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has been one of my favorite shows since the pilot, and it could probably go on forever the same way Law & Order does. However, it has lost all it's dynamic by following the exact same formula every week. Don't get me wrong; I still love the show but it's become almost silly. The writers seem to have gotten lazy and just developed the model below, so that now episodes just have a few interchangeable elements, written using the same system used to to play Mad Libs.

1. Remains are discovered in an unusual place by people whom are never seen again.
2. The squints arrive at the scene and do their squinting, while there is some bantering between Bones and Booth.
3. Everything is moved back to the Jeffersonian.
4. A minor personal story relating to a character unrelated to the crime occurs.
5. The remains are easily identified, and next of kin is notified to become suspect 1.
6. Angela, an intern, or one of Hodgins bugs lead to suspects 2 through 5, all of whom volunteer for interrogation in a weird black room at FBI headquarters. Short scenes are shown in inserted in between all this depicting #4.
7. The wrong suspect is deemed at the killer and brought back at least once.
8. Bones has epiphany who true killer is from something she did't see in the first 50 minutes.
9. Random suspect that Bones discovered to be real killer is revisited, and immediately confesses upon presented with the new finding.
10. Personal problem from #4 is resolved in some fashion, or occasionally continues as a minor plot element.

Does it bother anyone else that the FBI/Jeffersonian seems to investigate whatever murder comes their way without any involvement from the D.C. Police...ever? Not to mention that about 90% of the series Booth is the top legal authority, who is always in charge of all the law enforcement (with the exception of Caroline, who left the the U.S. Attorney's Office to work for Geico).
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It bothers me that the Jeffersonian seems to only investigate cases in the metro-DC area for the most part. I would think that such a national Institution with huge funding would be more particular about the cases that merit their investigation. At this rate the title should be CSI: Beltway
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Oh, and i wasn't happy that Deschanel's real pregnancy "rushed" the relationship, i was annoyed that it was so drawn out to begin with. I hate that most TV shows seem to operate under the assumption that sexual tension between the mains is the only think viewers care about. I respect this show for at least allowing some sort of natural evolution of the characters, having them all marry and reproduce in a decade's worth of living.
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After 9 seasons and a 10th one in prepoduction, I'd say that the show is pretty much on autopilot now that any source of tension is gone. Emily Daschanel's real-life pregnancy caused an otherwise well-paced love story to be hastened. ("You're pregnant, Bones? I INSTANTLY FORGET REBECCA! I'VE ALWAYS LOVED YOU AND YOU ARE MY OFFICIAL GIRLFRIEND NOW! ) The Palant story arc was tedious and unnecessary (seriously, why was he the Big Bad for three entire seasons when the Badass Sniper, the guy who killed the Gravedigger, the most evil of recurring Bones villains, only got 3 episodes to himself?) and with Palant's death the last bit of unresolved sexual tension is closed. Palant did manage to usher in a new Big Bad with the Ghost Killer, but considering we have no suspects to tie the murders to I have the feeling the writers will leave the Ghost Killer loose end to be tied up in the 10th season. Once that happens the show will be over, much like the Mentalist is over in the eyes of the fans once Patrick killed the real Red John.
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You, vampman87, and amadhatter53 have pretty much summed why I am falling out of love with this show. The acting is still great, and the cases of the week are still different enough to be somewhat interesting. However, there's nothing pulling me back to watch each week. There's no story that I'm waiting to see wrapped up. Angela and Hodgins are married and have a child. Booth and Bones are married and have a child. Cam has a man. Even Caroline has a man. I'm not particularly concerned with what happens to the squinterns ever since Mr. Nigel-Murry (my favorite) was killed (and developed Alpha powers). At this point, the only character that needs a happily-ever-after is Sweets (and hopefully, it won't be with Daisy). I will try to finish out this season, but I will need a serious arc to bring me back for the 10th one.
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Step 11: Keep doing this until the show is several years past its prime.
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That was fantastic lol! I think your point about the D.C police is just something they gloss over as dealt with before Booth or Brennan get the phone call to come, It's just something we have to buy into because it's not worth the actor or line to actually show the hand off.
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That was hilarious!!
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