and piss off their fans!

The previous story about Hoggins loosing his fortune, and then followed up by the "collapse of the Cantilever group is 100% ridiculous! Firstly, no businessperson allows their trust accounts and reserve funds to be able to be transferred with only one signature (electronic or otherwise). Generally only a small portion of assets are liquid (ie easily hacked and transferable funds). Secondly, money STOLEN by hacked means would be immediately reported to the bank who would then convey to where the funds were transferred to PUT A HOLD ON THEM pending an inquiry. Thirdly, the Cantilever group would probably have insurance to cover this.

If for some genius of Pelant he got the money moved around enough to hide it before it could be tracked, and Hoggins did not have identity theft insurance, no bank would allow a viable company to "collapse" due to fraudulent hacking. They would lend Hoggins the money to keep his companies afloat, and to both protect the jobs at stake, and to protect the banks good customer; equals profits for the bank to lend a good customer money to rebound from such a fraud.

Most importantly no company or rich individual has all their money just sitting in the bank! The majority of it would be in bonds and other monetary securities that cannot be cashed in before maturing; in stocks that need to be sold on the stock market; and in real estate holdings that take time to sell and close.

Even if Hoggins lost huge amounts of cash to Pelant in the few moments that he supposedly took control of Hoggins accounts, this amount would only be a small minority of Hoggins total net worth. He would still be rich and the Cantilever group would not "collapse"!

This total insult to my intelligence was over looked, hoping it was a ruse to get Pelant to think he won, and through tracking the money to eventually catching Pelant. I was expecting an episode to wrap up like that, with Angela and Hoggins having a big party telling all their friends not to worry they are still financially in good shape.

Then this current stupid episode comes out! The episode previous was the best ever. The one with Arastoo Vaziri getting the infectious virus and the team racing against the clock to find the killer to get the antidote. Had me on the edge of my chair and had a happy ending. Well done. It is as if there are two sets of writers, and the stupid ones wrote the last episode.

(Back to the season end show:) It is easy enough to get away from technology. All Both had to do was take Bones for a night drive into the country. Park at some deserted truck stop and go for a walk into a field. Then to be 100% sure, they could take all there clothes off (to make sure of no "bugs" on them) and walk away from their clothes and then whisper in her ear.

If they writers want to redeem themselves in the next season opener, they should pick up after Booths call in the park and have them go for a drive into the country, or turn the lights off and the music up really loud and have him whisper in her ear. Then make like the current episodic drama was faked.

To reflect, when they broke up Hoggins and Angela and then did not continue with that part of the story for the next few episodes I stopped watching for a while. The current B.S. and insult to my intelligence is enough. Bones sucks!

The ironic thing is that they think they have an intelligent show, yet they pull this insult to even basic intelligence plot lines. Hey, what about the show when they caught Pelant and because he computer hacks away his identity and gives himself a new one they released him. A mass murderer that they all new was Pelant now has a new name gets released. Hog wash! That is why we have Judges and court orders. They had pictures printed out and other evidence on Pelant. It is a simple thing for a Judge to order him to be held in custody until they sort things out. This show (Bones) that thinks it is intelligent is the STUPIDEST show out there!

Finally (I do hope the producers will read this) I DO NOT LIKE OR CARE ABOUT ALL THE TEDIOUS TALK OF FLANGES AND OTHER TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE BONES. I (PREVIOSLY) LIKE(D) THE SHOW BONES BECAUSE OF THE HUMAN INTERACTION OF THE CHARACTERS. Your show hit bottom, I hope you redeem this plot by saying the season end was a ruse, and Angela tracked him down through his usage of the money he stole from them. Unless you want to rap up your final season(s) by loosing your fan base and destroying the chance for a good run on the re-runs. GET YOUR PLOT TOGETHER AND STOP PISSING OFF YOUR VIEWERS WITH STUPID PLOT SCENARIOS!
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Hear hear!
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Agree with you totally. The Pelant storyline had a very satisfactory wrap when he was caught in the first episode of season 8. The entire storyline since then has been ridiculous and too full of holes. In other respects the overall writing has become stale, tired and no longer provides the appeal of earlier seasons. The show is now beyond its lifetime, and though renewed for a ninth season, this was the final season for me too.
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Hey Noel, I've been away the past few days and just caught Bones on my DVR. I agree 100% with your take on this Bones episodes. Except to add not only was the ending ridiculously stupid, so was the entire Pelant plot. The only few moments of the entire episode worth watching were Brennan’s emotional journey, leading her to a place after 7 seasons where she can finally accept marriage, and her own happiness. The scene in the lab with Cam and Angela was touching. As was the beef jerky proposal scene.

You also touched on one of my biggest peeves in episodic television - the annoyingly rare writing of healthy adult relationships without introducing contrived soap opery conflicts to generate pseudo-drama. This season of Castle has been especially prone to this. My other peeve is the annoying habit of writing story arcs over multiple episodes as though the story and the lives of the characters exist only in the vacuum of those episodes. The Pelant story arc has taken this to a ridiculous extreme.

In episode 12 Pelant returns from Egypt and no one is aware of it until he plants a corpse in Hodgins and Angela’s bedroom. I am supposed to suspend belief that Booth, Agent Flynn, Caroline, or Hodgins and his hacker wife Angela, have done nothing in the interim to keep tabs on Pelant. No one had any idea he’d disappeared from Egypt, and may be headed back to the US. Granted the Pelant case was officially closed to the FBI, but I’m supposed to believe the aforementioned characters don’t know how to work outside the system, and they all just dropped the whole thing to wait for Pelant to strike again, knowing what he is capable of and what is at stake.

By the end of episode 12 Pelant had shot and almost killed an FBI agent, and jacked a predator drone. Now not only the FBI, but every intelligence agency in the US would have Pelant on their to do list. But I’m supposed to believe he simply shows up again in the season finale and NO ONE, not the FBI, CIA, NSA, or Homeland Security has any clue. Booth gathers the FBI task force following the discovery of an Agent’s body, and once the finger is pointed at Pelant, NO ONE in any US agency has a single lead as to his whereabouts. He’d have to be hiding in a mountain forest completely off the grid – which he wasn’t - to be that invisible. Where was he getting funds? Where did he acquire all that computer hardware and sophisticated software? Not Best Buy. How is it not a single security or intelligence agency set tripwires to flag any target he might potentialy hack?

The entire Pelant story arc is simply ridiculous and requires too great a suspension of disbelief on my part.
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I agree with you, the season finale was a bit of a let down. I did, however, enjoy the acting by Brennan towards the end, she really looked completely heart broken...

That said.. I was sincerely disappointed that Booth didn't just turn on the "Speaker" when Pelant called. Shouldn't a couple as solid as them share all confidences and Pelant should be anything but a secret between this couple.
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I have to agree- This was a disappointing season finale. I thought that Brennon's proposal was sweet, but I am growing tired of Pelant, and thought that making Booth back out of the proposal was both disappointing and lame. I also thought that Pelant's coup de grace was out of character.
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time to bring back zack to spark some life back into the show
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I was just thinking that yesterday. Could do without the new squint that they introduced last season. Too much molasses.
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Pelant needed to die. How is he not dead?
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I grow so tired of the lackluster writing the last few seasons and this finale was one of the biggest letdowns in so many ways. One being that I was so hopeful to finally have a good Booths life in jeapardy epi and hoped even more for a good injured Booth epi. We have not had a decent Booth injury in years! Even the tumor storyline was a mockery. We had yet to ever see him hurt bad and wld be even more awesome to see him being taken care of by Bones. Seems like Sweets is star of the show since 9 outta 10 times plus this finale epi - revolve around him. Why the hell would Pelant go after Sweets? At least write stuff that seems realisty
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I very much agree with you. They'd thought of such a great villain for the last two seasons and they don't seem ready to let him go. We have to admit, Pelant's a great villain, but compared to the Grave Digger and Broadsky finale, you kind of get disappointed for holding on to your seat and not seeing the finale you're waiting for. It was really disappointing.

And yes...why Sweets? O.o
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I wanted Booth to say "Then kill them" to Pelant and let him know that he was making a stand. Now that would have been much better drama but no, now I'm just bored with this show. Kickstarter for Angel anyone?
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everything you said-->spot on!
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Booth's decision to call off their wedding reminds me of Brennan's decision to leave him behind. They both know what Pelant is capable of and believe they are doing the only safe thing. I haven't always agreed with the directions Bones has gone, but I am still a fan of the show, the wonderful actors and the great mixture of drama, humor and crime-fighting family of misfit toys.
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I pretty much agree. First of all, if they had killed off Sweets I probably wouldn't have tuned in again. Second, I can hardly believe Bones would have just been like "okay, i'm glad you now understand my past thinking on the wedding thing'. Booth has WANTED this FOREVER! And clearly he had been talking about it non-stop as we saw earlier in the episode. So were to believe he suddenly and randomly for no reason did not want to get married and the super genius Bones fell for it?! Ha! I mean I could see Booth actually saying no, but it was too quick and easy for me. All I know is Pelant better get it soon. No super villain deserves three seasons finales. It's 8 (estimated and not forgetting Caroline) super smart people against one! Let's end him!
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http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DiabolusExMachina
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you are evil... I restrained for 20 seconds and then I gave into the dark power of tvtropes. I'll be back in June...
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Really glad they didn't kill Sweet, it was a good setup because you immediately thought it would be Booth.
So my prediction for next season: Bones figures out that Pelant is somehow blackmailing Booth from being with her and she gets the only man smart enough to catch Pelant - Dr. Zack Addy and with the help of Sweets, they become their on Booth and Bones team (mostly off screen). But no spin-off show....
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It wouldn't be bad to have Zack back.
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I don't get why if we all know Zach is innocent more than 3 years have passed since we last saw him, its just ridiculous. And I hate Daisy is the most stupid intelligent person I've ever seen.
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Pelant was fine as a one-off, but his character went well beyond ridiculous long ago. I couldn't agree more with Noel's assessment here: there are *so* many ways of communicating what's going that wouldn't be picked up by technological means. I think whomever wrote this episode (pretty much every Pelant episode, really) needs more friends with computer skills. From Day 1, they've stretched what's possible with computers on this show, but it was allowable, in my mind, simply as a means to keep the story moving. Pelant's "skills" do nothing more than prey on the fears of the simple-minded, and resemble actual technology in NO WAY WHATSOEVER!

The entire relationship drama is so fake and cliché as to be ridiculous as well. Couples go through difficulties—that's normal. That would make so much more interesting drama than this ludicrous setup.

All in all, better writers are needed if they want my viewership in Season 9. As it stands now, I'll give them one to two episodes at most: 9.1 needs to kill Pelant. If it doesn't, I'm gone. 9.2 needs to show some actual writing talent. Again, if it doesn't, I'm gone.
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Just for the record, I thought 9.01 was absolutely awful, and both I and my partner have stopped watching the show.
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To be honest I had the same eye rolling policy by the end of the episode. I had a very different idea in my head of what might happen because of Pelant, and targets conneted to Booth and all but that far I could take. Using Booth as a decoy to target Sweets I thought was smart, so great, but the final evil plan from Pelant to make Booth reject Brennan's engagement was plain stupid. Let's go with the fact that the guy has a few issues and wants to be the center of their lives so let's assume this evil master plan actually make sense. I stand behind your plan of passing a note to Brennan and burning it, or even be a little more evil and reject her in the park and tell her what's going on once they're home. I mean, they can ACT like they call it off and focus on marriage once Pelant is caught. Brennan would have totally understood that, being all logical and knowing Booth, SO WHAT THE HELL.
It infuriates me because the espisode was good. A little over decent shall we say? And them bam! way to ruin the whole season and make me mad for the next 3 months of hiatus.
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Palant is so evil. I always watch and think No, please no, don't kill Sweets, or Booth or Bones....none of them and that's the kick! And the jerkey-Proposal, it's so Bones, I liked it.
O.K. the finale was not the super duper idea, but you all don't get it. It has to be this way, because in season 9 Booth will ask Bones and this will be very romantic!!! Greetings from Germany and I see forward to season 9.
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Wow, this show is bad. It becomes increasingly less tolerable as it goes on.
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I really enjoy procedurals, but when you're not a straight procedural (meaning no on-going character arcs like what you have in a portion of procedurals these days, including Bones), you have two avenues to fail on. Bones is, sadly, stumbling along on both its cases of the week and the character stuff.
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Really liked the finale except the ending. I'm so tired of Pelant and he just doesn't do it as a Big Bad for me. I hope they end this storyline asap next season
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Palent as the Big Bad of the show is getting really tiresome. SOME Big Bads can pull off being the main thorn in the protagonists side for more than one season, but they either a.) Have a personal connection to the heroes that's been around for years, or b.) have such charisma that the fans love him and so he survives to the next season. Supernatural has two perfect examples: Azazel the Yellow Eyed Demon (from season 1 and 2) is type A , and Crowley (from season 5, 6, 7, and 8) is type B. (and Crowley wasn't even the real Big Bad until season 8.) Palent has neither the deep personal connection nor the charisma worthy f being a Big Bad for more than one season. Gormagon, the Gravedigger, and the Sniper Guy all worked as Big Bads because their stories were short and to the point. And the Gravedigger was PERFECT because they set up her return to make everyone's lives a nightmare, only to be blown away by the Sniper Guy, who became the new Big Bad.

Palent is a genius, yes, but really his story should've ended when Booth shot him in the face. He's more of a menace to Hodgins and Angela than Booth and Bones. He broke into their house, terrorized them, stole all their money... and Hodgins did have the opportunity to actually kill the guy, but didn't. Getting involved with Booth's life just doesn't really make a whole lot of sense.

Speaking of Booth, he was REALLY holding the idiot ball by not telling Bones the real story of why he couldn't marry her. This reviewer is right, all he had to do is write her a note. Assuming Palant bugged their house, Booth could've written the note in his office, given it to Bones with the words "Don't make a sound" on it while he was rejecting her proposal, and Bones would just play along. She CAN act! This break up is straight out of Spider-man 3, and even then Harry Osborn was actually IN THE AREA to see Mary Jane break up with Peter. Palent at best would only have sound devices rigged up; he wouldn't be able to see anything.

Shame on Booth for not even hinting that Palent is in on the rejection, and shame on the writers for keeping Palante the one-trick pony back for a third season. Can we please bring back the Season 6 Sniper Guy to kill Palent like he did the Gravedigger. He was Booth's physical equal, and despite only being in 3 episodes, he was INTERESTING!
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You beat me to the punch. I was thinking the same about a storyline where they release that sniper guy to kill palant. I'd rather have another season of the sniper guy than palant. I mean palant has been turned into some super genius that what ever little credibility was there is all gone and becoming absurd.
Sniper guy had an awesome entrance killing off a different bad guy and as warped and twisted as he is, he is really more of a twisted vigilante than a bad guy. i'd rather let him be more of a enemy if my enemy is my friend thing.
I also agree that the bones/booth thing at the end could've been handled better. I don't want this crap friction to occur for the sace of adding tension. Just leave them as a happy couple and leave the problems from the external sources like the criminals.
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Seriously no more Palent... Just get rid of him ASAP... He's so uninteresting!!! I have had enough of him... Bones used to be better than this!

Booth definitely can find a way to tell bones without letting Pelant know. The writer could have ended the finale better I think.... quite disappointing at the end. (I would like the story better without Palent manipulating the girl...and he hacked the traffic light system?? that's quite unbelievable...)
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At least this finale wasn't as bad as Booth's coma-dream.
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I would rather have a live threatening cliffhanger than that.Brennan was devastated, she finally opened up and it blew up in her face...Booth could have found a way to tell her without Pellant knowing!!!
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I agree about the marrying-thing. Booth and Bones are fine the way they are, without being married. Not every relationships needs a marriage, that's a bit.. old-fashioned in my eyes. I'm not AGAINST marriage, but I think that marriage doesn't need to be the 'ultimate goal' of a relationship, as many people seem to believe.
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Emily Daschanel's real-life pregnancy rushed an otherwise nicely paced romantic storyline between Bones and Booth. I think season 6 was SUPPOSED to end with the two of them acknowledging that they loved each other, and season 7 would've had them SLOWLY get over the past, with the finale havng them as an actual couple, but due to the pregnancy it was just "Bones sleeps with Booth, Bones gets pregnant, Booth and Bones are now a happy family." The ultimate goal of the series is for Bones to look past logic and go with her feelings and be with Booth, and since that was rushed, there really is no goal which the writers could set up other than Bones marrying Booth.
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This season has been dreadful.
Forced in so many ways that the only thing that was clear was that the writers have run out of ideas. The body scenes are more gory than any other series which is an obvious sign of 'panic! the story lines are dire so we need something to hook in the punters'. And finally the nemesis that is Pelante... Ok you have to take a lot of things in TV land with a pinch of salt and keep saying to yourself 'it is only a TV series' but there isnt enough salt in the world to forgive the shoddy lack of facts when it comes to this guys escapades.
Next series needs to be a cracker or it should bow out gracefully
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I disagree. I have enjoyed this season very much. They had some great stories, and the characters have been developing more emotionally and interesting to me.
I loved when Sweets lived with Booth and Bones and I was sad too like they were when he moved out. That was a surprise to me. I love this show. I just really did not like what they did at the end of this finale. Boo.
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where to start ?

suddenly pelant has a huge 'mansion' very classy very old fashioned and a huge computer system.. has he bought the place via the cantilever group funds hack ? or merely cleared the house of it's owners or just squating ? online sale i'd say but no one asks any questions they just hand over the keys ?

a chess board ? making his next move implying he ain't finished...

suddenly a crazy girl gets video's from her dead father but oh wait he's the first victim ? right ok so she killed her dad cos he told her too ? or was that pelant ? logic bomb in 3 2 ....

so suddenly sweets old journal or what ever he wrote but never published somehow is online for pelant to hack ? unpublished would imply to me it was only in paper form.. pelant now breaks in to houses ?

why does sweets go after booth ?? an 'obvious trap and he can shoot yes but really ? he surely ain't that stupid, he gets out of his car twice yet the first time he suddenly back inside and pops out the second time just long enough for the crazy chick to see him...

and then pelant gloats about being free and tells booth to turn bones down.....as others have said totally should of ended there but no they had to show booth breaking bones heart and damaging their relationship great call writers wow..

now in season 9 we have the awkwardness the cold shoulders the hurt the nasty taste of pelant looming in the background...

and bones being retconned back to her emotionless state, where no one gets close to her...booth will probably move out as well then we can watch the awkward nights alone and the clear friction..case of the week till the last episode then suddenly pelants back does some proper insane stupid retarded hack or fools someone into killing for him again and then bones shoots him the confess their love get married then a cop shows up at the reception and arrests bones for contrived out of left field crime 'THE END'

FACEPALM right through my head...
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Pelant stole all of Hodgins money so I guess that's how he bought the mansion and the computer gear
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read it again, i said 'cantilever group funds hack' which is the hodgins family group / corporation money/ finances....???
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Hate the Pelante character, if you want to do a villain for one season that's fine but i don't want to see the same one over and over, i think i'm done with the show and that's hard to say as a fan since the start, disappointed.
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Pelant is frustrating, but I think they'll catch him soon. Think about Epps, and the Grave digger. They didn't last forever, and neither will Pelant. Give it a little more time.
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More time than an entire season?

They've had some really good arching villains before, I just kind of feel like Pelante doesn't live up to what I know this show can do with its villains. He's too unbelievable.
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Agreed with you! Pelant is too unbelievable and his story feels really tired and too boring... I hope the writer will kill him in the 1st ep in s9... they have spent a total of 5 eps in S7 & S8 on Pelant and that's really enough!
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I have to say I don't feel Pelant himself is unbelievable. I mean it's the 21st century and computers rule the world, a lot of power comes from that. But I really hope he doesn't get a THIRD season finale. I mean really? He's one simple genius against a ton of geniuses. Grab all the interns and hole up and go hard core until he's caught instead of taking breaks waiting for him to attack and murder more people for clues. I'm surprised Hodgin's didn't go underground and go non-stop until he was dead after Pelant could have killed his whole family! So Pelant to me is logical, it's how the team is responding to this that has me raising my eyebrow.
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I keep saying I'm going to give up on this show because the level of absurdity is just to great to bear. But like a sucker, I keep coming back. But in the past few seasons, it's be more of a 'Revolution', "Let's see just how bad this show can get" sort of way.

As soon as Booth gave the, "We need to talk" line, I couldn't believe that the writers were actually going to go through with this and ask me, as a viewer, to swallow it. Has Palant got their house bugged? Their offices? Couldn't he explain to her in private what was going on? A post-it note?

For a show notorious for contrived events...this one impressively is the worst of them all

See you next year...lol
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My theory is that Palent has Booth's phone and all the house phones and computers bugged, but that still doesn't explain why Booth couldn't use some slight of hand to place a note in Bone's back pocket or something.
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I stopped watching consistently way back when Pelant was first introduced and he was etching code into bones. I started laughing so hard when I saw it bc I knew that the show had officially lept full fledge into ridiculousness.

But honestly, Bones stopped being really great way back in season 6 or so. Hart Hanson has never been known for great season finale's and honestly, this one was no different. I kept hoping for more, but I think my hope has finally petered out.
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It felt like a head on collision of the Following (manipulation of people to carry out his deeds), and the last what, 4-5 seasons of the Mentalist (dragging out the "will they finally catch the bastard so we can stop worrying/pretending to care about it?"). I thought I was going to be caught in a cliffhanger, but this, this kinda fell really flat, I didn't find myself screaming at the TV, but instead going "Uh, great, maybe next time guys". I was hoping one of the team (my vote's on Hodgins) would've shot/stabbed/killed with science Pelant to save Booth, or whatever and end the BS, as he's affected their lives in a different way.

I hope season 9 can recapture the magic of season's past, maybe give another Gravedigger villain (for the evilness alone), maybe find a way to bring Zack back into the fold.
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I agree about the note. Also I really hope they kill Pelant early next season. Maybe Bones's dad can help with that.
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"Thank goodness they didn't kill Sweets. I would've been more upset about that than this marriage silliness." To me, this says it all. I couldn't care less about an upcoming B&B engagement, but Sweets is essential to me on the show.
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Add me to the pile of folks who practically laughs at the superhuman hacking skills with which the writers have imbued Pelant. I don't think they ever outdid themselves more than when they had him bring down the Jeffersonian's entire computer network via a virus encoded into bone fragments. (That could equate to, what, maybe a few dozen or even hundred bytes? Uh, okay.)

They did come pretty close, though, when he stole all of Hodgins' money in the span of about ten seconds. (Zillionaires are notorious for keeping all their assets in cash in just a few accounts. No stocks, no bonds, no land, no corporations, no investments, just huge piles and piles and piles of cash. Gawd.)

I had the same thought as Noel that all Booth had to do was go into a locked vault somewhere with no cameras, write down what was going on, then slip the note to Brennan. Heck, why not just bring her into said vault and say the words out loud? Has Pelant embedded secret monitoring hardware in their bodies without their knowledge? Please.

Well, at least they didn't kill Sweets.

As much as I've enjoyed Bones over the years, I'm really watching now only out of inertia, waiting for it to finally crawl across the finish line next year.
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I'm sorry but Pelant is one of TV's worst villains. He's completely annoying. Every time I see him on screen I think, Revenge of the Nerds. He just seems so whinny like he's punishing everyone for the virginity who could never lose.
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Those last minutes of the finale really did it for for me. The whole situation felt very forced and un necessary. There is no way booth couldn't have given bones some hint of what was going on, and for the writers to just create couple conflict for the sake of conlfict, it's just too much.
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I have to say, Pelant is their first nemesis that I truly hated throughout. Not a "he's horribly written" hated but a "this character deserves to die slowly" hated.

Howard Epps comes in second; I disliked him and wanted his end to "final" but nowhere near the level of Pelant.

The rest of the Bones nemesis(es?) were interesting but didn't provoke any hatred from me.
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In Booth's defense, it's not beyond suspicion that Pelant had surveillance equipment installed in their home. Especially since they did a COMPLETE remodel of it a year or so ago. Perhaps cameras, perhaps audio.

And even if it's just audio... Pelant would know something was up. Brennan has had to "go along with it" as an act before... and Brennan (not the actress) isn't the best at ad-libbing. It wouldn't be too hard for a regular person to figure out she was covering for something let alone an evil genius.
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Speaking of their home, am I right in remembering that Pelant had substituted one of their alarm clocks with an identical looking one with a bomb in it? As best I can remember, the bomb was never discovered and never mentioned again, and that was nearly two full seasons ago.
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It comes back next season according to Stephen Nathan, one of the show's executive producers.

http://tvline.com/2013/04/29/bones-season-9-spoilers-booth-brennan-engagement-broken/ (Potential spoilers for S9, of course)
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yes it was in a throw away line of the season 8 premier... booth says something along the lines i found a camera in our bedroom, pelant yadda yadda yadda.....

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That was different. He certainly would have mentioned finding an explosive device. Noel's link seems to confirm that it will come back.
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I *thought* I remembered a scene with Pelant meticulously putting explosives into the replacement clock, but I can't trust my memory at this point. Most of these later Bones episodes now fade from memory pretty quickly.
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how do you know it was a bomb... it's not exactly pelants m o is it ? if anything he was just putting in the camera...unless i missed the 'bomb parts'
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They need to get Pelant out and Zach back in ASAP. That would make it interesting again. Otherwise it won't last past the next season...
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Everything I've read seems to suggest that the next season will be its last no matter what transpires.
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I would of ended the episode where Pelant calls Booth & tells him to call off the marriage, see Booth look at the 5 people & fade out. Now that would of been a finale ending. The last scene with Booth telling Bones that they should call of the wedding felt like the beginning of Season 9
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